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Cass in the Kitchen: Shrimp Scampi and Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking

:kitchen: So sorry this is late, and I actually even thought about skipping it, but I did that last week when I got slammed, and I’d hate to let that become a habit. I enjoy this segment, and I have a bunch of recipes waiting in draft mode, and yet more pictures of recipes on the camera card, so I really do want to keep up with it. In addition to the cooking, I am still reading mags and cookbooks, so I certainly am not out of kitchenly things to say, and probably won’t be for some time to come!! So, let’s get on with our little cooking show!

Shrimp Scampi

2 sticks of butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup minced garlic
lemon pepper
2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2-3 pounds frozen mixed veggies (I used Normandy Blend)
12 ounces angel hair pasta

scampi shrimp onlyMelt the butter in a large skillet, add the garlic and spices and saute until it smells so good you begin to drool. It’s very aromatic an a totally pleasant way. In the meantime, partially thaw those veggies in the microwave about 7 minutes, and set the water to boil for the pasta. Add the shrimp to the butter/garlic/spice mixture, and stir them in. Just as they begin to turn orange, add the veggies, and stir them in real well, too. I know scampi is usually served with veggies on the side, but, man, I had to take advantage of that butter-y, garlic-ky prefection!

scampi with vegetablesStart the pasta when you add the veggies. It will only take 3-4 minutes to cook, and your veggies should be done in about that time. You want them to still be a little crispy. Drain the pasta. I put mine in a big bowl, and then poured the shrimp/veggie/sauce over it, and mixed it up.

Here’s what it looks like on the plate. Divine, right?
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Alas, Drama is allergic to dairy, so she got this instead:
dairy free scampi

Dori Sander’s Country Cooking

I also had a fun and profitable trip to the library, as I think I mentioned. I checked out a couple of cooking books, and one of them was the delightful Country Cooking by Dori Sanders. This was a delightful read, and I do mean “read”. The book is full of stories about her life past and present. I found out she lives just a few hours fro here, so how neat is that.

There were several recipes I want to try in here, and I found the first one on the the fly leaf, a reference to fried green tomato parmigiana, which I have never had or heard of, but which sounds like food perfection. I’ll be having to test that one out when green tomatoes are cheap.

I also thought the recipe for boiled noodles looked pretty interesting. You make the dough and then push it through a colander or sieve into a pot of boiling water. The book has lots of simple techniques that like, so don’t think you’ll need a lot of fancy equipment to make the food.

I thought the baked eggs and grits looked good, too. I have several breakfast casserole recipes, but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes grits. I love me some grits, ya’ll!

Finally, I want to make this cobbler that practically makes itself, you just pour the ingredients one over the other, and the crust bubbles up through the fruit as it cooks. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

I’ll be checking this book out again when I am ready to some more experimenting, and I may get a copy if we like what we taste. Which basically boils down to: might as well order it right now.

Loving Martha, Baking Cookies, Buying Stuff and Give Away

Welcome again to Cass in the Kitchen. First, get coffee: as you can see from the title, we have a LOT of ground to cover. I was a busy girl this week, and I took pictures of everything. In fact, the kids are now used to me shooting the food before they can eat it! So seriously, get coffee, and let’s see how many shots I can upload at once without freezing the laptop. And relax, I’m not going to show you everything today, just what’s in the title. You’ll have to wait for the green chili recipe. :)

Loving Martha

I have to tell you all before I begin, that I really dislike Martha Stewart. When she’s on tv, I’m changing the channel. When I see her wares in the store, I go the other way. I mean, it’s much a part of me as curly hair, this dislike of Martha. Until now. Now, I like Martha. How can you not like a woman who designed a table of contents that looks like this?

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I mean, that’s pure genius, because how often do you think “I want a cookie,” and you can already feel the texture of it on your tongue? Yeah, me too. Also, this book will be responsible for me buying a new cookie press, since I can’t find my old one. And it has already cost me two silicone baking sheets, which you will meet below.

martha stewarts cookies Now, when I looked over the book, I had firmly intended to make those brownies shown above, because they looked so good. Don’t they look good? Yes, they do. But I still haven’t made them. No, Because I found this recipe for Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies instead. So, I went to Wal-Mart for groceries, and the stuff to make these ended up on the list somehow, and I followed the recipe exactly except that I used baby food bananas instead of fresh (my hands aren’t what they used to be, so I save them for the important stuff) aaaaand, I kinda got excited and we poured in the walnuts before we remembered to roast them. Roasting nuts for your cookies is one of the bits of advice I gave over on Mothering Many at Christmas, so I am appalled that I forgot to do it. Blame the book.

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Baking Cookies

We did have a wee accident:
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I also had amazingly beautiful helpers:
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The dough, it was divine:
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And the cookies, they were so good my eyes crossed when I put them in my mouth. See?
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Buying Stuff

And right about when I took that last picture, I was forming a mental shopping list:
cookie press
cookie scoop
cookie jar
cookie baking mat
mixing bowls
mixing spoons
extra measuring cups and spoons

You’ll note that most of this is pictured below. The scoop is on it’s way from Pampered Chef, and I haven’t purchased the press yet.

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This baking and the taking of pictures? It is fun.


NOW THEN! This book, this book filled with delicious cookie recipes which make people cross their eyes, will be the next giveaway here on Cass Knits! If you want a copy of your very own, that can happen! To get one entry, leave a comment. (First time blog commenters are moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I’ll approve it when I get back to the key board.) If you blog about the giveaway and link back to this post, you’ll get two more entries. And if you stumble his post, you’ll get another entry! The giveaway will commence when I hit publish, and it will end at midnight, March 23rd. Yep, that’s Easter! I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 24th.

Good luck!

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