New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp Recipe

New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp is one of the fabulous historical dishes of New Orléans. Of course, New Orléans Style bbq Shrimp isn’t about dumping a bunch of BBQ sauce on chargrilled shrimp. It’s actually a  very delicately prepared shrimp dish cooked in a rich butter sauce spiked with a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce and white wine and eaten with a freshly baked crusty French bread to sop up the rich flavored broth. You can find various versions at the restaurants and in homes across the city of New Orléans, but the original recipe comes from the Uptown restaurant, Pascal’s.

In the mid-1950s, the New Orléans-based Italian restaurant Pascal’s Manale opened it’s doors in 1913 on Napoleon Ave,  New Orléans, LA  and invented the BBQ shrimp recipe. The story is told as one of the restaurant’s frequent customers,  a Mr. Vincent Sutro, had just returned to the New Orléans area from a trip to Chicago, and he began discussing a fabulous dish he had in Chicago with chef Jake Radosta.  He then asked the chef if he could reproduce a similar recipe for him that evening for his meal.

new-orleans-style-bbq-shrimp-2The Pascal’s Manale Restaurant’s Chef Jake  Radosta tried to no avail to recreate the original Chicago dish based on the customer’s description. What he served to Vincent Sutro ended up not coming out the same as the shrimp dish did in Chicago during his trip, however, he insisted that the shrimp recipe was even better. The Pascal’s Manale restaurant decided to put the dish on the menu, where it’s been ever since. Continue reading

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Holiday Fudge Brownies with Pomegranate Recipe and DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza

I’m not even going to lie the Holidays completely exhaust me, between figuring out what to eat on busy days, Holiday parties, what to take to the Holiday parties, Secret Santa gifts for the office, and etc. I just want something to eat and I really am thinking DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza. However, you have to be kidding yourself if you think I am going back out into the Memphis area traffic for the 3rd time today. Nope, not happening again. I’m heading down to the Dollar General Store which is about 4 minutes away from the house.

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding frustration to them by going insane in the kitchen or spending unnecessary cash on the same ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store. I can go right on my cell phone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites and saving money in as little as 1-2-3.

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding frustration to them by going insane in the kitchen or spending unnecessary cash on the same ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store. I can go right on my cell phone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites and saving money in as little as 1-2-3.I don’t know about you but I am starving and trying to patiently wait while my mom slices this delicious looking DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza. I decided to go with my favorite the Supreme DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza today. You can’t go wrong with tons of toppings on your pizza, can you? Continue reading

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I can not begin to tell you how delightful Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon really is without thinking back to the look that would come across my beautiful mama’s face when she would talk about how when she first had Chocolate gravy over her mama’s house in Tennessee, she felt like heaven and earth moved that day.

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I know some of y’all are asking, “What exactly is Chocolate Gravy?”,  it’s pure chocolate heaven that we Southerners serve over our homemade buttermilk biscuits made of simple staple ingredients you probably already have sitting right in your cupboard and refrigerator now. It’s not a fudge sauce nor a chocolate sauce, it’s somewhere between, yet has a smoky flavor and is made from a special  cocoa and flour-based roux cooked to perfection in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Continue reading

Easy to make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with Dollar General

The Holidays are stressful enough without adding undue frustration to them by going crazy in the kitchen or spending a ton of unnecessary cash on ingredients you can find right at your local Dollar General Store.I don’t know about y’all but the Dollar General is my “Jam” yes that’s right I said it… I can go right on my smartphone at home or in the Dollar General parking lot and download the current coupons and be shopping for all my favorites.

My latest craving is for my Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin Bread with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels; oh my goodness it’s deliciously easy to make. Just imagine all your favorite yummy fall ingredients in one loaf, sliced, topped with creamy real butter and a cup of hot steaming coffee and flavored cream. I might just have to proclaim it a little slice of heaven y’all.

