Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Caramelized Chili Shrimp

Sweet  & spicy shrimp




When I started my blog almost 3 years ago, one of my goals was to try new things and grow from the experience. I think that I have accomplished this goal. I have definitely tried many things that I would have never thought of making before my blogging days.

Some of the recipes were wonderful and they surprised me how well they turned out and then there were those recipes that I thought would taste wonderful, but fell short of what I thought they would be.

This recipe is kind of the middle of what my expectation. The shrimp were just a touch on the sweet side and not quite enough spice to them. I wanted to share this recipe because this was a recipe was easy to make and I am sure that there are many people that would enjoy it. The texture of the caramelized sauce was great, it coated the shrimp nicely.

The next time I make this I think I will cut back on the sugar and kick up the spice just a notch.




Caramelized Chili Shrimp (Source: adapted from bettycrocker.com)
Ingredients:
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea coarse salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 pound uncooked shrimp (shells removed and deveined)
Juice from 1/2 lime
Directions:
1. Heat oven to 500 degree F. Line a large pan (such a jelly roll pan) with aluminum foil. Spray foil with
non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a 1 gallon Ziploc bag mix all the ingredients except the shrimp and lime. Once all the dry ingredients are mix together add the shrimp with the sugar mixture; seal the bag and shake to coat the shrimp with the sugar mixture. Place the shrimp in a single layer on the aluminum foil.
3. Bake 5 to 9 minutes or until sugar is caramelized (it will also depend on the size of your shrimp). Remove from the oven. Using a spatula turn the shrimp to coat with the caramelized sugar; squeeze lime juice over the shrimp. Serve immediately.



Monday, April 21, 2014

Baked Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade

One of my favorite fish... salmon.



I love eating fish. It goes way to when I was a kid. I grew up next door to the Mississippi River, but growing up on the farm and with the busy life style that farming brings, we never really went fishing. Oh, I can remember my mom taking us trout fishing (not in the Mississippi) a couple of times when I was a kid, but I don't think we really ever caught anything. 

We had a few friends that would go fishing and when they didn't want their catch of fish for the day they would bring them to my mom. I can remember helping with cleaning the fish and anticipating the fish fry that we would have the next day.

We would all gorge  ourselves with the fresh fish. To this day I love eating fish... 

When I first met Mike he was not a big fish eater, but over the years he was begun to like a few different kinds (thank goodness for that), salmon probably being his favorite. Thank goodness for the fact that he will eat fish now.  We like trying new recipes when it comes to fish and this salmon and honey-soy one is quite yummy.




Baked Salmon with Honey-Soy Marinade (Source: adapted from bettycrocker.com)
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound of salmon about 4 pieces
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F
2. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except salmon
3. In a shallow dish, place salmon. Pour marinade over salmon, cover an cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes, but not over an hour.
4. Place salmon in a shallow baking dish along with the marinade. Bake for about 10 minutes and flip bake about another 10 minutes or until fish is flaky. When turning fish over, spoon some of the marinade over the fish to keep it moist.




Friday, April 18, 2014

Apple Doodle Cookies

I love the name of these cookies Apple Doodle Cookies as much as I love the flavor.





I was looking for a different type of cookie. I thought about snicker doodles, since I have never made them before, at least I don't think I have. But I wanted cookies with apples in them, don't ask me why. Well maybe it just seems like ages ago since I baked anything with apples and I was craving something sweet with apples.

I found this recipe called apple doodles; the name of the recipe caught my attention. It had the apples that I wanted and it sounded like something my family would enjoy.

I decided to change things around a bit, with a little icing and a couple of other things. The cookies were a big hit with my family; they were gone in no time. 



Ingredients:
cookies -
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded apple (I used a mini food processor)
Icing-
1 cup powder sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Enough milk or cream for a consistency to drizzle over cookies 
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, add to the cream mixture and mix until well blended.
4. Add the apples and mix until well blended.
5. Drop by teaspoons about 3 inches apart on a light greased baking sheet.
6. Bake in a preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool on wire racks to cool
7. While the cookies are baking make you icing. Add the powder sugar and cinnamon to a medium bowl and mix together. Add enough cream or milk to make it a consistency to drizzle over cookies. Add 1 teaspoon at a time. Beat until icing is smooth.
8. Once cookies are cooled. drizzle with icing.