Cooking for Everyone

THANKSGIVING FAVORITES – DISHES TO CREATE FOR YOUR FAMILY DINNER

Here we are in November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  If you haven’t planned your complete Thanksgiving Dinner Menu yet here are some suggestions.  For the Stuffing, your Side Dishes, Desserts and leftovers for the days following Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is on the horizon and many families will be busy preparing food and enjoying it with their loved ones.  If you love to cook and even if you don’t but are going to be cooking listed below are the links to some delicious recipes that you may enjoy for your Thanksgiving Meal.  Take a look at them and then try out one or two or three or all.  When you do, please let me know how you, your family and friends enjoyed them.

 

 

 

CURRIED FRUIT STUFFING – a little different twist on Thanksgiving Stuffing – the Curry and Fruit give your stuffing additional flavor in a delicious way.  This recipe uses Traditional Stuffing Ingredients with the addition of Apple, Apricots and Golden Raisins or whatever you wish to use plus Curry Powder.  It is delicious and quite tasty with the addition of the fruit.

  

Juilienned Apples

Juilienned Apples

 

Dried Apricots

 

        Golden Raisins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLDEN SQUASH JUBILEE – is a simple Vegetable Dish made with only 4 ingredients:

2 lbs. Banana Squash – shredded

1 cup dried Apricots – chopped

½ Cup firmly packed Brown Sugar

¼ cup Butter

 

This dish can be cooked in the Microwave or baked in the Oven.

 

CREAMED SPINACH  –  Spinach is one of my favorite Vegetables and this version is delicious, even for non-Spinach lovers.  It is also versatile and can be turned into a Creamed Spinach Soup just by adding some Vegetable Stock and a little more Cream or Milk.  A great recipe for Thanksgiving and the days beyond.

 

Creamed Spinach

           Creamed Spinach

 

 

MASHED POTATOES – be sure to use Russet Potatoes, the baking variety. (you need to use a Potato that will crumble when baked so that they will mash easily)  DO NOT USE WAXY POTATOES as they will not mash properly.

 

 

 

Mashed Potatoes

                                                   Mashed Potatoes

 

 

ROASTED ASPARAGUS

 

Green Asparagus

Green Asparagus

 

 

 

TURKEY FRITTATA – this is a great dish to use with most any kind of leftover – it is an omelet made with Onions, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Cheese as well as the leftover Turkey.  A Frittata is good for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

 

 

TURKEY CROQUETTES – these are made with leftover Turkey, Onions and a smattering of other Vegetables – they are breaded and then fried and served with Remoulade Sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

TURKEY POT PIE – made with leftover Turkey, Vegetables and a Rough Puff Pastry or purchased Puff Pastry if you prefer.  Great for leftover Turkey, Chicken or whatever else you have.  Serve with a Salad and you have a complete meal.

 

 

 

So, here we have a variety of recipes, some of which you can use for your Thanksgiving Dinner and beyond with the leftovers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2019/11/08 at 10:22 AM

Categories: Culinary Makeovers, Dinner Ideas, Holiday Ideas, Holiday Meals, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , , , ,

OVER THE TOP HALLOWEEN SPOOKY BROWNIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a recipe that is fun to make and delicious to eat and is good for any time of the year – especially for all Chocolate Lovers.  This is a multi-layered Brownie that is composed of a layer of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, a layer of Oreos, a layer of Fudge Brownies and interspersed with Caramel Corn and Mini-Marshmallows.  When I made this recipe I used Oreo Thins but soon found out that the White ‘Stuff’ Icing in the middle wasn’t thick enough to show up in the ‘Over the Top Brownies’ when they were cut so we switched to Double Stuff Brownies.

