Friday, June 24, 2011

Snickerdoodle Cookies

If you love plain cookies this recipe is great for you! I know my mother hates any kinda cookie with cinnamon or chocolate chips. So you can make these with or without the spices for the picky cookie eaters!

This recipe yields about 24 cookies. (you can double it to make more)

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Cream together butter, shortening, 3/4 cup of sugar, egg and the vanilla.
  • Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, (if you don't have any it's really not that big of a deal) soda and salt. Shape dough into balls.
  • Mix the 1 tablespoon sugar and the cinnamon. Roll the balls in the mixture. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes remove immediately from baking sheets because they will get too hard and stick.

  • You can skip the last step in mixing the balls into the sugar and cinnamon if you just want to make plain cookies! Enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Seafood Lasagna

Everyone absolutely loves this when I make it. Most of the time I make mine with shrimp and crab, but one time I ran out of ingredients and filled the empty spaces with broccoli and it was still a hit. You'll have everyone begging for more.

  • 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
  • 2 (16 ounce) jars Alfredo-style pasta sauce (or you can home make it)
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 pound bay scallops (optional)
  • 20 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • black pepper
  • 6 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Broccoli (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you don't have the precooked oven noodles you can cook them for 8-10 minutes then use them. If you already have the precooked oven noodles you can just pop them into your container where you'll be making this and you can layer it all out already.
First combine the ricotta cheese, egg and black pepper (just so much that you can see it when you spread it).
You put a layer of noodles first then lay out a spread of ricotta cheese, followed by shrimp, scallops and crab (any other type of seafood you wish to have as well). Followed by Alfredo sauce to cover up the seafood then a layer of cheese. Follow these steps until ingredients are used making sure that the Italian cheese is the last thing you do.
Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes uncovered and then for another 15 covered (aluminum foil will do).

Bang Bang Shrimp

If you've ever been to Bonefish Grill you know how yummy these things are. Bang Bang Shrimp are so good and so easy to make right at home.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
4-5 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil

Combine all ingredients for the spicy sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.

Combine beaten egg with milk in shallow bowl; set aside.

Combine flour, breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil in another bowl; set aside.

Bread the shrimp by first coating each with the breading mixture. Dip breaded shrimp into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the breading. Arrange the coated shrimp on a plate and pop them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This step will help the breading to stick on the shrimp when they are frying.

After frying is complete put the shrimp in a bowl and pour some spicy sauce on top and ENJOY!