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Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad
  • 2 cups chopped crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shell fish (imitation can be used)
  • 1 stalk chopped celery, optional
  • 2-4 chopped  green onion, optional
  • 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, optional
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard, optional
  • salt to taste, optional
  • cayenne pepper to taste, optional
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss gently to coat and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
 

Shrimp Egg Rolls

Shrimp Egg Rolls
  • Egg Roll wrappers
  • Oil for frying (I prefer sesame oil)
  • Shrimp, chicken, beef or pork, sliced thin or chopped
  • Chinese cabbage or Bok Choy, chopped
  • shredded carrot
  • Soy sauce
  • Egg
Separate eggroll wrappers and keep moist by placing a damp towel over them.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet then add meat and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Stir fry on medium-high until nearly done. Add  veggies and cover. Continue to cook until veggies are tender and meat is done, stirring occasionally. Completely drain off all liquid.
Scramble 1 egg in a small bowl. Put meat and veggie mix directly in middle of wrapper. Roll one corner up, then tuck the two opposite corners in, then roll to end of last corner. Dip finger in egg and rub just inside of last corner then outside. Put aside while you continue the rest. For thicker skins, two wrappers at a time can be used for each roll.
Gently place rolls in skillet with 1 inch of heated oil to fry for 1-3 minutes. Turn and fry another 1-2 minutes or until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with duck sauce, soy sauce or sweet & sour sauce.
 

Shrimp Kabobs

Shrimp Kabobs
  • Extra large shrimp, cleaned
  • Cherry tomatoes, optional
  • Cut green peppers, optional
  • Cut white onion, optional
  • Mushrooms, optional
  • Zucchini, optional
  • Italian Dressing, optional
 
Skewer meat and all veggies, alternating. Place in shallow dish and marinade (cover) in Italian dressing for 2 hours or overnight. Cook on hot grill until shrimp is pink and veggies are tender. Enjoy!
 

Spicy Garlic Shrimp /Chicken

  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 3 Tbs white wine
  • 2 Tbs chicken broth
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb peeled shrimp or cut chicken
  • 1 red bell pepper - cut into thin strips
  • 1 tsp corn starch

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, wine, broth, oil, salt & red pepper flakes. Add the shrimp & toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for about 5 minutes. Lightly grease a non-stick skillet & warm over medium/high heat. Add the bell pepper & cook for 1 min to soften slightly Add the shrimp or cut chicken & all but 1 Tbs of the marinade. Cook for 2 min Turn the shrimp over shrimp or cut chicken are done. In a cup, dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining marinade. Push the meat to one side of the skillet & stir the cornstarch into the sauce in the center of the skillet. Cook for 1 min until the sauce is slightly thickened. Mix well & serve immediately.

Shrimp Cocktail

  • Extra Large or Jumbo Shrimp
  • Cocktail Sauce
If not shelled, de-veined and cooked, you'll have to do this yourself, I would just buy it already done. Pour cocktail sauce inside cocktail glasses or dish. Rinse shrimp well and hook onto cocktail glasses or dish. Chill until ready to serve.

Broiled Haddock/Cod/Fresh Fish

  • 2-6 Pieces Haddock Fillets 
  • 1/2 Cup melted Real Butter
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • Pepper to taste
Rinse fish well and place on a greased broiler pan. Drizzle butter over fish, squeeze lemon on top and sprinkle pepper on. Broil at 500 for 15 minutes or until done.

Baked Haddock/Cod/Fresh Fish

  • 2-6 Pieces Haddock Fillets 
  • 1/2 Cup melted Real Butter
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • Pepper to taste

 

Rinse fish well and place on a shallow baking sheet coated with non-stick spray. Squeeze lemon on top and sprinkle with pepper. Bake in 400 oven 20 minutes or until done.

Fried Haddock/Cod/Fresh Fish

  • 3-6 Haddock fillets
  • Egg Wash
  • 1-2 cups Seafood Breader
  • Oil for deep frying
Put Seafood Breader in a wide bowl. Rinse fish in cold water and shake off. Dip Fish in egg wash and roll bowl of Breader fully covering fish. Lay on a dry plate for a few minutes then re-coat in Breader. Now, drop 1 or 2 at a time in ready hot oil and cook until fish floats, indicating doneness. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Alternately, you can bake breaded fish in oven.

Shrimp Scampi

  • 1-2 Lbs Large Shrimp, cleaned 
  • 1/2 Cup melted Real Butter
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • Pepper to taste
Rinse shrimp well and place in shallow baking dish. Cover in butter, squeeze lemon over shrimp and sprinkle pepper on. Bake in 375 Oven 20 minutes or until done.

Broiled Shrimp

  • 1-2 Lbs Large Shrimp, cleaned 
  • 1/2 Cup melted Real Butter
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • Pepper to taste
Rinse shrimp well. Stick a few shrimp on each skewer and place on shallow baking sheet. Drizzle butter over shrimp, squeeze lemon over shrimp and sprinkle pepper on. Bake in 375 Oven 20 minutes or until done.

