Homemade Shrimp Stock

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After cooking stock for the first time, I will never use store bought stock again :)  It was amazing… even though it took 4 hours to cook.  Check out my recipe for Shrimp & Andouille Sausage – you’ll love it! :)

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Cauliflower “Breaded” Chicken

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If you have been following my blog, you will notice that we eat a lot of cauliflower.  That is because there are so many interesting ways you can prepare it to make it delicious and taste different.  This recipe for Cauliflower Breaded Chicken – tasted almost exactly like breaded chicken, but so much healthier and still good.  I cooked this one day during the week and the only difficult thing about it, was the time it took to bake the cauliflower “bread” crumbs.

I started by chopping the cauliflower into chunks and placed them into the food processor until they were the same size as couscous.  Then I sprinkled the cauliflower onto the covered baking sheet.  The baking sheet is covered with parchment paper because I hate cleaning the baking sheets after I use them.  The cauliflower is wet, I found that it was good to sprinkle the cauliflower onto the pan to avoid large clumps forming.

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Dexter: Sous Chef Pug

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I had to mention my four-legged sous chef in the kitchen – Dexter.  As a sous chef he spends most of his time sitting under the cutting board waiting patiently for something to drop.  I like to think he just wants to spend time with me in the kitchen, but I know that he is just looking for some cheese.  I have learned that he doesn’t care for cauliflower or broccoli, when those drop on the ground he spits them out.  But when cheese, tomatoes, or any bread products drop on the ground he is all over it.

I have had Dexter for 5 years and have loved to share my love of cooking with him in the kitchen.  Because of his potential weight problem as a pug, he does not get to enjoy much of what I cook in the kitchen; unless it falls on the floor.  So really he could also be considered a maid for the kitchen floor.  Jamie has learned to love him, even with Dexter’s snoring, loud breathing, barking and loads of hair – he might not love him as much as I do, but it’s a start.

Check back and see what other recipes Dexter and I are cooking up in the kitchen!

BBQ Sauce Homemade

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Lots of ways to cook BBQ sauce – just a matter of how sweet you want it.  I used a mix of a couple ingredients from different recipes and did make it a little sweeter.  It all depends what you are serving it with and how sweet you and your guests like.

Ingredients

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar (I added a little extra to make a little sweeter)
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (one of my favorite ingredients) :)
1 cup water

Directions

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients above. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for about an hour.

I had lots of extra sauce that I was able to save in mason jars for other delicious meals.  Click to see the delicious Turkey Meatballs recipe I served this delicious Homemade BBQ sauce with.

Homemade “Healthy” Caesar Dressing

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Recipe for perfectly healthy caesar dressing (approved by the Caesar Salad Dressing Expert)

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves (can use less, I just LOVE garlic)

A few grinds of sea salt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Plain Non-fat Greek Yogurt

A squeeze of Dijon mustard, about a teaspoon

3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste, or to taste

A couple grinds of ground pepper

4 teaspoons macadamia oil (can use olive oil)

2 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese

Directions

Mince garlic into a bowl and add salt, smash together with a spoon to create a paste.  Add lemon juice, greek yogurt, mustard, anchovy paste, and pepper, whisk to combine.  Slowly drizzle oil while whisking constantly.  Add cheese and whisk to combine.  Taste and add anything it needs additionally.

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