Spicy Shrimp Pasta

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Mr. Meat Eater and I love shrimp so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes.  I found this one on Budget Bytes ~ which is an awesome site and you should visit!  There are loads of great recipes.

I did change this recipe up a little bit.  I used 1 1/2 lbs shrimp since they were on the smallish side and we like lots of shrimp in our dishes.  I used 6 cloves of minced garlic so the dish would be nice and garlicky.   I also used several shakes of red pepper flakes and I really couldn’t taste it too much so if you like food spicy, use more. I think the next time I make this, will get diced tomatoes with garlic or some other kind of spice.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

8 oz fettuccine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, minced ~ I used 6 cloves, minced
1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp ~ I used 1 1/2 lbs
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
Fresh black pepper
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Add the pasta to large pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain.

While the pasta is cooking, put the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Rinse the shrimp, drain, and add to the melted butter/olive oil in the skillet along with the minced garlic. Saute just until shrimp turns pink. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the tomatoes and their juice to the skillet with the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir and let simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Add the cooked fettuccine to the sauce in the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce. Add back the cooked shrimp and toss to mix again. Adjust salt if needed.

Before serving, sprinkle chopped parsley over the top.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Budget Bytes

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Drunken Noodles

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I had never heard of drunken noodles but I found the recipe on Pinterest and it looked interesting and something that Mr. Meat Eater would really like.

I’m really not a fan of Italian sausage so I left it in bigger chunks so I could pick it out.  I DO love the flavor that it gives to this dish.  It wouldn’t be the same if I left it out.  My store did not have the papperdelle noodles (of course) so I used wide egg noodles.

Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles

Olive oil
4 spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tbsps Italian parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, julienned, divided
8 ounces Pappardelle noodles, uncooked ~ i used wide egg noodles

Place a large skillet or pan over medium-high heat and add about 2 tbsps of olive oil. When oil is hot, break up the sausage into the pan in chunks and let it brown in the oil on each side.

When the sausage is browned, remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and put in a small bowl and set aside. Add the sliced onion into the pan with the sausage drippings, and allow it to caramelize for about 5 minutes, stirring to keep it from burning (a bit more olive oil can be added to the pan, if needed). When the onion starts to caramelize, add the salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper, and stir to combine, then add in the sliced bell peppers, and allow those to saute with the onion for about 2 minutes or until tender.

Add the minced garlic, then add in the white wine and allow it to reduce for a minute or two or until almost completely reduced. Then add in the diced tomatoes with their juice, and add the browned sausage back into the pan, and carefully stir to combine.

Let simmer for about 3-4 minutes to blend the flavors, then turn the heat to low. Drizzle in about 2-3 tbsps of olive oil and add in the chopped parsley and about half of the julienned basil. Keep pan on low heat to keep warm while you prepare the noodles.

Cook the noodles according to pkg instructions. Drain the noodles well and add to the sauce, and gently mix to combine.

Garnish with the rest of the basil.

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A NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway + TWO Recipes!!

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!

That’s right ~ a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway!

This giveaway is for the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook ~ Weeknight Dinners

Weeknight Dinners 2

This cookbook has a great set-up.  Each chapter is a day of the week and each day is a different type of meals with corresponding recipes:
Monday ~ Meatless Monday
Tuesday ~ Tex-Mex Night
Wednesday ~ Italian
Thursday ~ Comfort Food
Friday ~ Just for Fun

If you win, you can look for the recipe that I have in this cookbook!

The giveaway will run from today to February 14 at midnight. I will use random.org to choose the winner. To enter, comment with your favorite weeknight dinner. You must comment on this post to be in the giveaway. I will email the winner on February 15 and mail out the cookbook shortly after I hear from the winner. If you have any questions, email me at girard.nancy at yahoo dot com.

I chose two recipes that go together from the Tex-Mex chapter.  Mix-Your-Own Taco Spice and Fiesta Chicken Soft Tacos.  Both were excellent.  The spice mixture is a little spicy so if you like things less spicy, use less red pepper flakes or leave out altogether.  I also forgot to add the paprika to the spice mixture but didn’t miss it at all.   The tacos were very easy to make.  My only suggestion would be to cut the chicken in small cubes or strips before sauteing.

