Cioppino From My Very Own Kitchen!

A few years ago while I was in San Francisco, a friend of mine insisted I try this seafood dish in the Italian District. When he described the dish, it didn’t take long for me to say yes! After returning, I’ve thought about trying to make this dish again. It is very similar to Bouillabaisse to me, but it’s the Italian version. Cioppino starts off with a very rich and thick tomato base, while Bouillabaisse is a fish stock base. Well, I finally had some time of my hands to…

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp!

A few weeks ago, my cousin in law from WI emailed an article on BBQ shrimp. It totally brought me back to Mr. B’s in New Orleans, sitting inside the immaculately decorated dining room, wearing a white bib and using my fingers to eat shrimp! My husband had mentioned he’d never had it before. I knew we had to remedy this right away. Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t your typical BBQ. Instead, it’s a thick sauce that envelopes all the shrimp and you use crusty French bread…

Easy and healthy Paella

I just want to start off by saying that I may be taking some short cuts here. I don’t believe I’m making true paella, but sometimes when it’s late in the afternoon and trying to get dinner on the table for 2 hangry toddlers, short cuts come in handy! And in attempt to cut out some carbs, I’m forgoing the rice and using quinoa instead. I feel that the smoky sweet paprika and saffron will still give this dish a paella feel, but I won’t have to wait to get…

Asian Inspired Salt and Pepper Shrimp

It’s Monday and after a long day, I wanted something quick and easy to make for dinner. I’ve also been craving an Asian dish as well. So what better to make than salt and pepper shrimp using easy peel shrimp! I’m trying to get my 17 month old son used to a variety of cuisine as well. Large shrimp would be great finger food for him, and I could even chop it up and toss with some rice if he wanted to use a spoon. I love using the easy…

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Over the weekend, we had our first dinner guest over at the new house. I normally cook an Asian meal for groups, simply because it’s what I’m most comfortable with. I wanted to do something a tad bit different and put to use all the great counter space in my brand spanking new kitchen; so I opted for a Mexican themed dinner. The spread included chipotle marinated chicken and flank steak. I was very generous with the chipotle seasoning, I love spicy food! I also wanted to make a dish…

Mr. B’s Bistro: BBQ Shrimp

I was in New Orleans a few years ago and fell in love with the BBQ shrimp. It’s not what you would consider as typical BBQ. Instead, it’s oh so saucy, with such a deep and hearty flavor. One of my favorite restaurants down in New Orleans has to be Mr. B’s. What really impressed me was the white glove service as they tied a bib around my neck after I ordered the BBQ shrimp. I was thrilled to find the recipe on their site and just knew I had…

Num Banh Xeo – Khmer Meat Crepes

My mom always makes these crepes (thin pancakes) during the summer when her vegetable garden is in full bloom with fresh baby lettuce and herbs. Over the weekend, I had a huge craving and decided to call her up and ask her to walk through the recipe with me. I’m quite impressed with myself that I attempted this on my own! And for my first try, I think it turned out pretty well. Cambodian crepes tend to be very thin and soft in texture, quite different from the Vietnamese version, which…

Lemongrass and Garlic Shrimp

I’m trying to add a bit more diversity in our dinners and tonight I made a dish I remember my dad making when I was younger. Nothing says easy to me more than a quick shrimp saute. The key to this dish is getting the sauce correct. My dad would make this using shrimp with the head and shell still on. I remember how much fun it was getting my fingers sticky and enjoying the delicious sauce! But for this version, I decided to remove the head and peel the…

Caramelized Shrimp and Pork Belly

After running errands yesterday, I was really craving some good ole comfort food that my mom used to make when I was younger. I just wanted something that would go along with a delicious bowl of hot brown rice. So I decided to saute up some pork belly and shrimp. Serving Size: 2 Cook Time: 20 minutes 1/2 lb pork belly, thinly sliced 1/2 tbsp fish sauce 1/2 tbsp sugar 1 shallot, finely minced 1/2 cup water 1/2 lb medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined freshly ground pepper In a…

Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms

I found this appetizer recipe on pinterest for seafood stuffed mushrooms and loved the idea as a party appetizer, but also thought it would make a great  meal! I’ve seen some gorgeous portabella caps at the market and knew I just had to pick some up. I’ve toyed with stuffed mushrooms before and do like the final result. The idea of mixing in seafood made it sound like an amazing dinner. Cook Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 4 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons Italian bread crumbs…