Shrimp Scampi over Fettuccine

Shrimp Scampi You know when you all the sudden get the BIGGEST craving for something and nothing can satisfy it until you have it? Well that was the case for me on Sunday with Shrimp Scampi lol. Fortunately, it’s REALLY easy to make and I had all the ingredients minus the shrimp. I didn’t put cream in this recipe because I didn’t want it to turn more alfredo-ey, and actually ended up putting a lot more lemon in and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!

Also, because it was so stinkin’ easy to make I was able to play my new obsession while I cooked… Clash of Clans… I know I know… but those of you that know me, know I’m a total nerd for stuff like this, especially when it comes to games where you construct and build little towns, in this case, an army base. What can I say, it’s the creative Architect in me ;) ANYWAYS, The only reason I got into the stinkin’ game is because 6 other Architects I work with are all on it, so I had to see what all the hype was about! It took me a few days to get enough gold to build a castle so I could be in a Clan. In my opinion, that’s the real goal and where all the fun is at. And the Clans are hilarious and range from all sorts of people all over the world. I didn’t want to join my colleagues clan because I see and talk to those people every day… and after being kicked out of a few clans for my low ranking (or my inappropriate comments… what can I say… I’m competitive) I was invited and accepted into the Clan “Slave 1″, and despite the nerdy name… (Star Wars reference ;-P ) the people in there are AWESOME! Which comes in handy when your upgrades take days to complete, you might as well have some people to banter with and keep you entertained! :)

If you haven’t checked out the game, I strongly suggest you do, and maybe you can join our awesome Clan (as long as you can keep up!) Until then, Happy Cooking!!!

Ingredients: (For 2 people, double for more!)

  • 1/2 LB Fettucine
  • 1/2 LB large uncooked shrimp (shelled and de-veined)
  • 2-3 TBsp Butter
  • 1/2 TBsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves slivered)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2-3 TBsp Olive oil
  • 1 TBsp dried parsley (2 TBsp fresh)
  • 1-2 TBsp lemon juice (~2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt-n-pep

Directions:

  1. Boil water for your Fettuccine and get the pasta cookin’.
  2. Heat a Medium saute pan on High heat. Reduce to Medium/Med-low and add olive oil and butter. Once garlic melts, add garlic and crushed red pepper. Keep stirring, you don’t want anything to burn. Add salt-n-pep (you can add more and taste later)
  3. Once garlic starts to turn golden, add shrimp to pan. Stir around a bit until it’s curled up but not cooked completely, then add Wine.
  4. Crank it up to Med/Med-High, add parsley, and toss and turn the shrimp to cook them evenly while allowing the wine to boil slightly.
  5. Once shrimp is cooked, turn heat off and add lemon juice (you can add the squeezed lemon wedges in there too for looks and flavor.
  6. After you’ve strained the Fettuccine, toss with Parmesan cheese so cheese sticks & coats pasta. Add pasta into skillet and toss with shrimp and sauces.
  7. Serve hot with optional lemon wedges for extra juice.
  8. Bon Appétit!! :)

Beef Taquitos

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These are PACKED with flavor and super easy to make!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2oz cream cheese
  • 1 TBsp ranch dressing mix (powdered)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1TBsp minced onion
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 can rotel tomatoes
  • 4 tortilla wraps

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef in a medium skillet, add garlic powder, minced onion and salt-n-pep. Drain extra juice.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Turn off heat on skillet and Mix in remaining ingredients.
  4. Place a few spoonfuls of mixture into center of tortilla. Roll up and place on greased cookie sheet, repeat.
  5. Bake at 400F for 15 mins, until lightly brown on top and edges.
  6. Buen Provecho!!

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Orange Julius

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I don’t know if anyone remembers the Orange Julius stand in the mall… But I used to LIVE off of them!! This tastes like a creamsicle melting in your mouth! YUMMM

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice

Directions:
1.  Throw everything into a blender and whip it up!!!

