Wednesday, May 4, 2011
My mother-in-law gave me a great new Ina Garten cook book for Christmas that I could not wait to use once I got home this month. This is the first recipe I've tried and I absolutely loved it! I think I was just craving shrimp in general, but this recipe stuck out in particular because the shrimp are baked, not boiled. The only thing I changed was adding a plain yogurt substitute, instead of using 1 whole cup of mayonnaise.
2 1/2 lbs. raw shrimp, peeled
1 Tbs. olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
3/4 c. plain yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Grated zest of 2 oranges
2 Tbs. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh dill (or 1 Tbs. dry dill)
2 Tbs drained capers
2 Tbs diced red onion
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and place them on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper and toss together. Spread shrimp in one layer across pan and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once while cooking. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large bowl whisk together the yoghurt, mayo, orange zest, orange juice, vinegar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
When the shrimp have cooled, add them to the sauce and toss. Add the dill, capers and red onion and toss some more. Serve at room temperature.
A bag of frozen shrimp can be kept in your freezer for up to six months
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Any dish with basmati rice is one I know I'm going to love! This one is no exception--it is the perfect dinner for a rainy, spring night.
Recipe adapted from hereIngredients:
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. chicken tenders, cut into 1 in. pieces
salt and ground pepper
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
2 tsp. curry powder
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup basmati rice
1/4 cup golden raisins
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
1 cup frozen baby peas (thawed)
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven pot. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate.
Add the ginger and curry powder to the pan and cook about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Add the rice, raisins, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1 tsp. salt. Add chicken to pan and return to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat, cover and let cook about 20 minutes, or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat, add the peas, cover, and let stand for 10 min.
Garnish with sliced almonds, cilantro, and a spoonful of raita sauce or plain yoghurt.
Monday, May 2, 2011
If you've never heard of Nothing Bundt Cakes, they are delicious little bundt cakes that you can buy, for a hefty price! Awhile back my aunt introduced us to a copycat recipe for the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake that she originally found here.
This cake is so fun to make and decorate, especially for a fun party! Below is the yummy recipe, followed by a a tutorial for frosting and decorating the cake!
Prep Time: 10 min. Bake Time: 45 min.
1 pkg. devils food cake
1 small pkg. instant chocolate pudding
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 1/2-2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix first six ingredients. Add chocolate chips. Pour into a greased bunt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Let cool in pan for 20 min.
Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar
Frosting the cake:Spoon frosting into a pastry bag with no tip attached. Starting in the hole of the bundt cake, squeeze and drag frosting up and over, stopping about 3/4th way down the cake. Repeat all around cake.
Tissue paper pom-poms:
Cut 8 peices of regular sized tissue paper in half, long ways.
Stack tissue paper. Make 1 1/2 inch accordion folds.
Fold a piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist.
Use scissors to trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time, until your pom pom ball is formed.
Place ball on top of cake!
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