Saying Farewell to Lauren with Surf ‘n’ Turf!

by Chrissy

Saying goodbye isn’t fun. But saying goodbye to Lauren–one of my best pals, roomie, co-blogger, and pretty much my other half– is just not okay. However, having an excuse to make a delicious Surf ‘n’ Turf dinner makes it just a little bit okay. 😉

[Lauren–don’t take that personally, you know that I will miss you oodles…and so will the LYK!]

Our Surf ‘n’Turf consisted of the following AH-MAZING dishes: Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli Sauce, Soy Vey Marinated Flank Steak, and crispy Prosciutto-wrapped Shrimp Skewers.

Pearl, was the master of the Crab Cakes. Thanks to Chef Dennis for posting these little beauties, we feasted on some crispy, yet moist crab cakes. The only changes that she made to this recipe was the omission of the sugar in the sauce that binds the cake, and they tasted great! Then she whipped up a spicy aioli sauce with mayo, paprika, garlic, cayenne, chili powder, and lemon juice. It was the perfect touch to a scrumptious little crabby patty.

Sauté the crab cakes in olive oil.

Place onto a torn up brown paper bag, or a paper towel covered newspaper, to help soak up excess oils.

Maybe take a few bites… no one will notice.

Top with a dollop of spicy aioli sauce.

Soak a slab of flank steak in your favorite Marination Station (aka, gallon zip-lock bag and any sauce that suites your palate).  We used TJ’s Soy Vey Sauce. Pearl highly recommended it, and it was such a great-tasting sauce! The meat was juicy, tender, and packed with soy-licious flavors.

Wrap the little piggly wiggly shrimp in  a blanket of prosciutto!

But be sure to tuck them in! You don’t want the blanket of deliciously cured meat to fall victim to the evil hands of the grill.

Also, be sure to buy them deveined, otherwise you are in for a real treat. And by real treat, I really mean that you are in for a disgusting task. So if you are weeny like me and don’t like to do the dirty work, go with my advice.

Allow the prosciutto to get nice and crispy, but be careful not to cook them too long!


Proscuitto-wrapped Shrimp Skewers


Makes 4 skewers

16 medium or large uncooked shrimp, deveined and de-shelled

4 slices of prosciutto

freshly cracked pepper

4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water



Soak skewers in cold water for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the shells from shrimp. (De-vein, if needed…see commentary above about this one). Dust the shrimp with fresh cracked pepper, then divide prosciutto slices into smaller pieces, in order to wrap each of the shrimp. Divide the wrapped shrimp, equally, on the skewers. Transfer to the grill, and cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. If the shrimp are on the bigger side, they may take longer to cook, so when the shrimp are no longer transparent, they are done.


Buon Viaggio Lauren & Buon Appetito!


Oh, wait….what’s in the box?

If you were wondering why this post-ful of pictures looked extra wonderful and crisp, well… I am fairly certain that this little Rebel is the reason behind the change!

Yup, I sold my left arm and right leg saved a little pocket change, clicked the “purchase now” button on, and the rest was history.

Say hello to my new baby! The DSLR Canon Rebel T2i. Come on, don’t be shy.

I think a celebration is in order… with drinks. You’ll see what I mean.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,



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18 Comments to “Saying Farewell to Lauren with Surf ‘n’ Turf!”

  1. That’s a lovely goodbye party, Chrissy! I hope you won’t feel too lonely without Lauren. Mh, nice camera! 😛

  2. Goodbye to Laruen, the crabcakes rock, and the camera!!! That is the camera I had until 3 weeks ago when I got the Canon 5D. You are going to love it! I got mine in early January and was used for just a few months…had I known you wanted one, I would have sold you mine at half off! haha :)

    Seriously, welcome to the Big Girl Camera League. You are going to love it. Your photography SKILLS already rock, now you have a camera that matches your skills.

  3. Yum! I love crab cakes and now have a huge craving for them. Every thing looks delicious and your photos really do look great!

  4. We have the same camera from Costco and it’s AMAZING. Have fun with your new toy and goodbye to Lauren!

  5. Lauren

    Thanks sweet friend! That meal was delicious. Yep, it was delicious 😉 Enjoy that camera, I fully expect you to be a pro when I get back. Love you!

  6. Nice dining memory for your friend for years to come-you really went all out and your efforts paid off-simply delicious. Not really farewell forever, I am sure she will come and visit often.

  7. Ooops, I just read the previous post. Now I know it is not really farewell because she is moving or leaving but bon voyage…

  8. Chrissy

    Thank you Tina! Yes, this is only temporary, she will be back in 2 months time! I’m sure it will fly by, but still….tasty dinner was definitely needed to send her off!

  9. Chrissy

    Oh, SO much fun! I love it… ok, so I am slightly obsessed with it. Great to hear that you have the exact same thing and feel the same way!

  10. Everything looks delicious and congratulations on your new camera! I want a DSLR SO bad…one day – I keep telling myself – one day!

    Great pics too, but then, the pictures have always been good on your blog…good enough you could almost taste the food.

  12. Chrissy

    ahhh Averie, how much are you loving your new Canon 5D? Looks like you graduated onto bigger and better things :) I am just stoked to start using my new Rebel, but yours would have been a deal! Thanks so much for the compliments, these “skills” are you must be talking about are definitely a work in progress… 😉 You have to teach me your ways!

  13. Chrissy

    Oh yea! So good! Pearl got the crab meat at Costco! It was really good stuff, rather than buying a cheap can of it! How great is this camera?? I am glad you get to see it’s work and beauty in action!

  14. We’ll miss you Lauren, but I know you’ll hold down the fort just fine Chrissy. :) All of the food looks awesome. I’m loving the prosciutto wrapped shrimp. Can you say yum!?!

  15. Wow – this entire lineup looks like a true feast!! The camera makes it almost possible to eat everything through my computer screen :)

    While I just stumbled on your blog today, and haven’t followed your partnership, I can say that this really is a trip of a lifetime. You might consider swinging through the northern part of my home state, Nebraska. The Niobrara river is beautiful.

    Erika K

    Cuisinart 14 cup food processor

  16. Chrissy

    Thanks Caroline! Yes, I am sure I will be fine. Maybe end up with loads of left-overs, but hey, I guess that means maybe I should just throw a bunch of dinner parties? PS. Prosciutto wrapped shrimp is my new summer grill favorite!!

  17. Sorry about your roomie leaving :( … that’s always tough. But those crabcakes look fantastic!! :)

    Congrats on your new purchase!

  18. Chrissy

    Yes, it will definitely be a change… but I am sure that these 2 months without her will fly right by and we will be back in business in no time. I love this camera! I think the time it will take me to hone my skills and learn all its features will probably take me the whole time that Lauren is gone. haha… but seriously.