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Monday
Jul142014

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp and Green Beans

Sweet spicy shrimp

When looking for recipes, I often bypass my cookbook shelf and go straight to food blogs. While that usually proves to be a great option, I still have so many great, under-utilized cookbooks sitting on a shelf in the dining room, collecting dust. So, last night I cracked the spine on one and cooked an outstanding meal in all of about 10 minutes. Considering the source is a cookbook from a brewery, this meal perfectly pairs with a strong Belgian ale, but I bet a cold glass of white wine or rosé would be great, too. I hope you enjoy this perfectly quick summer meal as much as we did!

For the Green Beans
8 ounces Fresh Green Beans
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Set a seamer basket into a small saucepan and fill with water to just below the level of the steamer. Bring the water to a boil, add the green beans, and steam for about 6 minutes, or until the green beans are tender to your liking. Remove from the saucepan and season with salt and pepper.

For the Shrimp
1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1/4 cup Yellow Onion, small dice
1/2 cup Peppadew Peppers, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Peppadew Liquid (from the jar)
12 ounces Shrimp (26/30 size), peeled and deveined (I used 10 31-40 size, which shrunk)
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped

Add the grape seed oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add the peppers and sauté for another minute. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes per side, then add the peppadew liquid and bring to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, until the shrimp have finished cooking. Turn off the heat and toss with chopped thyme and parsley. Place a handful of green beans on a plate and top with the shrimp mixture. 


SOURCE: Allagash: The Cookbook

Sunday
May182014

Spring Vegetable Minestrone 

Spring minestrone

We’ve been spoiled. This past week it has been pretty warm. People at work were complaining about how hot it was! Then Friday came…it was back to being pretty darn cold. So cold that we turned our heat back on, and that is pretty much unheard of past April 1st in our house. After a week of no-cook salads for dinner, I decided to make soup to warm us up. Since every time I use my crock pot, the food is mediocre at best, I adapted a crock pot spring soup recipe and made it on the stove top instead. Great move on my part, if I do say so myself. The meal was done in under an hour, was incredibly delicious, and made more than enough to freeze half the batch for whenever Mother Nature tries to throw some colder weather our way!

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Sweet Onion, diced
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 Carrots, peeled and sliced
1 (28 ounce) can Diced Tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups Vegetable Broth
2 cups Water
8 ounces Ditalini Pasta, uncooked
1 bunch Asparagus Spears, stems removed and cut into thirds
1 cup Frozen Peas
6 ounces Baby Spinach
1/3 cup Grated Romano Cheese, plus more for topping
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrot, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the tomatoes, beans, broth, and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the asparagus, spinach, peas, and pasta and cook for 15 minutes, or until the pasta has cooked through. Stir in the grated cheese and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with additional cheese on top. 

SOURCE: slightly adapted from How Sweet It Is

Saturday
May172014

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

A few summers ago, I bought a strawberry plant with hopes of being able to pick baskets of berries all summer long. I was new to gardening and I bought it in the distressed plant section of the nursery, but I still had high hopes. Unfortunately, the strawberries never grew. I’m not sure if it was the plant, the soil, or me, but I never saw a single berry. This year, I decided to try it again. This time, I bought a healthy strawberry plant and plan to plant it in its own container with fresh, good soil. Hopefully I end up with lots of berries. When those berries come, I plan to make this salad all summer long. Simple and flavorful, with just the right amount of sweetness from the berries, saltiness from the feta, and crunch from the almonds. It is the perfect salad for any hot summer night!

For the Salad:
6 ounces Baby Spinach
1 cup Strawberries, sliced
2 Avocados, chopped
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds (I used chopped)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese

For the Dressing:
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Milk
3 tablespoons Sugar
4 teaspoons Cider Vinegar
2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds

Combine the spinach, strawberries, avocados, almonds, and feta in a large salad bowl. In a small jar with a lid, combine the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, vinegar, and poppy seeds, and shake to combine. Pour about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Add more dressing, if desired. 

SOURCE: The Recipe Critic

Sunday
May042014

Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Spicy Celery Slaw

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Summer is quickly approaching, which means I need to beef up my collection of burger recipes for causal cookouts. I’ve said it before, but being from Buffalo, normally the “buffalo” flavor isn’t really our thing, but on a whim, I gave these burgers a try. Man, am I glad I did, though I never should have doubted how amazing they would be, since the recipe comes from a Buffalo-native! The burgers themselves have the perfect amount of spiciness, and the coolness from the slaw on top brings everything together to make one outstanding burger for your next cookout. Placed on homemade whole wheat burger buns, this easily has become one of our favorite burgers! 

For the Burgers
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter (I used less)
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 pound Ground Chicken Breast
2-4 tablespoons Hot Sauce, to taste (I used Frank’s)
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, add the onion mixture, chicken, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Combine the mixture with your hands, being careful not to over-mix. Divide the mixture into four portions and shape each into a patty. Grill the burgers until the chicken has cooked completely, being careful not overcook. Place each burger on a bun and top with slaw (recipe below).

For the Slaw
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
1-3 teaspoons Hot Sauce, to taste (I used Frank’s)
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
3 Celery Stalks, thinly sliced
1 Carrot, shredded
4 Scallions, thinly sliced
3 ounces Blue Cheese, crumbled

In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; stir well. Add the celery, carrot, and scallions and stir until coated with the sauce. Gently fold in the blue cheese crumbles. Add additional salt, pepper, and hot sauce, to taste. 

SOURCE: An Edible Mosaic

Tuesday
Apr152014

Roast Beef, Pepper, and Cheddar Sandwiches

Beef and cheese sandwiches

Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. It’s nights like those when I need quick meals in my repertoire to keep me from eating out. Like this one. Reminiscent of a fast-food beef and cheese sandwich I remember from my youth, but way better and more grown up. Perfectly cooked roast beef, sautéed onions and peppers, and a sauce actually made of cheese make for a very quick and very delicious weeknight meal. A word of warning…leftovers make for a messy lunch, but so worth it!

1 pound Roast Beef, medium-rare and thinly sliced
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
4 Hoagie Rolls, split in half

Divide the roast beef between the 4 rolls on a baking sheet, and heat in an oven at 350 degrees for about 5-8 minutes, or until heated through. Meanwhile, sauté onions and peppers with olive oil in a medium pan until softened, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. In a small saucepan, stir together the cheese and evaporated milk over medium-low heat until the cheese has melted. Season with salt and pepper. Top the roast beef with the sautéed onions and peppers and drizzle with the cheese sauce. Serve immediately. 

SOURCE: Cooking For Keeps