Dinner fail

My mouth had been watering all day for the shrimp meal I planned to make tonight. I had taken them out of the freezer to thaw on Saturday afternoon, so the shrimp have only been in the fridge for 2 1/2 days.

They didn’t have an unusually fishy smell as I peeled them but as soon as I started to cook them I knew something was wrong. There was this strong scent of ammonia! If you smell ammonia while cooking shrimp- throw them out immediately!! So, it’s salad for me tonight : (


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Ugh…More snow!!

I woke up this President’s Day morning to an inch of snow.  I thought we were done with that after 70 degree weather on Friday!  I decided to make some real French toast to get me going this morning.  Started with the leftovers of a french baguette from the evening before, so it was a little hard – but not to worry.

First- cut as many 1 inch slice as you would like.

Second- dip the slices into buttermilk to soften

Third- take the slices and dip into your egg and cinnamon mixture

Fourth- throw the slices into your preheated skillet with melted butter.  Cook on each side for about 3 minutes, then transfer to plate.  My toast was still a little to chewy for my taste, so I put all of the cooked slices into an aluminum pan and popped them into the oven on 350 degrees for about 10 more minutes to get a toastier crunch, and it turned out wonderfully!

The key is to have all your steps ready before starting the cooking process.  That means, pour your buttermilk into a bowl, beat the egg and add cinnamon and have ready.  Add the butter to the skillet and begin to heat the skillet the second you begin to dip bread into the buttermilk.  It’ll move just like an assembly line.

Top with your favorite syrup and Bon Appetite!

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Valentine’s Day sweets

It’s been a minute, but I am back! This weekend I stopped by the Limelight
Marketplace and picked up some delicious Whoopie Pies from WannaHavaCookie. These desserts are delicious and just in time for Valentine’s Day dessert.

My favorite so far is the pumpkin and maple!

Until the next time bon appetite and happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Monday Enchiladas

I’m two days late, but still going to post this and last night’s dinner. On Thursday, I made a quick and easy Vegetarian friendly enchilda with an even easier Mole sauce recipe found here on Allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mexican-Mole-Sauce/Detail.aspx), and a side of homemade guacamole. My progress and outcome went a little something like this:

A few Guacamole ingredients (ripe avocado, chopped onion and tomato, salt, dash of cayenne pepper)

Halfway through mashing the avocado mix

Enhiladas ready to be baked with Mole sauce on top

Finished meal with side of guacamole

Enchiladas are great because you can stuff them with anything. I used red and green peppers, brown rice, pepper Jack and cheddar cheese, and corn for stuffing. I made different combinations in each enchilada- some with only cheese and rice, others with cheese, corn and peppers, etc.

I’ll be posting last nights dinner later today. Bon Appetite!

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The Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

How cute!  I was just cruising http://www.whisknyc.com,  and came across this Mobile Foodie Survival Kit.  It’s basically a pocket-size set of organic seasonings.  Thought I’d share for all my fellow foodies who often travel and like to be able to whip up a quick meal anywhere. Get it here, http://www.whisknyc.com/shop/survivalkit.html

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Gimme some Dim Sum

I visited Philly this weekend and while there had a craving for Dim sum. My parents used to take me several times a month for Dim Sum when I was younger. Today, we were so hungry that we did not pace ourselves and filled up in about 15 minutes and after only three carts. We waited a bit, the hunger came back to eat some more. I must say, that being a vegetarian (excuse me- pescatarian), that this time it felt like a much more limited selection. My husband and I had everything that had shrimp, the sticky buns, pineapple buns, chinese broccoli, spring rolls and a few other dishes that I cannot remember the names to. I guess there were a lot of veggie-friendly bean curd dishes available, but I was just scared to try today. The next time we go back I promise to be more adventurous.

And now a mini montage of our food:

The leftovers.

I’m not sure yet if I’ll be cooking dinner this evening- any suggestions?

Until the next post- Bon Appetite!

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DC Readers: Book Signing with renowned author Chef Jeff Henderson

Hey DC, add this to your calendar for next week!

Calendar Listing:
What: America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook, a community cookbook with over 130 recipes and personal reflections from everyday people around the country, Book Signing with renowned author Chef Jeff Henderson.

Who: Chef Jeff Henderson, named the first African American Chef de Cuisine at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and executive chef at Café Bellagio. He hosted The Chef Jeff Project, a docu-reality TV series; and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Cooked and Chef Jeff Cooks.

Where: Howard University Bookstore
2225 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20059
Howard University Bookstore: 202.238.2640

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chef Jeff Henderson joins media visionary, Tavis Smiley to launch America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook, ($16.95, ISBN: 978-1-4019-3135-3, February 2011) co-edited with award winning journalist and chef, Ramin Ganeshram.

Henderson, a culinary superstar, fascinated by the diverse roots and rich family traditions of African American down-home recipes, joined broadcaster Tavis Smiley, the creative force behind the award-winning America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibit to edit The America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook. This community cookbook includes over 130 recipes and personal reflections from everyday people around the country who passed down their recipes and memories. These recipes underscore why soul-filled dishes endure from generation to generation in African American households.

For more information about the America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook book signing with author Chef Jeff Henderson at the Howard University Bookstore call the Howard University Bookstore at 202.238.2640. For more information about the America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibit visit http://www.americaiam.org.

For more information regarding calendar listing details contact:
Tye Renwrick

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