Thursday, May 20, 2021

What's for Dinner?

 Hello All,

It's Thursday, so I'm talking food.  I can (and do) talk food any old day of the week.  I love to eat, love to cook, etc.  Today I'm sharing one of our most favorite ever recipes.  BBQ Shrimp.  Remember Jeff Smith?  The Frugal Gourmet?  This is his recipe from NOLA (New Orleans, LA).  I made this last Saturday when Colin and Mailing came over.  We always serve it with a big loaf of Italian or French bread for mopping up the sauce.  I also always make a big salad to go with it.  Honestly, I'd be fine with just shrimp and bread to dip, but the salad makes me feel healthy (because the dish surely does NOT make me feel healthy...but so good!!):

  • Chop up 3 slices of bacon and fry in a sauce pan.  Do not drain.
  • Once the bacon is cooked add 1/2 pound of butter (yes - 2 whole sticks).  Melt that and then add:
  • 2 TBS Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 TBS Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco or hot sauce

Simmer that deliciousness for around 5 minutes or so.  Put 1 1/2 - 2 lbs of shrimp with the shells on in a pan (hint - use an aluminum throw away pan - you do not want to have to clean the pan, trust me) and pour the sauce over.  Bake at 375 uncovered for 20 minutes or so, stirring a couple of times.

I just put the whole pan on the table so the sauce is there for the bread.  You can peel the shrimp or not.  Sometimes we eat them shell and all and just leave the tails on our plates.

This is so rich and so filling that we do not usually have dessert, but I did make cookies for Colin and Mailing.  

Blueberry & Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

In a small bowl, whisk together:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/4 Cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

In a large bowl whisk together:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and stir to combine.  Add in:

  • 1/2 Cup oatmeal
  • 2 oz of chopped chocolate  (I just used chocolate chips because that's what I had)
  • 1/3 Cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 Cup candied ginger chopped

Stir just to combine.  Heat oven to 375

Drop by Tbs on an ungreased cookie sheet (I used parchment paper) and bake till puffed and barely golden.  ~ 8-10 minutes.  Cool on pan 2 minutes and then transfer to a rack.  I got 2 dozen out of this recipe.

Well, it is 7:20 a.m. and my mouth is watering for BBQ shrimp!  LOL.  Guess I will pour another cup of coffee and get to work.  I have a bunch of reports to get out this morning.  Later I will make a Blueberry Rhubarb pie!

Have a great Thursday!


  1. Mmmmm...all that butter. I'd need the salad, too, to assuage my guilt. This dinner calls for an acidic white wine. Your vinho verde or a sauv blanc sounds perfect!

  2. And here I sit eating my Cheerios. Not quite the same. LOL

    (But the bowl cleans up easy. 😉)

  3. That sounds good. I'd have to take the shells off for Dave tho. He won't eat them if I cook them in-shell

  4. The best meal I've every had was shrimp Creole in New Orleans. Everything I had down there was the best thing ever. It's a good thing I don't live there. I would eat myself to death.

  5. Funny, we're having shrimp for dinner tonight, too -- but I think I will skip the half pound of butter! Sounds really good, though. I used to love watching the Frugal Gourmet as a kid.

  6. Butter AND bacon grease. That sounds like my kind of food but not very healthy at all. I wish I knew how to cook shrimp because it's just about my favorite dish when we eat out. I don't know anything about deveining it though. The frozen shrimp you get in a bag at the grocery store, does that have to be deveined?
    It all sounds so good though, the cookies too!

  7. oh yum yum yum yum. The cookies I mean

  8. Sounds delicious but the cookies sound great, too!

  9. Hello

    YUM, the BBQ shrimp sounds delicious. I will save this recipe, thanks for sharing. Have a happy day and a great weekend!

  10. set an extra plate I'm coming over! Both look delicious and I remember him and his show, my dad liked to watch him.

  11. Oh, Vera! That sounds absolutely decadent!!! I'm definitely going to try it out soon. . .

  12. Yum, it sound delicious, thank you for sharing.