Fried Shrimp

  • 1-2 Lbs Large Shrimp, cleaned 
  • Egg Wash
  • 1-2 cups Seafood Breader
  • Oil for deep frying
Put Seafood Breader in a zipper bag. Rinse shrimp in cold water and shake off. Dip shrimp, a few at a time, in egg wash and shake in bag of Breader. Lay on a dry plate for a few minutes then re-coat in Breader. Now, drop a few at a time in ready hot oil and cook until shrimp floats, indicating doneness. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Alternately, you can bake breaded shrimp in oven.

Fettuccini Alfredo

I have 3 variations of this family favorite, One from scratch, one with packaged fettuccini Alfredo, and one with jar Alfredo sauce. 

Stir-in ideas include, but not limited to: Chicken, Broccoli, Shrimp, Turkey, Carrots, Cauliflower, Lobster, Crab Meat, Etc.

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

From Scratch:

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 - 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Parsley, etc. to taste

From the Package:

  • 2 Packages Fettuccini Alfredo
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, (I think)
  • Water

From the Jar:

  • Salt
  • 1 Lb Package egg noodles
  • 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
From Scratch: Melt the butter on low, then stir in cream and heat until hot. Add Parmesan cheese a little at a time and stir until its melted. You may add some other cheese such as asiago, mozzarella, Romano, or cream cheese if you wish. Add the seasonings according to your taste. Remove from heat and mix with pasta and anything else you want. Sprinkle a little cheese on top of the meal.
From the Jar: In large pot, fill with water, add salt to taste, and bring to a boil. Add egg noodles and broccoli and cook according to noodle directions. Drain and add sauce and chicken. Reheat in microwave if necessary.
From the Package: Make Fettuccini Alfredo according to package directions except add the chicken and broccoli in the beginning.

Stir Fry

  • 3-5 Tbs Wok or vegetable oil
  • 1 Lb Chicken Breast, Pork, Shrimp or beef, sliced thin
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Sliced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Sliced (Optional)
  • 6 Oz Snap Peas (Optional)
  • 1 Can baby corn (Optional)
  • 6 Oz Broccoli (Optional)
  • 1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts
  • 1 Can Bamboo Shoots6 Oz Bean Sprouts, or 1 can
  • 1 Carrot, shredded or sliced thin
  • 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 3 Green Onion (Scallions) chopped
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4-8 Tbs Soy Sauce (Kikkoman is the best)

In wok or large deep skillet, heat oil and add veggies and soy sauce and stir-fry 5-10 minutes or until veggies are done to your liking. Serve over plain white rice, fried rice, fried noodles or lo-mien noodles.

Fried Rice

  • 2 Cups uncooked Rice
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Tbs Butter or Margarine
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Carrot shredded (Optional) *
  • Other desired veggies (Optional) *
  • 1Lb Cooked Chicken, Beef, Pork, or Shrimp (Optional) **
  • Wok Oil for Cooking
First, put first 4 ingredients in a microwave rice cooker or microwave pressure cooker. Seal lid and microwave on high 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes more. (Or read directions on cookers)
Scramble 2 eggs in a bowl while heating oil and 1 tsp soy sauce in a large deep skillet or wok over medium high heat. Pour egg into hot pan, then 1/2 veggies, 1/2 meat (optional) and finally 1/2 rice. Stir using spatula until egg is all cooked and no longer runny. Remove to a Large serving bowl and repeat to finish the other half. Serve hot as a stand alone meal or a side dish.

* Veggies can be changed to include those you like and exclude those you don't. Suggestions are Peas, Onions, Broccoli, Water Chestnuts, Bamboo Shoots, Baby Corn, Green Peppers, etc.

**Cooked chicken, cooked pork or cooked beef may be added to complete this dish as a meal.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 1 Lb Cooked Egg Noodles
  • 2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cans Tuna, well drained
  • 1 can Peas, well drained
  • 1 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Mix bread crumbs and cheese, set aside. Stir soup in hot egg noodles. Mix well. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until smooth. Add tuna and peas and mix well. Spread in oblong baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumb mix over top and cook in 375 oven for 20-30 minutes, or until hot.

