Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekly Favorites 09/02/18 to 09/08/18

Time for another batch of Weekly Favorites! This week, there was no theme to follow, just whatever I found that was interesting. That's how I cook sometimes. Just go to the market without a plan and piece together a menu based off of what they have available!

Pommes Anna: French Melted Potatoes - via Sweet Paul

I've long a been a fan of Sweet Paul. He comes up with some pretty cool stuff! A classic potatoes au gratin has always a favorite comfort food dish of mine. Pommes Anna takes it to a whole new level!

Peaches and Cream Hand Pies - via Garden & Gun

I've discussed my love pastries and other baked goods in the past. These are portable, which of course, doubles their appeal! If you haven't checked out Garden & Gun before, they are such a great resource for southern comfort!

Herb Butter Salmon and Asparagus Foil Packs - Creme de la Crumb

I've eaten a few really good fish dishes lately, mostly in sandwich form. A few weeks ago in Seattle, I ate a really good Salmon Sandwich. Since then, I've had salmon on the brain! This easy salmon dish could really satisfy a craving!

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden - via Gardening Channel

For about a year now, I've had a spot set aside for a vegetable garden in the backyard. The spot is boxed in, ready for a raised garden to go in, but the grass is about two feet tall now. I still have plans to make a garden, someday. So, maybe an indoor herb garden is more my speed at this point.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Simple Shrimp Scampi

I love how simple this recipe is. It has just a few ingredients, but still has big flavor! The lemon, butter, and shrimp are perfect together!

The Recipe:

Simple Shrimp Scampi
Simple Shrimp Scampi
  • 1/2 Pound Shrimp - Peeled and Deveined
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Dry White Wine
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Shallot - Minced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced 
  • 3 Scallions - Chopped
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Linguini
  • Fresh Parsley

In a heavy bottom skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the garlic and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Add some crushed red pepper flakes if desired. Add in the white wine and lemon juice. I prefer a dry white wine, like a sauvignon Blanc. 

Cook the shrimp until on both sides. The shrimp will cook fast, so just a few minutes per side. When the shrimp are almost done, add in the scallions and cook just long enough to heat. You don't want them to over cook.

Serve over linguine and garnish with the fresh parsley. If you're feeling up for an adventure, this is great with fresh pasta! This pairs really well with some Cheesy Garlic Bread!

Happy eating!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Weekly Favorites 08/26/18 to 09/1/18

Well friends, this week the Weekly Favorites post is on time! I hate falling behind in my posts, but the good news, you're getting three weeks of favorites in one weekend! I'm also hoping to get some new recipes posted soon!

Prawn in Mustard Poppy Seed Sauce - via Twinkling Tina Cooks

Like a dog to a squirrel, I'm always drawn to prawns. Scrolling through Twitter, I had to stop and scroll back, because, well, I saw prawns! This prawns with a mustard sauce recipe looks amazing!

Raspberry Streusel Muffins - via Watch Jenn Bake

Have I told you how much I love pastries, specifically breakfast pastries? These raspberry streusel muffins made me do a double take! They sound like the perfect weekend morning pastry!

Go Go Goan Chicken Curry - via Hello Fresh

I'm always a fan of curry, especially with Chicken, and tomato based curry is right up my alley! Throw some naan bread in, and this would make a great night at home!

Savory and Refreshing Cucumber and Boiled Egg Toast - via Cooking with Anadi

I'll admit that I've jumped on the avocado toast bandwagon. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I've long felt that there could be more to it. What else could be layered on toast to give new flavor and texture profiles? I love cucumber on deli sandwiches, so why not mix it up with some eggs on toast?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Weekly Favorites 08/19/18 to 08/25/18

Well I'm late again, no surprise there at this point! This post is this week's Weekly Favorites post, just a week late. At this point, you're probably think, "Does this guy write anything besides the weekly favorites?" In fact I do, and I'm working on a few new posts!

Vermicelli di Positano - via The Pasta Project

Pasta, my old friend! I've made a few pasta dishes like this and on a rainy or cold day, they can really hit the spot! There is just something about marinated tomatoes and veggies that is so good!

Pesto - via Pesto Champion

I love pesto. I also love history. This very brief history of pesto caught my attention and I had to shared. Now I have a question. Pine nuts or no pine nuts in your pesto?

Maseladar Chana dal Tadka or Spiced Yellow Split Peas with Ghee - via Cooking with Anadi

My wife and I cook fair amount of curry, usually chicken or shrimp. Our kids, surprisingly, love rice. I like to see variations on curry, and I've never really done one with a yellow curry. This one looks like one I am going to have to try out!

