It’s National Seafood Bisque Day!

In honor of today being National Seafood Bisque Day, I am presenting to you an UPDATED & REVISED version of this post, which appeared on DiS1972 exactly one year ago today….

Back in June 2016, I was at the wedding of two of my dear friends Erin & Anthony. At my assigned table it was me, my date, my friends Dan & Jon, some people I didn’t know, and my friend Ed. and his date.

Anyway, the wedding ceremony is all said and done and we are getting all settled at the table, this is the conversation I have with the girl accompanying Ed:

Me: Hi, you must be Ed’s girlfriend who I’ve heard so much about!

Girl: No, I’m not.

Me: Oh. Sorry.

Girl: We got engaged 3 weeks ago!!!

Me: Oh! Wow! Congratulations! You know, for the longest time Ed and I were the only single people in this circle of friends.

Ed: Don’t worry, Emily. Someone will get divorced eventually.


I’m not single! Do you not see that I have a date?

Ah. Eventual Divorce is what will save me from being the lone singleton in a sea of smug marrieds! One day



I will have a bitter, sad, divorced friend to commiserate with. Great. Thanks, Ed.

However, statistically, he’s right. 42% of marriages end in divorce and I have a 5% chance of ever marrying. So, yeah. Truth.

But that’s not the point–although that is a very sobering point–the point is, who the fuck says that at someone’s wedding?


For real. Like, totally.

OK, let’s get to this dish.


The Playboy Gourmet

I’m sharing a chilled soup because Mother Nature decided to come back with a bit of Hot-Tober and it’s in the 80s this week. Gross. So, this dish is apropos.

This recipe is from the 1977 edition of The Playboy Gourmet by Tomas Mario. He is also the man responsible for the most excellent Playboy Host & Bar Book.

To be filed under “bizarre coincidences:” This is Cold Bisque of Shrimp Soup and today, October 19 is National Seafood Bisque Day. WEIRD.

shrimp bisque recipe shrimp bisque recipe 2

playboy gourmet shellfish dishes

Blenders in spooky, shadowy, silhouette!

Well, this was pretty upfront and easy. Cook shrimp and veg in broth and then blend the shit out of it. And then mix in cream and sherry.

immersion blender

Immersion blender!

Here is the end result, which was surprisingly tasty considering that it is a cold shrimp soup.

cold shrimp bisque

Fancy chives make soup fancy.

Yay, soup!

Also! I would like to note that since this post was first published in October 2016, Ed got married…and also separated.

So I guess I will have a bitter, sad, divorced friend to commiserate with after all!


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2 Responses to It’s National Seafood Bisque Day!

  1. Heather says:

    Oh the bitter irony. Sorry/not sorry Ed.

  2. What goes around, comes around!

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