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Lemon Pepper BEER Shrimp

July 28, 2014

I love a one pot dish- especially when you’re entertaining for a big crowd.   We were at the lake house for the 4th of July with a big family group this summer- which means lots of hungry (and often tipsy) mouths to feed. One night I spied our lovely hostess with the mostess pouring BEER into the shrimp skillet! Obviously I was intrigued and had to stalk her for the recipe… This crowd-pleaser could not be simpler! You just toss some rather surprising ingredients (shrimp, beer & Italian dressing) into an oven friendly dish – bake – then eat! Peel & Eat Beer Shrimp Ingredients 2 lbs shrimp (deveined- but shell kept on!) Italian dressing light beer (like Corona) 8-10 lemons quartered half a stick of butter Salt & pepper to taste   Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put the shrimp and lemon wedges in a large baking dish. Dot the top with a few pieces of butter (about a quarter stick per dish), drizzle with […]

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SUPER Easy One Pot Chicken Dinner

September 25, 2012

When I set out to make dinner last night I wasn’t thinking I was about to make a glamorous blog-able photo-step-by-step worthy dinner. I was really just reaching for a way to use up the ingredients I had on hand for a quick weeknight meal. What I ended up with was a recipe that left Matt and I fighting for seconds and licking our plates clean! In about 20 minutes flat I had dinner on the table. I am so glad I decided to snap a quick instagram photo of this dish because it turned out to be a real winner. I’d be willing to bet most of you have the ingredients on hand right now to pull off this dish tonight. Enjoy.   Braised Chicken in Tomato Sauce with Trinity 4-6 pieces of chicken with skin on 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes (+ half a can of water) 1 1/2 cups Trinity ( onion, celery and carrot) 4 garlic cloves […]

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Easy Entertaining with Fish en Papillote

June 12, 2012

I get questioned all the time about easy go-to fish recipes- this is my answer. I understand why people can be afraid of cooking fish. It’s one of those things, that if it’s bad- it’s REALLY bad, but I promise you- this is just about as fool proof of a recipe as you can get. And I just love it for entertaining because you can prepare the packages ahead of time, cook them quickly when you’re ready, it makes for a fun presentation when your guests get to open their packages just like presents on Christmas, and a major bonus- the clean up is a cinch! Just toss the bags from the plate and you’re done! Cooking Fish en Papillote (which really just means “Fish in a bag”) is so simple because it allows you to wrap up a nice package of flavor- then bake it and forget it. Keeping all of the flavors and moisture inside of each individual […]


Penne with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower

September 19, 2011

My not-so-secret love affair with the larger-than-life,red-headed, croc-wearing Italian master chef continues. I literally cannot get enough of Mario Batali. I’ve had the pleasure of eating at Babbo twice now, and I’ve been pouring over the Babbo cookbook since I received it as a birthday gift in July. But last night, I finally pulled the trigger. I made not one, but two recipes from the cookbook. I went batshit for Batali. This pasta was the clear winner out of the two dishes I made – and more importantly, it’s utterly simple to make. I’ve made a similar cauliflower pasta before, but this one takes the cake. Mario makes this tuscan-style pasta with ziti, but I substituted penne as Central Market was sold out of ziti. Who knew ziti was such a hot item? And don’t be scared to get overly aggressive with the pecorino. It’s worth it. Ziti with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower (The Babbo Cookbook, Mario Batali) Serves 4 kosher salt […]

Homemade-ish Pizza

Homemade-ish Pizza

July 12, 2011

This is really a public service announcement vs. recipe. Every now and then I feel like eating at home, but I don’t feel like mustering the energy to actually cook a meal. And when that happens, I usually rely on one of two things – roasted chicken or pizza. On this particular night, I happened to make both. But since I’ve already shared my favorite roasted chicken recipe, I’ll share this homemade-ish pizza recipe with you. Technically, this isn’t even homemade-ish, but it’s not quite as simple as Totinos, so I’m going to count it as cooking. Step 1: Go to Central Market. Step 2: Proceed directly to the Cafe, and ask the checkout person for a ball of fresh pizza dough. Step 3: Pay $1.40, and go home to make your pizza. It’s crazy simple, but Central Market doesn’t advertise their fresh pizza dough, and if you’re not in the know you end up with the frozen dough. So […]

