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Shrimp n Grits

There is very little food I miss from our time living in Knoxville, TN, which include amazing Mexican food and the grits at Puleo’s restaurant.  Once in a while I get a hankering for shrimp n grits.  I make my own version – which we love.  It’s a pretty rich dish, but once in a while – it’s ok, right?

Maryann’s Shrimp n Grits

1 C. quick Grits (I use Quaker)
4 C. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 C. shredded parmesan

1 lb large shrimp
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS butter
1 med. onion, halved and sliced long-ways
1 large clove garlic
1/2 lb. fresh green beans
1 C. white wine
1/3 head fresh parsley, rough chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. Old Bay (optional)

onionssmIn a saucepan, boil water and salt.  While you wait for the water to boil, begin the shrimp.  Add oil and butter to frying pan, and heat until butter is melted and bubble.  Add onion, saute the the onion in the oil and butter until onions are soft – 8 min or so, add garlic and cook for 1 min to release flavor.





Add 2/3 of the chopped parsley.  Stir that up and then add white wine.  Cook until reduced by half, and then add the green beans.  Saute this mix for 5 min or until the green beans are tender crisp.





Move everything over to the side of the pan, and turn heat to high.  Add the shrimp to the empty side and cook for a 1-2 minutes per side.  Mix all the ingredients together to coat the shrimp.





When the water boils, slowly add the grits and stir continuously.  Lower the heat so that it’s a rolling boil.  Cook grits according the package (mine are 12 minutes).





grits2When the grits thicken to a pasty consistency, add 1 C. shredded cheese.  Turn heat to low and keep stirring so the cheese melts into a gooey mess.




Plate it up!  Add a serving of grits to a pasta bowl or plate, and then spoon the shrimp mix over it.



The Best Superbowl White Bean Dip

Ok, I need to post this before I forget about it – and I didn’t take any pictures, so you’ll have to just try it.  It’s so delicious.

Superbowl White Bean Dip

1 TBS. Olive oil
1 small onion chopped
2 cans canellini beans (15 oz)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
half head fresh cilantro leaves, chopped.
1 C. shredded mexican cheese
1/2 C. sausage – crumbled (optional – I had some cooked up from breakfast, so I threw it in for extra flavor – chorizo would be awesome here.)

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion.  Saute the onion until translucent, about 5 min.  Add the sausage if using, I precooked mine, so it was already drained.  If you use it raw, cook it through and then drain off the fat.

Add the beans – I took out about half the water in each can.  Add cumin, red pepper, and salt.  Continue to stir until it gets nice and bubbly.  Then add in the cilantro.  Before adding the cheese, I hit it with the immersion blender.  You could use a potato masher or pastry cutter to do the same job.  I blended just a bit to get that nice bean dip texture with a little chunkiness.  Adjust any of spices and cheese to your taste.

Warm a bag of tortillas chips in the oven for 5-6 min, and serve with a bit of sour cream if you have that one hand.


ROC the Day – LIV the Day?

I love the idea of what the United Way is doing in Rochester with ROC the day (  So much that I bought the domain just in case they want to partner to do the same type of event for Livingston County.  Please contact me if you want the domain!  I really just got it so that no one else would, and I’d be happy to donate it for a good use!

Come ON, Slickdeals!!!

Slickdeals (  really pissed me off this morning. In the main text of their latest ‘update’ email, was this text:

“”With hundreds of deals in dozens of ad scans, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sales and offers this holiday season. With the help of our deal editors, we compiled a Holiday Gift Guide that includes a $29.99 Craftsman Drill (originally $59.99) for Dad, $10 Panini Maker (originally $49.99) for Mom and a $19.99 VTech Discovery Table (originally $39.99) for the little ones! Check out what else we found!””

Why is this so offensive to me? Oh wait, it’s 2012, and we’re still being marketed to as ‘the Mom’ or ‘the Dad’ – I know many families who these roles do NOT apply to, and honestly, I’d like to see this kind of marketing go away.

Oh, and I’m an equal breadwinner in my family, and I am offended that they’re not marketing the gadgets and TECHNOLOGY that I want.  I’ve used this website for many years now, and I’m just taken aback by their ridiculously sexist marketing this morning.

Tell them how you feel here!!