Crispy Herbed Shrimp with Chive Aioli with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

Holy moly that is a long title. Anyways…

I have a confession to make. Shellfish scare me. First, I’m afraid that I’m secretly allergic to them and will have a terrible reaction (it hasn’t happened yet). Second, I’m not confident in my ability to properly cook them. Too little time, and you have raw seafood which may be harmful. Too much, and you have overcooked, chewy sea-protein.

But you have to face your fears sometime, and yesterday was that day. I was pretty impressed with this recipe, and for someone who has all the above fears and isn’t too thrilled with shrimp’s texture, found I actually enjoyed eating it. The directions are straightforward and easy to follow. The only thing I found problems with was peeling and deveining my own shrimp. It was a full immersive, play with your food moment, but it was also frustrating. If you eat shrimp frequently, I would recommend getting a special knife to do this peeling. Otherwise, you can use a paring knife and take some more time to get those shrimps clean.  Continue reading

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

I was looking through my Pinterest food board, searching for a Christmas dessert, when I came upon this recipe. Although we haven’t had much luck recreating recipes pinned on Pinterest, we decided to go for it, and I’m sure glad we did.

This recipe takes a little more time and effort than your average breaded and baked chicken, but the result is very worth it. The pretzels add a little something extra to the breading and the honey mustard gives the chicken a nice flavor, even if you don’t add extra as a dipping sauce. (Which, by the way, you can cut in half because it produces so much. Or serve it as a dressing for a side salad.) If you find yourself saying, “Oh, well I don’t really like mustard…” try this anyway and you may be surprised by it.

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