Monday, July 25, 2011

Shrimp N' Grits

I like to call this dish "food that deserves stretchy pants." I dare you to put your fork down before your plate is wiped clean. Once inhaled, all you can think is the couch looks amaaazing and stretchy pants would be awesome.  Occasionally, everyone deserves a comfort dish and this is definitely on my top 10. 

Boursin grits, andouille sausage, and spicy shrimp all soaked in a cajun-style roux. I even take the dish a step further and sear the grit cakes so a nice crunch is added. If you don't feel like waiting for the grits to set for a few hours, the traditional hot-off-the-stove version is perfectly delicious. 

While this is a southern dish, even non-southerners will fall in love and will most likely appreciate the experience of new ingredients. It is always a pleasure to introduce someone to andouille sausage and the life changing side dish...grits.  Grits in any form are delicious, not to mention those covered in cheese.

Yes, even in this extreme heat a great comfort dish is necessary.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Honeydew Sorbet

Heat wave 2011! Oddly enough, Florida is one of the cooler states in the country right now. 98 degrees with 100% humidity is nothing new for our summers but hearing the Northern states complain is getting old, fast. Here are my fast tips for battling the heat: wear short sleeves, drink water, wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, and if you get so hot that you can't stand it anymore, buy a fan! So in an effort to suppress the extreme dehydration that might be setting in, I have created a refreshing honeydew sorbet.

With hardly any sugar, this sorbet tastes like a frozen honeydew in your mouth. Simplistic but definitely perfect for a picnic or dessert.  I could have eaten this entire container in one won't want to stop!
Try out the recipe with different fruits, combine them, mix 'em up, experiement.  Maybe by the time you have filled yourself with sorbet the  heatwave will be over.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Spinach Stuffed Portobellos

While I may not have posted in the last two weeks, I have been doing a lot of cooking/baking, photography of food, and eating.  I would have to admit that of everything made, these spinach stuffed portobello mushrooms have become my new favorite.  Out of the last 14 days, I would have to say 10 have included this dish (not exaggerating).  

Healthy, cheesy, super simple, and reheats great, the only thing that is keeping them from my dinner plate this evening is the lack of mushrooms in my fridge.  I have even changed up the original recipe a tad and added panko bread crumbs, cayenne pepper, different cheeses, you name it.  

Don't worry, not everything that I have been making is healthy... not unless you count sugar, cream, and butter as food groups.
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