Sunday, January 12, 2014

around here

Last year, on the day Spring Semester started I blogged about all the cooking I did the day before.  In fact, I took a photo of my kitchen...it looked like this.

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That would have been, essentially, one year ago today.

I certainly didn't produce that kind of volume today, but there was some definite experimentation in the kitchen today - and hopefully a week of food prepped so as the crazy that this spring term start is proving to be takes over - I won't have to think too hard about what I'm eating.

The first thing I tried today was "Cheeseburger Cups". Late last week, Michelle over at Decor and the Dog featured this recipe. I did think to pick up a pound of ground beef at the grocery since my freezer tends to feature more chicken and seafood than beef.  However, I didn't pick up ketchup and it's not one of the things I keep on hand.  So, I did the most natural substitution I could think of - a little honey brown sugar barbecue sauce.  The recipe yielded 11 yummy delicious muffin tins of beefy goodness.  If you'd rolled the biscuit dough a little thinner than I did at first you'd easily get 12 out of this.  I think next time I might brown a little onion in with the beef - but otherwise - scrumptious!!  While the homemade biscuits were a little bit of extra work, the deliciousness was so worth it.

Instagram Photo January 12, 2014 at 05:59PM

Then, tonight for dinner, I decided to do something else off my Pinterest Recipe Board - coconut shrimp.  Let me just say - SO EASY and SO DELICIOUS! I truly adore coconut shrimp in a restaurant, but I'd never tried making them before.  I will DEFINITELY be making them again.  The Cheeseburger Cups may have to wait because I might just make coconut shrimp again tomorrow night.

Instagram Photo January 12, 2014 at 06:30PM

Photo with a cell phone camera using the light on the stove...because we're low budget - and well...these were delicious and I wanted to eat.

My notes on the recipe...I sprinkled the shrimp liberally on both sides with Old Bay seasoning (and skipped the salt and pepper).  I also used frozen tail off shrimp.  I just thawed the shrimp under running water and then proceeded with the rest of the recipe.  I didn't have anything to use as a dipping sauce - so I will definitely have to try again so I can try one of the hundreds of dipping sauce recipes I came across tonight.

In between fielding about 100 emails today I also worked on an art project.  It's intense!  I have already killed two fine tip sharpies on this project...and I'm not done yet.

Are you finally thawed out and ready to go back to school?  Did you kick anything delicious this weekend to try to ease yourself back into the crazy work week?

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