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Shrimp and Fig Kebobs

This is probably the last of the fig fun for the season: what a short but glorious season it is. This was super simple. Skewer shrimp and figs on pre-soaked wooden skewers (so they don’t char) drizzle with honey and bleu cheese then bake at 350 until the shrimp are done. It really couldn’t be more simple. If you can get your hands on some fresh figs – do it!  It is an entirely different animal than the fig newton cookie (which I also love).

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lunch!




lunch

Originally uploaded by All Things Mimi

This is my kinda lunch. I have some flatbread crackers, sliced smoked gouda, pepper jack, dubliner, sliced apples, smoked turkey, smoked salmon and prunes. I know- gross. But I’m getting old, plus I just like the way they taste- everyone needs more fiber!

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Granola


Granola

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I attempted my first batch of granola today. Mimi makes this all the time, but could I find a recipe on our blog? noo…so I forged out on my own. I’ll tell you what I did and then tell you what I will do differently next time around.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

In a large bowl mix (measurements approximate)
3 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of peanuts
1/4 cup of cashews
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup syrup
1/4 cup honey
sprinkle of salt
Mix together then spread on a greased cookie sheet
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool – mix in 1 cup of raisins (or whatever you want – I was tempted to put in m&m’s but I wanted to keep it healthy)

What I’d do differently – nix the salt – there is plenty in the nuts, also I will cook it for about 10 minutes less – its a bit browner than I wanted although it does taste really REALLY good so…

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Tapas Party


Tapas Party

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

During the Cavalcade of Fun, we had a tapas party. This was really fun and everyone loved the food and the fun of the many dishes. You can do it however you’d like. I tried to make most of the foods compliment each other. As the appetizer we had some yummy chipotle cheddar cheese, for the tapas we had a good variety; seared tuna, buffalo shrimp, hummus, roasted red and yellow peppers, caprese salad, fresh seasonal fruit and of course wine. We sat at the table and laughed and ate and drank and had just a great time as the cavalcade of fun drew to another close and Mimi and Devin headed back across country. As it turns out they are even farther away, though still in Colorado, but I am not going to figure out the mileage and change the blog name, its close enough. So – for a while our food blogs will again be separate, divided by two time zones and a lot of miles, but still together at heart.

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Cavalcade of Fun Tacos

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Back together in the kitchen again, Mimi and I made fish tacos (fried flounder) and crab quesadillas. As toppings we had fresh guacamole, home made salsa verde, and fresh mangos and tomatoes.
Nothing hard about his meal, but it sure is delicous. Hopefully we’ll get a couple of more chances in the kitchen together. For sure if we do, we’ll be well fed!

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Shrimp, Mango Quesadilla

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

Easy, easy dinner- it hardly gets easier than this. I sautéed some shrimp with garlic, olive oil and cilantro; set aside. Cube fresh mango. Heat griddle (or sauté pan) and spray with a dash of non-stick spray. Put tortilla in a pan. Cover with cheese, shrimp and mango. When cheese begins to melt cover with second tortilla then carefully flip the tortilla and let it lightly brown. Serve with whatever condiments you like with quesadillas. I used plain yogurt and tomatillo sauce.

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Cookies for Santa


Cookies for Santa

Originally uploaded by lyricalmezzo

I am not usually much of a baker, but this time of year, something brings it out in me and I must admit, the warmth of the oven and the smell of cookies baking is quite a comforting and familiar holiday aroma. This year I made oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, potato chip, and cheese. I have one more cookie recipe yet to make, but that is one floating around in my head, and I haven’t started that one – if I get to it…I’l post it here. The oatmeal raisin recipe I use is the one under the lid of Quaker Oats; the chocolate chip I use the Tolhouse recipe, sans nuts – both tried and true recipies I didn’t want to fool around with. For the potato chip cookies:
2 stick butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar (set 1/2 cup aside)
1tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup of crushed potato chips (I used Lays)
Preheat oven to 350
mix together ingredients; form mixture into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet; dip the bottom of glass in remaining sugar and flatten each cookie – bake until golden brown (12-14 minutes)

For the cheese cookies
2 cups room temp butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp of red pepper (you can add more to taste)

The dough will be loose, but you can form into balls – place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten (they don’t run or rise much so don’t worry too much about spacing) bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Whatever kind of cookies you leave for Santa, make them fresh, its a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

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