Thursday, August 22, 2013

i have been accused of being martha stewart, but julia, i am not

haha you guys might get a kick out of this--sometimes, i wanna write about cooking and how i have tried this or that---so here we go

well over the weekend i was watching a cooking show---i think it is called something like "the pioneer lady"---anyway she made a shrimp stir-fry--that really interested me---even though i tell everyone, i am sorta allergic to shrimp--just sometimes, it's weird--

i altered her recipe a bit and to be honest--i don't actually remember her exact recipe--

i started with frozen, already cooked, de-veined and de-tailed small shrimp---first of all, i will tell you if i were to make this again, i would thaw the shrimp out under cold water, at the last minute and stir them in at the end of cook time----i browned them a bit and they were very very rubbery--

i added frozen zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and fresh grape tomatoes----she used fresh, corn off the cob and fresh zucchini and red and yellow tomatoes----i got the same color with the yellow squash and the yellow grape tomatoes, were quite a bit more expensive

i used lots of pepper, salt, lemon pepper, sage and lots of margarine and some veg. oil---

we enjoyed it, but it needs a lot of tweaks

i added a salad, that had been bogging my brain up for a couple of days--you know, one of my creations!

not such a big hit---but good

canned pears---would be better with fresh or at least a good brand---mine were too mushy

i browned with margarine and white sugar, some walnuts---tried to save money there too--but i think pecans would have been much better----i threw in the pears with the nuts, just long enough to coat them ---

added about half a small pack of feta cheese---i love feta, but this brand was not very good or something--

then i added balsamic vinaigrette---no taste--so went with a lime dressing---was better

just sharing a little cooking fun today--let me know if you try this!

30 comments:

  1. I love shrimp. Seriously it's one of my 2 or 3 favorite foods. I especially love it in pasta. I must admit I am not a good cook though so I just enjoy it in restaurants :)

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    1. i kinda like it---i enjoy it most in shrimp cocktail and fried shrimp--although the last couple of times i have had fried shrimp--it has bothered me in an allergic way---i forgot to add, that i had noodles with this dish---they stuck together, though, like nobody's business :)

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  2. I do shrimp a lot for the husband. One of my favorites actually is to take the frozen stuff, unshell it, throw it in one of my stone bakers with 1/2 stick butter and Italian packet seasonings. Then, while I'm grilling burgers or dogs for the kids, I set it on the unused side of the grill to bake.

    Easy peasy and it doesn't heat up the house or make it smell like seafood.

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  3. so is this shrimp uncooked, juli---this sounds so good--:)

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  4. This was a funny recap of your meal. It seems maybe you learned some things for next time. ; )

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    1. haha i really did---it sounded very easy and little prep---but my inexpensive substitutes, added a lot of special challenges--thanks joy :)

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  5. I might have to try the pear dish. It sounds good!

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    1. robyn really liked it---if i made it again, i would chill it really well!

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  6. Shrimp is about the only seafood I will eat. Half the fun of cooking is deciding how to improve the dish the next time you make it :)

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    1. yeah, it is kinda neat to figure out what worked and what didn't and what you will never attempt again----i love almost all seafood, theresa---just rarely cook it :)

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  7. I don't do much cooking anymore, but I used to try to be a little bit creative with preparing new things. Usually I ended up figuring out what I wouldn't attempt to do again. LOL!

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    1. haha i know what you mean---i probably wouldn't make this again--except my family loved it!----now i have a couple of more things, that sound interesting to me--i will share when i do :)

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  8. Now, if I cooked, this might be worth a try. The cookerer in our house won't cook anything that lives in water. I won't tell you why.

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  9. I like your idea, Lynn. I think that cooking, at times, is very creative and sometimes what we cook is not that great, but neither are restaurant meals. I do like to watch the French Cooking shows, imagining myself in a simple, chic outfit, (no apron), cooking magical meals.

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  10. i know---i love this show ( again i can't think of the woman's name )but it's something about "french cooking at home"---it is such a charming show and i just love the theme music---thanks :)

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  11. I love inventing and changing receipes.

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    1. me too--i used to do it all the time as a kid!!

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  12. It's rare that I cook anymore. Hubby loves cooking! We do love fish and shrimp. We usually just have shrimp cocktail, dip in a batter and fry it or broil it with butter and whatever hubby throws on it.
    Your dish sounds yummy! Sounds like you enjoy cooking. :)
    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. i really like shrimp cocktail too--probably my favorite way of having it! i do enjoy cooking, but i sometimes become obsessed with it--hope you are having a good week marie :)

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  13. Hey Lynn, sorry I haven't been by in a while. I love experimenting in the kitchen and it sounds you had some fun doing it. I only like seafood if it's very fresh so living in upstate NY I don't eat much but it is a nice change sometimes. Have a great Sunday!

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    1. well it sure is better fresh, rch---yeah--i am sorry i haven't been around lately either---apparently i don't have that thingy that tells me when someone has a new post---so i pretty much look back and comment on the last few people---i used to go down my follow list--coming over your way now :)

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  14. Keep the shrimps and give me bacon flavoured mussels.

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    1. hmmm--i have never had mussels---and you know, i pretty much only eat bacon-by itself or on a blt---but i am sure frank would love this :)

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  15. I can bake like nobodys business but I don't cook so great...Im okay but lazy...my mother always said if I had a cooking show it would be called "The Half A***** Cook." I think shes on to something!

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    1. haha, that's a good name---but i don't know if i agree---i think baking is much harder--that's why, i rarely do that ;)

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  16. You were watching "Pioneer Woman." She has a blog that a gazillion people follow. She lives on a ranch w/ her husband and 4 kids. She's a great cook, has a show on the foodnetwork on sat. mornings. As you can see, I'm a fan. She's a down home type of gal. :-) Like Zoe, I prefer baking to cooking. New had mussels, never will. :-)

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    1. yeah, that's her, mare---i really like her show--i just saw one the other day, where she was having all the family over for a Sunday brunch---made me nuts, how much i wanted to do that :)

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  17. This sounds so good! Hubby refuses to eat any seafood, but I may have to try this on a girl's night in when he's working.

    The pear salad sounds kind of neat too. Salads are one thing I don't experiment with much, but I need to start.

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    1. yeah, i have been wanting to try all kinds of combos with salads, it's like i am crazy or something---still gonna do a beet salad--:)

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