Fire Cracker Shrimp Cool Ginger Cucumber Salad

Fire Cracker Shrimp Cool Ginger Cucumber Salad
Just in time for the fourth I had a little extra time to put out this blog post.  I have a Thai friend who lives in Birmingham, Al that developed this recipe for Cool Ginger Cucumber Salad for the Copper Grill’s seared tuna appetizer. I was off to the farmers market to gather the ingredients for the dish I had planned to go with the salad. I really did not know exactly what I was going to make but I did know that it would involve shrimp and Thai peppers. Looking around at the market  gives me a chance to choose some of the freshest ingredients. Ginger Cucumber Salad 1 large...
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Tempura Shrimp

Tempura Shrimp
Seems like these days when I need a fix for fried foods I tempura them. Tempura is a thin batter that is very crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.  There are many different types of tempura but this one has suited my needs for years. I have tried to tempura many items, King Crab, foie gras, lobster and vegetables, some successful and some not!  The shrimp at the local farmers market were amazing, fresh, large and right from the sea. I picked up a couple of pounds and I still had some vegetables and herbs left from my garden and decidable to make a quick dinner last weekend....
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Shrimp Cocktail, Mckendricks Style

Shrimp Cocktail, Mckendricks Style
My first memory of enjoying a shrimp cocktail was when I was at the beginning of my career in the restaurant industry. My first position was working the dish station at Brunner’s Landmark located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Brunner’s Landmark was a large farm house over looking the gleaming waters of the Spruce Run Reservoir. The large farm house had a beautiful side porch,  two dinning rooms, a bar and a couple of rooms upstairs where owners Tony Brunner, his wife Judy and family lived. My mother new I loved cooking  and decided that when I was 16 she would take me...
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Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp

Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp
Two new photos that I really don’t like, but these dishes are fantastic if cooked correctly and  the pictures are taken properly. The pictures are terribly off. I got so caught up in all the functions in the “M” mode ( manual mode) that I actually have no idea what I am doing. This will get better. Since purchasing my camera, the Canon Rebel EOS XSI,  I have taken one class and really thought I new what I was doing and as you can see I need work. So what to do! I guess more classes are in order. I don’t need a photographer and a food stylist. I want to learn to...
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