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Dear Quick Fixes…Sorta,

This week was midterms week part 1 which meant that spending more than 45 minutes on making dinner would be just stupid.  So I tried to stick to some quick and easy recipes, which these all are for the most part.  Well…except for the shrimp; it’s not that they’re difficult to make but I had to stand there and flip the shrimp, not to mention cooking them in batches.

The first thing I made this week was polenta.  I used 1/2 cup of polenta for two people.  My method of cooking polenta is to boil about half a pot of water, then whisk in the polenta.  I’ve never been able to get the no-stir polenta recipes to work without a whole mess of it sticking to the bottom.  So I stood there and whisked for about 20 minutes while I read for my 20th century American politics class.  Multi-tasking!  I topped it off with some blue cheese, a fried egg, and some pancetta!

The second is coconut fried shrimp with spicy chilli mayo from Steamy Kitchen yet again.  It wasn’t super fast but I was craving coconut shrimp (I used to get my fix from the former Swish but ever since they became Vine, they don’t have this dish).  It was so so so delicious and if Obama was my friend, I’d make it for him.  The spicy mayo was good too but I also added some blended sundried tomatoes!

The last one is from the fail-proof Gourmet magazine: oven-fried panko chicken.  This was easily the best non-roast chicken I’ve made at home and easy to boot!  You just coat the chicken (I used all breasts) in softened, seasoned butter; roll them in panko crumbs; and bake for about 30 minutes at 450 degrees.  It is so quick and super delicious!  Substituting the  butter for the egg is really brilliant because it makes the crust super light and airy like real fried chicken would be (I promise you won’t be able to tell that it’s baked because it’s sooo crunchy).

I’ll loved all three meals but the Gourmet recipe wins!  It was simple, delicious, crunchy, and super juicy.


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Dear Blog with the Not-So-Good Pictures (aka this one),

Today was my belated Valentine’s Day gift to Alex (who also happened to receive some amazing news today)!  Although I had initially planned on making crab cakes and lobster rolls, I frankly did not want to make the trek down to Whole Foods in my bought-from-a-kid’s-shoe-store-embarrassingly-bright-red rainboots.  So instead, I made Spicy Shrimp with Bleu Cheese Sauce (shrimp disguised as hot wings); it had great great flavor and perhaps it’s because I decided to follow the Steamy Kitchen way and leave the shells on when I cooked them.  Seriously what kind of picture is this?!  It’s sooo weird…I should think before I push the button on the camera.

I made another appetizer, Shiitake Mushroom Bread Pudding which was deeelicious!  I love bread puddings in any shape and form, and this one was no exception.  But I think what really made it great was its being paired with the spicy shrimp; something needed to undercut the unctuousness of 1/2 cup of heavy cream, cheese, and shiitakes.

For the main, I took inspiration from Steamy Kitchen (but eschewed the veggies she uses) to make Fish en Papillote.  I made this not just b/c it’s so easy to clean up but because I also like the idea of a gift/surprise that comes with this dish.  I also took a lot of liberty with this recipe, omitting the tomatoes and garlic and added in bloodred oranges (so delicious).  It was a nice, clean tasting contrast to the appetizers and very light (which was good b/c the bread pudding was very heavy).

All in all, it was fast (met my under 1 hr. 30 min. rule), delicious, and cheap ($16 for the fish, shrimp, shiitakes, bleu cheese, and lemons).

Some links:

(Recipes) My favorite bread puddings:
Arugula, Bacon, and Gruyere (so delicious, highly recommended)
Pumpkin Bread Pudding (also highly recommended)

(Videos) How to…
Make a healthier version of this dish
Butterfly shrimp

Also on a random note: Columbia be nerdy.  Geesh I went into Butler to work for 2 hours, and it was as full as ever.  It was a Snow Day for goodness sakes!

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