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Everything Lo Mein!

Denise and Tom wanted to cook something with me so I chose a good looking recipe from my new Rachael Ray cookbook! Everything Lo Mein. We fired up the laptops and cooked over skype. I only cooked half a recipe and they made a whole one. If you follow the recipe exactly, I would double the amount of sauce you make. Otherwise, the pasta will be a bit dry. I also will probably add a little more garlic next time I make it. Shrimp would be really good in this as well as fried tofu.

Everything Lo Mein
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:

Sauce:
* 3 rounded tablespoons hoisin sauce
* 3 tablespoons dark soy, eyeball it
* 3 tablespoons water, eyeball it
* 2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it

Everything Lo Mein:
* 1 pound spaghetti
* Salt
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
* 2 large eggs, beaten
* 3 chicken breast cutlets, thinly sliced into strips
* 3 thin cut pork chops, thinly sliced into strips
* Black pepper
* 2 teaspoons ground coriander
* 2 inches fresh ginger, chopped or grated
* 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
* 6 scallions, cut into 3-inch lengths then sliced lengthwise
* 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, cut into quarters, seeded, then sliced
* 1 small can sliced water chestnuts
* 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, 4 generous handfuls or 1/2 pound shredded cabbage, your choice

Directions:
Mix together sauce ingredients and reserve.

Bring pasta water to a boil, salt water and cook spaghetti to al dente.

While pasta cooks, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large, nonstick skillet over high heat. When oil ripples, add beaten eggs and scramble them to light golden brown, remove and reserve.

Season the meat with salt, pepper and coriander. Heat the remaining vegetable oil to a ripple, then add meat and stir-fry 4 minutes, push meat to the side and add ginger, garlic and veggies. Stir-fry veggies 2 minutes, then drain and add pasta and eggs back to skillet. Pour sauce over the spaghetti and toss to combine. Turn off pan. Toss 30 seconds and let the liquids absorb.

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Posted by on September 16, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Shrimpies and salad

I was watching “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” on the Food Network this afternoon and I just had to try the panzanella salad that he made. The recipe looked really simple but delicious. It turns out that it really was DELICIOUS. I served it with shrimp cooked in the same mixture that the bread is tossed in (I made a second batch of the butter/garlic/oil mix while the bread was toasting in the oven.) I used regular olives because that’s what I had in the house. I also used Apple Cider vinegar for the same reason.

Ingredients:
* 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into small cubes
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 2 pints red and yellow, grape and pear tomatoes, sliced in 1/2
* 1 cup halved, sliced kalamata olives
* 1/2 pound perlini mozzarella
* 8 basil leaves, chopped

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, the butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to infuse the butter and oil with the garlic, about 4 minutes.

Add the cubed bread to a large bowl, pour the butter and garlic mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet tray and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining olive oil and red wine vinegar and set aside.

In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, croutons, basil, and the oil and vinegar mixture. Gently toss to coat all the tomatoes and croutons. Let the salad sit for 10 minutes before serving.

At first I thought the show was going to be lame but he is just so adorable! It is one of those shows that I will just HAVE to see on the weekends now. Incredible!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Shrimp Rolls

I was dog sitting for a friend of my mother-in-law the other day and I was reading her Gourmet Magazine. I found a recipe for Lobster Rolls with Lemon Vinaigrette and Garlic Butter and thought it would be tasty with shrimp instead. I modified the recipe quite a bit but it still came out awesome.

Serves 2-4

1 pound shrimp (for 4 people)
3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 sliced scallions
3 ribs thinly sliced celery with leaves
Handful of flat parsley leaves, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tbsp butter
Hot dog buns (however many people you have)

Peel and devein the shrimp. Mix in a small bowl with a tablespoon or so of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 cloves of garlic pressed. Set them aside.

In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil until it emulsifies. Whisk in the scallions, celery and parsley. Saute the shrimp in a skillet until cooked through (about 3 minutes per side) Add the shrimp to the dressing and mix together. Combine 2 tbsp butter with 2 cloves of pressed garlic. Spread on the hot dog buns and toast until lightly browned. Place shrimp mixture on top of the bun and serve! I served mine with fries.

This dish was really fantastic and super simple to make!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Shrimp Tacos!

I found this recipe on the food network website last night when I was looking for something to make for dinner. I made a few changes to it but for the most part it was really simple and delicious.
I cannot eat avocados so I substituted a red tomato for the half an avocado. I think that you need something creamy to go along with the salsa and shrimp tho. I would add sour cream and a little bit of cheese to it if I made them again. Also, I made a pound and a half of 31-40 ct shrimp. They were good, a little annoying to be grilling but it was worth it. That many shrimp was enough for 11-13 tacos depending how many shrimp you put into each. (Each person probably had an average of 3 tacos tonight)

Avocado Salsa:
1 small onion, quartered
1 jalapeno, quartered, seeds optional
1 garlic clove, smashed
4 medium tomatillos, (about 8 ounces) husked, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
1/2 Hass avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Shrimp:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chipotle or blended chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound medium shrimp (about 20), peeled and deveined
8 corn tortillas
8 sprigs cilantro for garnish
2 limes, cut into wedges

Put the onion, jalapeno, and garlic in a food processor and finely chop. Add the tomatillos, avocado, and salt and pulse until chopped but still chunky. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cilantro.

Heat a stove top or outdoor grill to medium-high. Mix the olive oil, chipotle or chili powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Grill the shrimp until translucent, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side.

Grill tortillas, until slightly charred and pliable, about 20 seconds per side. (Alternatively, wrap in a damp paper towel and heat in a microwave.) Spoon sauce on the tortilla, then top with about 2 or 3 shrimp and a sprig of cilantro. Serve 2 tacos per person, with a lime wedge on the side.

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Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis per serving Calories 233
Fat 10 grams Saturated Fat 2 grams
Carbohydrates 12 grams Fiber 3 grams
Protein 25 grams

Ready to go!

Salsa!

Shrimpies!

Done cooking!

Cooked Shrimpies!

Tacos with a bit of cheese added on top

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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