Chile-Crisp Shrimp and Green Beans

The following recipe from Ali Slagle, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, is superb. But first I ask are Crispy Shallots the new food trend? Lately, I can’t pick up a magazine or newspaper without reading about crispy shallots. I remember years ago Bran was the new food trend. And if my memoryContinue reading “Chile-Crisp Shrimp and Green Beans”

Chicken and Shrimp Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, and Wonton Strips

I made this salad years ago but without the shrimp. We are experiencing a heat wave here and a special salad, and this salad is very special, seemed like a great dinner choice on a hot day–and the serve to our special guests; Julia and Daryl before they return to Colorado. FYI: Daryl is myContinue reading “Chicken and Shrimp Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, and Wonton Strips”

Abuelas Albondigas

Last weekend, Susan and I watched a few episodes of The Great American Recipe on PBS. One of the contestants, Silvia Martinez, made Abuelas Albondigas, also known as Mexican Meatballs. It looked so delicious. I turned to Susan and said, “I have to make this for our Sunday dinner.” And I did. And it wasContinue reading “Abuelas Albondigas”

Sesame-Ginger Potato Salad

This is so delicious! From Lizzy Briskin, Food Editor at Real Simple magazine. Ingredients 3 pounds red baby new potatoes ¼ cup lower-sodium soy sauce ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 3 or 4 limes) 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (from a 2-in. piece) 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon plusContinue reading “Sesame-Ginger Potato Salad”

Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

This is one of the most delicious chicken dinners I have ever made. The recipe is by Yasmin Fahr , food writer and contributor to The New York Times Cooking. Did I say DELICIOUS!!! Yasmin writes: “This comforting one-pot dinner is reminiscent of a rich French onion soup, but made in less time and withContinue reading “Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions”

Shrimp Scampi

Simple and delicious! Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup dry white wine or broth ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper 1 ¾ pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled ⅓ cup chopped parsleyContinue reading “Shrimp Scampi”

Shrimp Burger

I threw this together a few nights ago. Approximately 20 small shrimp, peeled, deveined, and diced. One egg, beaten. Two scallions chopped. 1/3 cup Panko. Some lemon juice and Old Bay seasoning. Fried in butter for about 7 minutes per side. Served with a mayo, grain mustard, Frank’s Hot Sauce, lemon juice and Old BayContinue reading “Shrimp Burger”

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry with Veggies

For years I have wondered why do I only find shrimp from Thailand here in New England–both at the supermarket and a favorite fish store. Why? Why aren’t Gulf Shrimp distributed and sold here in New England? I recently discovered a company called Biloxi Shrimp. And I ordered 10 pounds from them. I couldn’t beContinue reading “Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry with Veggies”

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

I never made Irish Soda Bread until this recent St. Patrick’s Day. Susan has been asking me to make it for years. “My mother always made it,” she said. “Would you make it for me?” I did. It was delicious. I used a recipe from Julee Rosso’s cookbook, Great Good Food. Rosso is the co-authorContinue reading “Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread”

Fat Tuesday Jambalaya

Somebody has said that if ever a good Louisianian died, went to heaven and found no gumbo there, he’d come straight back! I’m not from Louisiana. I am still standing. And I made gumbo a few months ago. Fat Tuesday called for Jambalaya. Homemade Hot Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya. I based my recipe on this:Continue reading “Fat Tuesday Jambalaya”

Photos:

Some images from the past week. Click on image to enlarge. Amaryllis sunrise in our sitting room. Freddy. Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kale and Kielbasa. Mushroom Apple Pizza with Pumpkin Squash Sauce. Me. My desk. Elephants, one a gift from Julia. Moroccan Orange Cake. Pasta with Tuna, Capers, and Green Olives. Sunrise in Living Room.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Every Christmas our son and his girlfriend return to Western Massachusetts from Denver to visit family and to celebrate the holiday. Susan and I always prepare a special dinner for the two. One year we made their favorite; Chicken Piccata. Another year Pasta Putanesca. And once, Piccadillo. Days later Susan and I had the leftoversContinue reading “Chicken Sausage Gumbo”