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“That’s the way we roll” Shrimp Rolls

Easy Shrimp Rolls

Easy Shrimp Rolls

A family that we know very well visited the East Coast this last month.  They took lots of pictures of their trip which we enjoyed seeing on Facebook.  They did make a stop in Maine and began showing photos of lobster rolls.  I couldn’t get my mind off lobster rolls (especially after seeing so many pictures), so I thought we should make them with our own spin.

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Basic Economics of the Freezer or What is that and how long has it been in there?

Spaghetti & Cheese Snack Pie

Spaghetti & Cheese Snack Pie

The other day I was reading some of the comments that we received on our Facebook Page and I came across a link from a very interesting Facebook Page called On The Homefront.  On her page she issued a Pantry Challenge.  I thought it sounded interesting, so I spoke to Yes!Chef! about it and he was on board.  Here’s the challenge:  See how long you can go with just making meals out of your pantry and freezer.  Go to the store only to buy necessary perishables like veggies, fruit, dairy.

So, since April 1, we have been scouring our freezer and pantry for long forgotten items to see how creative we can be.  Unfortunately, we have also discovered things that are of unknown origin and they look too scary to eat.  (Here’s a public service reminder to label and date things when you stick them in your freezer.)   But, mostly things have been labeled pretty well.

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Crab Cakes: A Primer for Eaties

Maryland Style Crab Cakes with Caper Garlic Aioli

Maryland Style Crab Cakes with Caper Garlic Aioli

“There is a saying in Baltimore that crabs may be prepared in fifty ways and that all of them are good.”- H. L. Mencken

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Spicy Red Chicken Posole in a Crock or What to Eat While You Are Planning a Wedding

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Activities are starting to heat up around the Schmautzhaus, even though the weather has been a little chilly, because my only daughter is getting married this summer and we have lots of planning to do.  What better way to conquer the cold and plan a wedding at the same time than making something in the Crock Pot?  Yes!Chef! has never been a fan of the Crock Pot.  He won’t tell my why…he just shrugs his shoulders.  But, I think it’s because it doesn’t feel like cooking and, more importantly, you can’t lift the lid and stir it around while it’s cooking. Now, he says he is really enjoying the slow cooker and so he made some spicy Posole in the crock to prove it.

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Crock Pot Picadillo and a Cold Winter Day

Picadillo

Picadillo

Picadillo:  ( “mince”) is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling, and also Arroz a la Cubana) that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes (tomato sauce may be used as a substitute), and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. The name comes from the Spanish word “picar,” which means “to mince” or “to chop”.

Well, now that we’ve cleared that little matter up…

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