Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

As part of our eat better, eat well promise to ourselves for the New Year, I present to you this Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup that utilizes my typical pantry items.  If you don’t keep these ingredients in this recipe in your arsenal, you might consider adding them as staples of your pantry.  You will thoroughly enjoy them! You know…they say that spicy foods increase your metabolism, so this should fit the bill for a slimmer waistline in 2017. My recent travels to the South has opened my eyes to some flavors I’ve never had before.  Red beans and rice in New Orleans, turnip greens in Alabama, and all the way in Oyster Bay, New York for some very tasty lamb with a combination of flavors I can’t even describe.  So, as a New Years resolution, I am challenging myself to embrace a variety of flavors and spices.  I’ve been wearing out my spice grinder and developing some really deep and interesting flavors in my recipes.  This is one of them.  You can create your own signature mix of spices for chicken, fish, beef, pork; you name it.  Or for a vegetarian version of this recipe, leave out the shrimp and add riced cauliflower, quinoa or farro.  I will also be right with you trying my hand at riced cauliflower to see what are all the things I can do to it and use it for in 2017. Riced cauliflower is all the rage these days and you can find it […]

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Creamed Corn with Bacon & Cilantro

Need a LAST MINUTE IDEA for a Holiday Dinner side dish? Look no further! Your friends and family will THANK YOU! I just had to get this recipe out to all my readers short of the photos because it is absolutely delicious.  I make this side every year for the holidays and everyone loves it! It’s easy to make and is a show-stopper.   MAKE THIS!!! Print Creamed Corn with Bacon & Cilantro Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 1 hrs   Servings: 6 Author: The Culinary Crossover Ingredients 6 fresh corn cobs 2 bay leaves For Corn Stock 6 corn cobs, kernels removed and reserved 2 bay leaves 3 cloves garlic, whole 1/2 yellow onion, peeled 1 tbsp coriander seed 1 tsp kosher salt 2 quarts water Corn Preparation 1 tbsp olive oil 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into lardons 1/2 yellow onion, diced 1 clove garlic, diced 6 cups corn kernels, or the quantity obtained from the six corn cobs 1 tsp kosher salt 2 cups corn stock, *prepared above 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese 1 tbsp butter 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 1 lime, zest plus 1/2 for juice Instructions For Corn Stock In a large pot, combine all the corn stock ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer until the liquid is reduced by 2 cups. About 30 minutes. Strain the stock and return it to the pot. Set aside and keep warm. For Corn In a large heated […]

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The Peanut Butter Cookie Story

Summer, sitting in the screened in patio, long, stringy hair still wet from the pool and skinny little me wrapped in a giant beach towel shivering with eyes blood-shot from the chlorine.  I just had to open my eyes underwater; what kid doesn’t?   However, my reason was mostly to watch out for my goofy older brother who would inevitably hide in the grapefruit tree waiting for the chance to beeline it to the pool, jump on top of me and hold me under water until I kicked him somewhere important.  He was a turd!  He reveled at the chance to get me to scream “Kevin! Stop it!”, which I awarded him with regularly.  It is well-known that the job of an older brother is to torment his little sister. And, boy was he was excellent at it!  All summer long out of school, the two of us were constantly in the pool, playing and fighting, mostly fighting.  The morning generally started calm. We’d start with the “drain race”, a race to the bottom of the deep end to the drain.  Each race, we’d add a new challenge to the game.  “Ok, you have to hold a baseball between your thighs and race to the drain”, Kevin would instruct.  Or, “when you get to the drain, you have to count to 5, then come back up”.  I was much smaller than he even though he only had me by a year!  I was even smaller than all the boys and girls my […]

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Easy Dijon Vinaigrette

Whether you need a quick fresh green salad dressing, a topping for macaroni or a vinaigrette for roasted vegetables, this classic and easy Dijon vinaigrette is your best friend. Yes!  You do see paper bowls.  I am currently traveling across the country and paper and plastic are sometimes necessary.  When we’re boondocking, I typically use plastic dishes so we don’t accumulate trash.  But, on this particular day, we are in an RV campground and they pick up our trash every morning.  So, paper it is! The day I learned how easy it is to make my own salad dressings was the day I stopped buying the crazy expensive and less nutritious grocery store versions.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.  Make it your own and add Parmesan cheese, a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice or sliced shallots.  I always have Dijon mustard in my refrigerator.   My favorite is Grey Poupon (I have no affiliation – I just prefer it) I love this dressing! Easy Dijon Vinaigrette   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   This is one of my “wing it” recipes. Sometimes I add chopped shallots, baked garlic, lemon or Parmesan cheese. It’s super simple and easy to add your own twist. Author: The Culinary Crossover : Serves 2 Ingredients ½ tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1½ tbsp red wine vinegar ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp Dijon mustard Directions Combine all […]

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