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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Coconut Shrimp

I discovered coconut shrimp while visiting my sister-in-law, Deanna, on one of my trips to Hawaii and had to make it for myself when I got back. It took me a while to get around to it, but I found this recipe online and there is no need to look for another. This one is another time consuming project, but still worth it. I make an orange marmalade sauce to dip it in. About half and half mixture of mustard and orange marmalade. (That's me back in 2005 at Bubba Gump's)

INGREDIENTS
1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup beer
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups flaked coconut
24 shrimp
3 cups oil for frying

DIRECTIONS
In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.

Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer.

Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

These were by far my favorite cookie I made at Christmas. I probably ate half of them myself. They are really easy to make. I used 1/2 mint per cookie. After they came out of the oven, I put the 1/2 mint on each one and by the time I had finished putting a mint on the last one on the pan, the first one was melted enough to back through for the next step. Instead of trying to swirl it with a toothpick, I just flipped what was left of the mint over, since the edges were melted and the inside was still a bit solid and it came out with a swirled look.

Makes 3-4 Dozen

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 (4.5 ounce) packages chocolate covered thin mints

DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the sugar, butter and water, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate chips until melted and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.


Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl, and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, be careful not to overbake. When cookies come out of the oven, Press one mint wafer into the top of each cookie and let sit for 1 minute. When the mint is softened, swirl with the back of a spoon or toothpick to make a pattern with the green filling of the mint wafer. For smaller cookies, break mints in half.

Stephanie's Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

Last year, Aaron and I planted our first garden and we got so many tomatoes I was running out of people to give them to, running out of things to make. I wasn't brave enough to try canning, so I did the freezer method and this is the recipe I used. It took quite a bit of time because I blanched the tomatoes first to get the skins off, and then went to chopping. It also made quite a mess! Since it turned out so well, I'll probably make a couple batches this summer.

Makes 3 quarts

INGREDIENTS
4 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
16 cups chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried basil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

DIRECTIONS
In a slow cooker saute together the onion, garlic, green pepper, and vegetable oil. Cook until onion is transparent.


Add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, basil, parsley, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on low heat. Stir frequently.

Let sauce cool. Pour sauce into quart size freezer containers. Store in freezer.

When ready to use sauce, stir in can of tomato paste.

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

This is one of the best soups I have ever had. I've made it twice now. I plan to make this often once cool weather gets here. Soups are great to make ahead and keep in the freezer. The first time I followed the recipe with minor substitions (marked in red). The second time I decided to use turkey sausage and added frozen corn in with the other veggies. The turkey sausage, although healthier, I didn't care for the taste as much.

INGREDIENTS
1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped (I used a can of crushed tomatoes)
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce (I used leftover spaghetti sauce)
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping

DIRECTIONS
Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.


Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.

Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

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