Homemade Shrimp Bisque


After reading a fellow blogger’s post this morning, I was suddenly starving and drooling for a homemade soup since it is so cold outside.

cold weather

Did you say hush… oh you sound just like my hubby…guess you are right…it could be worse, I could be braving the New York State Winter like I used to as I am letting the dogs out in my slippers and sweat shirt lol….

http://rantingchef.com/2013/01/22/soup-roulette/

In case you are wondering what inspired me this morning…. Hey where are you going?

Okay , he is great and has some really great recipes and some great guest bloggers on his site too.  I have even guest blogged there before.  Hurry back as I am about to give you the lowdown on my recipe.

Thanks for coming back, phew…was worried there for a second.

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Since my allergies are so bad to corn, I use all natural ingredients and fresh ingredients as much as possible in our foods so that I am not running for my allergy medication or even worse, my epi pen.

 

I started my soup with a few simple ingredients that I just happen to have in stock.

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A medium onion

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Some potatoes either red or yellow

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Shrimp (Take the tails off)

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Daisy Brand Sour Cream

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Fresh Baby Carrots

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Fresh Celery

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Fresh Sliced Mushrooms

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Old Bay Seasoning

milk

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Paprika (I happen to use the tube however this is fine)

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You can’t beat fresh baby spinach

(Had already thrown bag out when I realized I had not taken a picture sorry)

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Swanson does make it better for certain with their chicken broth

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My Vidalia Chopper is priceless in my kitchen for chopping my vegetables to a perfect size for all of my creations.  It is a must have for every kitchen.  It is quick and easy and super fast cleanup too.

I throw all my ingredients in the pot suited to how much of each item that we prefer as my hubby likes a lot more potato and more shrimp than the average person.  A full bag of spinach and easy on the mushroom, carrots and celery yet enough for flavor.  One to two containers of the sour cream depending on your taste and since my hubby does not like a thick soup I do not add a thickener and do add milk here…by now I am sure you know what milk looks like.  So I did not take a picture of our milk container.  Here would be a great spot to explain the thicker that I do use…I either normally use rice starch or potato starch and just a few teaspoons will do you.

Simmer slowly and enjoy the aroma till the veggies are soft.

Voila… serve in a bowl or to be creative in a bowl of carved bread.

Eat Healthy and enjoy,

Tammye Honey

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Quick Meal for one…


Hubby of course wants his soup again…I needed something a little different yet healthy so I went for the griddle that was on the stove and added two pieces of tilapia…

I then threw some fresh spinach atop of each then some season all and garlic powder of course…

Covered and allowed to steam

Setting the thermostat to low so I could do other things….

then turned fish once and recovered…

placed one in plate then added….

You got it whipped cream cheese from Philadelphia Brand and it is soooo goood….

Adding second piece of Tilapia and spinach over while still hot….

then dig in…

Dinner in less than 20 minutes….and is actually healthy for you…

Tammye Honey

Crabmeat Bisque Made Easy of course…


Old Bay Seasoning

Old Bay Seasoning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I make a recipe I always try to make it as simple as I can with as few steps as possible.

Since I have to share it on YouTube so that a few of my friends in Upstate New York who used to be non-cooks can continue their cooking lessons and impress their new hubby’s with their great cooking it makes it necessary to add the listed recipe and video.

I try to either use ingredients that you normally have on hand or offer items that can be traded out for a substitute and will suggest on the spot what you can do.