Weekly Favorites 08/12/18 to 08/18/18

Guys, I have to make a confession here, though I'm sure you already know what it is. I've been slacking here on the blog posts! So, here is the Weekly Favorites post from two weeks ago!

Strawberry Scones with Sweet Lemon Glaze - via All Tarted Up

I'm a bit of a self admitted pastry junkie. Specifically breakfast pastries. Seriously. The worst thing that can happen to me is for someone to bring donuts to the office. So when I saw this recipe for Strawberry Scones, I had to check it out. I'm especially excited about the sweet lemon glaze on these!

Easy Chicken, Spinach, and Tomato Pasta Bake - via Maune Legacy

If you've been following along, you know I've never met a pasta I didn't like. Especially pasta with chicken and spinach, and usually some tomato and cheese mixed. Basically every ingredient found in this pasta bake. It's like we were meant to meat each other!
Chifferi Elbow Pasta with Cannellini Beans and Tuna - via The Pasta Project

The combination of pasta and fish or seafood is almost legendary. Maybe it gets a bad rap because of the old tuna noodle casserole, but done right it can be a thing of beauty! This combination of the pasta, the tuna, and beans, sounds amazing!

Pan Seared Halibut with Garlic Crab Topping - via Ask Chef Dennis

I'm almost positive you've gone into a restaurant and seen a menu item or chef special that is some form of fish topped with crab. I'm also almost positive you have paid too much for it. It's okay, I have too. Now, courtesy of Chef Dennis, you can make it at home!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Weekly Favorites 08/05/18 to 08/11/18

Last week, for Weekly Favorites, I decided to go with a sweets and desserts theme. This week, I decided to go with another theme, and include all pasta articles!

Baked Lumaconi Pasta Shells with Chicory and Porcini - via The Pasta Project

I've always loved stuffed and baked pasta dishes. Pasta stuffed with mushrooms is one of my favorites!

Creamy Tomato Alfredo Tortellini with Sautéed Arugula and Hot Sausage - via The Sweet & Savory Couple

If I'm being honest, I have to admit that I've never been a huge fan of Alfredo sauce. I am however, a fan of tomatoes and Italian sausage. And, I've always been fascinated by tortellini!

Corn Pasta with Bacon and Pecorino Romano - via Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

We've been cooking with a lot of corn lately. Coincidentally, we made a corn and bacon pasta dish just like this a few weeks ago with some chicken! This combination of pasta and bacon and corn is great!

Rigatoni Filled with Spinach and Gorgonzola - via Make it Kitchen

Maybe it's because I watched a lot of Popeye when I was little, but I love spinach! It's great in salads, but especially in pasta! Pasta stuffed with cheese and spinach is a delicious combination!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Seafood Pasta Diavolo

I've always loved pasta, especially with seafood. The textures and flavors go so well together. It's especially good with some added spice, like Seafood Pasta Diavolo! Diavolo sauce, or fra diavolo sauce, is typically a tomato based sauce with some red pepper or other spice added to it to give it some heat.

Let's cook!
Seafood Pasta Diavolo
Seafood Pasta Diavolo

The Recipe:

  • 1 14.5 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Shallot - Diced
  • 4 Garlic Gloves - Diced
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • Scallops
  • Whole Clams
  • Shrimp
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Linguine
  • Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

To start, heat the olive oil over in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Pan sear the scallops for about a minute on each side, until well seared and golden brown. Remove the scallops and set aside.

Lower the heat to medium. In the remaining oil, sauté the shallot and garlic with red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. I like mine spicy, so I use a lot of red pepper flakes. When the garlic is golden, deglaze with the wine. A sauvignon blanc works great for this. Add in the tomatoes. When the sauce begins to reduce, add in the shrimp and cover. Keep an eye on the shrimp. They will cook really fast. Flip the shrimp about halfway through. You'll know to flip them, when the pink color starts to creep up the sides. 

After you flip the shrimp, add the clams and scallops in, and cover. When the clams open, the sauce is done, and you're ready to eat! I served this with linguine, but a spaghetti or angel hair would work as well. A fresh pasta would work great too. Sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley on top. This would also pair well with some cheesy garlic bread!

**A note about the seafood. I made this dish just for me. I used five shrimp, four clams, and three scallops. Depending on how many people you are cooking for, you would need to increase the amount of seafood. Use these numbers as a guide.

Happy eating!


Weekly Favorites 09/02/18 to 09/08/18

Time for another batch of Weekly Favorites! This week, there was no theme to follow, just whatever I found that was interesting. That's ...