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Feb
27

Shrimp Scampi

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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!

A great place to find and share some great FREE recipes, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beats a great tasting meal!  I’m so glad you’ve found your way here.  Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!

Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate’ and Truffle Oils.  You must check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noah and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support: Feed America and Habitat for Humanity.

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Had a really great day yesterday.  I took part in a fund raising event benefiting the American Cancer Society and Race for the Cure.  A big thank you to my friends at BridgeWork Partners to allow me to share in a great day.  I donated a couple of gift baskets for their Silent Auction and a dinner for 4 people where I will come to their home and prepare a 5 course meal.  It’s going to be a party.  Great food!  I brought along 3 different caviars a duck foie gras and a country pork pate’ for folks to try.  I met a lot of new people, shared my love for great tasting food, and made some money for a very worthy cause.  I can’t wait to find out how much the event raised.

Ok, on with today’s post.  I felt like some Shrimp today.  This little scampi recipe is loaded with flavor.  Be sure to get some fairly large shrimp for this recipe.  Clean and devein the shrimp.  There’s nothing worse that having that crunchy sensation when enjoying some really pretty shrimp.  Take a sharp knife and cut along the back of the peeled shrimp.  Under running water, rinse out the vein from the channel you’ve cut and set aside.   This is a very quick meal to fix.  Start your pasta first and have your ingredients at hand.  This takes just a few minutes.  And oh, it’s so good.

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of large shrimp (16-20 count per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons of your favorite seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon capers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound cooked linguini
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Toss the shrimp in a bowl with the seasoning mixture.

Place the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over high heat.  Add the shrimp and spread them out evenly in the skillet.  Coof for 2 minutes and quickly turn the shrimp.  Add the garlic and capers to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the wine, lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.  Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.  Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, tossing to coat well.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the parsley.  Serve hot.  makes about 4 servings.

Enjoy!

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Feb
20

Italian Lentil Soup

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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!

A great place to find and share some great FREE recipes, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beats a great tasting meal!  I’m so glad you’ve found your way here.  Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!

Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate’ and Truffle Oils.  You must check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noah and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support: Feed America and Habitat for Humanity.

To find other recipes and past posts, you can either enter search terms and hit enter.  A filtered list will be returned for you.  You can also find the most popular tag words in the left nav.  If you see something that peaks your interest, click on the tag word and all relevant posts will be brought back for you.

Ever been to Carrabba’s?  I think this recipe rivals their Italian Lentil Soup.  There will stilll be several cold days ahead.  This soup is loaded with flavor and will warm you from head to toe.  A couple of tips to use in your kitchen.  When a recipe calls for diced bacon strips, put the bacon strips in the freezer for a few minutes.  It will be much easier to get a good dice on them, they’ll be a little more solid and easier to work with.  Be sure to drain off the excess bacon grease.  It doesn’t look pretty floating on top of the great bowl of soup you worked so hard to create.  Actually, this recipe is pretty easy to make.  Just let your family think that you slaved to make this great tasting dish.  Here we go!

Italian Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 3 strips of bacon, diced
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 6 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 pound dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, snipped
  • grated Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar to finish

Directions:

Place the sausages in a small saucepan with water to cover and bring to a boil.  Cook until the sausages are no longer pink, about 10 minutes.  Drain.  Pierce the casings so the fat drains off.  Rinse and when cool enough to handle slice into 1/2 inch coins.

Meanwhile, saute’ the bacon in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Drain of the excess fat and add the garlic, celery, onions and carrots.  Cook, stirring, until the veggies are soft.  Add 1 cup of the stock and deglaze the pan.  Add the lentils, remaining stock, tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Sit in the basil and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, covered, for about 1 hour.  Check from time to time and add water if necessary.  Just before serving, stir in the zucchini and parsley, and cook about 2 minutes.  Taste and re-season with salt and pepper.  Serve with balsamic vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese and extra red pepper flakes on the side.   Makes about 8 servings.

Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box below.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.

I hope you’ll come back often and try many of the great recipes available.  Tell you friends about the site!  Help me spread the word about Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

Bye for now!

Categories : Soups and Salads
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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!

A great place to find and share some great FREE recipes, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beats a great tasting meal!  I’m so glad you have found your way here.  Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!

Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate and Truffle Oils.  Check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noak and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support.

To find other recipes and past posts, you can either enter search terms and hit enter.  A filtered list will be returned for you.  You can also find the most popular tag words in the left nav.  If you see something that peaks your interest, click on the tag word and all relevant posts will be brought back for you.

This week I’m going to share a great tasting one skillet meal.  It comes together quickly, with very little chopping.  By browning first and then simmering all the ingredients together, it really brings a rich taste to the creamy sauce.  You can use your choice of chicken pieces for this dish.  I usually use thighs, but only because that’s my favorite piece to eat.  Serve this dish over rice or pasta, which ever you like th best.  As you can see from the ingredient list, this is a low calorie dish.  You can’t get in trouble unless you fill your plate too many times.  I know I’m guilty there!  I hope you’ll give this on a try.

Creamy Mushroom Skillet Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces sliced white button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken (breasts, legs, thighs or a mix)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cool water
  • 2/3 cup low or no-fat sour cream
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.  When hot, add the onion, mushrooms and garlic.  Saute’ for 4 minutes.  If the pan gets too dry, add a little more olive oil.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken and cook, turning to brown evenly, for 4 minutes.  Stir the veggies occasionally to prevent burning.

Add the chicken broth and the sprigs of thyme, bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.  Partially cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is done throughout.  Check the liquid level occasionally.  Add more chicken broth as needed.

Transfer the chicken to a plate, cover and keep warm.  Return the skillet to medium heat.  Remove the thyme stems.

In a small glass, mix together the cornstarch and water.  Add to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.  Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sour cream.  Re-season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the chicken over rice or pasta.  Spoon the creamy mushroom sauce over the top and sprinkle a good pinch of parsley over the top.  Makes about 4 servings.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box below.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.

I hope you’ll come back often and try many of the great recipes available.  Tell you friends about the site!  Help me spread the word about Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

Bye for now!

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