Monday, July 28, 2014

White Wine Sauce and Shrimp Scampi

A delicious and simple sauce made with white wine and butter.  Used to flavor pastas and many other dishes.


White Wine Sauce and Shrimp Scampi:  A delicious and simple sauce made with white wine and butter.  Used to flavor pastas and many other dishes.
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If you have never tried white wine sauce you definitely need to.  The first time I made this for myself was when I made a Shrimp Scampi.  At once I was addicted.  It's a very simple sauce to make and takes very little time but the flavor is absolutely amazing.  The wine adds a very delicate and fruity flavor to the sauce and you just mix it with butter, garlic, and shallots.  Such simple and easy to find ingredients combine to make a delicious sauce that tastes luscious and is great with pastas and shellfish. 

Some things to keep in mind about White Wine Sauce (note that I'm no expert I know very little about wine but I know what I like and I love to experiment):

Use a wine that you would drink.  It doesn't need to be expensive (I'm no wine connoisseur I usually spend no more than 5-10 dollars on a bottle of wine) but it is reduced so the flavors are concentrated.

Use a dry white wine.  I prefer Pinot Grigio but a sauvignon blanc or even a chardonnay would be fine.  I have used sweeter white wines before, because that's what I had, and it's not bad (it will do in a pinch) but not as good as the pinot.

If you prefer not to use wine you could substitute a light broth like chicken or vegetable but keep in mind that the wine adds a fruitiness that broths won't.  

Also note that the wine is cooked and reduced so the alcohol is cooked off so it's not like you will get drunk or even buzzed from it (but I do understand some people prefer to abstain).





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Friday, July 25, 2014

Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad

A salad of wild rice, dried cherries, and pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.  It makes a great side dish or lunch.


Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad:  A salad of wild rice, dried cherries, and pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.  It makes a great side dish or lunch.



Wild rice reminds me of Minnesota and when I think of Minnesota I think of family.  My husband is from Minnesota and we lived there for a few years.  Much of his family is still in Minnesota and one of my favorite places to go (besides the cities) is Lengby.  Lengby is up north between Bemidji and Fargo and my husband's cousin (P) has a cabin on a lake up there.  We would visit as often as possible to fish, hang out, and just get out of the cities.  It's so relaxing up there and P is laid back and so much fun to be around.

Wild rice growing in the Mississippi river
Wild rice growing in the Mississippi river

Not far from Lengby are the head waters of the Mississippi River.  Being from North Carolina I always thought of the Mississippi being this huge, massive, river.  I thought it was so cool to be able to step over the Mississippi where it was barely a creek.  The head waters are also a great place to canoe.  One summer I talked my husband into taking a 2 day canoe trip.  We had grand plans of going really far but that summer the river was kind of low and not easy to get down.  We still went a pretty good ways, camped overnight and made great memories.  The thing I remember most is where we put in and how much wild rice was clogging the river.  It didn't even look like a river, more of a swampy grassland and we had trouble figuring out which way to go at first.  I had never seen wild rice growing like that before and now when I think about MN I think about wild rice.  So on my husband's most recent trip to Minnesota I asked him to get some wild rice (it's much easier to find in stores, and cheaper, there).  This is the first recipe I made with the wild rice he brought home.

Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad:  A salad of wild rice, dried cherries, and pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.  It makes a great side dish or lunch.


Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad


Ingredients:

1 cup dry wild rice
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions
*Raspberry vinaigrette

Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad:  A salad of wild rice, dried cherries, and pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.  It makes a great side dish or lunch.

*Raspberry Vinaigrette:  mix 1 tbsp raspberry jam with 2 tsp balsamic vinegar until smooth.  Rapidly whisk in 2 Tbsp olive oil until emulsified (alternatively put all ingredients in a jar and shake).  You can make more vinaigrette just keep the proportion of oil to vinegar 3:1 and adjust the raspberry jam to your liking.

Rinse the wild rice under cool water in a fine mesh strainer.  Place rinsed rice in a large sauce pan and cover with about 4 cups of water and a pinch of salt (or you can use broth).  Bring water to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Cover and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour until rice is tender. Drain rice and allow to cool.

In a large bowl toss and mix the cooled rice with the cherries, pecans, and onions (finely minced shallot would be delicious as well).  Lastly stir in the vinaigrette a little at a time until dressed to your liking.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve cold or at room temperature.  Makes 4-6 servings.

Enjoy.

Wild Rice Cherry Pecan Salad:  A salad of wild rice, dried cherries, and pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.  It makes a great side dish or lunch.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Great Idea Thursdays 62.1

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


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Triple Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from Some of This and That





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Monday, July 21, 2014

Blue Cheese Alfredo

Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.


Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.



I had some blue cheese dip/dressing in my freezer that I finally got around to thawing.  It was in there longer than it probably should have been but it tasted fine the sour cream just got soupy, not what you want for a dip.  I didn't want to throw it away so I tried to thicken it by adding a pack of cream cheese.  That didn't work to thicken it but it sure tasted great so I decided to transform it into something different.  You could make this with regular blue cheese dip (that hasn't gone soupy) just add more white wine, or pasta water, to thin the sauce to the consistency you prefer.

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.

That is when I decided to make an alfredo sauce from it.  My husband made the suggestion to add some pistachios to the sauce too.  I was very doubtful about his suggestion I thought they would get soggy and gross but he assured me it would be good (he has traveled to Italy and I haven't so I followed his suggestion).  Boy, I'm glad I did they were delicious.  They softened a bit in the sauce, but they were not soggy, and they were delicious adding some extra texture and protein to the meal.  I only used 1/4 cup of pistachios in this recipe but I would recommend more (I apologized to my husband for doubting him).

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.

Blue Cheese Alfredo


Ingredients:

2 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups blue cheese dip
1 8oz pack cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pistachios
Whole wheat pasta
basil
cracked pepper

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.


In a large saute pan, saute the garlic, in the oil, until soft and fragrant.  Pour in the white wine and reduce by half.

Meanwhile, mix the blue cheese dip and the cream cheese until well blended and then add it to the garlic and wine sauce.  Add the pistachios and let simmer until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.

While the sauce is thickening cook the pasta al dente.  I used whole wheat spaghetti but you could use fettuccine of any pasta of your choice.  Add the drained pasta to the sauce and remove from the heat.  Cover and let sit for a few minutes.  Toss well before serving.

Makes 4 servings.  Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and basil.  Great with broccoli on the side.

Enjoy.

Blue Cheese Alfredo:  Whole wheat pasta tossed in a creamy, cheesy, blue cheese sauce studded with pistachios.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pudding Popsicles

A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.


Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.



I live in a small apartment.  Did I mention that this apartment is in Hawaii?  All apartments and houses are small here, unless you are a millionaire.  That's okay because it's just me and my husband and the small apartment works for us and we get to live in Hawaii.  Anyway, I mention this to tell you that the outside facing wall is all window and sliding glass doors leading out to the lanai (porch/balcony).  We live pretty high up so we can leave our sliding glass doors open all the time (it's too high for bugs and too high for criminals).  I love it.  The temperature is usually perfect and there is typically a nice breeze so it hardly ever gets too hot.  But sometimes it gets kind of hot.  We get the afternoon sun shining in our windows so that's usually when the temperature rises a bit.  I could close up, pull down the blinds, and turn on the air but I like the city noise and fresh air so, when needed, I cool down with cool drinks and frozen treats.

Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.

I've been seeing many posts about cute popsicles made out of all kinds of things but my favorite treat is chocolate.  I also don't have any popsicle molds so I have to improvise.  That's why this pudding popsicle is so great.  The pudding comes in it's own container, you just add a popsicle stick and freeze.  Nothing could be simpler.  I used Jello pudding cups but any brand would work and any flavor.  I also used the sugar free pudding because I can't tell much difference so why eat unnecessary sugar.  This isn't so much of a recipe as a method but it makes a great frozen treat.  There is no excuse not to have some of these in your freezer at all times.

Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.

Pudding Popsicles


Individual pudding cups
Popsicle sticks

Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.

Leaving the foil cover on the pudding cup, pierce a small whole in the top.  Side a popsicle stick into this whole and give the bottom of the pudding cup a couple of wacks on the table or counter top to help settle the pudding.  Place in the freezer and freeze for 2-3 hours before enjoying.

To remove the popsicle, take off foil cover, dunk in warm water and pull and twist on the stick until it the frozen pudding slides out of the cup.

Easy peasy and you can use any type or flavor of pudding even use homemade pudding in your own popsicle molds.  Have fun and experiment.  Enjoy.

Pudding Popsicles:  A simple way to turn your favorite pudding into a frozen treat.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Great Idea Thursdays 62

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Starts: Wednesday @ 6:00pm EST  Ends: Sunday @ 11:59pm 

We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Follow our board.



Here's what I've been doing since last time:


Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.




Easy Strawberry Lemonade from My Frugal Adventures

Most viewed:


Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies from This Silly Girls Life




On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

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Now lets party.  Enjoy.




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