Friday, July 8, 2016

Salt and Pepper Shrimp/31 Recipes Down

Tonight, I decided to keep things light for supper and just made us some shrimp. This recipe was one from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

Seriously, this is going to be the easiest shrimp recipe you ever make in your entire life. For me, the shelling, deveining and butterflying of the shrimp took loads longer than the actual cooking. This was an awesome dish and I'll be making it again.

What did I learn from this recipe?
I learned about the joys of a squeeze bottle of ground ginger. Sure, you can buy it in chunks, peel it and cut it yourself, but why bother? The bottle of ginger I bought was awesome and I'll never buy fresh ginger again.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Sammy's Hashbrowns/30 Recipes Down

Tonight's recipe was actually part of our breakfast and was one from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

Sam wrote, "Breakfast is my favorite meal, and over the years, I'm sure I've had hundreds of pounds of lousy, weak, or tasteless hash browns (which somehow I still managed to eat). But the thought of all those bad extra calories just makes me want to scream."

I do love a good breakfast for any meal. In fact, I love pancakes and waffles for lunch. IHOP was made for people like me. And despite not ever getting hash browns to turn out the way I'd like them to (crispy and slightly crunchy), I still try to make them.

My problem with hash browns is the damn temperature. I never get it high enough to get the pan really hot and smoking. I should have let my husband make these because he truly makes a mean breakfast. However, even though my take on this recipe was a little on the limp side, Shane actually liked them, and he knows not to lie about my cooking (otherwise I'll keep on making something if he says he likes it but he's just lying about it to be nice).

What did I learn from this recipe?
I learned that despite liking hash browns, I didn't like this recipe. It calls for a red bell pepper. Since my husband doesn't like bell peppers, I substituted some sweet peppers instead. I think the combination of those with the olive oil gave it kind of a tart, weird taste.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bacon Guacamole/29 Recipes Down

I made this as a little snack before going to a Fourth of July BBQ yesterday. The recipe comes from Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts.

I like guacamole and figured bacon just makes everything better, so this has got to be a kick ass dish, or as Sam recommends, added on a burger.

But in reality, this recipe fell a little flat for me. For one, it just seemed a little bland. I don't think I was heavy handed with the salsa, but that was the dominant flavor in this dish.

And for two, I really prefer guac to be served cold. When it was said and done, it was really room temperature.

However, this actually kept in the frig for an entire 24 hours, without the avocados turning brown. The only reason I can come up with why has to be something (a preservative?) in the already made salsa.

What did I learn from this recipe?
So yeah, here's my big surprise here...I know I've said before that I don't like lime. Well guess what...this recipe calls for the juice of half a lime.

It wasn't enough...I had to add more lime juice. I used 3/4 of a lime here instead of 1/2.

The lime just works really well in this recipe.