You are going to love this deliciously moist, perfectly spiced Easy to Make Holiday Pumpkin bread. It's perfect for all the Fall and Winter Holidays with melting real butter and a steaming hot cup of coffee with your favorite creamer flavor by the warm fire with friends.I decided to drive down the road to my Dollar General which is literally about 1/2 of a mile from my house which makes it convenient and take advantage of the digital coupons they have for my shopping list today. Who doesn’t like saving money on all their favorite ingredients? Continue reading

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts + Giveaway

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Walnuts has to be one of the best cheesecakes, I have made to this date, with a thick, rich, creamy mixture of cream cheese, pumpkin, caramel, and walnuts that are spiced with nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, the  texture and taste is perfect in every way.

Special thanks to my friends over at Simply Concord for providing the delicious Caramel Dip for my new recipe, as well as 6 more containers for my lovely readers to try out for themselves and see how wonderful Caramel Dip can taste; that has no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and is Non-GMO. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, so I can mail you a container of this fabulous tasting caramel dip.

Since the beginning  of time,  people have taken great strides in making the perfect cheesecake. Food historians will tell you the early methods of making cheesecake have been lost, however, we know that cheesecake was very a popular dish in ancient Greece. Small cheesecakes were also one of the many things served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. on the Isle of Delos.

pumpkin-cheese-cake-with-caramel-and-walnutsI am always amazed to read about the background and history of my favorite foods, especially something that dates back as far as cheesecake. I often wonder what the first cheesecakes tasted like, don’t you? I mean was the texture similar, was it different, what were the cooking methods used back then? One can only speculate as for the original cheesecakes, I am sure are a lost art long gone in this day and age. Continue reading

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup

It’s becoming that wonderful time of the year again, where I crave the warm deliciousness of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup that’s simmered to perfection and layered with simple flavors of Cauliflower. broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, chicken stock,  cream, butter and the perfect cheesy goodness we all love in our warm belly filling bowls of Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup.

It’s also back to school for the kids, and mom’s everywhere are looking for the perfect lunch and dinner meals to serve on those slightly cooler days coming our way. Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup hits the spot in every way with its thick rich base of cheese, butter, broth, cream, and fresh herbs. The Cauliflower and broccoli are cooked to perfection; not too soft, not too crisp, but just right to please the families palette.

Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup 2Everyone has their favorite comfort foods and this Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup seems to hit the spot with everyone that eats it. I find that really it’s not a bunch of crazy, odd spices that make the best Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup, it’s all the layers of flavor and the method used to cook the Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup. Honestly, a pinch of fresh herbs will go a long way when making this wonderful warm inviting soup, however, the kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorns are the star seasonings in this recipe. Continue reading

CREAMY LINGUINE WITH SEAFOOD

Creamy Linguine with Seafood is a delicious linguine pasta dish combined with gulf shrimp, lump crabmeat. fresh steamed veggies consisting of zucchini, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and roasted red sweet peppers covered in a thick creamy Alfredo cheese sauce made from a rich heavy cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Romano cheese, garlic, and seasoned to perfection with Italian herbs and spices.

I’ve read there’s an old Italian story that in sometime around the early 1900’s,  a man named Alfredo di Lelio from Rome, Italy was trying to cook something that would satisfy his lovely expectant wife. He  decided to whip up a decadent creamy cheese sauce made from the finest parmesan cheese he could find and butter, then he ladled the thick rich sauce over some pasta. Alfredo Di Lelio would later open up restaurants in Italy and then New York with his rich creamy cheesy pasta dish on the menu for his famous customers. Which sheds some light on how this dish entered the US.Seafood LinguineAlfredo sauce can be a touchy subject with old school Italians; many will be the first to tell you “Alfredo sauce” is almost completely nonexistent  in Italy, although there are many recipes for pasta sauces that are similar and often based on combining butter and Parmigiano. For example, gnocchi, egg noodles, and meatless ravioli are served with melted butter and freshly grated Parmigiano cheese the recipe is simply titled “al burro”, with butter. In Rome, Italy egg noodles with butter and Parmigiano are often called, “Alla Romana”, roman-style. Continue reading