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The Last Recipe Post of 2005: Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Orzo


This was really, really good. I half remembered making something with shrimp and orzo and feta before but I’m pretty sure I baked that in the oven. So, I kind of threw this together based on other recipes I’ve seen before and what I had on hand. The garlicky, lemony wine sauce is amazing tasty! jwa brought the leftovers to work for lunch Thursday and I almost tried to steal them from him, as I really liked this dish. But, I didn’t — I am too nice.

Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Orzo: 1 1/2 cups . . . → Read More: The Last Recipe Post of 2005: Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

Cinnamon Chocolate Espresso Shortbread!


This is from what is quickly becoming my favorite baking book, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. It’s the one batch of cookies I’ll have time to make before leaving for California on Friday. Oh, they are good! I decided to bring them into work today. I followed the recipe exactly, except (and of course there’s an except), I added 1/2 teaspoon of instant espresso to the granulated sugar — making these Cinnamon Chocolate Espresso Shortbread!

Cinnamon Chocolate Espresso Shortbread: 3 sticks butter, room temperature 2 1/3 cups + 2 tbsp AP flour 4 1/2 tbsp Dutch process . . . → Read More: Cinnamon Chocolate Espresso Shortbread!

Spirited Cooking: Peppery Vodka Chicken

pepper vodka chicken

For Slash Food’s Spirited Cooking Day!

Here’s a recipe that I saw on the Food Network on the show, Calling All Cooks (do they even still make that show?) a few years ago. Since I’ve been making it, I’ve modified the amount and type of pepper used quite a bit and it’s still pretty spicy. Originally, the amount of pepper (cayenne, black pepper, lemon pepper white pepper, & red pepper flakes) was insane. This version is still moderately crazy but in a good, it’s-still-spicy-but-my-face-is-not-on-fire way.

Funny story: I made this on Sunday night and . . . → Read More: Spirited Cooking: Peppery Vodka Chicken

Eggplant & Lamb Moussaka Madness


Oh, look, it’s more bubbling, baked things! Isn’t that what Winter is for? Why yes, yes it is. I really love moussaka. This, too, I would get at Greek Islands. I don’t know, there’s just something about lamb, red wine and cinnamon…

While I was a vegetarian, the one meat I think I thought back fondly about the most was probably lamb. Not that I ate it that often, because I didn’t, but because it was so interesting tasting. Nowadays, I probably have lamb a few times a year and moussaka is a great way to . . . → Read More: Eggplant & Lamb Moussaka Madness

A Cheap College Favorite: Deep Dish Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Yeah, I’ve been out of school since 1995 — so? I used to make this both as an undergrad and a grad student. It’s cheap, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s Mexican food and yet it’s a pizza. It’s awesome. And really, you can fancy-pants it up as much as you want. You could make your own pizza dough, make your own enchilada-type sauce, roast peppers, shred chicken, etc., or you could use the 99 cent Jiffy Pizza dough mix, buy jarred sauce and eat dinner for two+ days for around $10.

For old times . . . → Read More: A Cheap College Favorite: Deep Dish Mexican Pizza