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bowl of shrimp with grapes and mushrooms

Shrimp with Grapes and Mushrooms

April 9, 2024

bowl of shrimp with grapes and mushrooms

Make your easy shrimp dinner look fancy with minimal effort. Shrimp with Grapes and Mushrooms looks like a weekend meal. However, with a little prepping ahead you can have this on the table during the week.

Here are the do-ahead items. Clean shrimp and leave on tail shell. Cut thick bacon in small dice. Pull leaves off fresh thyme. Dry rinsed red grapes and cut halves. Prep the mushrooms. That’s it.

ingredients for shrimp with grapes and mushrooms

A base starch ( like Herbed Creamy Potatoes ) may be made ahead and reheated while this quick and easy dinner cooks.

Choose any type of mushrooms you like. There are so many to admire. Lucky me found an “exotic mix” thanks to my local Costco . Strong flavored mushrooms like shiitake and cremini pair well with mild and delicate seafood dishes.

closeup of shrimp with grapes and mushrooms

As much as you would love to save this meal for company, I urge you to treat yourself!

Shrimp with Grapes and Mushrooms

recipe by Michele Humlan, The Good Eats Company

makes four servings

ingredients 

one large shallot, minced
two thick slices of smoked bacon, diced
kosher salt
finely ground white pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 cups red grapes, cut halves
12 ounces mixed mushrooms, pulled or cut into strands or slices
1 pound jumbo shrimp, tail shells on
fine sea salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
optional garnish : additional thyme leaves

directions

  1. Stir together bacon and shallot with pinches of kosher salt and white pepper in heavy large saute pan, high heat.
  2. When mixture begins to sizzle, reduce heat and stir frequently until shallot is tender, avoiding browning.
  3. Bacon will render its fat, but not get brown or crisp.
  4. Add thyme leaves and stir 30 seconds more.
  5. Red grapes go to the pan next, with very gentle stirring, about 3 minutes.
  6. Scatter mushrooms atop grapes, place lid on pan, and maintain gentle simmer  for about one minute.
  7. Remove lid and increase heat slightly, allowing mushrooms to soften and release their juices.
  8. This may be quick depending on mushrooms, but don’t overcook : you want them to retain their shape.
  9. Place shrimp evenly on top of mushrooms, lightly sprinkle sea salt and scatter bits of butter.
  10. Cover again, flipping shrimp after 30-60 seconds, then leave lid off for final gentle simmer until shrimp is pink and just firm .
  11. Serve immediately, and with base of your choice, like polenta, potatoes or rice.
  12. Garnish with more thyme if desired.

 

bowl of black bean cheese soup

Black Bean Cheese Soup

March 26, 2024

bowl of black bean cheese soup

There are many reasons why soup is the ultimate comfort food. You generally eat it slowly and thoughtfully, savoring its warmth and array of textures and flavors. Gobbling is not allowed.

My very treasured friend sent a hug this winter when I was under the weather and needed meals. Delicious creamy black bean chicken soup arrived just when I needed it, from Spoonful of Comfort.Together with the ice cream(s) stashed away in the freezer, this soup nourished me body and soul. Black Bean Cheese Soup is my homage to this bowl of tender loving care.

closeup of black bean cheese soup

Black bean soups are a favorite here at River City Good Eats, either as the star or in a supporting role. Beans, always a decent source of protein, add great texture. Versatility is the hallmark of beans, whether in Asian or Central American or Mediterranean cuisines.

Black Bean Cheese Soup is loaded with colorful vegetables. Mexican blend cheese melts well and pre-shredded gets the prize for convenience.

ingredients for black bean cheese soup

Soupmaking is at the same time comforting for the cook. Preparation of soup requires chopping, simmering and pureeing, all zen calming activities. Comfort food made with care tastes better. You know your recipients appreciate the effort!angled bowl black bean cheese soup

Four words are like music to ailing (or well!) loved ones : “I’ll make you soup”.