 

Here is what you will need to make this delectable Chocolate Treat:

1 batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

16 Double Stuff Oreos

1 Batch of Fudge Brownies

Caramel Corn*

Mini-Marshmallows*

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Make your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and spread on the bottom of a greased  9 x 9 x 2 Inch Baking Pan.  (Deeper is fine too)

 

Chocolate-Chip-Cookie Dough-in-Pan

 

 

2.  Layer the Oreos evenly over the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Oreos Added

 

 

3.  Scatter some Candy Corn over the Cookies.  (optional)

 

 

 

Candy Corn on top of Oreos

 

 

4.  Next make the Fudge Brownie Batter and spread over the Oreos.

 

 

Brownie layer with                  Marshmallows on top

 

 

5.  The photo above shows the Mini-Marshmallows scattered over the Brownie Batter.  Before I baked it I had a change of heart and mixed the Marshmallows into the Brownie mixture so they wouldn’t burn.  My student who made this same recipe with me on Saturday decided to put the Candy Corn and the Marshmallows on top during the last 5 minutes of baking.  While this gives a nice browned Marshmallow finish, she did not scatter the marshmallows over the whole dish.  Doing so would have given the whole thing a much nicer appearance.

 

Mayas Version

Cut Brownies with Oreo Thins

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2019/10/28 at 10:06 PM

Categories: Baking, Cookies, Cooking for Kids, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Halloween, Main, Private Cooking Lessons   Tags:

Pumpkin Drop Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One quick and easy baked good for the week of Halloween is Pumpkin Cookies.  These are a drop cookie and easy to whip up, bake and serve.  All you need in addition to the usual baking ingredients is a small can of pumpkin.   Anyone who can read, follow safety procedures and be able to reach the counter can easily make these cookies.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Pumpkin Puree                                  1 cup Butter, softened

3 cups All-Purpose Flour                             2 cups Brown Sugar

1 tsp. Salt                                                    ½ tbsp. Vanilla

2 tsps. Baking Powder                                 2 Eggs

1 tsp. ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground Cloves                                  1 cup Seedless Raisins (optional)

¼ tsp. ground Ginger

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Adjust the oven racks to the 2nd and 4th positions and preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Cinnamon and Cloves in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the Butter with the Brown Sugar.
  4. Beat in the Vanilla and Eggs until very well mixed.
  5. Add the Flour mixture and mix thoroughly.
  6. Stir in the Pumpkin Puree and the Raisins.
  7. Drop by the tablespoon (or use a # 60 food scoop) to shape the Cookies.
  8. Place them on a greased cookie sheet, approximately 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake the Cookies for 20-25 minutes or until a deep golden brown.
  10. When the Cookies are done, place the pans on cooling racks; when the Cookies are cool, use a spatula to remove them from the pan.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
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Posted by Admin Test - 2019/10/27 at 8:03 PM

Categories: Baking, Cookies, Cooking for Everyone, Halloween, Main   Tags: , , ,

MAKING STOCK

It is now that time of year when many of us have a Turkey Carcass left from the Family Holiday Dinners. What do we do with this?

  1.  We throw it away.
  2. We try to take off as much of the meat that is sticking to the bones
  3. We make Stock out of it which we can use for Soup, Stews or Gravy.
  4. Take that carcass and put it into your largest pot along with an Onion (with the peel on), Some freshly washed Carrots, (unpeeled) and the top of a (washed) Celery Stalk which usually has plenty of leaves on it.  Put that leafy Celery along with a couple of stalks which have also been washed and cut up.
  5. Add some herbs such as Parsley, fresh Bail and Oregano and whatever else you like.
  6. Cover everything with Cold Water up to within a couple of inches of the top of the pot.
  7. Set on a medium/high flame until the liquid starts simmering, then turn down the flame to low.
  8. Allow this mixture to simmer all day or until you have the desired strength of flavor that you want.
  9. Once the cooking period over, move the pot to a cold burner and allow it to cool until you feel that you can handle it safely.  Place a large Colander over a large Vessel (large pot or huge bowl and pour the cooked stock through the Colander into the Vessel.
  10. Use the finished stock for Soup right away or pour into smaller containers and freeze until you are ready to use.  This stock will be great for Soups, Stews or Poultry Gravy.

