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Be jealous, be very jealous

If you love seafood as much as I love seafood, that is.

Scallops and Freshwater Shrimp with Salad

Super-quick (and not expensive!) dinner. Freshwater shrimp ran me just under $5, and the scallops were about $5 as well. The veggies are from the Red Fire Farm CSA!

Freshwater shrimp has a more delicate taste than regular shrimp, so you have to be careful not to overcook it. I steamed mine for 45 seconds, then turned it over for another 45 seconds. Then I put it in the warm sauce, so it cooked for another maybe 10-15 seconds, then I chilled it with ice.

For the sauce:

Olive Oil + hot pepper + garlic + my cilantro-garlic sauce –>  Warm it all up and let sit while the shrimp cooks.

To cook scallops:

Dry them very well and sear quickly on each side. When the scallops are no longer glossy, they’re ready to go.

My salad was simple leaves of Romaine tossed with baby zucchini slices and an olive oil and lemon dressing.

The whole thing took me longer to eat than it took me to cook.  Just sayin’.

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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

Method:

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!

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine’s Day is an excellent excuse to make a special meal 🙂

We made prosciutto-wrapped sea scallops and broiled marinated lamb chops with mushroom ragout.  The dinner was divine.

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