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Stuffed Calamari

I don’t have a ton of experience cooking calamari, but I know there are two cooking styles that yield a tender texture: cook it quickly over high heat (like flash frying), or cook it for a long time over low heat.  Well, that is what I have read; I’ve tried the first approach before, and the result was pretty rubbery.  So, when I found this recipe for stuffed calamari, simmered in tomato sauce, I was a bit skeptical.  Nonetheless, the recipe sounded too interesting to pass; I took my chances, and was pleasantly surprised. This recipe is made by stuffing […]

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Spicy Yucatan Shrimp

Is it still cold where you live?  Are you frustrated by on-going dreary weather?  Do you need a tiny food celebration to lift your spirits for any reason?  Yucatan Shrimp is the recipe for you.  This is a bright and spicy, peel-and-eat shrimp dish that will put a little bounce in your step.  There’s something festive about messy finger food, especially when it’s seafood.  If you’re looking for some festive seafood, with less mess, you could try these clams instead. I found this shrimp recipe on the New York Times Cooking website, although I made a few changes.  The basic […]

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Thai Curry Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables

I do my best not to waste food.  I believe in resourceful cooking, meaning food shouldn’t only taste good, but it should be functional: simple, affordable, and unwasteful.  That’s how I derived the idea for this dish.  I had left over coconut milk from my chickpea salad, and figured that a Thai noodle dish would be a good vehicle for the leftovers. This is a simple rice noodle stir fry, loaded with green vegetables, shrimp, and lush coconut-curry sauce.  You may notice a lot of ranges in the ingredient list – just go with what suits your taste, and you […]

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Okonomiyaki

You may recall that I have been on a bit of a cabbage jag in my cooking.  I have been scouring the internet for hearty recipes that embolden cabbage to play the starring role it deserves.  This post proudly documents a worthy, cabbage-centric recipe.  The best part is I didn’t have to search for it;  it found me.  Here you have a unique, yet accessible spin on a cabbage-y weeknight dinner.  If you’re in a cooking rut, this one might just get your juices flowing.  It was fun to make, tasty, and inexpensive.  If that isn’t a winning combination, I’m […]

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is quite deceptive.  It sounds decadent, luxurious, and potentially difficult to make. You can serve this meal to anyone, and they will most likely be impressed, and feel sort of spoiled.  In truth, shrimp scampi is what I like to call an “affordable luxury.”  It is actually entirely affordable, and can be ready in less than thirty minutes.  When I was in college, I referred to shrimp scampi as “my go-to meal.”  By this I mean that, with a little thought, I generally had all of the necessary ingredients, so even when I was super busy, I could […]

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New Year’s Eve: Appetizers Galore

  I personally feel that New Year’s Eve is a slightly overrated holiday.  If you enjoy paying a cover charge to go to a crowded bar, where you have to fight to get the bartender’s attention, the more power to you.  It’s just not for me.  I do, however, enjoy any occasion where it is socially acceptable to eat excessively and decadently.  So for that, New Year’s Eve, I tip my proverbial hat to you.  I spent the holiday with my food-loving cousin, Shell, and her food-loving fiancé, Micah.  We decided we would each make 2 appetizers, and watch bad […]

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