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So simple

“Simple” is just about the last thing I have to say about finishing my MBA program, but I DID IT!!! Whoo-hoo!

But, when it comes to tomatoes from Red Fire Farm, simple is best:


Taffy’s Birthday!

What, you don’t throw elaborate birthday parties for your cat?

Summer Chili Shrimp

In the winter I like to make shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and eat it hot.  In the summer there is nothing better than chilled shrimp marinated with peppers and garlic on top of some fresh greens.

You will need:

1. Raw shrimp in shell

2. Chili peppers of choice: red and green

3. 3 garlic cloves

4. 1/4 tbsp whole black peppercorns

5. Salt and pepper

6. Halved cherry or grape tomatoes

7. Olive oil

8. Juice of one lemon


1.  Peel the shrimp – I like to do it because it lets the flavors really seep in while the shrimp is marinating. You can skip this step.

2. Dice the chili peppers (remove seeds) and garlic. Toss the shrimp with the chili peppers, garlic, peppercorns, half of the lemon juice and some oil.

Toss it all together

3. Marinate for at least an hour in a bowl or a bag.

Bag it up

4. Pre-heat the broiler.  Arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet with the halved tomatoes.

5. Broil for just under 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink – it may be less than 5 min, so keep checking!

6. Dunk everything into an ice bath – a necessary step to stop the cooking process!

ice dunk

7. Drizzle the shrimp with the remaining lemon juice.  Serve it chilled on top of fresh baby greens!

Russian dinner, delicious food and massive amounts of meat

A couple of weeks ago I cooked for a dinner of 35 – all Russian food, insane amounts of beef, cold cuts, salads and oh, you name it.

Unfortunately I took only a couple of pictures, and mostly of the less-crazy stuff. So, no tongue or 20 lbs of beef, but here is some of the rest:

These are just the various pickles I got from the Russian Store:

(on the 8th lb of pickles the girl at the Russian Deli asked me if was having a party. I told her, no, just bad PMS, been craving some pickles 🙂

Appetizer pastries – half with cheese and garlic, half with black pepper and liver

The amazing home-cured salmon (that was actually made by the hostess!)

Fruit salad

And, finally the tables!  Set and ready to party!

Dinner: Hearty Egg-drop Soup

No joke, I’m still eating this soup as I type this – it’s too good not to share!   AND it takes less than 30 minutes!

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VIA cooking


Oh man.  This past weekend was a daze of cooking, tasting and Fluff festival. By end of Sunday I was swearing profusely at social networking websites and thus endlessly amusing my boyfriend.

But you know what, it was totally worth it 🙂  I learned more about cooking savory dishes with coffee than i ever hoped, and we definitely ate some tasty stuff!

I cooked everything, from wings to chili, from pork shops to ribs and tiramisu!

See all of the dishes on my Recipes page. If I were to recommend a Beginner Coffee-and-Meat venture I would go either for the marinated steak or the beef stew. If you’re brave, try the Coffee-Crusted steak!

And now, here is what I’m wondering:

Cooking meat/ tofu with coffee? Weird or wonderful? (click to polldaddy to let me know what you think!)

Looking at pictures of food is right up there with actually eating it :)