Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Magazine Clippings: Curried Rice with Shrimp

This is one of the many many recipes I had torn out of magazines over the past 6 months, but this one I actually made...and loved! It's easy and quick, but beautiful and is a perfect one-pot meal. It has a mild warm curry flavor - not overwhelming - and a beautiful color.

I pretty much followed the recipe exactly except I added about a half a cup of frozen peas (I love peas and rice!) at the end of the rice simmering, before I added the shrimp. Also, I never have basil on hand this time of year, so I have used both parsley and cilantro in its place (both were great). I'm looking forward to experimenting with some different vegetables.

I originally found the recipe in the magazine Real Simple and you can find the recipe on their website.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A new obsession

I love condiments. Our fridge door alone is home to at least 50 different sauces, spreads, toppings, and dressings. I have written before about my love for "Rooster Sauce" on my Saucy Sauces post, but I think I have a new favorite: "Goya Adobo All Purpose Seasoning With Pepper". I guess it's not exactly a condiment, but it definitely can be used to season food - both during and after cooking. This particular variety of the Goya staple is made from Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate (whatever that is - eek!), Granulated Garlic, Black Pepper, Oregano, and Turmeric. I have been finding new uses for Adobo everyday...and not just in Latin foods. In the last couple of weeks I have used Adobo:
to season sauteed spinach

to season homemade marinara sauce
in black beans
on pizza
on popcorn (yum!)

Since salt is the main ingredient in Adobo seasoning, you should probably sprinkle with care, but I definitely reccomend trying it out.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I just had to try...

This dessert (yes, dessert!) was called "Chips & Dip" and I had it at a little restaurant I visited with Dani the other day when she was in San Francisco for business. I've been seeing weird desserts on the Food Network made with avocado, so I figured I had to try it when we were offered this avocado ice cream, strawberry salsa, and fortune cookie crisps. It was one of those dishes we had to keep tasting because we weren't sure if we liked it or hated it...but now I can say I tried an avocado dessert.