Simple Garlic Shrimp – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes

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Talk about Quick and Easy!  This Simple Garlic Shrimp is that and more, like, delicious, crowd pleaser, good for a weeknight after a hectic day and even for a Sunday sit down.

It is one of our favorites.

Along the lines of of our Pan Seared Scallops have the rest of the meal ready before you put the shrimp into the skillet.

Let’s get  the pasta going and throw together a caprese salad or…..

……any other kind of salad or veggie that YOU want to go along with your simple garlic shrimp.

Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter.

Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.  

Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional).

Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine. Give the shrimp about a minute a side.

When the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped – or dried – parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted…..

……..serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp. 

A nice white wine like a french Muscadet or an Italian Pinot Grigio pairs up real well with this Simple Garlic Shrimp.

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter. Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.
  2. Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine on top.
  3. Give them about a minute a side and when the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped - or dried - parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted.....
  4. ......serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp.
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New York Strip Steak – Jazzed Up

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New York Strip Steak

…oddly enough in New York City is NOT called a New York Strip Steak. It’s just a strip steak or a Delmonico Strip Steak.

Per Wikipedia…..

……”Delmonico’s Restaurant, an operation opened in New York City in 1827, offered as one of its signature dishes a cut from the short loin called a Delmonico steak. Due to its association with the city, it is often referred to as a New York strip steak.”

Whatever it’s called in various parts of the world it turns out to be a real good steak. We get ours from Costco and they weigh about a pound each. So,,,we wind up splitting one for supper.

Tonight it’s a little bit of a twist on an old favorite, We’re adding caramelized onions, cored seeded Roma tomatoes and a red wine reduction.

Don’t panic! It’s easy!

First put a skillet on at medium heat with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil – just eyeball it. Cut up the onions into the strips that are the width that YOU want them to be. I like about 3/8″.

Put the onion strips into the skillet,sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Toss and turn them as they start to get translucent. 

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While the onions are cooking core and seed the Roma tomatoes and cut them into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size. Sorry, the pic shows them before I made the “little bit bigger than bite size” cuts.

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When the onions are starting to get translucent push them way off to one side of the skillet. Turn the heat up to medium high. Salt and pepper both sides of the steak and lay the steak on the side of the skillet opposite the onions and you will be able to sear the steak without burning the onions.

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When the steak is seared on both sides and is cooked just shy of the degree of  doneness that you want- was that bad grammar? Lay the pieces of tomato on top of the onions.

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Scoot the veggies to the middle of the skillet and lay the steak on top. Pour in the red wine and add the butter.

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Simmer until the wine has reduced by about a third and then feast on your New York Strip Steak that you have jazzed up a little and……

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….enjoy the rest of that bottle of red wine. Ours tonight was a nice California Cabernet.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Take the steak out of the fridge and let it warm up a little as you get started with the onion. Put a skillet on at medium heat with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil - just eyeball it. Cut up the onions into the strips that are the width that YOU want them to be. I like about 3/8". Put the onion strips into the skillet,sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Toss and turn them as they start to get translucent.
  2. While the onions are cooking core and seed the roma tomatoes and cut them into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size.
  3. When the onions are starting to get translucent push them way off to one side of the skillet. Turn the heat up to medium high. Salt and pepper both sides of the steak and lay the steak on the side of the skillet opposite the onions and you will be able to sear the steak without burning the onions.
  4. When the steak is seared on both sides and is cooked just shy of the degree of doneness that you want, lay the pieces of tomato on top of the onions. Scoot the veggies to the middle of the skillet and lay the steak on top. Pour in the red wine and add the butter.
  5. Simmer until the wine has reduced by about a third and then feast on your New York Strip Steak that you have jazzed up a little
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No Fry Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – 30 Minutes

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Eggplant Parmesan can be…..

…..done a few different ways resulting in various levels of time needed and mess made.

