Posts Tagged ‘lunch or dinner’

8th June
2010
written by Steph

Open face Shrimp Po' Boy

I am a big fan of sandwiches. On our honeymoon last year after eating out at a variety of fancy-schmancy restaurants for four days straight, my fondest wish was to just find somewhere where I could get a good sandwich to eat.  What can I say? Sometimes I'm a girl of simple tastes. I think I just love that there are so many different flavors and so many different combinations that can arise with the humble sandwich. You're never lost for choice when a sandwich is the meal in question. One sandwich I frequently have a hankering for (but find it rather hard to track down here in Nashville... could it be because we're a landlocked state?) is the Po' Boy. Now, I don't really care for much creole/cajun cooking - often it's too spicy for me - but I love me a good shrimp Po' Boy every now and then. I decided to give it a whirl in my own kitchen and see what I could come up with. The verdict? So long as I can get my hands on shrimp, I'll never have to do without Po' Boys in my life again! Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • oil for frying (about 4 tbsp)
  • crusty bread
  • thinly sliced tomato
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22nd February
2010
written by Steph

Celery & Stilton Soup! Yum!

What do you do when you have (for reasons that are somewhat confusing to you) a ton of celery in your fridge and a bunch of blue cheese?  I guess you’ve got the side fixins for some chicken wings, but if you’re me, you make soup!  And a really good one at that!  Of course, this is assuming that you enjoy blue cheese, but if not, what are you doing with it in your fridge? (more…)
6th January
2010
written by Steph

Guaranteed to cure what ails ya!

Guaranteed to cure what ails ya!

It’s cold/flu season, so I know I’m not alone when I tell you that part of my holiday this year involved lying in bed sick as a dog (though to be honest, our dogs never seem to get as sick as I do…).  It was a bummer being all snotty-yet-stuffy nosed and achey and fevered, even if my mom was there to take care of me… but then we returned to Nashville and things got worse because now my mom wasn’t even there to take care of me!  However, I’m not my mother’s daughter for nothing and I swiftly decided Tony and I needed to cook up a big pot of my mom’s chicken noodle soup, because if there’s one thing I want to eat when I’m sick, it’s that (well that and pho, but chicken noodle soup is way easier to make from home).  So today’s recipe is brought to you courtesy of my mom, because while I’m sure tons of people out there have their own CNS recipes, my mom’s is the BEST at curing what ails ya.  Trust me.  It’s got secret ingredients and everything. (more…)

10th November
2009
written by Steph
Homemade Tomato Soup with puff pastry croutons

Homemade Tomato Soup with puff pastry croutons

I don’t know about you, but to me there are few things more comforting than a bowl of tomato soup served with a grilled cheese sandwich.  Whenever it’s cold and dreary or I’m in a funk and need something warm and satisfying, this is the meal I like to have.  Normally I try to keep a few cans of Campbell’s condensed tomato soup around for that purpose, but then I finally had the brainwave that I could probably make the soup from scratch.  Don’t ask me why it’s taken me 26 years to get over the belief that tomato soup was one of those things that just couldn’t be done from home (hey, I just had my mind blown by the notion that you can make your own brown sugar… and it’s really easy too, to make it all the more embarrassing!)… For this soup, I mostly followed this Martha Stewart recipe (after years of loathing her, I have finally gone over to the darkside and am completely into all things Martha), but I did add a few things to boost up the potential flavor levels, as you’ll see. (more…)
25th October
2009
written by Steph

Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup... my way!

Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup... my way!

Until I started planning out our meals in detail, and vowed to cut out leftover dinners as lunches, I wasn’t a huge fan of soups.  They just never came across as very filling or very interesting to me, so I never really thought to make them.  BUT, I have since done a 180, and have come to see that soups can make a hearty and satisfying meal.  AND they’re cheap!  So cheap, I don’t have to feel bad about not getting up early to make sandwiches… I try to mix it up each week as to whether I’m making a thick, creamy soup, a lighter, brothy soup, or a soup with meat (or without).  To kick off the weekly cookalong, I decided to go with this spinach, leek and white bean soup, as it had relatively simple ingredients and managed to seem both light and hearty.  Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t deviate from the recipe, so here’s what I actually did: (more…)

15th March
2009
written by Steph
Hot Pockets!

Hot Pockets!

Anyone out there a Jim Gaffigan fan?  Well, if you are, then you know that the only way you can say the words “hot pockets” is in a high falsetto sing-song voice.  Additionally, you’ll know that the Gaff (as I have decided to fondly refer to him) is no fan of this “white trash” food.  Ah, what the hell, let’s just got to the clip because it’s hella funny, and what better intro to a post could I use than this: YouTube Preview Image OK, so I don’t think I’ve ever had a Hot Pocket in my life – not a real one anyway.  I vaguely remember some kind of breakfast pastry during my teen years that involved egg and ham, and was microwaved in its own little sleeve, but it was definitely not an Official Hot Pocket.  Maybe Tony has had one, but if so, he isn’t sharing.  That being said, one night when I was lying in bed trying to think up a way to use up three left-over spring roll wrappers (which had been chiefly purchased for a somewhat successful samosa-making venture of mine (successful in taste, not so successful in the folding execution)), I was struck with the wonderful insight that I should clearly create crispy golden parcels oozing with cheese and thinly sliced turkey.  Would it be successful?  There was only one way to find out!  [Spoiler alert: it was hugely successful… otherwise, I wouldn’t be posting about it here.] Below is a guide to the honey-smoked turkey and smoked gouda pockets I made one night for dinner one night after coming in from the gym.  There’s a lot of flexibility with these suckers, so you can easily use your favorite kind of meat and cheese and make it all your own! Ingredients
  • spring roll wrappers (found in your local supermarket’s refrigerated section, normally over by the produce)
  • cheese of your choice, thinly sliced (choose something that will melt well – we went with smoked gouda because we LOVE it and it melts really easily, but you could easily do havarti, cheddar, provolone, munster, or something fancy like brie if you wanted)
  • turkey meat (from the deli, thinly sliced… or use ham, or chicken, or whatever kind of meat you want!)
  • country-style Dijon mustard (get the kind that has visible grains in it!  Or don’t!  We prefer the grainy kind, prepared with white wine, as it has a milder, slightly sweet flavor, but pick whatever floats your boat!)
  • grape-seed oil (or other oil with high smoke point)
  • 1 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp of flour
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6th February
2009
written by Steph
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Chilly Pheese Steaks

Or as I inevitably wind up calling them “Chilly Pheese Steaks”!  However you say it, I’ve been craving one for the past 2 weeks or so.  This is how I know I could never really be a vegetarian, as every so often I just get wildly intense cravings for red meat. I’ll admit that I cheated a little bit on this meal, using leftover fajita steak from a meal out at our erstwhile favorite Mexican restaurant rather than cooking the meat myself.  I had the best of intentions as I purchased a package of tenderized round steak at Publix the last time we went shopping.  But when I took it out of the fridge too cook (after just two days in the fridge) it didn’t look quite right.  It was a dark purple color that made us a feel a bit uncomfortable and we ultimately decided not to risk cooking meat that had potentially gone off.  So I used leftover steak instead.  C’est la vie.  The one bonus, it definitely cut down on the cooking time (though not massively, since this dish really takes all of 20 minutes to assemble). (more…)