Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shrimp Scampi, Cigars and Sous Chefs

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

I know there are people in the world who do not like shrimp.  I am hoping that they are few and far between because, what’s not to like about shrimp?  They are pretty.  They are a nice color.  They taste like the sea.  They are a little sweet.  They are a little crunchy.  They go with lots of things…pasta, rice, risotto, steak, sour dough bread, spicy sauce, butter, garlic, and, of course, wine.  And they are good all by themselves.  You can also eat them hot or cold.  They are truly versatile while being delicious .  You can even eat them “cooked” in lime juice (ceviche), without any heat.  Amazing little creatures.

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Dulce de Leche Filled Shortbread or Does Caramel Make You Swoon?

Shortbread Filled with Dulce de Leche and cold milk

A cold glass of milk and Shortbread Filled with Dulce de Leche

I was cruising around the internet a couple of months ago and I read about something called Dulce de Leche in a jar.  I don’t remember where I saw it or even what the recipe was, but I stored it away in the back of my mind and then didn’t remember it until I saw a jar of it in one of my favorite stores, World Market.  I went ahead and bought it because…well…as I said, I had stored away the memory of it in the back of my brain.  I thought I would just take it home and it would speak to me about what I should do about it.

You are probably thinking, “Why didn’t she just hand it over to Yes!Chef! and say, ‘make something magic with this'”.  I thought about that myself and when I brought it home I said something like, “Look what I found at World Market!!!”.  He didn’t know what it was and really had no interest in it.  I think I’ve mentioned before that he stays away from desserts because he had a bad experience with the first one he ever made (over 30 years ago.)  I was on my own for this one.

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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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