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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and GritsToday I finally decided to conquer the Shrimp and Grits dish that I have fallen in love with. I was never a lover of grits, moving to the south I have finally learned to enjoy and discover how good they can be. My FAVORITE grit dish is Shrimp and Grits. This past Saturday I found some stone ground grits from our a CSA pick, Faucette Farms and I have a big bag of Shrimp sitting in the freezer just waiting to be used. Now off to google recipes, I needed some easy like a crock pot recipe but I wanted something with a little kick and twist. I found both in 2 different recipes so I did what any adventurous cook would do, merge them. Oh boy was it TASTY I’m in love.

  • 4 cups of broth
  • 1 cup of stone ground grits
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar or colby mix)
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1 lb of shrimp
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

In a crock pot put the grits and broth cook on low for up to 5 hours. Rinse and dry shrimp. Fry bacon in a large skillet, drain well. Saute  the onions, garlic and shrimp in bacon grease until shrimp are pink. Add cheese and butter to grits mix well. Then add shrimp, bacon and tomato. Season with red pepper flakes cook for another 30 minutes.

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Kale, Bacon Pasta

We got kale in our winter shares and I wanted to do something different. So I googled kale and pasta and found a dish with Kale, Bacon and Pasta.  I made it according to the recipe – it was very tasty but next time I am going to add garlic and mushrooms.

 

1 lb Kale

8 strips of bacon – cut into pieces or use pancetta

1/2 onion minced

1 lb of dried pasta

2 garlic cloves

handle full of sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup of parmesan grated

 

Cook pasta according to directions. Dice bacon and cook over medium heat.  Remove bacon and saute in onions, mushrooms, and garlic in bacon fat.  Add kale till wilted. Add cooked pasta, toss and finish with parmesan.

 

4 servings

 

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On Friday Dave finally got a chance to visit The Sausage Shoppe . This store was recommended to us by friends who also try to eat cleaner – meaning organic, hormone and antibiotic free. The Sausage Shoppe sells products that are hand-crafted and chemical-free.  Wow is all we can say. The bacon is good – not nearly as tasty as the bacon we get from the our Farm Co-op but still good. He also picked up bratwurst and pierogi’s – yes we know Dave loves pierogi’s. Last night we had the bratwurst – they were very tasty, and brought back memories of eating brat’s in Germany. In fact Dave’s whole purchasing experience was like being back in Germany — except with a twist. There was a newspaper there that he read and was flabbergasted – it had very narrow, bigoted views.  He almost felt like he was in a Nazi lair. However that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t go back to buy more.

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tastee concoction

okay last night I came home from my turn at doing the farm run for our group and needed to make a meal, without pasta – which is Dave’s favorite but I need to stay away from carbs for awhile – so I knew I had left over bacon from Sunday’s breakfast, we had one  hamburger in the freezer and beans. So I fried up the hamburger, cut up the bacon, put in black beans, a little barbque sauce, some sun dried tomato’s, a little coconut oil and water.  mmm tastee – I know it doesn’t sound good but man is was.  I then fried up some onions and green beans from our CSA haul this week. Made a tomato and mozarella salad.  It must have been the thing we need. We practically ate it all. A little salad left and some of that tastee concoction.

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