Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shrimp and Grits

Embracing a small part of our combined heritage, Stu and I decided to have Shrimp and Grits for dinner. Below if the recipe I used, which was described as being “Carolina Shrimp and Grits”. It was pretty good we decided. Try it!
Shrimp and Grits:

2 1/2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
3/4 cup quick-cooking white grits
3 tablespoons cream cheese
2 tablespoons half and half
1/2 cup chopped green onions1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
COOKING:Combine chicken broth and 1 tablespoon butter in heavy medium saucepan and bring to boil. Stir in grits. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix cream cheese and half and half into grits. Cover and simmer mixture until almost all liquid has evaporated and grits are tender, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Stir in green onions. Remove mixture from heat.

Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sauté just until shrimp are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Remove skillet from heat.

Spoon grits onto center of plate. Top with shrimp and drizzle with lime butter from skillet.

(During the cooking process I also seasoned the shrimp a tiny bit of salt and a decent amount of pepper… so if you like your shrimp more flavored, that’s a good way to go!)

Monday, December 8, 2008


Once again, meatloaf is another thing I tried for ages to find the "perfect" recipe for. Instead I always ended up calling my Mom to get her yummy recipe. After a while I have found what I believe to be the BEST meatloaf in the world. If you don't agree, you have my permission to STOP reading my blog altogether! (Except you Eva, since this recipe has pork, you must still read it anyway)

Perfect Meatloaf:

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. good pork sausage (you can use the "hot" style, but I prefer plain)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1) Put it all in a large bowl and squish it together to combine it with your hands.
2) Shape it into a loaf and put it in a loaf pan. Squirt a little more ketchup on top and rub it all over with your fingers then lightly sprinkle on a little more brown sugar.
3) Bake in a 350 degree (F) oven for an hour. Check the middle to make sure it is cooked through, then slice and serve.

This is a HUGE family favorite at our house and it is so simple to make!