Shrimp & Grits

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Poaching”. Honestly, I have no idea what it means to poach anything other than an egg. It does not mean that I have not done it, I just did not know that it was the name of a process. That being said, this turned out to be one of my top 10 dishes I have ever made. I cannot remember the other 9 because I have not been keeping track but this is definitely up there. Plus, how could it not be? Shrimp is good, grits are good. Boom!

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Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Portuguese”. Honestly, nothing really came to mind when I saw this theme. I have always wanted to visit Portugal and I have no doubt the food is amazing but I had no idea the kind of food that was made. Then I found this recipe and I thought of it like Portuguese lasagna due to the layering of the casserole. Plus, just like lasagna, this was much better the next day!

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Stir Fry Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Spicy”. Kind of a boring theme because I am a spice head and most of my dishes have some sort of heat but I was really craving peanut sauce and I needed to use up some of the peanut butter I made so I stop eating it with a spoon. These bowls were really good and a good way to raid my freezer for chicken and pork that I have been meaning to use. Just looking at it makes me want to eat it again. Also, I hate chopping up peanuts when my food processor is in use. Can you tell?

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Slow Cooked Peach Pork Chops

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Inspired by Music”. For the theme I definitely was inspired by the song Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America or the band, Peaches, but either way Peaches. I have never really been a fan of pork chops. I have had them when they were just alright and times where they were down right terrible. This was not the case, these were delicious. I do not think I will go back to cooking pork chops any other way. You just have to be careful taking them out of your slow cooker.

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Avocado Shrimp Ceviche-Estillo Sarita

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Avocado”. Avocados are one of my favourite fruits and I have made many dishes with it so I had to dig deep into my brain parts to think of something to make. Then I saw this recipe and I was glad I did because of how easy and delicious it was. Ceviche is one of those dishes that I love, not really difficult to make, and yet I very rarely have it. To be the fact that food can be cooked in citric acid is so interesting. That and yeast, I cannot wrap my mind around yeast. Confession time, I might have bought martini glasses just for this dish. I have been making more drinks lately so they will go to good use though. Just more excuses for martinis.

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Cedar-Planked Salmon

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Fad Food”. Cedar-planked salmon has been around forever so it is not necessarily a fad food so I was going to go for a low carb dish. I have had cedar-planked salmon before but never made it myself and after making it, I cannot imagine why. It is so easy to do and it makes it absolutely delicious. It does take some time but the majority of the time is just waiting for the salmon to cure and marinate.

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Slow Cooker Spiked Cranberry Apple Cider

This drink was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Meal Prep”. This drink was only part of the meal created for this theme but it was so good that I wanted to share it. The weather is starting to get cold around here so this drink was a nice way to warm up. The only problem is that is does mask the alcohol a little too well so it is easy for it to sneak up on you.

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