one pot lemon orzo shrimp

December 7, 2018

makes 4 servings       prep time: 10 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 40 img_6604edit2minutes

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
16 oz orzo pasta
3 c  chicken broth
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 c frozen peas
1.5 T lemon juice
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese


  1. season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  2. heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. add garlic, onion, and oregano, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. stir in orzo until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. stir in chicken broth and 1/2 cup water. bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. stir in tomatoes, peas, lemon juice and shrimp until shrimp is warm, about 1-2 minutes. sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. serve immediately.

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serves 8      prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 1 hour      total time: 1 hour and 20 e6ae8ff1-9916-4f91-a1f1-f864c62ab50fminutes

1 lb italian sausage
1/2 c onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper
2 c spinach
1/2-3/4 jar (26 oz.) red pasta sauce of choice
1 bag (25 oz.) frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2.5 c shredded 5-cheese italian cheese blend (10 oz.)


  1. heat oven to 350 degrees. in a skillet, cook sausage, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. stir in pasta sauce.
  2. in ungreased 13×9 inch (3-qt.) baking dish, spread 1 cup of sausage mixture. arrange half of the ravioli on top; sprinkle with 1 cup of the italian cheese. top with remaining ravioli, sausage mixture and remaining 1.5 c cheese.
  3. cover with foil; bake 45 to 50 minutes or until thoroughly heated. remove foil; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  4. to freeze baked casserole: cover baked casserole with foil, then in double layer of plastic wrap; freeze up to 3 months. to thaw and bake, thaw in refrigerator overnight or until completely thawed. remove plastic wrap; leave foil cover on. bake 50 to 65 minutes at 350 degrees until center is hot (165 degrees).


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soysauce eggs

September 28, 2018

total time: 1 hour       makes 6 eggsimg_7321

6 eggs
3/4 c soy sauce
2 star anise
2 T black tea (or 2 tea bags)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp sugar
a dash of black pepper


  1. gently place the eggs in a medium pot and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch.
  2. bring the pot to a boil and lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. remove eggs (leaving the water in the pot) and let cool under running cool water.
  4. using the back of the teaspoon, gently tap the eggshell to crack the shell all over. the more you tap, the more intricate the design. (this is optional. you could just peel all the shell off, if desired.)
  5. to the same pot with the boiling water, return the eggs and add in the remaining ingredients.
  6. bring the mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low.
  7. simmer for 40 minutes, cover with the lid and let the eggs steep for a few hours overnight. the longer you steep, the more flavorful (and deeply marbled, if shell is left intact) the eggs will be.

source (thanks for the recipe, josephine !)

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prep time: 30 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes       total time: 1 hour       makes 4 sticky-rice-chinese-sausage-8servings

2 cups uncooked sticky rice (aka sweet rice or glutinous rice)
1 T oyster sauce
2 T soy sauce
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/4 c chicken stock
1/2 tsp salt
2 T oil
1/4 c dried shrimp, soaked overnight
1 medium onion, finely diced
5 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water until softened and diced
3 links chinese sausage, cut into small discs
1 tsp shaoxing wine
pepper, to taste
4 scallions, chopped


  1. cook the sticky rice according to the directions on the package and set aside to cool (normally cooked in the rice cooker). when in doubt, use less water to ensure you don’t come out with mushy, overcooked rice. in this case, undercooked is better than overcooked, because you will cook the rice again when stir-frying in the wok.
  2. combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, chicken stock, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. heat the oil in a wok over medium heat. add the shrimp and stir-fry for 30 seconds to bring out the flavor.
  4. next add the onion, mushrooms, and chinese sausage, and stir-fry for another minute, taking care not to burn the onion. add the shaoxing wine and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. use a couple of spoonfuls of set aside sauce to flavor everything.
  5.  add all of the cooked sticky rice to the wok and break it up as much as possible. spoon half of the sauce mixture over the rice (it helps to add the sauce over any clumps of rice to help break them up).
  6. mix well, using a scooping motion to ensure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the wok. add the rest of the sauce and stir-fry until the rice is uniform in color.
  7. season with pepper to taste and mix in about half of the scallions. you can serve it as is or if you want to get fancy, you can pack the rice into a nice round bowl rinsed in warm water and turn it over on a plate. sprinkle the rest of the scallions over the rice.

**note to self – look at the notes below on how much water to add to rice cooker

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antipasto squares

February 13, 2018

servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 1 hourlandscape-1515784104-delish-antipasto-squares-pinterest-still003

2 cans crescent dough
1/2 lb. deli ham
1/4 lb. pepperoni (could also use salami)
1/4 lb. sliced provolone
1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella
1 c. sliced pepperoncini
2 T olive oil
1/4 c. grated parmesan
1 tsp. dried oregano


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. unroll one can of crescents onto greased baking sheet and pinch seams together.
  3. layer ham, provolone, pepperoni (or salami), mozzarella, and pepperoncini.
  4. unroll second crescent dough and place on top of pepperoncini. pinch crescent sheets together to seal.
  5. brush olive oil all over the top of crescent dough and then sprinkle parmesan and oregano on top.
  6. bake until crescent dough is golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. (if the crescent dough is browning too quickly, cover with foil.)
  7. let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing into squares.


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