Creole Rice and Shrimp

Creole Rice and Shrimp up close and personal.

Creole food has never tasted so good than when it’s made in your kitchen! The simple blend of Creole spices in this recipe are spot on. One bite will conjure up tasty memories of the fine Creole restaurant-style food you love. Yup, this recipe will take you there. And I can take you there, step by step, if you pop over to my podcast which lives at 94.7 FM The Wave website. Just click here.

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Restaurants may be closed for dining in, but your kitchen is open for business.

Creole Rice and Shrimp plated and ready to eat!

So get cooking and what better time to make this recipe than now when you have a little bit of time on your hands!

Creole Rice and Shrimp

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: Very easy
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You will love the flavor and enjoy the abundant shrimp.

For Rice

2 cups brown jasmine rice
3 cups stock
¼ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon salt

Spice mix
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (omit if you don’t want the heat)
½ teaspoon dried thyme (not ground)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons paprika
2 bay leaves, whole or ground (your call)
(Note: this spice mix imparts subtle Creole flavor, for more robust flavor use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano)

For shrimp
2 pounds shrimp (shelled, deveined, tails off)
1/2 stick butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup white wine (turn it up with ½ cup – your call)
1 cup fish stock (or chicken stock)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Directions

How to make the rice

  1. To a large skillet or saucepan add two cups of rice, 3 cups of stock, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, and½ teaspoon salt. For this recipe I used a 9 ½ frying/ saucepan with a lid.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer according to instructions until done. When done, remove from heat.

How to make the shrimp

  1. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high until melted.
  2. Blend spices in a small bowl by combining the cayenne, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, paprika, and bay leaves (whole, or ground) Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  3. When butter is melted, add the garlic, blended spices, wine, stock, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce and mix all the spices into the butter. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat.
  4. Add half of the shrimp to the butter and spice mixture and cook until firm and pink, about 2 minutes on each side until done.
  5. When that first pound is done, remove and place on separate plate. Add remaining shrimp and cook until done. Remove and place on the same place.

How to put it all together

  1. After all the shrimp is done (remove bay leaves if you did not grind them) pour the butter and spicy mixture that remains in the skillet over the rice and mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir in the cooked shrimp. Cover and let stand 10 minutes to allow rice time to absorb the spices.
    Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve.

Express Yourself Pizza

Express Yourself Pizza right out of the oven.

Pizza delivery driver can’t deliver when you need them? Don’t sweat the small stuff.

You can D-I-Y and make a take-in pizza pie in less the time it would take to place an order and wait for the driver to knock on your door.

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Do it yourself has never been easier. This pizza has an easy dough that doesn’t require yeast or waiting for the dough to rise. And finally you’ll be able to do more with that 32-ounce tub of unsweetened Greek yogurt sitting in your fridge than just fold it into granola and blueberries. And the toppings? Just rob them from ingredients you scrounge from your kitchen like that leftover rotisserie chicken breast or those orphan strips of bacon leftover from breakfast.

What about prepared pizza, marinara, or spaghetti sauce? You don’t need it either. A simple food hack from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry will help you create a mouthwatering, picture-perfect pizza pie that just might have you skipping a few pizza deliveries altogether.

Express Yourself Pizza plated and ready to eat!

So express yourself. Put your stamp on, put your foot in it and put your name in it. After all, it’s lovingly made by you.

Express Yourself Pizza

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A delicious and tasty pizza pie you can make at home.

Ingredients

 Dough:
When measuring flour, spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess.
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder, optional but recommended
1 cup plain Greek yogurt or plain whole milk yogurt

Just a few ingredients robbed from my fridge.

Topping:
8 ounces tomato sauce
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or more if ya like it cheesier)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped tomatoes (seeded)
2 tablespoons Kalamata olives
2 strips cooked, thick smoked bacon, broken in pieces
1 cooked chicken breast, chopped (rotisserie)

Directions

How to make

This D-I-Y pizza really has no hard and fast topping ingredient list. Once you make the basic crust, it’s a blank canvas ready to be filled in with anything you want. This version of the recipe is made with ingredients I had on hand. Just go for it, exercise your imagination, throw caution to the wind and express yourself !