I usually use the stock to make a superb Vegetable Soup which is great for Cold Weather Dining.  Your needs and taste buds will direct to use this Stock for your own special purposes.

 

When I was teaching Foods Classes in High School, the students didn’t mind stripping off the meat from the carcass which we then used to make Turkey Ala King or Turkey Salad or Mac and Cheese with Turkey.  Stripping off the meat takes a little bit of patience which probably most of us don’t have but if you have a couple of Kids around (over the age of 10) who wouldn’t doing it you can stretch that turkey even further you could have imaged.

 

Sorry there is no photo here – for some reason I was not able to post a new one.  Will render the situation as soon as possible.

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/12/02 at 12:03 PM

Categories: Dinner Ideas, Holiday Meals, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , ,

CULINARY MAKEOVERS – # 20 – Pancake and Egg Breakfast

We love Pancakes as I assume most people do.  When I was cooking for 7 or 6 or 5 and so on – there were not usually any leftovers when I made Pancakes or Waffles.  Now that we are only 2, making a small batch of Pancake or Waffle Batter is almost impossible and rather useless.  You can always use the leftover Waffle Batter to make Pancakes or more Waffles the following day or two and you can always use the leftover Pancake Batter for more Pancakes.  Unless you make your Pancake Batter somewhat thick, you’d better not use it for Waffles the next day.  I like my Pancakes on the thin and light side, so the leftover batter does not do well in the waffle iron.  So this morning for Breakfast, I took yesterday’s leftover Pancake Batter and made Pancakes and Eggs with it.  A very simple thing to do.

I used my Omelet Pan and made two  Pancakes, one for my Husband and one for myself.  Next I made Easy-Over Eggs and put one on top of each Pancake.  Add a couple of strips of Bacon, a glass of Juice and a cup of Coffee or a glass of Milk and Voila, you have Breakfast.  Easy, Simple and Fast and no wasted Pancake Batter.  The Pancakes take the place of Bread.  Very simple, like 1 – 2 – 3 and you are done!

 

 

 

  Pancake Side One

                             Pancake Flipped

                                       Egg Cooking

                               Egg Flipped

                                            Pancakes and Bacon

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/06/10 at 9:32 AM

Categories: Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Everyone, Cooking with Children, Culinary Makeovers, Dairy, Eggs, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , ,

Sunday Baking Project

A Group of Culinary Friends and myself (sparked by a suggestion from Terrie Cooper and Eileen DelCore Bennet (who created the Sunday Baking Project Page) have formed a group,  the object of which is to try out new recipes.

This week, the first one,  the recipe was chosen by Terrie.  We all made a Chocolate Cream Pie from the book ‘Flour’ by Joann Chang.  We were supposed to make the recipe exactly as called for in the recipe but knowing this dessert was going to be dessert at a Luncheon I had for my Grandson and Wife and Nephew and Fiance, I didn’t want to take any chances in it failing and having to do it over or making something else.

The only deviation I did was to bake the Crust with Foil and Pie Weights for the first half of the baking period and it is a good thing I did because some of the other people in the Group had shrinkage of their crusts.  I also put Raspberries on top instead of shaved Chocolate because I didn’t have any Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate would have been too bitter.  Next week I will do the recipe exactly as called for.

 

The Pie Shell was a Pate Sucre and the filling was a Chocolate Cream (really Cream as it was made with Cream and Half and Half and Chocolate that had at least a 62% Cocoa content.  Mine was 67.  The filling was creamy and delicious and I am not a great fan of Chocolate Desserts.  The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/-Bostons-Bakery/dp/081186944X

 

The Group is called the’Sunday Baking Project’ but since we each make the product in our own kitchens we don’t necessarily have to make it on Sunday but we do post it on Sunday.

 

It is fun to do and we all end up with a great baked product and get input from each other as to what we like or don’t like about the recipe and ways to change it if we want.

