Real Men Cook – Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Real Men Cook – Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Recently, it was my turn to cook dinner. I don’t mind, and – truth be told – I enjoy it. It’s creative and you can nearly always eat the results. Whenever Harris-Teeter puts their frozen shrimp on sale, we load up. Since their deal is usually ‘buy two two-pound bags and get three free’ – we end up with a buttload of shrimp. So, I’m always on the lookout for shrimp recipes. You can’t just boil ’em every time. So it was that I ran across a Food Network recipe called Cajun Shrimp and Rice. Checking over the ingredient list, of which there are just ten, I decided it was doable. And that I wouldn’t have to pick up a bunch of obscure ingredients at the store which always end up going bad in the refrigerator...

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Real Men Can Cook – An Easy Dessert

Real Men Can Cook – An Easy Dessert

Quite often, I’ll see a Food Network post on Facebook which will send me off looking at various recipes.  That happened yesterday when I saw a dessert post which led me to another site which led to another… I wound up looking at a very simple dessert called Lemon Cream Cheese Pie.  Desserts are naturally guilt-inducing, especially since I managed to lose some thirty pounds last year and have put some effort into keeping it off, so I try to find ways to lower the carb count.  With this recipe, I could substitute with some lower-sugar ingredients and still keep it delicious.  Herewith follows the slightly modified recipe (based on a Cooks.com item): Lemon Cream Cheese Pie Pre-made graham cracker crust (higher in sugar) OR Combine 1 1/2 C of crushed...

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Real Men Can Cook – Part Two

Recently, I found a recipe for stromboli which intrigued me. I had discovered this Italian dish a few years back and have ordered it on several occasions since. So, when I stumbled across a pretty easy recipe, I decided to give it a try. When I say ‘easy recipe’, I mean one with a limited number of ingredients and uncomplicated directions. For example, if a recipe starts out, “…first you make a roux…”, I quickly move on. I’m not trying to snag my own cooking show on TV, I just want to enjoy a creative process which results in something to eat, and doesn’t require a cartful of exotic ingredients from “Whole Paycheck.” Now, you could call stromboli ‘guy food’, but that doesn’t mean your family and/or...

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Real Men Can Cook! (And Boy, Is It Worth It To Your Home Life)

Real Men Can Cook! (And Boy, Is It Worth It To Your Home Life)

Some years ago, when I found myself at the age of forty and newly single, a realization dawned: if I wanted to feed myself affordably, I was going to have to learn to cook something besides a steak on the grill and a warmed-up can of green beans. Seriously, that’s all I knew how to cook, although ‘cook’ probably isn’t the most accurate word. Grilling is cooking, but opening a can of vegetables and nuking them really isn’t. Kind of like comparing ‘writing’ to ‘typing’. Similar yet different. There was a woman back then – isn’t there always – that I wanted to impress and with whom I wanted to spend some time, in private, if you get my drift. I thought inviting her to my (temporary) furnished apartment...

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