Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Garlic, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper (Low-Carb, Can Be Paleo)

Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Garlic, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper
Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Garlic, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper cook in less than 10 minutes!

At my house it's unseasonably cool and gloomy today, and on a day like this I would happily turn on the oven for these Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Garlic, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper.  But soon enough it will be too hot to think about roasting anything, so if you like shrimp I urge you to hurry and try this ultra-easy and quick recipe before the hot weather gets here!  Despite the Aleppo Pepper in the recipe this is only slightly spicy, and the Sumac adds a delicious citrusy note that's great with the shrimp.  You can eat this with a squeeze of lemon for a Paleo version, or try the Sour Cream and Tahini Sauce that's shown in the background.  I made this twice in a week and the shrimp disappeared quickly both times; hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Quinoa Side Dish with Mushrooms, Green Onions, and Parmesan (Gluten-Free, Meatless)

Quinoa Side Dish with Mushrooms, Green Onions, and Parmesan
Mushrooms, scallions, a tiny hint of soy sauce, and Parmesan make this quinoa side dish sing with flavor.

I know some people still aren't familiar with Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), a trendy type of seed from South America that's eaten as a grain.  It's become popular partly because it's gluten-free, high in protein, and very nutritious, but it's also delicious when it's prepared well.   I started to really like quinoa when I made the Quinoa Side Dish with Pine Nuts, Green Onions, and Cilantro, and this Quinoa Side Dish with Mushrooms, Green Onions, and Parmesan is definitely a riff on that recipe.  But for this version I tripled the Umami factor with mushrooms, Parmesan, and just a hint of soy sauce added to the vegetable stock for a new quinoa side dish that's was really a wow for me.  If you haven't tried Quinoa yet, maybe this will be the recipe that gets you to try it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss
An easy-to-make and delicious slow cooker frittata for brunch or lunch!

It feels like Easter has been on the back burner at my house, but I do have the excuse of having very cute houseguests for five days, an internet outage for a day, and a couple of days recovering from food poisoning!  Of course there are plenty of Easter menu ideas if you check the Easter Recipes, but I wanted to get this Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss posted just in case you're looking for a new idea for brunch, or have a surplus of eggs in the fridge after Easter.  This is my fourth time making a frittata in the slow cooker, and I'm a total convert to this method.   This time I added some texture by using thin strips of ham and cheese layered on top of the broccoli, and this one was eaten up pretty quickly at my house!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Green Goddess Salad Dressing (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Green Goddess Salad Dressing
Green Goddess is one of my favorite salad dressings, and also a sign of spring!

(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and Green Goddess Salad Dressing is a flavor combination I've loved for years.  It's also something that feels like a sign of spring, because I love to make it with the earliest chives, scallions, and parsley that peeks up in the garden.  If you're never tried making this, you're in for a treat!)

Have you tasted Green Goddess Salad Dressing? Green Goddess was hugely popular when I was a kid, and for me, it's one of those blast-from-the-past things that I've loved for so long I don't remember when I first tried it. There are definite similarities to Ranch Dressing, but Green Goddess is creamier and more herbal, with generous amounts of chives, tarragon, and parsley. It wasn't until I read about Green Goddess dressing on Hedonia that I knew that the dressing originated in San Francisco, created by a chef at the Palace Restaurant in 1923 for an actor who was starring in a play called "The Green Goddess." When I saw that post I'd been talking with my sister Sandee for months about re-creating our favorite salad dressing memory, and after I wrote about Green Goddess Dressing for I finally made the dressing. I used the Green Goddess recipe from Hedonia, which Sean adapted from the original recipe from The Palace Restaurant. Of course, I loved this dressing, which I'm thinking is a pretty good reason to be sure I get some tarragon into the freezer so I can make it this winter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Twenty Favorite Asparagus Recipes from Kalyn's Kitchen (plus many more recipes from my friends)

20 favorite asparagus ideas
Lots of asparagus recipe ideas to feed your asparagus addiction; happy Spring!

I don't know if anyone notices the schedule on the blog like I do, but I've had a couple of unplanned days off from both my blogs due to a bout with food poisoning that was definitely not fun.  I got it from a restaurant, and my sister Pam and her baby grandson were also sick from our dinner together. So there hasn't been much cooking or blogging going on around here and I'm still not totally up to par, but it's nice to be back!  I don't feel much like cooking yet, so I thought I'd share some of my Favorite Asparagus Recipes; some of these are things I make over and over every year, hope you enjoy!

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