Cooking Chronicles: Scrumptious Shrimp & Grits…My Way

1361061238206I am not a fan of grits, which is probably why I never had the slightest interest in them or a desire to try them.  Okay, so I’ve never even had grits up until a few weeks ago.  I just mentally wrote them off and never thought twice about trying them because they appeared to be very similar to Cream of Wheat, which I do not like – the consistency, the texture, the grittiness – it just turns me off!  Shrimp and grits is such a  classic southern-style dish with a delicious history.  The look of it alone makes my mouth water, but I could never get past the grits! I decided to stop judging something that I’d never even eaten and give it a try.

The U Street Corridor in Northwest DC is bustling with eclectic and unique restaurants, bars, lounges and boutiques.  It is, hands down, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the DC area and is filled with so much history and substance. Marvin, a classic bistro and lounge named after the legendary Marvin Gaye, is nestled in the heart of the U Street Corridor and has some the best food in the area.  I visited this gem a few weeks back and decided to step outside of my comfort zone and order the shrimp and grits appetizer.  I’ll just say, I am extremely pissed that I waited so long to try this dish.  It is AMAZEBALLS! The grits were extremely smooth and creamy, and the shrimp were huge, juicy and flavorful. The dish just came together so well.  I can’t believe that I’m just now getting around to this southern classic! Continue reading

Cooking Chronicles: Savory Salmon Croquettes

For all of my salmon lovers out there, here’s an amazing salmon croquettes recipe.  They’re sooooo damn good!  There’s really no other way to describe them.  I make these at least once a week.  Yep, they’re that good.  I’m not a fan of using canned or processed foods a lot, so I made a point to use fresh salmon, homemade breadcrumbs, fresh veggies and herbs.  This makes a big difference in the taste as well as the nutritional value.  I don’t play when it comes to my health and my figure! 🙂

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Cooking Chronicles: Scrumptious Stuffed Peppers

I GETS DOWN IN THE KITCHEN!  No, seriously – I do.  I come from a family of cooks and was always in the kitchen with Mom helping her whip up family dinners, Thanksgiving dinners, etc. Okay, honestly, she delegated tasks to my sisters and me since she was preparing lots of food for such a big family.  (I LOVE my Bailey Crew!) Helping hands were a must when it came to feeding our big family.  Cooking comes natural to me and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy and love.  Check out my recipe for quick, easy and scrumptious stuffed peppers that are extremely tasty, as well as healthy and easy on the waistline.  Ladies, we have to keep that figure in check! 🙂

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