A long time ago I was working as a grunt in an Italian restaurant and meet this cook named Sal. He was always complaining about the Italian food here in America and how so much of it wasn’t the “real thing”. On the subject of eggplant parmesan, or as Sal called it “parmigiana di melanzane” .

He said, “Real Italian cooks bake the eggplant for parmigiana not fry it.”

At the time I just wrote it off as another one of his rants.

Then, years later, I saw Mario Batelli do it this way on his television show. So I had to try it and it is now the way that I do it all the time.

Quicker, less mess and just the right texture. Not crunchy and not mushy.

Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Some cooks leave the skin on but we don’t like the taste of the skin. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices.

Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet.

About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.

BTW – when you are picking out your eggplant get the ones with the the least – or hopefully none – skin blemishes and lightest in weight.

Lightly cover half of the slices with tomato sauce – you could use  fresh or canned tomatoes in a pinch – and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil  and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.

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In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Broccoli or string beans will work. We like asparagus for this.

Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese, basil and olive oil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Into the oven for for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that YOU like it. 

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Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan. 

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Chianti of course!!

 

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  1. Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet. About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.
  2. Lightly cover half of the slices with marinara sauce - you could use sliced tomatoes in a pinch - and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  3. In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Any stalky kind of green will work. We like asparagus for this. Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese and basil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Bake in to the oven for for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that you like it.
  4. Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan.
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Chicken Pasta Primavera – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes

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Chicken Pasta Primavera is a…..

…….Quick and Easy weeknight meal that you can put together with just about any vegetables that you have on hand.

Primavera translated from Italian means springtime but Pasta Primavera originated by an Italian chef in New York City in the 1970’s.

Enough history let’s get your Chicken Pasta Primavera going.

Put the chicken tenders in the microwave to thaw out while you cut up the vegetables. When I rooted around in the fridge I found some broccoli, asparagus, string beans, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, some mushrooms leftover from our last batch  of chicken marsala and some onions. But, literally, any vegetable or vegetables will work.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in some olive oil. While it’s heating up cut up the chicken tenders. When the pan is hot, put in the chicken and sprinkle it with some salt and pepper.

Put a pot of salted water on for your pasta and cook the pasta while you put together to Primavera part. If the pasta is al dente before the veggies are cooked just drain it and drizzle a little olive oil in. Stir it to get the pasta covered with the oil and put it on an idle back burner to keep warm while it waits its turn.

When the chicken has browned add all the veggies except the tomatoes and garlic. Stir it a few times as everything cooks.

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After about 3-4 minutes or when the veggies just start to get a little soft throw in the tomatoes and the garlic. Add the chicken broth or white wine, squeeze in the juice from a lemon and toss in the rind and stir it all together. When the liquid starts to simmer lower the heat to medium and simmer for a couple of minutes.

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Add the grated parmesan and stir it in to your Chicken Pasta Primavera then….

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…..serve it up!!

You just prepared  your Quick and Easy Chicken Pasta Primavera like a chef!!

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A chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio pairs up real good with Chicken Pasta Primavera.

 

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  1. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high swirl in some olive oil. While it's heating up cut up the chicken tenders. When the pan is hot, put in the chicken and sprinkle it with some salt and pepper.
  2. Put a pot of salted water on for your pasta and cook the pasta while you put together to Primavera part. If the pasta is al dente before the veggies are cooked just drain it and drizzle a little olive oil in. Stir it to get the pasta covered with the oil and put it on an idle back burner to keep warm while it waits its turn.
  3. When the chicken has browned add all the veggies except the tomatoes and garlic. Stir it a few times as everything cooks. After about 3-4 minutes or when the veggies just start to get a little soft throw in the tomatoes and the garlic. Add the chicken broth or white wine, squeeze in the juice from a lemon and toss in the rind and stir it all together. When the liquid starts to simmer lower the heat to medium and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the grated parmesan and stir it in to your Chicken Pasta Primavera then serve it up!!
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