You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to start your new year’s goals of eating healthier. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Magazine‘s Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits, eliminates the sticks of butter you would normally find in this comfort food. Don’t worry about flavor, though; these shrimp are plenty zesty from the lemon and garlic.
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Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine‘s Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits
Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse for a party, and not just any party — a New Orleans-themed party. I don’t know if you’ve been to New Orleans (NOLA for short), but let me tell you this: Those people know how to party. I was there last year for a quick week and even this California girl had a hard time keeping up with the nightlife. That aside, you can’t forget the amazing Cajun and Creole food on every corner and the unforgettable cocktail scene with live music that pours into the streets at night. If you can’t head down south for Mardi Gras this year, re-create a NOLA-inspired appetizer for Fat Tuesday.
And who better to take inspiration from than the king of NOLA himself, Emeril.
This Mardi Gras Jambalaya from Emeril is one of my all-time favorites. I’ll make this for a big dinner party any day, but I wanted to turn it into an appetizer so it would be easy to eat — people can grab a bite and run back to the dance floor.
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Ina’s Lemon Pasta With Roasted Shrimp is one of the most elegant-looking dishes you’ll ever make, and it’s also one of the easiest, on the table in just 30 minutes. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, toss shrimp in a good olive oil, season with salt and black pepper and roast them until they’re pink. When the angel hair pasta is cooked to al dente, quickly toss it with butter, lemon zest, olive oil and the shrimp.
Editor’s Note: While some people leave shrimp tails on, guests will be grateful if you do the work ahead of time, keeping their hands clean.
Get the recipe: Lemon Pasta With Roasted Shrimp
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Celebrate the fresh, boiled, steamed and grilled flavors of a traditional lobster bake this summer. Our overflowing menu below boasts classic ingredients, favorite recipes and the ease and simplicity of at-home, on-the-stove cooking. No need to live near the beach or build a giant rock pit in the sand in order to try these East Coast tastes; all of the recipes can be made right in your kitchen. Don’t forget to stock up on hand wipes and lobster bibs!
No summer celebration can begin without a glass of sweet chilled lemonade. Michael Chiarello’s recipe for Muddled Lemonberryade from Cooking Channel combines tart lemon juice and sweet strawberries. By the way, there would be nothing wrong with adding a few splashes of vodka to make this an adults-only sipper. After all, you have a lot of lobster-baking ahead of you.
If you want to start with an appetizer before the main event, serve your guests a platter of Emeril’s Grilled Whole Shrimp With Lemon and Marjoram from Cooking Channel while you’re preparing everything else. The subtle citrus flavor complements the mild essence of marjoram, and the heat of the grill melds these tastes perfectly. Don’t have access to a gas or charcoal grill? A stove-top grill pan will do the job, too. If you’re planning to serve the shrimp along with the rest of your meal, add these to the grill at the last possible minute, as shrimp can quickly become chewy if overcooked.
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Lighten up dinner tonight with a salad that features crisp spring veggies like radish and cucumber with fresh herbs alongside lemony shrimp.
Get the recipe: Spinach-Orzo Salad With Shrimp
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Hi readers! Welcome to my inaugural Food & Finance post. While the mere arrival of the New Year is cause for happiness, the current economic situation is not. Since my role at Food Network is to save the company money, I wanted to share some handy tips on reducing your food bill. Get money-saving tips here.