crabcakes, corn on the cob, fruit
creamy chicken and asparagus pasta
crockpot chicken enchilada soup, jalapeno jack popovers
hot dogs at Astros game
reverse sear steaks, mashed potatoes, broccoli
pizza pizzas, salad
pineapple beef fajitas, black beans

Monday, May 23, 2016

Shrimp in Tomato Cream Sauce

So Tide and Thyme pretty much lives my dream life, her Instagram breeds jealousy with every post.  I knew this recipe of hers would be a huge hit with Miss F, as long as I omitted the spinach.  I am not a huge fan of cooked spinach anyhow, so it was also a win for me.  We got amazing shrimp from the Seabrook seafood market and they were perfection.  Miss F may have taken down a half pound of shrimp on her own.  I used the amazing Fasta Pasta and dinner was ready in under 15 minutes, it doesn't get any better than that.
Shrimp in Tomato Cream Sauce

½ pound angel hair pasta
1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
3 tablespoons butter
¼ red onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup white wine
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
3 Roma tomatoes, diced (a small handful reserved for garnish)

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

Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat, add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp over and cook 1 minute more. Remove to a plate and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, sauté for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom and let reduce for 2 minutes. Add the cream, parmesan and tomatoes. Cook over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and simmer for 3 minutes more. Add the angel hair to the pan and toss well to combine. Serve topped with the reserved tomatoes.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Slow Ferment Pizza Crust

When I saw this pizza dough on Crumbly Cookie, I knew I had to try it. I love the flexibility it provides you by having a one to five day rise time in the refrigerator.  This is a picture of my pizza, if you want to envision Miss F's pizza, imagine a pizza with nearly no visible crust that is completely covered in pepperoni (or "peps" as she calls them.)  This pizza dough was incredibly easy and provided delicious results.  The only thing that makes it a little challenging is having to let it rest for two hours before baking, but it is totally worth it.
Slow Ferment Pizza Crust

2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon yeast
¼ teaspoon sugar
7/8 cup water

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients until well combined. Tightly cover and refrigerate, minimally overnight or up to 5 days. After one day, knead the dough for 1 minute.

Two hours before baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface. Form into a ball and cover with a dish towel.

About 30 minutes before baking, place the pizza stone in the oven and set the temperature to 500 degrees. Stretch the dough into a 12 inch round and place on a piece of parchment paper, top as desired. Transfer the paper and pizza to the pizza stone and bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before slicing.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Easy Muffin Tin Meatballs

Meatballs are a huge hit in our family. Well, I am not a huge fan, but I like the fact that they are easily picked out of spaghetti so that I can just have plain tomato sauce instead of meat sauce.  I do get frustrated with my go to meatball recipes, especially when Miss F helps make the meatballs.  Crockpot Spaghetti and Meatballs is easy, but I don't always have time in the morning to make it.  Enter baked incredibly easy, no more crumbling meatballs in the pan.  This recipe is heavily adapted (basically dumbed down) from Alton Brown.
Easy Muffin Tin Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, use your hands to combine the beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and egg until completely mixed. Using a tablespoon disher, roll into individual meatballs by heaping teaspoonful and place in a mini muffin pan until all 24 cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Use as desired.
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