Brown Butter, Tarragon & Tomato Salmon

Brown Butter, Tarragon & Tomato Salmon

July 7, 2011

The title pretty much says it all. It’s that simple. We all have our repertoire of salmon recipes, and I’ll probably add this one to the rotation. The only reason I say probably is because it’s made with half a stick of butter, and even though I’m a sucker for brown butter I usually prefer to indulge in butter via cookie vs. salmon. It doesn’t mean this recipe isn’t good – it is, in fact, really good. It’s just that if I’m eating salmon it’s usually because I’m trying to be healthy, and the stick of butter somewhat negates my cause. But I love recipes that have less than five ingredients, and this one really only has three – I’m not counting the butter as that’s a staple in my refrigerator. So if you like butter and salmon, this recipe is screaming your name. Brown Butter, Tarragon and Tomato Salmon 4 TBS unsalted butter 1/2 cup roughly chopped tarrago 1/2 […]

Shrimp Coconut Curry

Shrimp Coconut Curry

March 17, 2011

In honor of St.Patrick’s Day I’m posting an Indian recipe. That isn’t even really all that authentic. But, it does have cilantro on top, which is green, so I’m counting it as a celebratory dish. This dish was unexpectedly delicious. I even got a request to add it to the regular rotation of go-to weeknight dinners. Plus, it can be made in under 30 minutes, which is key for those busy nights when I don’t really feel like cooking something complex. Shrimp Coconut Curry over Pearl Couscous 3 tablespoons butter 1 1/4 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoon curry powder 1/4 TSP cayenne pepper (or to taste) 3/4 cup coconut milk 3/4 cup bottled clam juice 3 tablespoons mango chutney Cooked pearl couscous (or you can easily use rice) Chopped cilantro Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to skillet and sauté until almost opaque […]

Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

February 28, 2011

Apparently a cornish game hen isn’t necessarily even a hen. A cornish game hen can actually be a male or female, and it’s not even a game bird, just a smaller domestic chicken. Huh. Who knew? But it’s a great choice for a dinner party, as each person can have their own personal hen, and you don’t have to worry about who wants the thigh vs. breast on a giant roasted chicken. These are great served with roasted potatoes, sauteed spinach or even mac n cheese. It’s a simple dish that’s certain to impress any dinner guest. Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens (courtesy of Miss Martha Stewart) 1/4 cup parsley leaves, packed 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves 2 tablespoons thyme leaves 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 lemon, ends trimmed, cut into wedges and seeded 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling 6 1/2 pound Cornish game hens 4 tablespoons butter, […]

Tandoori Chicken Legs

Tandoori Chicken Legs

January 25, 2011

Sometimes, a girl just wants to eat some chicken legs. So last night I threw together an easy & cheap meal for dinner – tandoori chicken legs. It’s so simple, that I feel a tad guilty posting it as a recipe, but since it involved an oven I believe it still counts as “cooking.” I know this is not a authentic tandoori recipe, but it’s a nice substitute that’s less time consuming with fewer ingredients. The original recipe I found called for skinless chicken legs, but the crispy, burnt skin is the best part. I think you would still have a decent outcome without the skin, and I’m sure you would save a few calories, but leave the skin on one or two legs just for kicks. Tandoori Chicken (adapted from Gourmet 2007) 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably Greek-style – I used full-fat, but low-fat should be okay) 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 […]

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Potatoes

October 27, 2010

This is one of my easiest go-to side dishes. Cheese and potatoes is almost always a no-fail crowd pleaser. I always have red potatoes and parmesan cheese on hand, and rosemary grows so well here in Texas that it has practically taken over my garden out back. So by default, this has become one of my favorite go-to sides that will end up on my dinner plate almost every week. And because it’s so easy to throw together and common in our kitchen I had previously overlooked sharing it with you all here. That is until my significant other/ certified taste tester nearly ate the entire pan of them in our last sitting… I realized then I might be on to something worth sharing. You could mix up the chopped herbs with whatever you have on hand, but I’ve found that rosemary and garlic is always my favorite combination.