Sunday, February 1, 2009


It's Super Bowl Sunday and the Husband is firmly planted on the couch, wearing his new Roethlisberger jersey and periodically yelling at the TV. I am about to join him to do a bit of hand quilting and watch the commercials. I think it is safe now, since they just scored a pretty amazing touchdown.

I had big plans for the game day menu, but I am just getting over a stomach bug and the Husband's stomach is not feeling too hot either, so I just tried a few different recipes I have been wanting to make and we munched on and off throughout the day.

First up was this salsa. I love All Recipes for recipes because they have reviews and people always give great tips for changing it up too. The Husband didn't think it had enough heat, but I really liked it (total wimp about spice here). I need to figure out a way to up the heat because the roasted green chili peppers in a can that I bought seem very mild. I even added a bit of fresh jalapeno (very finely minced) and it didn't do much. I did it in my food processor and it is not chunky at all, but more smooth like the stuff you get in Mexican restaurants. I could have made it chunkier by processing it less, but we like it like this.

Next I tried these bacon wrapped little smokies, also from All Recipes. They were quite yummy, but learn from my experience and cut the bacon into thirds like they say. I cut it in half and had a hard time getting it crispy enough because it was wrapped around the smokie more than once. I also recommend saving part of your brown sugar back and once the tops look good, flip them over and sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on the back sides and let them get nice and brown too.

The final recipe is one we have had many, many times. Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp are amazing. We have also done it with chicken and steak, but into bit size bits. Very yummy. As I mentioned before, I am wimpy when it comes to spicy so I decrease the cayenne and the Old Bay when I make the shrimp. The chicken and steak don't seem to absorb the heat like the shrimp do, so I use the normal amount for them.


Beautiful Mess said...

You posting this is pure Fate! I am in DESPERATE need of some good recipes! I was just making out a grocery list and a dinner menu and was at a loss of ideas. THANK YOU!!!

Beautiful Mess said...

OOPS, I hit the button to early. I also wanted to say thank you for the comment on my blog. I am addicted to purses. They don't have to be Coach, it's just an added bonus when they are ;o)

Third times a charm said...

The Orange chicken would make a great stir fry with some added veggies and served over rice or noodles.

Anonymous said...

I, on the other hand, love spicy food so one of my favorites is jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled. The orange shrimp sounds great!

Third times a charm said...

I think I could do those if I took the seeds out of the Jalapenos. I hear that a lot of the heat is in the seeds and I have eaten those jalapeno poppers before and didn't find the too hot. The bacon sounds yummy.