Caprese Cups with Blackened Shrimp

It's summertime and that means lots and lots of summer tomatoes and classic Caprese salads right? used to.  A big ol' platter set out to share with family and friends is a memory from last year.  This year it's all about how do I still socialize and picnic with friends but keep things to an individual portion.  This is my answer to that.  Caprese cups.  They can be made individually by each person and best of all the ingredients can be packed up before assembled and brought to ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Rosemary Skewered Shrimp with blistered tomatoes and brown butter vinaigrette may be a mouthful to say but every little bit of this sentence will make sense to you when you take your first bite.  I have to admit, I went fancy on you this time.  I've been publishing a lot of easy weeknight meals or 'unfussy' recipes but every once in awhile you need something in your arsenal that takes just a little bit more effort and has that 'wow' factor.  And I think this dish has it.  You will get ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Nachos

Warning! Highly addictive Shrimp Nacho recipe below.  If you have any shrimp lovers coming over on game day this is nacho recipe is a must have.  Best of all, you can make the salsa, bean and corn mixture and even the shrimp ahead of time and then just assemble and bake when the game comes on!  Touchdown on the prep. I secretly love football junk food.  It's a fact.  There is something so comforting about some chicken wings and nachos and a good old seven layer bean dip.  Nostalgia?  ... Continue Reading

Cioppino with Roasted Garlic Parsley Butter Toast

Cioppino is a soul warming comfort food like no other. I honestly don't know whether to call it a soup or a stew but no matter what you call it you absolutely must, must have a yummy toast to dip into the broth to soak up all those flavors.  I love this roasted garlic parsley butter toast with a little hint of Parmesan on it.  It's delicious on its own but really adds a layer of flavor to the Cioppino, too.  You can serve the toast on the side or cut it up and serve it as little croutons on ... Continue Reading

Deviled Egg Trio – A Spicy Valentine

Do you have someone special in your life who loves spice?  And who doesn't love a deviled egg? I mean, c'mon.  What's not to love?  If you do then this is the absolutely perfect appetizer or first course to your valentine's day dinner.  The hard boiled eggs can be done ahead of time and then refrigerated.  And the creamy egg mixture with creme fraiche, mayo, vinegar and mustard is such a wonderful counterbalance to the spicy trio of toppings. The bacon jalapeno is crunchy and a tiny bit ... Continue Reading

Super Bowl Bites – Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp, Paprika & Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, and Candied Pecan Crostini with Gorgonzola & Honey

Looking to wow your guests with a super bowl menu that is both delicious and a little bit sophisticated?  This one has it all.  It’s perfect for a gathering of both sexes – a little something for everyone.  If you are having a larger crowd you can certainly double or triple the recipe to meet your needs.  And if you want something more substantial to round out the menu I’d recommend a slider bar.  Mini burgers served on slider buns or brioche rolls and then an array of fixins’ so ... Continue Reading

New Orleans Shrimp Crostini with Creole Butter

I LOVE New Orleans style BBQ shrimp.  The sauce is dark and buttery with such depth of flavor from the creole seasoning.  Typically you get those flavors by creating a stock that starts with cooking the shrimp shells down with onion, garlic, creole spices, beer and Worcestershire sauce.  The sauce is finished with butter and served with shrimp piled high on the plate; the sauce poured all around it.  I wanted  to ... Continue Reading

Shrimp, Watermelon & Feta Salad

So good.  That sums up my thoughts on this one.  I love the contrast of the chilled, sweet watermelon, salty yet creamy feta, and the grilled shrimp punched with flavor from lemon, cumin and paprika.  It's light and refreshing yet full of flavor and so satisfying.  And because shrimp is one of those proteins that is just as good chilled as it is warm you can make this dish ahead of time and let it hang out in the fridge until you are ready to serve, ... Continue Reading

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with fresh Guacamole

This is seriously perfect game day food.  It's got that kick that goes really well with beer, it takes only a short time to prepare AND you can make it ahead and refrigerate because chilled shrimp is just as delicious as hot. I would serve this just as easily at a nice dinner party as an appetizer as I would at a casual Sunday game day - it's very versatile.  The dry spice rub is amazing and something that you'll always want to have on hand for seafood or fish. ... Continue Reading