Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Speedy Shrimp Scampi

Here's what we decided on for a low-calorie, special occasion, birthday dinner main dish. How's that for an introduction! Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan, and throw in some minced garlic. Then toss in some raw, peeled shrimp. (This time I left the tails on - just so it would look a bit prettier - but normally I remove the whole peel.)
Stir until the shrimp is pink, then drizzle with some lemon juice and parsley.That's it!

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

Time to share a couple of "non-recipe" recipes! Pare and thinly slice enough apples to equal 6 cups, more or less.
Combine about 1 cup sugar, 2-4 tablespoons flour, 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg, and toss with the apples.
Pile into a pastry-lined pie plate (here's one possible recipe) and dot with a bit of butter.
Top with some more rolled-out pastry, flute the edges, and cut a couple of slits. (You could also do a lattice top - Michelle's vote - or a crumble top - my vote. What's your favorite way to finish an apple pie?)
Bake at 375° for about 45 minutes, covering with foil for about half the time.
Then serve it to the "I don't like cake" birthday boy!
Top it with vanilla ice cream
or, for a special treat, some sharp cheddar cheese. Bon appetit!