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When The Student Surpasses The Teacher & Blue Apron Sumac-Spiced Salmon

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Sumac-Spiced Salmon
Sumac-Spiced Salmon

Last February my son, Cory, and his wife, Ann, began using Blue Apron, a meal delivery service.   Both Cory and Ann work outside the home and so they share the meal preparation. But Cory enjoys cooking much more than Ann does and so he is the primary cook (and she does the clean-up!)

Cory blue apron boxBlue Apron is a nationwide delivery service (for the most part) that sends a box of pre-packaged meal ingredients, farm to table fresh, with the recipes and complete step-by-step “how to” instructions. For a price of $59.99 Blue Apron delivers three meals serving two people each. So, for less than the price of a meal out, a really nice gourmet-type meal is prepared at home. Like so many 30-something’s, my kids are very busy between their work schedules and the school and activity schedules of two growing boys!

Blue Apron Recipe Cards
Blue Apron Recipe Cards

There are several different companies that are now delivering this type of pre-portioned, ready to cook meals. Cory chose this one because of its reputation for high quality, fresh ingredients and good reviews from those who are using the service.  The day we arrived their Blue Apron box was sitting at the front door.  The box is packed with ice and everything comes out very cold and fresh.  I took some pictures as Cory unpacked the box. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

For The Love of My Family – Tuna Noodle Casserole

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What do you do purely for the love of your family?  Something you would never, ever do except out of love?

quotes-about-life_381041-2Tuna. Noodle. Casserole.  That’s it.  I make tuna noodle casserole because they love it.  If I didn’t want to make them happy I would never, ever make tuna-anything.  Actually, I would never even open a can of tuna if it were left totally up to me.
tuna noodle singleTo say I dislike tuna is such an understatement of gigantic proportions.

But love for my family?  Well, that’s a totally different story.  So, this week I bought 8 cans of white albacore tuna.  For the love of my sous-chef dish-washing mom and my Chief Valentine.

tuna noodle casserole panThe best part is hearing them exclaim “You made tuna noodle casserole?  For us? Thank you!”  🙂

I used a basic recipe from Taste of Home and cranked it up a notch with wonderful Amish-made noodles and a topping of french-fried onion rings.

I ate a bit the first meal.  The other two ate the leftovers several other meals saying “it gets better every day!”

If you and your family like all-things tuna, you are going to really, really love this casserole!

Happy Valentine’s Day With Love,
~Catherine

P.S.  So what do you do purely for the love of your family?

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”     John 13:34-35 ESV

For The Love of My Family - Tuna Noodle Casserole
 
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For the love of my family I treat them to this extra-special casserole loaded with all things creamy and delicious cranked up a notch with french fried onions.
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Recipe type: Main Dish Casserole
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups cooked Egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) white albacore tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 cup french-fried onions
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan cook noodles until just cooked, not over-cooked. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the noodles, peas, tuna and pimientos; mix well.
  3. Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with french-fried onions.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
  5. Yield: 4 servings.
Notes
Recipe can easily be doubled. Cook time 35 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

 

Shrimp Bisque With Friends

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The Choir Girls

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants,   for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. ”     John 15:12-15

Is there anything better than hanging out with your peeps?  How about a night of laughter, chatter, and shrimp bisque?

Earlier this month I received an email from Angela (red hair, second from the left) telling me that she was planning a night with her musical friends from the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida.  She wanted to serve a shrimp bisque and wondered about doubling or tripling my Lobster Bisque recipe.

Much to my delight I have received back this lovely picture of the friends getting ready to spend the evening dining on Shrimp Bisque, a tossed green salad and sourdough bread.

Compliments of Brooklynplated.com
Compliments of Brooklynplated.com

Angela says “we are The Choir Girls, “The Peeps” for short.  We are all in the choir (one is in the orchestra) at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.  We try to meet once a month or so to recharge our batteries and share what it going on in our lives. “

Thank you Angela for reminding how much my family adored this bisque recipe.  You have inspired me to make it again soon!

Angela reports, “It was absolutely delicious. I tripled the recipe, but double would have been more than enough for the six of us.”

These winter months are the perfect time to combine an evening for friends, bisque, and lots of fun and chatter!  Check out the bisque recipe here!

Happy Cooking!
~Catherine

 

Lobster Bisque

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Cooked lobster tails

Trials and Temptations ] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.   James 1:2-3 NIV

I have put off posting this Lobster Bisque recipe because I can’t find the fabulous pictures of the finished bisque.  I can say they were “fabulous” because I can’t find them and in my mind they probably were the best pictures I have ever taken! 🙂  My sous-chef dish-washing mother remembers having to “wait” for supper on New Year’s eve while I took pictures of the bisque.  My Chief Culinary Consultant agrees he had to persevere and wait on me to get just the right shot.  But soon after that New Year’s eve my computer decided it was time to give it up.  It is very possible those photos were “lost” in the dying process.

When I read James 1:2-3 it reminded me to persevere in all that I do.  Including sharing this great recipe!  So, I will ask you to use your imagination.

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Picture compliments of Betterwithbutter.com

Start with succulent, flaky lobster, fresh shallots, minced garlic, spices, and dry sherry (a must!).  Tomato paste gives this soup its pinkish color and heavy whipping cream tops off the ingredient list and finishes the bisque with the smoothness and richness that makes this a gourmet dish.

NOTE – the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of lobster base.  I didn’t have this and I rarely buy an ingredient that I use for just one recipe.  I used Better Than Bouillon chicken base.  It worked well.

Second note – I found this recipe on Food.com and the author wrote that crawfish or shrimp can be substituted for the lobster.

Compliments of Brooklynplated.com
Compliments of Brooklynplated.com

My bisque looked almost identical to this one.  Thanks www.brooklynplated.com for the pic!

We ate this bisque with a salad and crusty bread as our meal.  However, it is very rich and the leftovers we enjoyed as a cup of soup as a starter to our dinner.

Well worth the time and effort!

Happy Bisquing!
Catherine

Lobster Bisque
 
Treat yourself to a decadent bowl of steaming hot bisque today!
Serves: 1 to 4 servings depending on cup or bowl
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. cooked lobster meat, cut into small chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 Tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon lobster base of chicken bouillon
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a saute' pan heat a little oil over med-high heat and saute' shallots, onions, and garlic for three minutes.
  2. Deglaze the pan with the white wine.
  3. Add the Worcestershire, Tabasco, and thyme and saute' for another minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the sherry.
  5. Add the paprika, hot water, and bouillon base and combine well.
  6. Stir in tomato paste and add the bay leaves.
  7. Whisk in heavy cream and the butter and bring to a light boil.
  8. Add the lobster and simmer until cooked through.
  9. Serve with crusty garlic bread.
Notes
The ingredients can be easily doubled using the ½ lb. of lobster.
Crayfish or shrimp can be substituted for lobster.


Recipe adapted from www.food.com
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