Black Bean Cheese Soup

recipe by Michele Humlan, The Good Eats Company

makes four hearty servings, six smaller

ingredients

1 cup sweet onion, small dice
1 cup bell pepper, any color, small dice
one large stalk celery, small dice
one large carrot, small dice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon finely ground white pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons all purpose gluten free or regular wheat flour
1 teaspoon chile powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cumin seed
couple shakes ground chipotle if you like heat
1 large garlic clove, zested on microplane grater
1 cup milk
3 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
8 ounce shredded Mexican blend cheese or colby jack
optional garnishes : cilantro leaves, sliced avocado

directions

  1. Stir together chopped vegetables, olive oil, kosher salt and white pepper in heavy two quart saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. When mixture begins to sizzle, turn heat to medium (adjust so no browning) and cook until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add flour and stir 10 seconds.
  4. Cumin, cumin seed, chile powder, garlic and chipotle (if using) go in next.
  5. After 10 seconds of stirring, gradually add milk, then stock (add gradually so you don’t seize up the starch granules of the flour – this is important).
  6. Pour in the black beans.
  7. Bring mixture to gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 minutes to develop flavor,.
  8. Adjust seasoning, add cheese and stir well until melted.
  9. Soup will thicken on standing and is, like most soups, better the next day!
  10. Garnish as desired with cilantro and avocado.

 

closeup lemon apple butter chicken

Lemon Apple Butter Chicken

December 13, 2023

closeup lemon apple butter chicken

The slow cooker is your time-saving friend all year long. Especially during the end of year holiday rush. You eat and feel better when meals are homemade. Attend holiday events and join shoppers knowing that this Lemon Apple Butter Chicken awaits you at home. Continue reading

pan of shrimp puttanesca

Shrimp Puttanesca

October 5, 2023

pan of shrimp puttanesca

Summer ends and I look for ways to use the tender garden herbs before first frost. This simple recipe for Shrimp Puttanesca is the Mediterranean Diet at its best. Both fresh oregano and basil work well. Continue reading

closeup lemon parmesan steak salad

Lemon Parmesan Steak Salad

September 5, 2023

closeup lemon parmesan steak salad

Here is simplicity for a hot summer day. Make this lemony salad dressing a day or two ahead. When you’re ready, grill the flat iron steak and slice it after resting. Scatter lettuce leaves across plates or platter, top with steak and drizzle with dressing. Simple meal, done. Continue reading

plate of tuna with corn and capers

Tuna with Corn and Capers

July 26, 2023

plate of tuna with corn and capers

Summertime and the cooking is easy, for the obvious reason of wanting to generate less heat. This tasty recipe features local corn and the meatiness of grilled tuna. Grilling the tuna is quick and easy. Creamy corn with capers, white wine and shallot takes only a few stovetop minutes. If you want a side of asparagus as shown here, the microwave will help. Continue reading

single plate of carrot arugula burrata salad

Carrot Arugula Burrata Salad

May 9, 2023

single plate of carrot arugula burrata salad

Crunchy, crispy, chewy and creamy. Do these words appeal to you? If yes, you’ll like this salad with four Cs. Crunchy carrots, crisp arugula, chewy pistachios and creamy burrata mozzarella. Toss with a red wine vinaigrette and get ready for a light lunch or dinner. Continue reading

bowl of sausage asparagus pasta

Sausage Asparagus Pasta

April 25, 2023

bowl of sausage asparagus pasta

This Sausage Asparagus Pasta comes to the table in less than twenty minutes. That’s faster than ordering carryout. Take advantage of fresh asparagus at local farmer’s markets with this easy entree. Continue reading

closeup of slow cooker fig shallot chicken

Slow Cooker Fig Shallot Chicken

April 11, 2023

closeup of slow cooker fig shallot chicken

Dinner makes itself. This is not a farfetched idea with your slow cooker. Place everything in the crock and check back in a few hours. Dinner magically appears, ready for a simple side and salad. Continue reading

closeup of shrimp and cheese chowder

Shrimp and Cheese Chowder

March 28, 2023

closeup of shrimp and cheese chowder

Chowder comes in a can. At least that’s what I believed in youth. Then my parents gave me a German cookbook. I made Westerlander Fischsuppe  with mussels, fish, noodles and tomato. After that, no more canned chowder in the home. That meal was surprisingly easy to make and very hearty. Continue reading