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I blame John Besh for making me crave shrimp and grits.

I’m a sucker for this chef (I still think my meal at August was one of the best nights ever….mmmm fois gras and duck…mmmmmmmmmmm), so when I heard that Besh would be on Martha Stewart’s show, I immediately went to my DVR and recorded it.  After circling Rouse’s for the ingredients, I put on some loud music and cooked tonight’s dinner. Martha and John would be extremely proud of the smells that came from my kitchen tonight.

Mirliton Salad

Mirliton Salad

Serves 6.

  • 2 mirlitons, peeled, halved, pit removed, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Red-Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill sprigs
  • 1/4 cup fresh chervil sprigs


  1. In a medium-size bowl, add mirlitons and vinaigrette; season with salt. Add chives and shallot; toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a second medium-size bowl.
  2. In the first medium bowl, add greens, dill, and chervil; toss to combine.
  3. Divide mirliton mixture evenly between each of six plates. Top with greens; serve immediately.

Red Pepper Jelly Vinegarette
Makes about 1 3/4 cups

  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red-pepper jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal chile paste
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, jelly, and chile paste; season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in canola oil until mixture is well combined.
Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and grits

Serves 6

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 30 jumbo shrimp, head on, preferably from Louisiana, peeled and deveined
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Prepared Creole seasoning, such as Zatarain’s
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped andouille sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped piquillo peppers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 cups Basic Shrimp Stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Grits
  • 1/2 cup fresh chervil sprigs


  1. In a large high-sided skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Season shrimp with salt and Creole spices. Add shrimp to skillet and cook until they just start to brown. Remove shrimp and set aside.
  2. Add sausage, garlic, shallot, peppers, and thyme to skillet; cook until garlic and shallots are softened and fragrant. Add shrimp stock and bring just to a simmer. Stir in butter and continue to cook until reduced and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Return reserved shrimp to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through. Stir in lemon juice, tomatoes, and chives.
  4. To serve, place a heaping 1/4 cup cooked grits into each of six shallow bowls. Divide shrimp evenly between bowls, standing up and tails facing towards the center of the bowl. Spoon sauce around grits and garnish with chervil; serve immediately.
Good Night!!!
Din din

Ginger Cranberry and Orange scones.

I got tired of making muffins for breakfast…so I made scones instead! Alas, I ran out of powdered sugar, so it’s glazeless.

From the Barefoot Contessa


* 4 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling
* 2 tablespoons baking powder
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
* 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
* 4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 cup cold heavy cream
* 1 cup dried cranberries
* 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash
* 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
* 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix 4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, salt and orange zest. Add the cold butter and mix at the lowest speed until the butter is the size of peas. Combine the eggs and heavy cream and, with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the flour and butter mixture. Mix until just blended. The dough will look lumpy! Combine the dried cranberries and 1/4 cup of flour, add to the dough, and mix on low speed until blended.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it into a ball. Flour your hands and a rolling pin and roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. You should see small bits of butter in the dough. Keep moving the dough on the floured board so it doesn’t stick. Flour a 3-inch round plain or fluted cutter and cut circles of dough. Place the scones on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Collect the scraps neatly, roll them out, and cut more circles.

Brush the tops of the scones with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and the insides are fully baked. The scones will be firm to the touch. Allow the scones to cool for 15 minutes and then whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and orange juice, and drizzle over the scones.

White Chocolate Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake

I need to buy a springform pan! I cheated and used a premade crust, so it came out more like a cheesecake pie. Still yummy though!


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 8 oz White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/3 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pressurized whipped cream
  • caramel ice cream topping

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Lightly coat a 9-in springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 2
    tablespoons of sugar until well combined. Press into the bottom of the
    prepared springform pan, and 1 inch up the sides. Bake in preheated
    oven for 8 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack.

  2. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Beat the softened cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer
    until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar, beating until blended. Add
    eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour
    cream, espresso, melted white chocolate and vanilla. Pour batter into the baked and cooled

  4. Bake cheesecake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 5 minutes; then
    turn the oven off, partially open the door and allow the cheesecake to
    rest for 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven, and run a knife around
    the edges. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack to room temperature, then
    cover the springform pan with plastic wrap, and chill in the
    refrigerator for 8 hours.

  5. To serve, cut the cheesecake into wedges and garnish each slice with
    whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Red Velvet Valentine Cupcakes!

After reading a ton of food blogs, I’ve decided to drink the kool aid and start one of my own!Here is what I attempted to make this past Saturday night…Red Velvet Cupcakes!

Since Feb 14 is coming up, they are decorated for Valentine’s Day


2 1/2 C cake flour
1 1/2 C sugar
1t baking soda
1 t salt
1T cocoa powder
1 C buttermilk
2 eggs
1 T distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 C vegetable oil
1 oz red food coloring
1 T vanilla

pound of cream cheese
1 pound of butter
4 C confectioner’s sugar
2 t vanilla

(1) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

(2) Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.

(3) Combine remaining cake ingredients and beat on medium speed.

(4) Add dry ingredients slowly til fully combined.

(5) Pout into 2 9″ cake pans greased with vegetable oil. Bake 20-30 minutes. Cool for 20.


(1) Combine butter and cream cheese on medium speed. Slowly add sugar til desired consistency and taste is reached. Add vanilla. Frost cooled cake.