Firecracker Shrimp Bowties

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Shrimp

The only OTHER thing Josh asked me to make for his birthday was Firecracker Shrimp BowTies.  Years ago, it was my go to on the East Side Mario’s menu.  Then, they took it off, replaced the BowTies with Penne and it was never the same.. just didn’t taste as good.

I looked online at one point to find a “copycat” recipe… and they I just made up my own.  And Josh and I both LOVE it.. I just love farfalle pasta.. it’s a texture thing… and snow peas and garlic and shrimp … delish!

One part of starting a cooking blog was to share some of my recipes that I kind of just “threw together” so that my kids would have them… so here ya go Joshie! Now you can make it when you’re away at school. 🙂

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My Grandmother’s Perogies

Perogies - Beth the BakerAnd here, my lovelies, is my convoluted perogy* post…. Scroll to the end to avoid rambling and just get at ‘er, however the rambling does contain hints….

When I was a kid, important celebrations involved perogies.

I can remember on my birthdays, my grandmother would make for me (and the family), perogies and doughnuts (that will be a different post..).  Perogies were generally only for “special occasions” as they involved a lot of work for my grandmother.  But when it’s your birthday, you get to choose the meal.  And I would always choose perogies.

I’ve seen some people claim that they are not hard – specifically with modern technology and food processors -but they do require a certain amount of expertise.  Back in the day it was all done by hand and took hours to make perogies for the family. Continue reading

Grandmother’s Cheese Dumplings

Cheese Dumplings - Beth the Baker

Looking through my Grandmother’s recipes, I came across one for “Cheese Dumplings”.  I don’t recall my Grandmother ever making these, but it’s likely I ate them at some point… I’ll have to ask my father if he remembers them… regardless…

One of the ingredients for the recipe is “Farmer’s Cheese”.  I wasn’t quite sure what that is, exactly, so I looked it up.  It’s a dry ricotta-ish type cheese that I don’t recall ever seeing at the grocery store.  I mean, I’ve HEARD of it.. just haven’t ever had it to my recollection. Continue reading

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup - Beth the BakerLong, long ago, I found a really good recipe for Hot and Sour Soup. I made it a few times according to the recipe and then eventually just made it by memory. People (mostly Jennifer Campbell) loved the hot and sour soup and would travel far and wide to consume it. (Okay, she lived around the corner from me at the time so it wasn’t all that far). Continue reading

Shrimp Risotto with Asparagus and Mushrooms

Shrimp, Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto - Beth Warren the BakerSo exactly a year ago I had an audition for “Come Dine With Me Canada”.

One of the producers – a lovely man named Bobby – came to my house to interview me on camera to see if I would do well on the show.  He chatted with me for about 20 minutes asking questions like, what is my dream job… duh.  Game show host. Continue reading

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls by Beth the BakerOne of the (many)foods that I love is cabbage rolls. My Grandmother made delicious cabbage rolls (as does my mother who learned from Grandma). I’ve had other peoples’ cabbage rolls – frozen, others’ homemade…. sorry. None of them are as good as my Grandmother’s. I’ve tasted them with a creamy sauce (meh) and various versions. I just prefer Grandma’s recipe from Lithuania. Continue reading