The Best Homemade Clam Chowder With Bacon!

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The Best Homemade Clam Chowder With Bacon!   Since recently moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I have had some amazing opportunities to experience the fresh seafood that is basically in "our own backyard." And coming from a town in Colorado where I was literally surrounded by mountains, I was excited to start learning and experimenting with some fresh seafood. I absolutely love living near the ocean and couldn't wait to make my very own batch of fresh clam chowder!   Luckily, my husbands father has lived here his whole life and he has been making clam chowder the same way his own mother has been making it and I feel honored in them sharing with me what they do!   The day started out with my family getting on a boat with some shovels and buckets. Oh yes, we were literally going to make our own clam chowder and that meant digging for the clams ourselves! Of course you can just go to the store and get the canned clams but why do that if you have … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Shrimp Salad! #recipe – Perfect for Potlucks and Summer BBQ’s!

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  Grandma's Shrimp Salad! Growing up my extended family always got together for every holiday. One of my favorite things about getting together for a holiday was enjoying all the amazing food that was prepared. Each year there were many new dishes to try...but there were also those staples that everyone loved but we only got once or twice a year. One of those amazing staples is my Grandma's Shrimp Salad. This is a favorite dish among my family and something we still look forward to enjoying every Thanksgiving as we visit her home. My mouth is watering just thinking about my Grandma's Shrimp Salad! Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb elbow macaroni2 cup Miracle Whip2 bundles green onions8 oz canned shrimpsalt and pepper to taste  Directions:  1. Prepare macaroni using directions on package. Drain, set aside to cool. 2. Dice 2 bundles of green onions. 3. Transfer macaroni into serving dish. Add Miracle Whip, diced green onions, shrimp (drained) and stir together. … [Read more...]

Easy to make Shrimp Thai Soup! #recipe

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      I am great at improvising. It is easy for me to go to the cupboard and pull out this and that and make something out of it. Recently I was in a soup mood.....so I headed to the cupboard and fridge and came up with this concoction! Shrimp Thai Soup is what I shall call it ;)       Shrimp Thai Soup I am a huge fan of Thai. Although, I never cooked Thai style food until this year. Now I can't seem to get enough. I am a lover of vegetables and with this Shrimp Thai Soup I was able to add some spice and flair to my vegetables!   Ingredients: 3 qt water3 chicken bullion cubes1/4 cup celery 1/4 cup fresh cilantro3 bok choy stemsGreen Onion Bundle diced6 fresh basil leaves8 oz package mushrooms1 lb shrimp2 packages of Thai noodle soup (any flavor) Directions: 1.  Fill a large stock pot with water and start to cook on medium-high heat. Heat to boil. 2. In separate pan cook noodles following package directions....just … [Read more...]

Lawry’s Marinade Review!

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We use a lot of marinades at my house. Especially during the summer months when it is perfect weather for grilling! Recently I was able to review Lawry's new Santa Fe Chili and Herb & White Wine marinades! They of course were delicious! Lawry's Herb & White Wine- For this flavor I decided on grilled salmon. It turned out great! We just purchased some fresh salmon and came home to marinade. It takes 30 minutes to marinade before you grill. After the 30 minutes were up we wrapped the fish in tin foil and placed on the grill. We grilled the fish about 3 minutes per side (or until done). That was it, then we had a perfect meal! Santa Fe Chili-  For this marinade I decided on steak. I had some elk steak in the freezer (any steak will work). I marinaded the steak for 30 minutes and then grilled it on the grill. After we grilled the steak's we sliced then and I placed them into flour tortillas and added fresh corn, tomatos, cilantro, onion and garlic. We then had home … [Read more...]

The Flavors of Fourth of July

Celebrating our country’s independence, the Fourth of July traditionally honors American pride. From fireworks to feasts, this upbeat day highlights American pastimes across the country. In Maryland, locals serve up crab cakes  fresh from the Eastern shore, while Pacific Northwesterners  grill salmon and peas, a meal native to the area. In the Midwest, you’ll find Wisconsin Cheeseheads broiling trout and Indiana Hoosiers  grilling steak and sweet corn. From local meats to patriotic desserts, the Fourth is a time to honor local American cultures, but with growing appreciation for our melting pot make-up, many Fourth of July feasts are seeing some international flavors. I know what you’re thinking — crab meat and salmon are expensive! And that is generally true, but after all, the Fourth of July only comes once a year. There are plenty of delicacies to dive into but you don’t have to go broke doing it. If you’re cooking on a budget, check-out online coupon sites like Valpak and look … [Read more...]

Lemon-Orange Orange Roughy Fish Fillets!

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I try to cook fish at least one time a week for my family and I am always trying to find great recipes to test out with my family. Recently I found a recipe on for Lemon-Orange Orange Roughy. It was amazing so I thought I would share the recipe with all of you! Ingredients- 1 Tbs Olive Oil4 (4 oz) Orange Roughy Fillets1 Orange Juiced1 Lemon Juiced1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper First you will take the Olive Oil and heat it in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the Roughy Fillets in the skillet and pour the Orange and Lemon juice over fish fillets. Next sprinkle the fish with lemon pepper and cook for about 5 minutes or until fish flake easily with fork! - That's it your done! Start to finish is about 20 minutes!   … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas w/ Philadelphia Cooking Cream

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Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas w/ Philadelphia Cooking Cream 1 (16oz) package uncooked pasta 1 ½ pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lb sugar snap peas 2 cloves garlic minced 1 ½ c white wine 1 container Philidelphia Cooking Cream (I used Italian Cheese and Herb) First Bring Large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain. Next heat wine in large skillet over medium-high heat add deveined shrimp, pea pods and garlic. Cook until shrimp are pink and cooked all the way through. Once Shrimp are cooked add cooked pasta and Philadelphia Cooking Cream. Stir together and serve! Don't forget to click the 'Magic' button below for Nutritional Information for this recipe! … [Read more...]