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  2. Add flour, baking powder salt and garlic powder to a large mixing bowl. Whisk all the ingredients to combine them.
  3. Add in the Greek yogurt and mix with a fork. Stir until combined. The dough may appear dry and crumbly at first, but it will come together as you mix it.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and slightly elastic, about 5 minutes. Dust with more flour as needed.
  5. Shaped the dough into a ball. Roll the dough out thin with a rolling pin or a drinking glass into a 10 to 14-inch pizza round, depending on your pan size. (I used a 14-inch perforated pizza pan.) Make sure to flour your surface and rolling pin or glass as needed.
  6. Spray your perforated pizza pan with non-stick spray. If using a baking sheet, cover it with parchment paper and dust it with semolina or coarse cornmeal.
  7. Place the dough on the baking pan and stretch out the dough to the edges of the pan.
  8. Top the dough round with tomato sauce by smoothing it all over the surface, leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edge.
  9. Sprinkle dried Italian herbs over the sauce, followed by the salt then the garlic powder.
  10. Add the shredded cheese, chicken, bacon (or whatever you have), bell pepper, onions, tomatoes (or whatever veggies you have), and finally olives and mushrooms.
  11. Place pizza pan or baking sheet in the oven. Cook at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
  12. Remove from oven and serve. Top with fresh basil leaves if desired.

You can have your greens and eat them too

3 Greens Mediterranean Salad and Marinated Grill Chicken.

Those in-between-meal snacks are so comforting as we shelter in place to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. You’ve probably enjoyed just about every one of your favorite snacks since the shelter in place orders were enacted. While those crunchy, salty and sweet treats are a delight, we cannot subsist on snacks alone.

Marinated grill chicken, sliced and ready to plate.

So when your conscious says it’s time to ascend from snack heaven, try this easy Kale and Cabbage Mediterranean Salad with Kalamata Olives and Romano cheese, and pair it with a simple grilled chicken breast. The salad greens are a combination of curly and flat leaf kale and cabbage dressed in an easy and delicious homemade vinaigrette that does double duty as a marinade for the chicken breast featured in this recipe.

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  • Difficulty: Easy but lots of prep time
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A delicious salad with an Italian inspired vinaigrette.

Ingredients

2 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups kale cut in ribbons
1/3 cup Kalamata olives slice in half
¼ cup grated Romano cheese (use cheese wedge)

Directions


The best way to mix these hearty salad greens is with your hands. So get in there and make it happen.

Cabbage:

  • Rinse the cabbage under cold running water and pat the outside dry or use a salad spinner.
  • Remove outer layers of cabbage and discard any wilted or damaged outer leaves.
  • Place the cabbage on a cutting board and cut it in half, vertically through the core.
  • Remove the core with the knife.
  • Place the cabbage half face down on a cutting board.
  • Shred the cabbage by making ¼ – ½ inch slices along the vertical edge.

Kale:

  • Rinse kale and pat dry or use a salad spinner.
  • Remove stems and center ribs of kale and discard.
  • Stack kale leaves and roll into a cigar shape.
  • Cut kale crosswise into thin strips about ¼ – ½ inch wide.

Assembly

  1. Place cut kale and shredded cabbage in a serving bowl and overturn greens with your hands to mix them.
  2. Drizzle with dressing, a little goes a long way, so make sure taste so you don’t – overdress.
  3. Add half slices of Kalamata olives and Romano Cheese over salad.
  4. Mix in dressing, olives and a cheese with your hands until well incorporated. Add more dressing if needed.

