lattice chicken pot pie
braised short ribs with cheddar polenta
butternut bisque, salad, pepper popovers
chicken lo mein
sausage, cheese & crackers, apricot baked brie, truffle butter turkey, white wine gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, parmesan roasted butternut squash, green beans, cranberry sauce, soft yeast rolls, apple pie
turkey gumbo
out before the Nutcracker

Monday, November 30, 2015

Crispy Shrimp Tacos

Whenever C is out for the evening, Miss F and I are usually going to enjoy some sort of seafood dish. Last time she requested shrimp tacos, but the crispy kind. I don't think I have ever made crispy shrimp tacos and I am fairly certain she has never had them out, so I am not sure where she got the idea, but it was a great one. Especially when we topped them with her favorite "green sauce" aka sour cream, tomatillo salsa and lime juice.  She ate her without the cabbage and avocado, but she did add some black beans to her tacos.
Crispy Shrimp Tacos

2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ cup sour cream
½ cup tomatillo salsa
Juice from one lime

1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
8 flour tortillas, warmed

Whisk together the flour, chile powder,and salt together in a small bowl. Add it to a resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp to the bag, toss well to make sure they are evenly coated. Heat the butter and oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook the shrimp for 4 to 5 minutes, turning halfway through, until cooked through.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, salsa and lime juice. Salt to taste. Serve the shrimp in flour tortillas with sour cream tomatillo sauce, avocado and cabbage.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Steak and Green Bean Stir Fry

This was inspired by a Cooking Light recipe, but in the end, was very little like its original. Miss F was obsessed with the steak. Even though she insisted that it wasn't steak, it was beef. We tried over and over again to explain to her that steak is beef, but she was insistent that it wasn't. She devoured her whole plate, green beans rice and all. She also covered it with Sriracha, she has always loved spicy foods, but she has gotten even more adventurous with spicy foods, especially Sriracha. 
Steak and Green Bean Stir Fry

¼ cup unsalted chicken broth
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
12 ounces boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1 cup chopped green beans
½ onion, sliced

In a two cup measure, whisk together the broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, Sriracha and corn starch. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok, swirl to coat. At the beef, green beans and onion, stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the broth mixture to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, until the sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Poblano Shrimp Pasta

Whenever C goes out of town, Miss F and I indulge in seafood of some variety. Her favorite is shrimp, by far. She can eat more fried shrimp than anyone I know, she is a machine. Luckily, she also loves shrimp prepared in other ways. She and I really enjoyed this pasta, which was loosely based on a Rachael Ray recipe. It comes together incredibly quickly, dinner is truly ready in the time it takes to cook the thin spaghetti, which isn't long at all.
Poblano Shrimp Pasta

1 pound pasta, I used thin spaghetti
3 tablespoons butter
1 pound medium shrimp, deveined, shelled and tails removed
1 small poblano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup cream

Prepare the pasta per package instructions, drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the shrimp, poblano, and onion. Saute for 5 to 8 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked through. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute more. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and cream, bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 3 minutes more, add the drained pasta and toss well to coat, salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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