Welcome to One Little Corner of the World. I share with you new recipes, some family recipes, and the antics of my kids. Enjoy reading!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A New Shrimp Recipe - Totally Rocks!

For Memorial Day, we practiced making burgers for Jakey in June - a local BBQ contest that has a kids' Q contest.  For the past three years my boys have entered the contest, and for the past three years, we have had a blast putting our burger recipes together.  I will post our recipes after the contest.

We also tried a new shrimp recipe - Margarita Grilled Shrimp from Allrecipes - with a name like that, how bad can it be?  Well I can tell you, it was really good.  What I liked most was that the ingredients are all usually things I have on hand.  I only marinated my shrimp for the prescribed 30 minutes - the acid in the limes will start the cooking process if you go any longer, and that might give you tough shrimp.

The shrimp had a nice little kick to it.  I liked the flavor of the tequila, and the garlic flavor really came through.  I only used 1/8 tsp of the red pepper, as I don't like really hot food.  I didn't tell my husband I cut down the pepper.  The more heat the better as far as he is concerned.

I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day.  I always think of my former students who have entered the armed forces and are protecting our country.  This day is really about them, those who fight to protect us and our rights.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pesto Mozzarella Bread - a new staple in our house

My son loves Pesto sauce.  Since he was three, pesto has been his favorite sauce for pasta.  A few weeks ago, I decided to try something different, and I put pesto and fresh mozzarella on some asiago cheese bread I had purchased on the Hill in St. Louis.  Number One son loved it!

One of the things I like most about this is that I can eat a couple of pieces and not worry about the carb count - Two small pieces of this bread don't amount to many carbs.  Good if you are watching your blood sugar.

It is so easy to make.  All I did was rub garlic on the toasted bread, spread pesto sauce on the bread and topped with the fresh mozzarella.  I put the bread under the broiler to melt the cheese and served.  Following is the pesto recipe I used - courtesy Food Network.

5 big handfuls basil leaves (about 2 hefty bunches)
1/2 cup pine nuts or 3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
Juice of 1 small lemon
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Kosher salt
About 20 grinds freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients with 1/2 cup of the oil in a blender and blend. Gradually drizzle in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until pesto is thick and smooth.
Enjoy!!  Talk to you soon!!

Memorial Day and grilling. A great start to summer

I have to say that I am glad that school is over.  Not that I don't like school, I do, the end of the year is just so busy for me that when it finally ends, I am sort of glad.  On the flip side, I am happy to start the year each August too.  Maybe I will have some more time to post to my blog.  I sure hope so.

Enough of that, for our first grilling of the "summer," I decided that we needed to grill some wings.  Last week was our annual Strawberry Festival, and while I was there, one of the groups that grills brats cooked some wings that I thought were very good.  I searched on the internet and found the recipe.  It is from a  Marlboro cookbook - I never even knew Marlboro had cookbooks.

This recipe is very easy and quite tasty if you like an oriental twist to your recipes.  Marlboro JK's Original Western Wings recipe can be found on Group Recipes.  The next time I make it I might put some green onions in the marinade - I love green onions.  I also marinated them all night.  I think that made the flavor stronger.