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What’s For Dinner: Creamy Tuscan Garlic Butter Shrimp

(SM) – I’ve been trying to cook more and saw this recipe online at Salt and Lavender and had to try it! For Shrimp and Pasta lovers (you can also put it over, mashed potatoes, rice or just eat it as is) this is a restaurant worthy dish that will have you coming back for more! Too Delicious!!

Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

This creamy garlic Tuscan shrimp recipe with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and basil is rich, decadent, and ready in about 15 minutes! Great served over pasta or mashed potatoes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp (I used 31-40 count size)thawed & peeled
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped or julienned 
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • Handful fresh basil cut into thin strips
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

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  1. Melt the butter on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the flour and cook for about a minute, stirring until smooth.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the cream, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer for 2 minutes. Reduce heat if it’s bubbling too much.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook for around 5 minutes or until they’re cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, taking care not to overcook them.

  5. Add the spinach and basil and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt & pepper as needed. Serve immediately. I like to squeeze extra lemon juice over top when serving (up to you). You could also grate some fresh parmesan over top if you wish.

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Recipe Notes

  • Serves 2-4 depending on what else is served with this dish.
  • I used sun-dried tomatoes that were packed in oil (I drained the oil). If you use the dried kind, you may want to add more than 1/4 cup.

Hawaiian Farmer’s Six-Pound Avocado Unofficially Beats World Record

(Hilo, HI) — A Hawaiian farmer’s avocados are unofficially breaking a world record. Farmer Kenji Fukumitsu grew an avocado that weighed in at a whopping six-pounds-eleven-ounces.

The current Guinness World Record for largest avocado is five-pounds-eight-ounces. Efforts have been made to get official Guinness recognition for Fukumitsu’s avocados, but it takes 12 weeks for someone to authenticate it.

Unfortunately, the monster avocado won’t be able to last 12 weeks. But Fukumitsu says he’s not too bummed out about it, adding that “we just pick it and eat it.”

Southwestern Salmon Burger: A Low Calorie Meal You’ll Love

(SM)- Easy to make, quick and tasty. You can find the Southwestern Salmon Burger at Publix already prepared.  All you have to do is cook it.

Cooking Directions: Heat pan, put a small amount of garlic and herbs butter in pan, fry burger 3 mins on each side.

Season and Sautee shrimp and then season and wilt down your spinach. Eat up! Only about 500 calories with the use of butter.

Ingredients

Southwestern Salmon Burger

Shrimp

Spinach

Garlic and Herb Butter

Salt and Pepper

Good Eats! Fried Soft Boiled Egg

(SL)- I’ve always wanted to try one of these after seeing it on the Food Network and never realized it was so easy to make.

Ingredients: 4 eggs (or however many you want to make), flour, Italian bread crumbs, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.

Cooking Instructions: 

  • Soft Boil your eggs for 5-6 minutes, take the eggs out and put them in ice water for about 10-15 mins to cool them all the way down.
  • Take 2 cups of Italian Bread Crumbs, 1 egg and 1 cup of flour put all three in separate bowls.
  • Peel egg place in flour, egg wash and then Italian Bread Crumbs, place back in egg wash and then Italian Bread Crumbs for thick crust.
  • In a small sauce pot, heat 4 cups of oil
  • put egg in hot grease for about 20-30 seconds, rotate to get full egg fried

Repeat for as many eggs as you have, add another egg or bread crumbs if needed and Voila!

 

 

Watch Now: SytonniaLIVE Episode 5

(SL) – On this Episode of SytonniaLIVE the TV Series Bianca Haly joined me at the desk to talk about Dylann Roof’s trial, Donald Trump’s approaching presidency and more in our top headlines. We also talked about the latest Hollywood gossip and the royal romance that’s heating up between Meghan Markel and Prince Harry. But did you know that the Queen of England was once black? Check it out!

