Monday, October 22, 2012

Scampi-Style Shrimp and Linguine in a Garlic Cream Sauce

We've got a new H-E-B in our neighborhood with a FANTASTIC seafood counter. I took advantage of it this evening by snagging a pound of beautiful shrimp for $8.

Doesn't it look delicious?

Here's what you need to get started:

1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp. I used 41/50 size.

1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
Nearly one bulb (6-8 cloves) freshly pressed garlic
1/2 stick butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream
grated Parmesan cheese
garlic bread

Melt butter in skillet on medium heat. Add onion and garlic, stir and cook until onions are transparent. Also heat salted water to boiling for linguine.

Add linguine to boiling water. Raise heat on skillet to medium-high. Rinse and drain shrimp, season with salt, pepper, and paprika before adding to heated skillet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crispy, Baked Tilapia with Panko Crumbs

Panko-Crusted, Baked Tilapia Fillets

It's going to be fish and chips for our Wednesday packed lunches, and I wanted that crunchy coating without the deep frying. Panko crumbs to the rescue!

Gather your ingredients:

4-5 tilapia fillets (I used 1 Kroger brand bag of frozen, individually wrapped fillets)
2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (or "Chesapeake Bay" if you're doing it the Kroger brand way, as I did)
2 cups Panko, Japanese-Style Bread Crumbs
2 tbsp olive oil
2 eggs
salt, pepper

aluminum foil
baking sheet

preheat oven to 

Panko-Crusted, Baked Tilapia Fillets

Mix panko, seafood seasoning, and olive oil in a bowl, and beat eggs in shallow dish with salt and pepper.

Panko-Crusted, Baked Tilapia Fillets

Panko-Crusted, Baked Tilapia Fillets

Split fillets into strips. You may quarter the longer fillets.

Panko-Crusted, Baked Tilapia Fillets

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Easy 4-Item Chicken Stir Fry

Easy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Okay. I say "4-Item," because I cheat. I admit it. When I can buy a single package of prepared stir fry veggies in the Kroger produce section, I do it. I'm counting my cellophane-wrapped veggies as 1 item. So there. :)

Here's what you need:

Stir fry veggies (broccoli, carrots, onion, and bell peppers)
2 chicken breasts
1 bottle La Choy Stir Fry Sauce
Soy sauce

Cooking oil
Wok or large skillet

Chicken Stir Fry Ingredients

Slice chicken breasts horizontally, cover with plastic wrap, then pound chicken out to approx 1/4 inch thickness.

Chicken Breast - Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Heat wok or skillet to med-high heat. Cut the thin chicken breast into small strips (approx 1x1" pieces), and add 2 tbsp cooking oil before placing chicken into skillet.

Cooking Chicken Breast - Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Monday, September 10, 2012

Homemade, Skillet Beef Stroganoff

Homemade Beef Stroganoff

I originally pinned this recipe for crock pot beef stroganoff, but I immediately noticed 2 things:
1. I would need to cut down on the measurements (I'm cooking for two), and
2. my schedule does not permit for the slow cooker or crock pot.

I decided to try my own version, using Heather's Bytes' recipe as my basis. The results? Rich, creamy, better-than-the-box beef stroganoff.

Get started with:

1 lb hamburger meat, seasoned, browned, and drained
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup - do not substitute!
1/2 can beef broth
4oz (1/2 bag) of No Yolks Egg White Dumplings noodles
4oz (1/2 block) cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream

3 quart pot
small bowl

Keep browned meat on medium-low heat, and add noodles to boiling, salted water.

Homemade Beef Stroganoff - Hamburger Meat

Homemade Beef Stroganoff - No Yolks Noodles

Perfect Baked Chicken Recipe

When a recipe calls for cooked chicken, don't ever use bland, boring chicken breast meat ever again! This recipe will change your life. It's very simple, but it will make all the difference in your casseroles, salads, and other dishes that call for cooked chicken.

Start with:

2-3 large chicken breasts
1 tbsp chopped, dried parsley
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp ground pepper
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp garlic powder

small bowl

shallow baking pan or cookie sheet
non-stick spray
Pre-heated oven at 350°

In a small bowl, combine all of the spices and mix.

Prep chicken breasts by trimming off extra fat or rib meat, if you prefer. I usually slice off wasteful amounts of meat when trimming fat and rib meat, so that's the huge pile of chicken you see piled up on the left. Whoops.

Rub the mixed spices on both sides of the chicken breasts.

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda - Mrs. Morales' Miracle Powder

I'm sure I'll have plenty of posts in the future that tout my love of this product, but I wanted to take the time to name Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda to my list of favorites.

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

I use it for getting greasy laundry clean, getting that same grease out of the carpet, cleaning the garbage disposal, and for added help in the dishwasher. As you can see, I keep two boxes on hand. It's cost-effective when you compare it to other cleaning agents - only $2.50 most times. I recommend it to anyone.

Mrs. Morales

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The "Magnificent" Mrs. Morales

Hi everyone!

I'm working to get things set up right now, but I hope to provide you all with kitchen adventures, marriage stories, and cleaning escapades. I'm excited to get things started, and I look forward to your subscriptions and shares! :)

Mrs. Morales