Nov 042018

Here is a dish that is found on some restaurant menus. The sweetness of the shrimp along with the coconut, makes this a great combination.

2 cups shredded sweetened Coconut

2 cups Bread Crumbs

Creole Seasoning to taste

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

4 large Eggs

24 large Shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined

Preheat fryer to 350.

Combine coconut, bread crumbs and Creole seasoning in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, place the flour. Beat the eggs in a third bowl. Dredge the shrimp n flour, shake off excess, then dip in the eggs and shake off excess. Coat the shrimp in coconut bread crumbs. Lay shrimp on platter, not touching, until ready to fry. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes and do not overcrowd. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Here is a dipping sauce for the shrimp

1/2 cup Orange marmalade

1 to 2 tablespoons Dark Rum

Combine rum and marmalade in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat until the mixture thins out and has the consistency of a dipping sauce. Serve warm with shrimp.


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Oct 292018

Shrimp is a very versatile seafood. Available year round, it is always easy to get your hands on fresh shrimp.This week, I am sharing two shrimp recipes.

3 pounds Shrimp. peeled (41-50 count)

1/4 cup Bell Pepper, chopped

1/4 cup Celery, chopped

2 Onions, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1 medium Russet Potato, boiled

2 tablespoons Flour

Creole Seasoning to taste

Preheat fryer to 375℉.

In a blender or food processor, process the shrimp, bell pepper, celery, onions and potato t a fine mince. Take care not to reduce everything to mush, the finished product should have some texture to it. Then add flour and Creole seasoning and mix well. Form into rounds, about the size of golf balls. Roll in flour and fry until golden brown.


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Oct 252018

Another recipe I found in the cookbook is from Emeril. It used a family favorite ingredient, peanut butter.

8 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup smooth Peanut Butter

2 tablespoon Milk

2 tablespoons Roasted Peanuts, chopped

1 quart Heavy Cream, whipped until thick

1 baked Graham Cracker Crust ( recipe below)

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar until creamy. Add the peanut butter, milk and peanuts and beat well.

Beat half of the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture and spoon into the pie crust, smoothing out the top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until set.

To serve, spoon some of the remaining whipped cream over each wedge of pie, and top with peanuts and chocolate curls.

Graham Cracker Crust

1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/4 cup Melted Butter

1/4 cup smooth Peanut Butter

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Combine the ingredients thoroughly and press into a 9-inch pie pan. Bake until golden and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.


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Oct 222018

I was looking thru my Chef’s Charity for Children cookbook from 1993. I found two dessert recipes that I think you will like. The first one is from the closed restaurant Versailles

4 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate

1/4 cup Strong Coffee

3 sticks Butter

2 cups Sugar

6 Eggs

1 1/2 tablespoon Grand Marnier

1/4 cup Flour, sifted

2 cups Heavy Cream

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Lightly butter an 8″ soufflé Mold, place a round piece of wax paper on the bottom , butter also.

Melt chocolate in coffee, cream butter and sugar together until very light. Add eggs one at a time, thoroughly mixing each one. Add the chocolate coffee mixture, flour add Grand Marnier. Beat until well incorporated. Pour into dish, place dish in a pan of hot water and bake one hour and fifteen minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature.

Refrigerate. Decorate with whipped heavy cream. Serve with Raspberry sauce.


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Oct 112018

Here is a Cajun Jambalaya, no tomatoes, recipe. It’s a different twist with 2 different pork meats.

3 pounds Pork Short Ribs

1 pound fresh Pork Sausage, removed from casing and crumbled

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

2 cups Onions, chopped

1 cup Green Bell Peppers, chopped

1 cup Beef Stock

2 1/2 cup Water

1 1/2 cups Long-grain Rice

Creole Seasoning to taste

2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped

In a large heavy pot, brown pork ribs and sausage in oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Add water and rice. Season with Creole seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook, until rice is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley.


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Oct 082018

There is no one way to make Jambalaya. Using different proteins makes jambalaya an ever changing dish. This week, I am sharing two types, one Creole and one Cajun.

1 Hen, about 5 pounds, cut into serving pieces

Creole Seasoning to taste

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

3 cups Onions, chopped

1/2 cup canned Tomatoes, chopped, with juice

1 cup Celery, chopped

2 quarts Chicken Stock plus additional if needed

1/4 teaspoon Thyme

2 Bay Leaves

2 teaspoons Hot Sauce

3 cup long-grained Rice

2 tablespoons fresh Parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons Green onions, chopped, green parts only

Season hen with creole seasoning. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Cook chicken pieces, in patches, until browned evenly. Transfer to a plate. Add onions to the pot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, celery, chicken, stock, thyme, bay leaves and additional Creole seasoning, if desired. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Add extra stock during the cooking to keep liquid at the same level. Add rice, cover and cook on low heat until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley and green onions.


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Oct 042018

This dish can be served two ways. After you finish the recipe, which is great on its own, you may sprinkle sugar on top and brûlée the dessert.

4 large Egg Yolks

1 large whole Egg

1/2 cup granulated Sugar

1 1/3 cups Heavy Cream

1 1/3 cups Milk

1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon Kahula

1 tablespoon instant Expresso Powder

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Preheat oven to 325℉.

In a bowl, whisk together yolks, whole egg and sugar. In a heavy saucepan, heat cream and milk until it just comes to a boil. Whisk expresso powder and Kahula into milk mixture. Gradually whisk milk mixture into the egg mixture. With a spoon, skim away any foam.

Pour mixture into 4 ounce ramekins set in a roasting pan, and add enough hot water to the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake custards on the middle rack until set or quivery in the center, about 40 minutes. Remove custards from water bath and cool 30 minutes. Chill custards, covered loosely, at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream.


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Oct 012018

I just finished writing my newspaper article on coffee desserts. Since I have a few coffee recipes in my collection, I thought I would share a couple with you this week. The first is a dish that is served in many New Orleans restaurants

Rind of a Navel Orange

10 whole Cloves

Rind of a Lemon

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1/2 cup Brandy

1/4 cup Grand Mariner

3 cups hot strong Coffee

Stud the orange rind with cloves and combine the remaining ingredients, except coffee, in a small saucepan. Gently heat the mixture over low heat for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into a bowl, discarding the solids. With a long-handled match, carefully ignite the mixture. Once the flames have subsided, gradually pour the coffee over the mixture, Ladle into cups and serve.


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Sep 272018

Blue Cheese is an ingredient that you either love or dislike. I am part of the second group. However, here is a homemade dressing for those who like Blue Cheese.

2 cup Mayonnaise

1/4 cup Sour Cream

1/4 cup Cottage Cheese

2 tablespoons White Vinegar

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 pound Blue Cheese, crumbled


In a blender, combine all ingredients, except the blue cheese, and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the blue cheese, Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


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Sep 242018

Why take the time to make a salad if you are going to top it with a bottled salad dressing. This week, I will share with you two homemade salad dressings that will make you not buy another remade one.

2 cups mayonnaise

1 cup Onions, chopped

2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped

1/2 cup Green Onions, chopped

1/3 cup Dill Pickle Relish

1/4 cup Ketchup

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 1/2 teaspoons Lea and Perrin’s Marinade for Chicken

1 teaspoon Chili Powder

Dash Hot Sauce

In the container of a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.


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