Easy Italian Vinaigrette /Marinade
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon dried Italian herbs
¼ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon chopped garlic
Cracked pepper

Directions

  1. A wire whisk works best to mix this recipe. But a fork will work too.
  2. In a small bowl add all ingredients.
  3. Mix well with a wire whisk.
  4. Use as a salad dressing or marinade. Can be stored 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Marinated Grilled Chicken
Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 medium-sized chicken breasts, sliced in half
Vinaigrette marinade recipe
2 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil

Directions

  1. Slice 2 chicken breasts in half.
  2. Place 4 chicken breast slices into a plastic zipper bag.
  3. Add vinaigrette marinade (see recipe above).
  4. Massage marinade into the chicken breast slices. Let chicken marinate in bag 20 minutes.
  5. Add oil to a skillet or grill pan skillet set to medium heat.
  6. When oil is hot, add chicken breast to skillet two at a time.
  7. Cook for 3 minutes on each side until brown or until grill marks appear.
  8. Remove from heat and place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil.
  9. Place in oven set a 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes
  10. Remove from oven, let stand for 5 minutes and serve.

A soulful hummus to warm your soul

Soulful Hummus made with black-eyed peas and red beans.

There is nothing like the dutiful humming of a well-used food processor.

I love Beatrice – that’s my faithful food processor. She’s been with me for over 10 years.

Old Beatrice got down in the kitchen the other day and at the end of her soulful solo, she whipped up the most amazing hummus I have ever had.

And her timing could not have been better. So many of us across these United States are safe at home, quarantined, and snug as a bug in a rug as we observe the directives from our local, state and federal officials to cool our heels at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 or Coronavirus.

Listen to me in the kitchen on my new podcast on 94.7 The Wave.

With so some many of us at home, we are eating an array of in-between meals, crunchy, salty and deliciously fat filled snacks.

Well put down that bag of chips and sour cream onion dip! My tasty and Soulful Hummus recipe is not only a healthier alternative, it’s creamy and savory deliciousness will warm your soul. You will love the marriage of black-eyed peas and red or light kidney beans in this hummus remix.   The easy to make tortilla chips are a bonus (you are welcome) and they are figure friendly too.

Stay home, stay safe and be well my foodie friends.

Soulful Hummus

  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Difficulty: Very easy
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This recipe is not only easy to make, it will warm your soul.

You will need a food processor for this recipe. If don’t have one, try a blender but be sure to smash your peas and beans in a mixing bowl with a potato smasher before adding them to the blender.

Ingredients

1 heaping teaspoon jarred minced garlic or 2 fresh cloves finely chopped
1 (16-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (16-oz.) can red beans or light kidney beans, drained and rinsed
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ to 1 teaspoon salt (I used a teaspoon)
¼ to ½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (use 1/4 teaspoon if you love the heat)
¼ teaspoon dried thyme (not ground thyme)
Lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, chives or green onion (your choice- optional)

Directions

  1. Gather all your ingredients before you start.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a food processor.
  3. Grate a little lemon zest over the top of the mixture in the processor.
  4. Process until smooth.
  5. Spoon hummus into a lovely plate or individual sized pasta bowl.
  6. Smooth out the surface and in a circular motion, drizzle 2 tablespoon over the hummus.
  7. Lightly sprinkle top of hummus with smoked paprika or sumac.
  8. Top with fresh chopped herbs of your choice (parsley, cilantro, chives or green onion) or lemon zest.
  9. Serve with pita chips, vegetable strips like bell peppers or my easy oven tortilla chips below.

Easy Oven Tortilla Chips
You will need a parchment lined baking sheet for this recipe

Ingredients
4 tortillas
Non stick cooking spray
salt – pain, seasoned or Cajun

Directions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Gather all your ingredients before you start.
  3. Stack tortillas on top of each other.
  4. Cut them in half, quarters then eighths.
  5. Spread the cut tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Spray the tortillas with non-stick. Turn them over and spray the other side.
  7. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake 9-10 minutes.
  8. Remove when done and season with salt right on the baking sheet.