 

The Procedure to make the Pie was as follows:

  1.  Make the Crust – Pate Sucre with:  1-cups All-Purpose Flour,  1/2 tsp. Salt, ¼ cup Sugar,   1/2 cup  soft Butter and  1 Egg Yolk.This Crust made in a Standing Mixer with the Paddle Beater and is actually a Cookie Dough and therefore is made like cookies with the Butter and Sugar being creamed together before the Flour, Salt and Egg Yolk are added.  It is a very rich Dough and needs to be chilled before rolling out.  Once you do start rolling, it does warm up very quickly so the rolling out process needs to be quick.  After the Dough is fitted into a 9 or 10″ Pie Pan, it is then chilled again for at least 30 minutes before baking.  I baked it with foil and pie weights even though the directions did not say to do that.  Some of the participants who followed the recipe exactly had shrinkage so I think using the foil and weights is a good idea.
  2. After the Pie Shell is baked, some of the dark Chocolate is placed on the crust and then returned to the oven for the chocolate to melt.  Once the chocolate is melted then you spread over the pie crust.  This seals the crust from the filling and prevents it from getting soggy.  I used a Silicon Pastry Brush to spread but a small spatula can also be used.

 

 

                                        Chocolate Sealed Crust

 

 

  1. Once the filling is made it is put though a strainer and then poured directly into the baked and sealed crust.  Refrigeration for 8 hours before serving is called for.  The Pie is topped with Whipped Cream and shaved Chocolate.  The complete recipe and directions can be found in the book for whoever is interested in purchasing it.

 Filled Pie Crust

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Posted by sylveee - 2018/04/30 at 1:55 PM

Categories: Baking, Cooking for Everyone, Dessert Ideas, Main, Pastry   Tags: , , , , ,

WINTER COMFORT FOOD – VEGETABLE SOUP

Comfort Food is Food that warms the body and the soul.  It makes you feel good and satisfied after eating it.  I think Comfort Food is different for different cultures and different people but there are variations within the dishes that we call ‘Comfort Food’.  The differences are not so much in the main ingredients but in the preparation techniques and the seasonings used.  Here is another great Comfort Food that really warms you inside – Vegetable Soup – it can be served as a complete meal with the addition of some protein and delicious fresh bread.  It can also be served as a first course and the leftovers are great for lunch.

 

I love to make Vegetable and it is one of my favorite ways of cleaning out the Vegetable in my refrigerator. If you have ever wondered what you are going to do with all those vegetables that you just can’t seem to getting around to use or even if like I do, you have little bits and little bits of that, Vegetable Soup is the perfect vehicle for using up those items.  So when I taught school, I taught my students how to make ‘Clean Out the Refrigerator’ Vegetable Soup.

 

What you will need is a large pot and some Olive Oil and whatever you can forage from your refrigerator.  If you don’t have items in your refrigerator that you can use, you can always visit your local Farmer’s Market or Grocery Store to pick up whatever you wish to put in your soup.  For the last batch I made, I used Onions, (a must), Celery, Carrots, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Tomato Paste, Frozen Peas and Corn.  For the batch before this one I used a Sweet Potato and Spinach.  Visit vegetable-soup for the complete recipe.

 

Saute your Vegetables (starting with the Onion and Mushrooms)  in Olive Oil. I always salt the Mushrooms as they do need and it helps to leech out some of the water in their pores.  Once they have cooked and started caramelizing add the remaining fresh Vegetables and dried herbs.  For the liquid I use either de-fatted Turkey, Chicken or Beef Broth, depending on what is in my freezer.  Vegetable Soup does not need to cook for a long time – you do not want really mush vegetables.  It is much better to have some texture left to bite into. About 10 minutes before serving bring the soup up to boiling and add about 1 cup uncooked Pasta.   Once the Pasta is ‘al dente’ add fresh Herbs  (in this case two kinds of Basil), and frozen Peas and/or Corn if you are going to use them.  A couple of minutes is all you need for these frozen Vegetables.

