We had some friends visit us from San Francisco recently and they were kind enough to gift all of us with fun toys. They got me a sous vide gadget. Now, K’s brother uses one frequently but I’ve never considered getting one. It seemed too fancy for me, and too complicated. But, since I now had one, of course I had to use it and try it out! I did some research and decided that a shrimp dish would both be the easiest (it’s hard to undercook shrimp) and make the most sense to appreciate the tool (perfectly cooked shrimp that tastes extra shrimpy because of the technique sounds great!).
My parents used to make this for special occasions, especially their anniversary. I loved it! They would also make it with scallops, but would cook the two seafood separately since I don’t like scallops. This recipe is a bit fancier than what they would make since their recipe was more “a bit of this and a bit of that…and a healthy bit of wine” but it reminds me of those special nights all the same.
I’ve made this twice now, and the first time was as directed with shell-on shrimp, and it was amazing. The second time was still tasty, but the shrimp not quite as tender…I also used shrimp that only had the tail still on. It’s not that I needed the extra work done for me, but the place I went to didn’t carry raw shrimp with a full shell. Next time, I will try the full shell again to see if it is as amazing, and then I will update to specify that…otherwise, I will still say it is delicious either way. I wouldn’t do this with the shells completely off, though, since you need them to help flavor the sauce.
I had saved this recipe and randomly pulled it out one weeknight to bake while I prepped the rest of dinner. It made the dinner a touch more fancy, even though it is quite simple and fast.
This was a recipe I made up as I went. I had some leftovers from our Halloween party that needed to get used (yes, I am still blogging about posts from the end of October/early November…sorry?). We had olives and red bell pepper for the black bean/hummus dip I made. I haven’t actually shared that recipe on here, either, although I have now mentioned it a couple times. I also had some leftover pasta but not enough extra sauce, so this was a way to throw it all together.
Usually I avoid recipes with bone-in, skin-on chicken. It causes for some extra work at the dinner table, and K is not a big fan of it. I am willing to put up with it, but understand the annoyance. Anyway, when I do make one of these dishes, it had better be tasty and there had better be a reason for the bones and skin. This dish is pretty straightforward and delicious. Everyone was a fan, and the bones aren’t a big deal when the meat is almost falling off of them anyway.
This was a recipe I partially sketched out ahead of time, and partially did in the moment. It was a nice, light dish that was filling but perfect for a warm day. If you don’t have asparagus, you could swap in a different vegetable such as broccoli. I would recommend steaming the broccoli first, then adding it in near the end.
I’ve talked about a certain Mediterranean restaurant on here before. It is a favorite of mine and K’s. This time, we had leftovers from it when we had some friends over. Unfortunately, the leftovers did not include protein…just the rice mixed with some vegetables. So, I decided to make a chicken recipe to go with it. I’m all about repurposing leftovers here, so this is another way you can do it.