A Taco Spice 1

A Taco Spice 2

Mix-Your-Own Taco Spice

2 Tbsps chili powder
1 tbsps ground cumin
2 tsps salt
2 tsps pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a small covered jar. Makes about 1/3 cup.

COOK’S NOTE: I put the leftover mixture in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer where I keep all my home-mixed rubs and spice mixtures.  Use right from the freezer.

Chicken Taco !

Fiesta Chicken Soft Tacos

2 tbsps oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
1 to 2 tbsps taco seasoning ~ I used 2 tbsps
1 1/2 cups chunky salsa
4-6 soft taco flour tortillas, warmed
Garnish with your favorite taco toppings

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic; saute until tender being careful not to let the garlic burn. Add chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink ~ about 5-8 minutes depending on size of chicken cubes. Stir in the taco seasoning and the salsa and simmer for 3 minutes.

To serve, spoon mixture onto tortillas. Garnish and fold the tortilla over.

Makes 4-6 soft tacos

Chicken Taco 2

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Easy Black Beans

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We really like black beans and this recipe is great with any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal.  They are super easy to make.  As I posted yesterday, I really hate cilantro so I left it out of this recipe, too.  Add more or less cayenne depending on how much heat you want.

Easy Black Beans

1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste

In a small saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve. This recipe can easily be doubled if desired.

Makes 2-4 servings

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Easy Jambalaya

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First off, I am not a fan of jambalaya but DH really loves it so I make it once in a great while.  I really don’t think this recipe is authentic at all but we like it.  It is spicy but not overly so ~ evidenced by the fact that I can eat it.  This recipe is basic enough that I think you could add or subtract anything from it and really make it your own.

Easy Jambalaya

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1 tbsp olive oil
16 ozs. andouille sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
salt to taste
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning or more if you like it spicier
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
3 bay leaves
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 lb peeled and deveined medium shrimp ~ I use 1 lb. large shrimp

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat and add the sausage and saute for about 2 minutes. Add the onion, green pepper, and celery. Season all with the Cajun seasoning and cook and stir until the veggies are soft ~ about 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir in the rice, tomatoes with juice, garlic, broth, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in the shrimp and cook, uncovered, for 10 more minutes until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.

Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

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Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches for the Crockpot

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Now, before you run away from this recipe, it really is not hot.  I was able to eat one with no problems and I can’t handle hot and spicy anymore.  They are really flavorful and DH yummed his way through 2 or 3 of them.

These are great for super bowl parties, tailgating, or a quick meal any night of the week.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches for the Crockpot

4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts (mine were pterodactyl size and so made alot)
1 (17.5 oz) bottle buffalo wing sauce (I used Frank’s)
1/2 of a 1 ounce pkg of dry ranch salad dressing mix
6 sandwich or hoagie rolls

Put the chicken in the crockpo and pour 3/4 of the bottle of the hot sauce over and then sprinkle the salad dressing mix over that.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.

Once the chicken has cooked, shred it right in the crockpot and let it continue to cook for a few minutes to soak up the sauce.

Pile onto rolls and splash with some of the remaining hot sauce if desired. I buttered my rolls and toasted them a bit under the broiler, add the meat to the bun and covered with provolone cheese and stuck it back under the broiler so the cheese could melt. Delicious!

Makes at least 6 sandwiches if not more.

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Barbecued Pecans

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I’ve been looking at this recipe for a year or two trying to imagine what barbecued pecans would taste like.   The price of pecans really had more to do with me not trying it.  What if I hated them and wasted all those pecans?  I made them.  They are addictive!

Now, they are not spicy but they are very flavorful.  If you want them spicier, just add more hot sauce or vice versa.

They would make great gifts!

Barbecued Pecans

Barbecued Pecans

2 tbsps butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp hot sauce (use more or less depending on how hot you want them)
4 cups pecans halves
salt to taste

Combine butter, Worcestershire, ketchup and hot pepper sauce and pour over pecans. Stir gently until pecans are coated.

Spread on a cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper.

Bake at 300º for 30 minutes, stirring at regular intervals to prevent any burning.

After baking, immediately spread on paper towels to cool; sprinkle generously with salt while still hot so the salt will stick.

Cool and store in an airtight container.

Makes 4 cups

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