 

 

To make a complete meal out of your Vegetable Soup, add some Protein such as Tofu (for Vegans), Chicken, Sliced Hot Dogs or Sausage or Turkey.  Any one of the above make a great addition to your soup which is also delicious without it.  Just serve it with some Hot Fresh Bread.

 

                                Fresh Vegetable Soup with Pasta

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2017/01/18 at 7:59 PM

Categories: Cooking for Everyone, Dinner Ideas, Farm Markets, Leftovers, Lunch Ideas, Main, One Dish Meals   Tags: , , , , , , ,

WINTER COMFORT FOODS – STUFFED CABBAGE

 

Comfort Food is Food that warms the body and the soul.  It makes you feel good and satisfied after eating it.  I think Comfort Food is different for different cultures and different people but there are variations within the dishes that we call ‘Comfort Food’.  The differences are not so much in the main ingredients but in the preparation techniques and the seasonings used.

 

There are also variations in Winter Weather throughout the world and there are not many days that we can call Winter Weather in Sunny Southern California but this year , January is definitely Winter and Cold it is! Wet and Cold that is!  Not complaining as we need the rain and cold can be fun for a little while, but all that aside, what do you eat when it is cold.  Our normal Salads and Vegies and light meals don’t work when the weather is cold.  We have to resort to old ‘Standbys from Childhood and our Mother’s favorites.  One of these in our family is Stuffed Cabbage.  Put together Green Cabbage, Seasoned Ground Beef and Tomatoes in a Sweet and Sour Sauce and serve with rice or pasta and you have a delicious bone warming meal.

 

So this is what I did the other night.  I made Stuffed Cabbage but cheated a little bit as I had preformed Meatballs in the freezer.  Having raised five sons I have a difficult time cooking small quantities of food for the 2 of us who make up our household now, so I usually make large quantities and freeze what we don’t eat  for future use.  The Meatballs were frozen in a single layer so as to make it easy to remove them and use them as needed.  If I didn’t have the Meatballs I would have made the complete recipe from scratch as per the directions in the recipe itself.  http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/stuffed-cabbage/       Here are the step by step directions and photos for preparing this delicious and ‘heart warming’ dish.

 

First of all make sure you have all the ingredients.  If you have to shop for some of them, check your staples and seasonings before going to the market.

 

In addition to Ground Beef (or Chicken or Turkey) you will also need Tomato Sauce, Lemons, Brown Sugar and Salt and Pepper.  Instead of Tomato Sauce as per the recipe, I used ground Tomatoes which have much more flavor and body.  Shown below is one of my favorite tomato products.

 

 

 

If you don’t use the whole can place the leftovers in a covered container and refrigerate until needed.  They should keep up until a week depending on how cold your refrigerator is.

           Measured Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to roll the meat in the Cabbage Leaves you will have to soften them.  The best way to do this is to:

1 – Core the Cabbage and remove any bad outer leaves.

2 – Bring a large pot of water (shown belown) to the boiling.  Add the whole head of Cabbage, turn the heat down to simmer  and leave the cabbage in the simmering water for about 5 minutes or until the outer leaves soften enough to be able to roll them.

 

 

 

Large Pot to Soften Cabbage Leaves

 

 

 

3 – Remove the Cabbage from the hot water (I use a colander for this) and remove as many leaves as have softened or as many as you will need if the whole head has softened.

4 – If need be, return the head to the simmering water and remove as needed.

5 – Place the leaves on a cutting board and cut out the hard part that was closest to the core.

6 – Place a scoop of meat on each leaf and wrap the leaf around the meat mixture.  Use clean Kitchen String to tie the rolls so they don’t fall apart in the cooking process.

 

 

Coarsely slice some of the remaining cabbage and place in the bottom of the vessel you are going to cook the Cabbage Rolls in.  This will serve as a bed for the rolls.  Next place the rolls on top of the sliced cabbage and then pour the sauce over all.

