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Easy Shrimp Scampi for Amelia and the Roomies

To my darling, sous chef, and novice cook, Amelia. Here is a super easy Shrimp Scampi recipe.  In order to be successful, however, you must attempt to utilize all these ingredients, or, as you found out, you will be left with a pot of butter and shrimp. While not terrible, it is not Shrimp Scampi. Your Italian heritage is there, buried somewhere under chicken wings, pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and other college type foods. Get in touch with your inner…

Cooking with Saffron- Saffron Cream Sauce Over Sole

Many cooks shy away from using Saffron. An expensive spice, but well worth the outlay for a special occasion dinner. Saffron comes from the flower of crocus sativus, but is commonly referred to as the saffron crocus.  The threads are dried and very delicate to the touch.  I assume harvesting is labor intensive and extremely time consuming, hence the price that accompanies it. It is commonly sold in small glass tubes and a little goes a long way. Just over…

Chip’s Unorthodox Jalapeno Poppers

My husband loves jalapeno poppers.  I am not a huge fan of them nor am I a fan of deep frying- anything. I know you can grill them as well but here is a cheater option for an open-faced popper.   Be creative! I added a little ground beef to the base before adding the cheese mixture to make it more of a meal than an appetizer. You can also make these a Buffalo Chicken Cups by adding rotisserie chicken tossed…

Sweet Potato “Nachos”

This is a super fun and very customizable appetizer or dinner.  We are all trying to eat better and be more conscious of the foods we eat.  Read this all the way through and give this a try before you judge.  It is yummy, and quite guilt free. (I wish I had a picture for you but we devoured them too quickly!) What you need for the base: 1-3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into thick slices. The number dependent…