I can totally see them panicking when they are making it that they do not have heavy cream or something in the list of ingredients and my phone is ringing lol…

So here we go world… 🙂

Crab Meat Bisque

4  (More lol) Servings

Crab Meat Bisque

3 tbsp butter (margarine)

4tbsp rice flour (reg flour is fine)

1/4 tsp Kosher salt (To taste)

1/2 cup diced celery

1/4 cup minced onion

1/8 tsp white pepper

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 tsp paprika (I am fortunate to have paprika paste from Hungary)

1 cup seafood stock (Chicken or Vegetable is fine) (I used Chicken and 1 box or 32 oz)

1/2 cup milk (I omitted)

1/2 cup half & half (I used 1 pint)

1 1/2 cup heavy cream (I used 1 pint)

2 cups real crab meat (Imitation really is different taste and mushier) (Shrimp or Lobster could be substituted)

(As an option potatoes could be added)

Melt butter in a sprayed pot over medium heat.  Stir in the onion, celery and spices, to saute the veggies but not brown.  Slowly add flour stirring to make sure lumps do not form.  Gradually add stock then other liquids.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes to allow to thicken.  Add crab meat and simmer for about 5 additional minutes prior to serving.  Serve hot.

This recipe is for 4 servings so just double if you have a larger family… I made larger with intention of freezing half then had company lol…

I would have added red or butter potatoes diced if I had not been serving the Spinach Basil Pasta Salad with this dish.

Hope you enjoy and please feel free to view the video if necessary so you can start and stop at any time as you feel necessary.  Leave a comment after you make for any changes you would make to the recipe please.

PS watch the lid as my hubby came in and turned stove up a bit to make it cook a little faster and placed lid down so that it was not partially ajar.  Luckily I heard it click and went out to correct it.  He had tasted it early and was suddenly anxious to eat…had I known that I would have steamed the carrots prior to adding we usually do not eat for another few hours from now lol…thought it would be fine…now I have to watch to be sure it does not scorch… 🙂

He is supposed to be working lol

Thank you as always for viewing and commenting…

Here is the video location in a pop out window so it does not interfere with the recipe for you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHVH3ZVBXFo

Also check out my new friend’s recipe from here on Word Press Pimlco for another variation on this great recipe…follow their kitchen also…

http://astrochef.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/potted-crab-our-best-ever/

***** I find myself now having to make this for hubby every week and his birthday dinner this was also requested as his meal of choice this year…

Tammye Honey

Since Pasta Salad was Finished, Here is an Easy to Make Dinner


Thought I would do an easy to make dinner to go with it of something that I knew would get hubby away from the computer and come into kitchen with his nose leading the way…

Smart Steamer to the Rescue

This is a great must have in any kitchen…Dr. Oz was smart to endorse this on his December segment…wish I had been in that audience cause I did not get a free one like they did…

Frozen Peas Any Brand

Tilapia

I do not even notice what brand as I shop for the ingredient list so that it is strictly that item in the bag due to allergies…

Sesame Oil

This is the only way that my hubby will eat peas and I make sure to place the peas above the fish so the sesame oil drips onto the fish prior to going into the water…adds a little flavor and activates the garlic and seasonal on the fish….

The water afterwards

The water is the only place that the microwave hit in this Smart Steamer the food is untouched by them.

Dinner is served

Hope you enjoy and the Smart Steamer goes right into the microwave along with the plates and forks…easy clean up…

 

Bowties and Shrimp in Spinach Pesto made easy


Bowties with Shrimp in Spinach Pesto

Talk about an easy recipe.  I use the new Tupperware pasta maker since we are an authorized Tupperware Dealer http://www.emanthetupperwareman.com and you can store the extra bowties if any in the pasta maker in your fridge.  You only need your chopper and a frying pan so it is easy clean up after too…

Again I have a video so you can start and stop at your leisure…set to music so you can dance as you prepare your food.  This is one of my favorites and we have made with other types of fish and also chicken…

See the video here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nefrCjG1x8&feature=plcp

3 tbsp. garlic minced in oil

1/4 cup walnuts

1 tsp crushed basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

chop together

add fresh spinach or 1 pkg of thawed and drained chopped spinach

chop together

1 pkg of De-veined shrimp (I leave tails on for ease of handling)

steam shrimp then add the pesto

steam adding one package of cherry tomatoes cut in half.

Cover and simmer in frying pan till done.

Enjoy…

Tammye Honey