A Tale of Two Dinners: Thai Shrimp and Tailgate Sandwiches

I tried two new recipes this week, both from the August & September 2011 Taste of Home magazine.  My collected recipes fall into one of two categories: those that please adult palates – meaning I will make them for myself and husband when the children aren’t around, and those that are universally appealing – meaning … Continue reading

Baked Spicy Shrimp. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Article first published as Baked Spicy Shrimp on Blogcritics. Baked Spicy Shrimp is, without question, my favorite shrimp recipe. Its beauty lies in its flexibility and simplicity. It performs equally well in various roles: Artfully arranged on a platter with tiny skewers, it’s an elegant hot hors d’oeuvre. Served atop a bed of fluffy, fragrant rice, it’s an enticing … Continue reading

Spicy Lime Tilapia

Article first published as Spicy Lime Tilapia on Blogcritics. Summer’s here (well, not officially, but Memorial Day does catapult us head-first into the joys of the season).  Up north, summer can be all-too-fleeting, so getting good meals to the table (or patio) quickly is important as we extract as much fun as we can from each day. … Continue reading

Spicy Shrimp

Article first published as Spicy Shrimp on Blogcritics. Where I found the recipe(s): Every Wednesday, I can’t wait to pull apart the two newspapers I subscribe to and dig into the week’s food sections. I carefully scan the pages and make a mental list of intriguing offerings. Those that make the list get clipped and added to … Continue reading

Easy Crab Cakes

Article first published as Easy Crab Cakes on Blogcritics. Where I found the original recipe(s): I fill binders with recipes I gather from all sorts of places: clipped from newspapers, pulled from magazine pages, printed from the Internet and sometimes just scribbled on scraps of paper. About a year ago, I pulled some pages with appetizer … Continue reading