Closed on Tuesdays: My New Cookbook


My friend Jeanette recently gave me a new cookbook, Closed on Tuesdays published by Beaufort Grocery Company that includes some of their favorite recipes.  The Beaufort Grocery Company is one of my go-to places to eat whenever I'm in Beaufort so I was eager to try out a recipe of theirs. This recipe for Shrimp with Coconut-Pineapple Curry really filled the bill. 

The recipe.  I omitted the cayenne pepper and the cilantro. 
Saute the onion. 

Add spices
Add coconut milk and pineapple.
Blend sauce. 
Saute the shrimp. 

Ready to eat.  
I served this over Jasmine rice.

I like a mild curry, but I am not fond of hot curries but hot sauce or cayenne pepper could be added for those that do.   There was quite a bit of the curry sauce left over, and I think it will be great as a dressing for a salad.  Or perhaps I will try this over poached salmon or poached chicken.

A Clean Counter Space Helps

A nice clean counter for preparing meals. 

Our kitchen is a galley style kitchen with limited counter space, but adjacent to the kitchen is the utility room with a spacious counter.  Recently though, that space had become the place to deposit everything that needed to be put somewhere but  not necessarily there.  I think we all have such a space, but I needed that space to be able to prepare a meal I was making.  So first order of business was to declutter the counter.  Here's the Before and After. 
Before the counter is cluttered and impossible to use. 
Broken DVD thrown in trash. 
Unbox the electric kettle and discard box. 

Electric kettle goes to kitchen. 

Ensure goes to Food Bank. 

Keurig and lamp stay at one end of counter. 

Maggie's treats belong in the cabinet above the counter .

Opened the box of Maggie's meds and shelved them.  Discard box. 

All storage containers shelved in their regular space. 

I've had this plate for some time with the intention of starting this around the neighborhood. Shelved it for now. 

I kept this tray on the counter to place things temporarily before putting them in their proper "home."
After decluttering I have lots of usable counter space. 


I have managed to keep that area more or less free of clutter. and it has been helpful to have that extra space to prepare meals.  Do you have a counter space that needs to be decluttered?

Dutch Baby Oven Pancake

Dutch baby pancake out of oven topped with blueberries and lemon curd. 

A recipe recently in Parade magazine, the insert in the Sunday News and Observer, intrigued me because I like pancakes and this is a unique kind of pancake.  I'm not very good at making regular pancakes so I thought this might be easier, and it is!!!  Laura is the one in the family who makes delicious blueberry pancakes, the regular kind.  This was easy though and it is delish.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • large eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  • ½ cup lemon curd

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth.
  3. Place butter in a heavy, ovenproof 10- to 12-inch skillet. Place in oven 3-5 minutes or until melted. Remove from oven. Swirl pan to coat with melted butter. Pour batter into pan. Bake 17-20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove from oven; sprinkle with blueberries. Sift powdered sugar over top. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Serve with lemon curd.

KITCHEN COUNTER

Serves 4-6.
The ingredients ready to mix together in the blender. Easy. 
Melted butter in pan.
Batter put into pan. 

Out of oven, all puffed up.
I topped the pancake with frozen blueberries and lemon curd. 

Ready to take out of pan. 
Ready to eat.  I topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese because I had no whipped cream. 

Laura makes the best blueberry pancakes I've ever had and I don't dare make regular pancakes for her, but I will make this for her one day.