Monday, May 18, 2015

Grilling/Smoking . . . A Collection of Recipes

There is nothing like the aroma of grilling/smoking meats outdoors.  The Captain and I recently treated ourselves to a grill/smoker since he is a master at smoking meats on the grill.  No gas grill here, we love the taste and aroma of meats prepared on a wood fire.  Since we will be putting our grill/smoker to good use, I have been looking for great grilling/smoking recipes.

For starters, at one of my favorite food blogs, Closet Cooking, Kevin has posted a collection of 25 recipes for the grill.  In particular, the grilled shrimp recipes caught my eye.

From the Taste of Home . . .

Top 10 Burger Recipes

Top 10 Grilled Pork Recipes

Grilled Kabobs

Grilled Beef Recipes

Grilled Chicken Recipes

Grilled Fish

Grilled Ribs

Grilled Shrimp

From Smoke Grill BBQ

Smoked Shrimp Kabobs

Smoked Chicken 

Smoked Beef

Smoked Pork

From eHow . . . 

How to Smoke U Peel Em Shrimp

From Smoker Cooking . . . 

Grilled Shrimp Recipes and Marinades

Smoker Recipes

Grilling Recipes

From The Mullet Festival . . .

Smoked Mullet

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese by The Pioneer Woman

Macaroni and cheese gone wild and way decadent with delicious lobster.

How much better can mac and cheese get?

The Pioneer Woman has put her special spin in this recipe with four different cheeses!

Gotta try this soon :)


    • 8 ounces macaroni
    • 6 tablespoons salted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
    • 2 lobster tails, meat removed and chopped into large chunks
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup shelf-stable grated Parmesan, such as Kraft
    • 3/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar
    • 3/4 cup grated fontina cheese
    • 4 ounces goat cheese (chevre)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the macaroni until still very firm; the macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch pan generously.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it just starts to brown, throw in the lobster and stir and cook for 1 minute. Set the lobster aside.

Add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter to the same skillet. Sprinkle in the flour, whisking to combine. Let the roux cook for a minute or so, whisking constantly. Pour in the milk, whisking constantly, then cook the white sauce until thick and bubbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add the half-and-half, 1 teaspoon of salt and plenty of black pepper, and stir to combine. Add the Parmesan (holding back some for the topping), Cheddar, fontina and goat cheese and stir them around to melt. Stir in the lobster and macaroni.

Pour the mac and cheese into the prepared pan and top with the reserved Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and a slight crust forms on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

SHOW: The Pioneer Woman
EPISODE: Just Me and the Girls

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Potato Casserole by Trisha Yearwood

Trisha describes this side dish as a mashed potato casserole.

Doesn't it look delicious?

Sometimes the simplest of meals are the best.

I'd never heard of mayonnaise and sour cream together for mashed potatoes, but why not?

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Level: Easy

Total Time: 45 min

Prep: 15 min
Cook: 30 min


    • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing the baking dish
    • 6 large russet potatoes
    • Pinch salt
    • 8 ounces sliced bacon
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
    • Pinch garlic salt
    • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 cups grated Cheddar


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Place the potatoes and salt in a pressure cooker with water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the potatoes until very tender, about 5 minutes. (If you do not have a pressure cooker, boil the potatoes in a pot of water with a pinch of salt until tender, about 20 minutes.)

While the potatoes boil, cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and, when cool enough to handle, crumble it into small pieces. Set aside.

Add the milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, butter, garlic salt, pepper and 1 cup of the cheese to a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Whip the mixture until thoroughly combined. Drain the potatoes and add to the mixer. Mix again to combine and the potatoes are whipped smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon and remaining 1 cup cheese over the top and bake until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through, about 20 minutes.

Adapted from "Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood" by Trisha Yearwood © Clarkson Potter 2010. Provided courtesy of Trisha Yearwood. All rights reserved.

Source:  Food Network

Friday, March 20, 2015

Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers Pasta

Another variation of one of my favorite meals . . . shrimp pasta.

I love the addition of roasted red peppers, whipping cream and white wine to make a different and delicious sauce.  Can't wait to try it!!

Although the recipe photo shows penne pasta, your favorite pasta would work as well and I think it would be awesome over garlicky white rice.

The recipe comes from the test kitchens of Better Homes and Gardens!


1 1/2 pounds fresh peeled and deveined medium shrimp
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped onion (1 small)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 12 ounce jar roasted red sweet peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil
1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (4 ounces)
12 ounces dried pasta, cooked and drained


Rinse shrimp and dry with paper towels. Set aside. 

Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter is melted. 

Add onion and garlic . . . cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until onion is tender. 

Add shrimp and crushed red pepper . . . cook and stir for 2 minutes. 

Add roasted peppers and wine.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat. 

Simmer, uncovered, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally (do not overcook shrimp!). 

Stir in cream. Return to boiling and reduce heat. 

Boil gently, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir in basil.

Add shrimp mixture and cheese to cooked pasta, tossing gently to combine.

Nutrition Facts (Shrimp and Roasted Red Peppers)

Per serving:
598 kcal cal.,
26 g fat
(13 g sat. fat,
2 g polyunsaturated fat,
9 g monounsatured fat),
230 mg chol.,
461 mg sodium,
49 g carb.,
3 g fiber,
2 g sugar,
37 g pro.

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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