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3 days off!


I had 3 days off this week – which is unusual.  And we all know how I love to cook so this week was actually fun to get back in my kitchen!

Our very good friends were celebrating a birthday and their wedding anniversary – 28 years!  I decided to make them a shrimp boil!  Boils such as crab, crawfish or chicken or combinations of them are so easy to make.  It is just a matter of timing so that everything gets finished in the dish at the same time.  I brought water to a boil and added Old Bay Spice blend along with a little cayenne pepper.  Added potatoes and cooked them for about 7 minutes and then added andouille sausage along with corn on the cob and continued to boil them for another 7 minutes or so.  At the end I added the shrimp to the boiling seasoned water and cooked them antother 4 minutes.  Then I drained the water and served all of the ingredients together in individual bowls.  It was delicious.

This next recipe was an experiment that turned out great.


The original recipe, from Beyond Diet, was using a cucumber.  I only had zucchini so I thought I would try that.  It was a little hard to eat as the thinly sliced zucchini was too soft to hold together and I can see why the cucumber is the better choice. 

I smashed up one avocado and mixed it with minced garlic and ½ of a lime – juiced.  I had purchased, at Trader Joe’s, a Stilton White Cheese with Mango and Ginger.  Use one or two large cucumbers and using a potato peeler slice it very thin.  I used Nitrate Free ham from Trader Joe’s for the meat component.

Lay out 12 thinly sliced cucumbers overlapping each other a little bit.  Spread on the avocado mixture, lay the cheese on top; add the ham.  Starting at one end start rolling it all together (like Sushi) very tight.  Slice into Sushi size pieces. 

Even with the zucchini this was delicious!  These won’t last long in your fridge!


Chicken thigh, skin removed, sprinkled with CK (Almost) Famous BBQ Rub and baked in the toaster oven at 200 degrees for 90 minutes.  This slow cooking method produces the perfect texture inside the chicken.  Also pictured are zucchini fries.  Zucchini dipped in whipped egg then panko – baked in the toaster oven until brown and crisp.


I am sure I have made Jambalaya for my newsletter in the past.  This time I used shrimp and chicken andouille sausage from Trader Joe’s.  The picture doesn’t show how delicious this was.  In fact, the following morning I had this with a sunny side up egg on top!  Great for Dinner AND Breakfast.

This week we also had stuffed bell peppers and a shrimp boil.  You can find the stuffed bell peppers recipe on my website:  http://cookingwithchris.com


This is one of my wife’s favorites.  Panko crusted Mahi-Mahi with asparagus (steamed).  The sauce you see on the side was purchased at Trader Joe’s (you can see I shop there a lot) and it is called “Roasted Tomatillo and Mango Salsa” made by Trader Joe’s.  It was the best compliment to this dish.


Kids’ Corner

This week we had the privilege of having our grandson over for the night.  My wife and he made a pizza.  He is 5 years old and rolled out the dough, put on tomato sauce and cheese which was a mixture of Swiss cheese and gruyere.  He loves cheese pizza so he loaded it up!  He even stuffed the crust that went around the edges with the cheese. 

I purchased the cheese and the dough at Trader Joe’s and he did the rest.


He reminded me we needed a picture.  This is the recipe this week for your children.  Make a pizza with your kids and let them go wild!  He told his Mom the best part of staying here was making pizza! 

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