Sunday, March 27, 2011

2011 Birthday Wishlist

Here are some things I want for my birthday this year, categorized and roughly in the order of importance.  I only want new, unused items, please.  I'll add to this list as I think of more stuff I want.  There are more items on my wishlist, too.  (Yes, I pretty much copied and pasted my 2010 Christmas Wishlist post.)

Saturday, February 5, 2011


The mortgage broker we used when we bought our house (Kevin Horrocks, Olympus Funding) occasionally sends us postcards with recipes.  Here are two we recently tried:

Shrimp Paella

Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Serves:  10

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 14-ounce diced tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 12-ounce bag arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 24 large pre-cooked shrimp
  • 2 scallions, diced

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet.  Saute the onions, garlic, and thyme for 5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, clam juice, stock, pepper, and paprika.  Stir in the rice and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Saute the shrimp in the remaining tablespoon of oil and the oregano for 3 minutes.  Place the shrimp and scallions over the rice and serve with salt and pepper.

Lemon Basil Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  20 minutes
Serves:  6

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chunked
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (4 lemons)
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, chunked
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 pound cooked penne pasta

In a large skilled, brown the garlic and mushrooms in the oil.  Add the chicken, salt, and pepper and cook until done, about 10 minutes.  Add the grape juice and simmer 5 minutes.  Add the lemon juice and tomatoes, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the chopped basil.  Serve over the pasta and top with Asiago cheese. 
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