What’s For Dinner? Try this Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes in Garlic Cream Sauce!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken (chicken breast or tenders)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil – combined)
5 medium tomatoes, chopped in large cubes
1 cup cooked spinach
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 (maximum 1/2 teaspoon) crushed red pepper flakes
6 bacon strips, COOKED, DRAINED OF FAT, AND CHOPPED
1 and 1/3 cups half and half
1 and 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded 10 oz
penne pasta (for gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown-rice penne, such as Tinkyada)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated,

NOTE:WHAT IS HALF AND HALF?Half and half is the US milk product that combines half milk half heavy cream (whipping cream) to form a lighter cream (unlike heavy cream). You can easily make it yourself by combining half milk and half heavy or whipping cream. If you live in the UK, half and half would be the equivalent of single cream. Alternatively, you can mix half double cream and half regular milk (if you live in the UK).

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large skillet, on high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until hot.

Add chicken and cook on one side on high heat for 1 minute. While it cooks, sprinkle the uncooked sides of the chicken with paprika and Italian seasoning. Flip the chicken over, and cook on the other side for 1 minute on high heat. Reduce heat to medium, flip chicken over again and cook, covered, for several minutes until no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from the pan and keep chicken warm.

To the same pan (but without chicken), add chopped tomatoes, spinach, garlic, crushed red pepper, 1/3 of the chicken (sliced into small strips) and half the bacon (already cooked and drained of fat).
Mix everything.
Add half and half and bring to boil. Only after half and half starts boiling, add grated Parmesan cheese – immediately reduce to simmer and stir, while simmering, until the cheese melts and makes the sauce creamy, only about 1 minute (at most 2 minutes).
Then, immediately remove from heat.

Season with more crushed red pepper and salt, if needed.

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In the mean time bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook it according to instructions. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and drain again.Add pasta to the skillet with the sauce.

Add remaining half of bacon (cooked and drained of fat).

Season with more salt if necessary. Slice the remaining 2/3 of chicken into thin strips.

To serve, top the pasta with chicken strips and grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

NOTE: Based on numerous comments, I have corrected the amount of crushed red pepper flakes from 1 tablespoon to 1/4, maximum 1/2 teaspoon. Also, as I was correcting this, I realized that my recipe originally said “crushed red pepper”, and it should’ve said “crushed red pepper FLAKES”.

Sytonnia LIVE: Episode 4

(SL ) – On Episode 4 of SytonniaLIVE Burke Ramsey is suing CBS for implying he killed his sister JonBenet Ramsey, The Latest in Charlotte, The latest in the Brangelina Split, Is Glenn Rice Broke, Gabourey Sidebe weight loss, Interview with Judge Lauren Lake and Atlanta Hawks Preview with Coach Mike Budenholzer and Dwight Howard

 

Lemon Pepper Surprise: GB Packers TE Jared Cook Finds Chicken Head In Buffalo Wild Wings Order

(SL) – All he wanted was some lemon pepper wings, but Green Bay Packers Tight End Jared Cook got much more than that. The football player found a cooked decapitated chicken’s head in his order.

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In a follow-up tweet Cook wrote: ‘tongue, eyes, and beak all present. With extra seasoning.’

The incident occurred at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. The restaurant responded to the stomach-churning photo: ‘Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation.

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‘We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information,’ they wrote in a statement.

No excuse. This is nasty and a bit creepy. I love chicken and this has completely turned me into a vegetarian.

What’s For Dinner? Forbes Bistro Has The Tastiest Crab Cakes

 

(SL) – I love good food. We all do :). Eddie Forbes has been perfecting his craft for awhile and his food makes my mouth water. I plan on sharing several recipes with you guys, but I thought we would start with his famous Crab Cakes! Too bad the screen isn’t a scratch-n-sniff..but you can try to whip some up for yourself! 11705126_10208020551418047_3300213319833865322_nINGREDIENTS:  

16 oz Lump crab meat

1 egg

Table spoon of mayo

2 table spoons of black pepper

Table spoon of finely chopped parsley

Half a table spoon of thyme

Half a table spoon of sea salt

1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs1978748_10208393825069655_1285530577908098140_nPREPARATION:

Mix mayo and egg Add dry ingredients not including bread crumbs

Gently toss lump crab meat with mixture

Add bread crumbs and toss with crab meat.

12308563_10208203977803592_7847015324484067115_nCOOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator. Form crab cakes place on baking sheet and place in oven at 425 for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove, serve with a butter garlic sauce  and enjoy!