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Sunday dinner

Sunday dinner

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Rounded out October weekends with a fried dinner…fresh Georgia shrimp and some zucchini. Quite delicious. The shrimp is easy…peel the shrimp, set up your station of one plate of flour, one with egg, one with panko bread crumbs….dredge in flour, then egg, then panko…fry in oil until panko is golden brown. The shrimp this time of year are sort of sweet and very delicious…so much better than farm raised (sorry to those of you out there not on the coast!) For the zucchini I made a batter with flour (about a 1/2 cup) and milk and then added ice cubes – the colder the batter – the better; dredge zucchini in batter and fry in oil….they will take very little time to cook depending on the thickness of the vegetables. Enjoy with friends!

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I haven’t cooked in a while. It was a great distraction to finally be able to cook and eat a meal. I made tuna steaks, mashed sweeted potatos and wilted spinach.

I marinated the tuna in soy sauce, mustard and honey – then pan seared the tuna – about 4 minutes on each side. DELICIOUS!

I baked the sweet potatos for about 25 minutes until they were soft and then mashed with a little butter. YUM

I wilted the spinach in a bit of olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. EXCELLENT.

This was so easy and so delicious and such a needed change from the absolute lack of home cooking I have been able to provide as of late.

Am Happy!

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Tuesday didn’t begin with much flair (or should that be flare?). I could not drag myself out of bed, and after getting ready for work it dawned on me that I didn’t have a clue what we were going to have for dinner- which isn’t good because I get home from work after 4, and Dev has to be in class at 5:30.

What to do?

Get out the crock pot- that’s what.

I sliced half a white onion and threw it in the bottom of the crockpot with half a package of fresh sliced mushrooms. I threw 2 bone in chicken thighs on top, then poured about a cup of white wine and a can of low sodium cream of chicken soup all over it. I set it to low and ran out the door.

When I got home, I diced 3 large red potatoes and sloshed them in a pot with water to cover and 2 coarsely sliced cloves of garlic. After simmering them for 15 minutes, I drained them and added some plain yogurt, about 3 oz of cream cheese, salt and some fresh cracked black pepper. I smashed all of it together til it was lumpy.

Then I nuked some frozen early peas with a little butter and some salt.

Now- let me say this was a dirn good dinner- better than some of the ones I’ve planned out and actually worked on all day.

I know what you’re thinking….”Canned soup- how drole.” And I know where you’re coming from. Had this been a weekend, I might have drained the juice from the chicken and thickened it with flour and butter and made a respectable pan sauce. But during the week that just isn’t an option. And really, with the wine thrown in there, it’s hard to tell that it’s canned soup.

I will be doing this again- soon.

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I was watching this show on Food Network the other day, and they were profiling some diner where the owner made his own italian sausage, then used it to make a sausage hoagie.

I started thinking that the ingredients for his sandwich (italian sausage, red peppers, onions and cheese) would be good in a quiche.

So, I defrosted a pie crust, browned some breakfast sausage and added some diced onions and red peppers. I put this mixture in the bottom of the pie crust, then sprinkled on about a cup of cheddar cheese.

In my blender I put 4 eggs, 2 cups of heavy cream, some freshly grated nutmeg and a few shots of hot sauce, then processed it for a few seconds. I poured the base mixture over the filling and baked it at 450 for the first 15 minutes, then cut the oven down to 300 and baked it for about another 45 minutes.

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