 

Cooking the Cabbage Rolls

 

 

Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then turn the heat down to medium.  Cook for about 45 minutes or longer, depending on the size of the rolls.  Use Kitchen Shears to cut and remove the string before the next step.

 

 

  String Removed

 

I like to add an additional Vegetable and in this case I added sliced Carrots.  They only need to cook for about 5 minutes or until they are barely fork tender.  The residual heat will continue to cook them once the vessel is removed from the heat.  If you use peas or corn, the cooking time will be shorter.

 

 Carrots Added

 

 

 

Serve with Rice, Pasta or Couscous.  This is a delicious heart-warming and body warming dish that is perfect for winter weather.  Vegans can also make by using a Barley or Rice in place of meat in the filling.

 

Served with Couscous and Mushrooms.

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2017/01/16 at 4:42 PM

Categories: Cooking for Everyone, Dinner Ideas, Ethnic Cuisine, Leftovers   Tags: , , , , , ,

NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY TREATS

Today is ‘National Waffle Day’.  Here are some Waffle Treats for you to make for your friends and/or family.

 

Sweet Potato Waffles – a great way to use leftover Sweet Potatoes or just to use your Sweet Potatoes.  Good for Breakfast and or Dinner instead of Potatoes.

 

Sweet Potato Waffle

                                   Sweet Potato Waffle with Apples

 

 

Gingerbread Waffles – this is definitely a ‘makeover’ using leftover Gingerbread pieces.  This may not be appropriate for ‘National Waffle Day’ in August but keep it mind for your Winter Breakfasts or Desserts!

Gingerbread Waffles

 Gingerbread Waffles

 

Hong Kong Waffles – a favorite of mine – fun to make and fun to eat.  These Waffles are sold as ‘Street Food’ in Hong Kong but can easily be made with your Belgian Waffle Iron.

 

Hong Kong Egg Waffles

             Hong Kong Egg Waffles

 

 

 

 A Hong Kong Waffle spread with Peanut Butter and Sugar

A Hong Kong Waffle spread with    Peanut Butter and Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Waffles – just an overview of the types of Waffle Irons and recipes available today!

 

Try one or more of these today or for your weekend Brunch, Lunch or Supper

Berry Heart Waffle

 

 

5 of Hearts Waffle Iron

5 of Hearts Waffle Iron  

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/08/05 at 10:35 AM

Categories: Cooking for Everyone, Cooking for Kids, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Holiday Meals, Leftovers, Main, National Food Days   Tags: , , , , , ,

NATIONAL SHRIMP DAY

 

May 10th is ‘National Shrimp Day’.  Shrimp are absolutely one of my favorite seafood in any form or style.  Below are a few recipes for you to try – one or all.  Enjoy preparing them and then enjoy eating them.  

 

 

Grilled Shrimp – marinated in Garlic, Basil, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil.  These shrimp are delicious as an appetizer, main dish or in a salad.  Good for any time, not just National Shrimp Day.

 

 

 

Grilled Shrimp

                                              Grilled Shrimp

 

 

 

 

Coconut Fried Shrimp – great for a Backyard Luau or any Summer/Spring Meal.  Served with an Orange-Lime Sauce.

 

 

Coconut-Shrimp

                                                Coconut-Shrimp

 

 

Shrimp Fritters – a delicious and different way to eat Shrimp.  For those of us who love Shrimp and who Fritters, this is the perfect dish.  Shrimp Fritters can be served as an appetizer with Cocktail Sauce or as a main dish with a salad and or vegetable.

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Fritters and Cocktail Sauce

                            Shrimp Fritters and Cocktail Sauce                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Enjoy your Shrimp today in whatever way you wish to prepare it, but remember that Shrimp are good any time and any place.  So try one or more of these recipes today and save one for another day or month!  ENJOY!!!                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/05/10 at 10:13 AM

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