The restaurant we go to for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) use to have a Diablo Shrimp appetizer dish that was really good and spicy. I’ve recently perfected my version of this very good appetizer. I’m sure you and your guests will love this one. Fire Diablo Shrimp 1 pd peeled and deveined shrimp 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp crushed red pepper ½ c. Franks Red Hot ½ c. Marinara (when I’m lazy and don’t make from scratch I use Classico) 2 cloves garlic In a large skillet on medium heat melt the butter with olive oil, garlic and the crushed red. Add all ingredients except the shrimp and simmer. When sauce is hot, add shrimp. Cook until pink which will be about 2 minutes. Don’t cook longer than this or the shrimp will be overdone and you might as well gone out to eat. (Maybe I’ll tell you the background on that comment in a future post.)
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.