Foodie of the Month June 2015

Happy Foodie Friday!! I am so excited to introduce my first foodie of the month! Lebra Johnson is the foodie of the month for June. I have known Lebra since I was in elementary school and she is like a big sister to me. She has always been a great cook and hostess with mostess! I am proud to say she is pursuing her culinary degree for her passion for cooking. She is sharing a yummy recipe for Shrimp & Grits!

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1. How long have I been cooking?
I have been cooking since I was able to reach the stove. I have been in school pursuing culinary for two years.

2. Why do I enjoy cooking?

I enjoy cooking because it brings out a whole new world of love. Cooking makes my heart smile. When you can come into someone’s heart with food, that’s love.

3.Who taught me how to cook?

No one really taught me. I just started putting things together myself. I watch and take notes when I’m in a teachable environment. My dad is a very good cook, but he lives out of town.

4.What is your favorite thing to make?

I like food, so whatever that means I like to make. Food, food, food!

5.Do you have a favorite famous cook/ foodie?

I really don’t have a favorite famous cook. A good girlfriend of mine is an amazing chef in NYC. I love to see what new things she’s cooking up. Her name is Ashley Sneed.

Shrimp and Grits

Portion out 8 shrimp per serving

8 slices of Andouille sausage

Heavy cream

Marsala wine

Shallots

Fresh minced garlic

Oil

Cajun seasoning

Butter

Stone ground Grits

Make according to directions

Finish with heavy cream and fresh grated parmesan cheese

1. Heat pan with oil just before smoke point

2. Add shrimp and slightly cook then add sausage

3. Add garlic and shallots tossing well, then deglaze the pan with Marsala wine

4. Add cream and reduce slightly to thicken sauce.

5. Finish with a pad of butter.

6. Serve over prepared grits in a bowl.

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Enjoy


Biscoff Creamy Pie

Summer is officially here and we are all trying to keep cool. As a cook you try not to turn on the oven as much in summer. Your sweet tooth is craving for a yummy dessert but, you don’t want to turn on the oven. This Biscoff Creamy Pie is going satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you cool! It is light, creamy, and fluffy. I made this pie for our family Father’s Day Dinner and everyone just loved it! It is delicious and I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Cooking!

Ingredients
2 Graham Cracker Pie Crust
2 8oz Cool Whips
1 cup of Biscoff European Cookie Spread
1 cup of Confectioner’s Sugar
1 8oz cream cheese
4 Biscoff European cookies
1 bottle of Caramel flavored sundae syrup

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Instructions
1. Combine Biscoff European Cookie Spread, Confectioner Sugar, and Cream Cheese; Mix ingredients with a mixer.
2. Add 1 8oz cool whip with pie mixture
3. Spread mixture in the Graham Cracker Crust
4. Top off with Cool Whip (2nd container)
5. Blend or Crush 4 Biscoff European Cookies
6. Sprinkle cookie crumbs on each pie
7. Drizzle with Caramel Flavored Syrup

Chill until ready to serve the pies. Ingredients above make 2 pies

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Open Faced Mexican Stromboli

When I first tried this recipe I couldn’t imagine how Mexican and Italian could go together. I was wowed by the mixture after taking one bite and have been making them every since. This open faced Mexican Stromboli will be one of your family favorites after you try it. This recipe is super easy and full of flavor.

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Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey or beef (I used Butterball Turkey)
¼ cup of sour cream
1 box of Texas Toast (8 count)
1 8oz bag of sharp shredded cheese (I used Kraft)
1 package of mild McCormick taco seasoning
¾ cup of water

Instructions
1. Brown ground turkey or beef meat in a large skillet on medium heat. Drain fat from meat.
2. Stir in seasoning mix and water
3. Add sour cream
4. Reduce heat and allow meat to simmer
5. Bake Texas Toast according to instructions on the box half way done
6. Pull toast out the oven and turn each piece over
7. Top each piece of toast with ground turkey or beef and top it off with shredded cheese
8. Put the pan back in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until cheese melts
Bonus Tip: This meal is great with Salsa or you can even add pepperoni on top to give it a twist

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Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini

Hello Foodies!
I decided to make today Mixology Monday and made a delicious Lemon Drop Martini. I just love a good martini and Lemon Drop Martinis are one of my favorites. Invite your girlfriends over for Sex in the City movie and martini night.

Ingredients
1 ½ ounce of Lemon vodka (I used Ivanbitch)
¼ Sweet and Sour Mix
1 splash of lemon juice
Lemon Head Candy or Lemon Drop Candy

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Instructions
In a martini shaker combine vodka, sweet & sour mix, and lemon juice. Add a few cubes of ice; cover and shake until very cold. Wet the rim of the martini glass with lemon juice. Dip the rim in sugar. Surprise your guest by placing one lemon head or lemon drop piece of candy in the bottom of the glass. Strain into a chilled martini glass. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

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Bonus Tip: Make the Girl’s Night In really fun and make it a Martini Party! Each guest will come with there on special martini recipe and it will be like a wine tasting instead of it will be a martini tasting.