Test Recipe #3: Shrimp de Jonghe

What a fantastic recipe! Incredibly simple to make, with lots of flavor.

Boil shrimp, just barely (I cheated and used pre-cleaned and -deveined). Drain, rinse in cold water, drain again.

Melt butter in pan, and saute minced garlic. Stir in shrimp, dry sherry (always gets " Sherry" stuck in my head), chopped fresh parsley, salt, cayenne and paprika. Add some dry bread crumbs, stirring until moistened.
Pour into a buttered casserole dish, top with remaining bread crumbs, and bake about 25 minutes.

That's it! So easy, and really tasty. Matt served his with a side of 'dirty rice'.

Let me know if you want the recipe...

Test Recipe #2: Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken, olive oil, mushrooms, onion, garlic, tomatoes, red wine, some herbs, and a bit of flour and S&P.

Very simple recipe. Brown chicken, remove to plate, saute veggies. Return chicken to pot (Dutch oven), add mixture of tomatoes (diced and sauce), wine, herbs, salt and pepper, and a bit of flour. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked and tender.

I only made the one recipe; no meat-free version for myself. I just wasn't in the mood...

Matt really enjoyed it. He couldn't resist taking a shot, calling it simple fare; but at the same time had to admit it was very tasty. The chicken was incredibly tender, the sauce was flavorful.

You could easily reduce this recipe for two people, or increase the amount for company. Everything came together quickly, and most ingredients should already be on hand (it would be perfectly alright to substitute bone-less, skinless for bone-in chicken parts).

He ate his with some buttered pasta, topped with grated Parmesan...apparently, it went quite well together.

Another solid recipe.

Pot Luck Cookies

Thought I'd share an idea for cookies:

When you buy Quaker Oats oats, there's a recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin cookies on it. I really love it, but always add my own stuff. This time I added:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup mix of dried raising, golden raisins, blueberries, cherries and cranberries (the greatest thing at Trader Joes)

  • 1/2 cup coconut

  • it calls for 1 1/2 cups flour, but I used a 2 1/4 cup mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour

  • I also added some ground flax seed. I guess it's good for your heart?

  • And lastly, in addition to the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon called for, I added about 1/2 a teaspoon of allspice.

For the most part they turned out pretty good. But some bites, despite all the stuff I've added, don't have any extra goodies. And I hate that. So next time I'll probably just add an extra handful of each.

Test Recipe #1: Oven Fried Mustard Chicken

The first of five recipes I'm currently testing for an upcoming cookbook.

Oven-Fried Mustard Chicken

Chicken, bread crumbs, grated cheese, mustard, and various herbs and spices, baked at a fairly low temperature for about an hour. Pretty simple dish. I did not, in fact, have the dried basil the recipe called for, so I walked to the garden (in a light rain, delightful) and picked off a few leaves from one of our plants.

This is one of the few recipes I've tried where the mustard didn't overwhelm the other flavors. It was there, sure; but it was subtle. The coating was wonderful, and since it was 'oven-baked', no grease! The chicken was very tender, and easily cooked up in the suggested time.

I really liked this dish, and would certainly make it again.

Greek salad info can be found at my main food blog, Dispensing Happiness.

Coming Up

I'm a recipe-tester for an upcoming cookbook, and I just got another five to try. So, as I work through them, I'll be posting here!