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Stir-in ideas include but not limited to: ground beef, ground pork, sweet or hot sausage, chicken, bacon, turkey, shrimp, hotdogs, kielbasa, broccoli, chopped tomatoes, cauliflower, peas, anything you think would mix well with cheese!
  • 1 Lb Macaroni, Cooked
  • 1 Lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Tbs Margarine
  • 2 Tbs Flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Tbs Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Lb Precooked Ham, Cubed, or Ham Steak, Shrimp, Lobster (Optional)
  • Cubed or sliced Tomatoes (Optional)
  • Broccoli (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs

Preheat oven to 375. Melt margarine in 2 Qt sauce pan over medium heat, add flour stirring constantly, then add mustard (keep Stirring). Now slowly add milk. Start putting in the cheese in a little at a time, as cheese melts, put more in. Add all but 1/4 cup for topping. Stir the white sauce into the macaroni.  If you are using cubed ham, cubed tomatoes or broccoli, add it now and stir. Pour mix into oblong baking dish. If using ham steak or sliced tomatoes, place on top now. Sprinkle the rest of cheese on top, then sprinkle the bread crumbs on. Place in oven and bake until done. 

Mac & Tuna Salad

  • 1 Lb Macaroni, Cooked, Rinse and Cooled
  • 1 or 2 - 6oz Cans Chunk Light Tuna in Water (Optional)
  • 1 Can Olives either broken up or sliced (Optional)
  • 6 Eggs, boiled and chopped (Optional)
  • Mayonnaise, 1-3 cups, Depending on preference
  • Mustard, a few squirts (Optional)
In large bowl, combine macaroni, tuna, olives and eggs, mix well. Now add desired amount mayonnaise and mustard and stir until well blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve

Sweet & Sour

  • Oil for frying
  • Either 1Lb Large Shrimp Cleaned, 1Lb Pork Sliced Thin, or 1Lb Chicken Sliced Thin
  • 1 Green Pepper, Sliced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Sliced (Optional)
  • Can Pineapple Chunks (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar
  • 4 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Cornstarch mixed with 4 Tbs Cold Water
In large deep skillet or wok, stir fry shrimp, peppers and onions until meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat. Stir in pineapples, ketchup, sugar, water, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir frequently over medium heat just until the boil point. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened. Serve over plain white rice, fried rice, fried noodles or lo-mien noodles.

Stuffed Tomatoes

These are great to make with or with out meat. My favorite is with chopped chicken.

  • 6 med tomatoes
  • Chopped meat (bacon, crab meat, chicken, shrimp, ground beef, steak, pork, sausage, etc.) (Optional)
  • 1-2 Stalks celery, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon margarine, melted
  • 1 beaten egg (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Broth, any flavor (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (Optional)
  • 1 med. onion, diced (Optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Grated or shredded cheese (Optional)
  • thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, sage, garlic powder, ground black pepper, to taste

Cut a 1/2-inch slice from the top of each tomato; discard tops. Scoop out pulp; squeeze juice out. Season insides of tomatoes with salt and pepper, turn upside down on paper towels and set aside. In a medium skillet cook garlic, vegetables and any meat, if desired, in margarine for 2-5 minutes or until slightly tender and meat is fully cooked. Chop pulp and mix all ingredients. Spoon mixture into tomatoes packing them tightly. Sprinkle cheese or other topping if desired. Arrange stuffed tomatoes in a baking dish with a little water in the bottom and bake covered or uncovered at 350 for 20-35 minutes or until until tomatoes are cooked and tender and stuffing is hot.

Tuna Salad

  • 1 can Chunk Light Tuna in water
  • 1/4 Onion, Chopped finely (Optional)
  • 1 Stalk Celery, chopped (Optional)
  • Mayonnaise, 2-4 Tbs, Depending on preference
  • A few Leaves of Lettuce (Optional)
  • 1 Tomato, Sliced (Optional)
  • Slices of your Favorite Bread or sandwich rolls
Combine tuna, onion, celery and mayonnaise and stir until well blended. Place a leaf or two of lettuce and a slice or two of tomatoes on bread and spread desired amount of tuna salad. Close sandwich and enjoy!

Tuna Melt

  • 1 can Chunk Light Tuna in water
  • 1/4 Onion, Chopped finely (Optional)
  • Mayonnaise, 2-4 Tbs Depending on preference
  • Cheese slices (I prefer American)
  • Tomato Slices (Optional)
  • Slices of your Favorite Bread
  • Butter or margarine
Combine tuna, onion, and mayonnaise and stir until well blended. Butter 1 side of each bread slice. On unbuttered side, spread desired amount of tuna and lay slice of cheese and slice of tomato on top. Close sandwich and cook in hot skillet for 2-3 minutes or until just golden on bottom, turn over and heat 1-2 minutes more or until bottom just turns golden. Remove and serve.

Egg Rolls

 

Parmesan Shrimp Bake

  • Shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • lemon juice
  • parmesan cheese
  • pepper
  • butter
  • cooking spray
Spray bottom of glass baking dish. place a few pats of butter in dish and melt in a 400 degree oven.Remove pan and place shrimp in single layer on bottom. Sprinkle lemon juice over shrimp. then sprinkle with parmesan cheese & pepper. Place in oven & bake until pink and done, approx 10 minutes. Enjoy as is or place shrimp over your favorite noodle or rice dish.
 

 
 

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