Easy Best Tasting Shrimp Scampi

My father-in-law was a food snob. He had great taste, and he knew what he liked. I admired him more in the short time I knew him than most people I’ve known for a lifetime.

He shared this recipe with a very few, select people. It was an honor to have him show me in my own kitchen how to make this delicious dish. But more than knowing how to make fantastic shrimp scampi, knowing all of what this recipe meant to my husband’s family – and getting to be a part of that for close to 20 years – that is the real treat.

Always cook when you’re hungry. Imagine the tastes and savor the journey. The trick is not to overcook the shrimp, but the real secret is in adding the ingredients in the right order. Add the garlic too soon and you’ll lose the taste. Add it too late and it won’t infuse with your meat.

And the wine. I fondly remember Jim teaching me how to make Shrimp Scampi. He poured us both a glass of wine. He handed me my glass and we both smelled it, then he slowly took a small sip. He said we should savor it and really get in the flavor of this dish. Let it soak in…

JR’s Shrimp Scampi

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Easy Best Tasting Shrimp Scampi
This is the best and easiest shrimp scampi you will ever make or eat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse shrimp and set aside. Add oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook garlic 1-2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Then, add one at a time allowing 5 minutes cook time between each (in order: wine, onion, lemon). Sample (taste) and add more to taste. If you want a stronger garlic taste, add it after wine.
  3. Cook on very low heat. Saute' 15-25 minutes until achieving desired taste, then add shrimp. Cook until shrimp are pink and firm (2 minutes if adding raw shrimp, less than 1 minute if adding cooked shrimp). Do not overcook shrimp!
  4. Add chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste before serving. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley sprigs if desired.
Recipe Notes

Serves 4 as a main dish or 8 as a first course. Serve with white rice, jasmine rice or angel hair pasta.

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Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

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Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

I can’t wait to hear how you like my Chili Recipe! This fabulous slow cooker chili rivals any stovetop chili I’ve ever tried. And compared to canned chili – well, canned does not compare!

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The long-simmering cooking method in the slow cooker gives the flavor lots of time to meld together. Over time, the chili will thicken and your house will smell amazing!  You can cook this overnight (if you can leave it alone!) or, it’s great to prepare everything and then start the Crock Pot in the morning and let it cook all day.  You just throw everything in the crock pot and it’s ready in a few hours. You can start it in the morning, and it will be ready by dinnertime! speaking of time: this stuff gets better over time. So, you can make it up ahead of time if you’re planning to serve it at a party (think Super Bowl party!)

Nothing warms up a cold winter day quite like a hot bowl of chili with beans. It’s even great in the summertime! You can add heat to it with chopped jalepenos or hot sauce (like Tapatio or Tobasco).  Or, skip the onions and peppers all together and make a milder version that even little ones will love. As with all my recipes, it’s really versatile. I almost never make it the same way twice!

And, did I mention it’s Yummy?!

 

Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 servings
This easy slow cooker chili is easy to make in the Crock Pot, and tastes great. It’s a hearty main dish, or serve over tortilla chips as an appetizer. It’s also a side dish in chili cheese fries,
Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Dollop of sour cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add vegetables and saute until onions become translucent.
  2. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin, simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Add ground beef and salt, cook until browned.
  4. Put all in the slow cooker. Add all cans of tomatoes with sauce, paste and beans and stir.
  5. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 6 hours on high).
  6. Salt to taste and serve topped with shredded cheese, green onions and sour cream.

 

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes for under $2}

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}

After a long day when you don’t have much time to cook, you need quick and easy dinner recipes! Sometimes I like taking my time and preparing complicated recipes that can take all day. But usually, for every day meals, fast and easy wins out!

Spice it up! My family loves smoked sausage. Normally I just fry it up and serve with a few side dishes such as veggies and rice. But, that gets a little boring after a while. So, I decided to spice up our plain old sausage with this incredibly tasty recipe I made up.

Substitutions: The taste reminds me of Honey Bourbon, but that’s just because of the end result. There’s actually no honey or bourbon in it! You can substitute similar tastes to get a similar dish. Mix something sweet with something tart and see what you get! You can also substitute other types of meat easily, such as bratwurst, kielbasa or polish sausage. And you don’t even have to use beef! You could use turkey or pork sausage as well. Use your imagination!

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Save time and money! Making it yourself from ingredients you have at home is not only frugal, it’s fun! Start with a taste in mind and hit up your cupboards to see what you have in stock. Using basic ingredients you already have is a great way to cook frugally. Mixing sweet and salty, or sweet and savory, or tangy and tart will help you invent new meals, and your family will ask for seconds!

Price breakdown:

The cost of this meal can be very low. You can’t compare this under $2 meal for 5 to eating at a restaurant, that’s for sure! 😉 And, the ingredients used cost much less than bottle of ready-made marinade. However, if you want more exquisite ingredients the cost will increase. Do what works for you!

  • maple syrup – it goes without saying that imitation syrup is much cheaper than real 100% pure maple syrup. I buy locally because I live in the country and there’s nothing like real maple syrup. But, if you buy imitation (such as “Log Cabin” brand) you can get it without a coupon for around .14 per ounce. Real maple syrup can cost double that. Our recipe calls for 1/2 a cup which is 5.6 oz, or 78¢ total.
  • oranges or orange juice – obviously, there are cheap varieties here too. I used real oranges that I chopped up in my Ninja blender. My daughter spit out the rind (hey, that’s fiber and it’s good for you!) So, if you’re going for cheap you can use concentrated orange juice which is as low as $1 per container that makes 2 quarts. That equates to 12.5 ¢
  • apple juice or Captain Morgan spiced rum – again, figuring the $1 containers that make 2 quarts, you’re at 12.5 ¢ per cup and you’re only using 1 oz, so that’s just under 2¢ (the Captain costs slightly more at around 30¢ per ounce if you get a 1.75 L bottle for $18, like I do at Costco).
  • smoked sausage – these can vary a lot! I got mine on sale for $1 each. I’ve seen them much higher and much lower in cost. Shop around!

Total = $1.92 for this whole main dish!

Versatile! You can serve as an appetizer – smoked sausage bites, or as a main dish for supper. Just add a few colorful side dishes and wow your family and friends! 🙂 These are perfect to bring to parties, such as a Super Bowl Party!

 
Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes under $2}
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Wendy
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 5
This quick and easy recipe is perfect if you’re looking for dinner ideas! Add 3 ingredients to your smoked sausage for recipes your whole family will love. Ready in 20 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 oranges puréed (or 1 cup orange juice – with or without pulp)
  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum or apple juice
  • 1 package smoked sausage
Instructions
  1. Cut sausage into chunks
  2. Mix ingredients in a bowl and add all to a frying pan
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid becomes carmelized
  4. Serve as main dish or appetizer

 

Dinner Ideas: Maple-Orange Glazed Smoked Sausage {Easy Recipes for under $2}