Crockpot Eggplant Parm

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This is super duper easy and was SOO delicious!! Don’t be worried if you scope it out and it doesn’t look glamorous… The flavors speak for themselves!!

Ingredients:

  • (2) boxes frozen pre-made eggplant cutlets
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (sliced or shredded)
  • 1 (32 oz) jar marinara sauce

Directions:

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Place a layer of 1/4 of the eggplant slices in the slow cooker, 1/4 of the marinara, 1/4 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers three more times.
  3. Cover and cook on low, 4-5 hours.

BBQ Pulled Pork ‘samos – Crock Pot

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This recipe accidentally got perfected because as I indulged on wine and appetizers, dinner got pushed back making the pork cook a lot longer and allllll the flavor got absorbed and made it to DIE FOR!!!

Ingredients:

  • 4Lb Pork Shoulder Roast, trimmed
  • 1 pkg. McCormick Slow cooker – BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning
  • 2Tbsp McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning (Grill Mates)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Steps:

  1. Place pork in slow cooker.
  2. Mix all ingredients until blended. Pour over pork. Cover.
  3. 6 hours on HIGH. Remove pork from slow cooker.
  4. Shred pork, using 2 forks. Return pork to slow cooker, drop heat to low and take the top off for 2 hours.
  5. Continue to mix around to allow the pork to break up more and absorb the juice.
  6. Kick heat up to High, put the lid on halfway for another hour.
  7. Serve on sandwich rolls.

Tortellini Chicken Soup

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I LOVEEEE this dish, very similar to my Sausage Tortellini Soupthe flavors just get soaked into the noodles (and in this case the potatoes) and get better and better each day.

Honestly, I love this the next day just nice and cold. This is a really hearty, but healthy soup which can be served year round because of the amazing flavors. Feel free to mix-n-match the vegetables to whats in season. You really can’t go wrong with this dish!! :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cooked rotisserie chicken, meat pulled off
  • 3-4 carrots, diced (or chop up a 2 cups baby carrots)
  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 6-8 baby potatoes, cubed
  • 12-16oz can small diced tomatoes
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt-n-fresh ground pep
  • Dried – Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme

Steps:

  1.  In a large stock-pot, heat broth, juice from diced tomatoes, and remainder of the ingredients (minus chicken and tortellini) till a boil. Reduce heat to Med-Low.
  2. Add chopped carrots, celery, potatoes and diced tomatoes. Simmer for ~20 mins (until tender)
  3. Add chicken and tortellini and cook ~10 mins (until tortellini is al dente)
  4. Enjoy!!

Lemon-Butter Chicken Meatballs with Tomatoes over Angel hair

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Thought of doing something completely different, and although the original intention was something lower-fat… the sauce became a nice butter reduction… I had something in mind, and then at the grocery store saw Roma tomatoes in PERFECT ripeness (surprisingly around this time of year too…) so I started changing things as I went.

Ingredients

Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1LB ground chicken
  • ~1cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ~1cup Parmesan-Romano blend
  • 1 egg
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper
  • salt-n-pep

Lemon-Butter Sauce:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, cubed
  • handful fresh basil
  • 1/2LB Shrimp -  Uncooked, de-veined and tails removed
  • 1LB pasta (any long noodle)

Directions:

    1. Heat a large saute pan, on Med-Low, Add butter and chicken broth. Once Butter-Broth mixture is melted, add garlic and bring to a boil.
    2. Meanwhile, mix all meatball ingredients and roll into golf ball sized meatballs, Fry in another large saucepan on High heat with Oil. Char the outsides and cook about 75% through, then drop into boiled Sauce mixture.
      • Can also Bake the meatballs at 350F for 15-20mins, but do this ahead of time.
    3. Let the meatballs finish cooking in the sauce mixture while you cut-up and add the tomatoes and basil. Let cook together an additional 5-8mins.
    4. Add uncooked shrimp and juice from 1 lemon (I like to throw the halves in there as well to get some more flavor) Cook until shrimp is done, ~5 mins
    5. Serve over pasta, and enjoy!! :)