Vodka Lemon Shrimp

 Your guests will be clamouring for a second and third helping of these tasty shrimp

Vodka Lemon Shrimp
  1. Vodka Lemon Sauce
  2. 3 tbsp granulated sugar 45 mL
  3. 1 tbsp grated lemon zest 15 mL
  4. 1⁄3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 75 mL
  5. 1⁄4 cup vodka 50 mL
  6. 1⁄4 cup olive oil 50 mL
  7. 11⁄2 tsp minced gingerroot 7 mL
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced 1
  9. 1⁄4 tsp salt 1 mL
  10. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 mL
  11. 30 medium or large shrimp, peeled 30
  12. and deveined (about 1 lb/500 g)
  13. 1⁄2 tsp cornstarch 2 mL
  1. Soak 10 wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes. Preheat barbecue grill to medium-high and grease the grates.
  2. Vodka Lemon Sauce: In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice; heat gently until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then stir in vodka, oil, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Place shrimp in a deep bowl and spoon 3 tbsp (45 mL) sauce over top; toss to combine. (Do this no more than 30 minutes ahead or the lemon juice will start to toughen the shrimp). Set the
  4. remaining sauce aside in the saucepan. Thread shrimp onto skewers, leaving space between pieces. Grill, turning once, for 5 minutes or until pink and opaque. Arrange skewers on a serving plate.
  5. Whisk cornstarch into the remaining sauce and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened and glossy. Transfer to a bowl and place next to the shrimp skewers, along with small cocktail plates for your guests.
  6. Makes 10 skewers.
  1. Tip: When buying fresh gingerroot, look for firm pieces. If the skin is wrinkly, it’s past its best. To peel ginger, hold it in the palm of your hand and use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape away the skin, getting into all the crevices and around the knobby bits. Break the peeled ginger into smaller pieces and wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks and in the freezer for several months.
  2. Variation: You can also cook the marinated shrimp on the stovetop. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté shrimp, shaking pan, for about 4 minutes or until pink and opaque.
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Thai Chicken and Mango Stir-Fry

Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!

Thai Chicken and Mango Stir-Fry
  1. Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!
  2. 1 cup frozen mango cubes 250 mL
  3. (see tip, opposite)
  4. 1 cup coconut milk 250 mL
  5. 1⁄2 cup chicken broth 125 mL
  6. 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 15 mL
  7. 2 tsp soy sauce 10 mL
  8. 1 tsp packed brown sugar 5 mL
  9. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  10. 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4
  11. cut into bite-size pieces
  12. 2 green onions, chopped 2
  13. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1
  14. 2 tsp Thai red curry paste 10 mL
  15. 1 cup snow peas 250 mL
  16. 2 tsp cornstarch 10 mL
  17. 2 tsp water 10 mL
  18. 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 25 mL
  1. In a large bowl, combine mango, coconut milk, chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce and brown sugar; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Lightly brown chicken and, using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Add green onions, red pepper and curry paste to oil remaining in skillet and sauté for 1 minute. Return chicken to pan. Add mango mixture, reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Add snow peas and simmer for 1 minute. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to pan. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute or until thickened. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.
  1. Tip: Frozen, ready-peeled mango chunks are now sold in most supermarkets, usually in 21-oz (600 g) packages. Keep a bag in the freezer and you’ll find ways to use mango in soups, sauces, desserts and smoothies. There’s no need to thaw them for this recipe.
  2. Variation: Reduce the chicken breasts from 4 to 2. Add 2 cups (500 mL) rinsed drained canned chickpeas with the mango.
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Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!
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A delicious appetizer to serve during the festive season. It’s a lot of chopping, but don’t use a food processor!

  1. Antipasto
  2. 1 cup olive oil 250 mL
  3. 1 large cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces 1
  4. 2 large green peppers, chopped 2
  5. 2 cans (each 101⁄2 oz/294 mL) sliced ripe olives, chopped 2
  6. 1 jar (16 oz/454 mL) green olives with pimiento, chopped 1
  7. 2 jars (each 13 oz/370 mL) pickled onions, chopped 2
  8. 2 cans (each 10 oz/284 mL) mushroom stems and pieces 2
  9. 1 jar (48 oz/1.4 L) mixed pickles, chopped 1
  10. 2 bottles (each 48 oz/1.4 L) ketchup 2
  11. 1 bottle (15 oz/426 mL) hot ketchup 1
  12. 2 cans (each 2 oz/56 g) anchovies, chopped (optional) 2
  13. 3 cans (each 41⁄2 oz/128 g) solid tuna, chopped 3
  14. 3 cans (each 4 oz/114 g) small shrimp 3
  1. Drain all jars and cans. Put all ingredients, except the fish, into a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Pour boiling water over all the fish to rinse. Drain and add to mixture. Gently stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into clean airtight containers, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace. Let cool completely. Cover and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve with crackers. Makes 8 to 9 cups (2 to 2.25 L).
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Japanese Chicken Wings

Great for crowds and kids! Tastes good warmed up if there’s any left

Japanese Chicken Wings
Serves 6
  1. 3 lbs. chicken wings, tips removed 1.5 kg
  2. UPDATE: Buy drummettes and remove skin – it’s more work, but it’s healthier
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/3 cup flour 75ml
  5. 1 cup butter 250ml
  1. 3 Tbsp. soy sauce 45 ml
  2. 3 Tbsp. water 45ml
  3. 1 cup white sugar 250ml
  4. 1/2 cup vinegar 125ml
  1. Cut wings in half. Dip in slightly beaten egg and then in flour. Fry in butter until deep brown and crisp. Place in shallow roasting pan. Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken wings. Bake at 350 F (180C) for 1/2 hour. Baste wings with sauce during cooking.
  2. Baste wings with sauce during cooking.
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Chicken in Phyllo

An entertaining worthy chicken dish

Chicken In Phyllo
  1. 8 phyllo pastry sheets
  2. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  3. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
  4. 1 bunch fresh spinach, stem removed
  5. 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, chopped
  6. 1large red pepper, cut in strips
  7. 3/4 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on counter and fold in half (not length-wise). Brush melted butter on edges. Place one half chicken breast in the middle, near the bottom of phyllo. Layer spinach leaves, a sprinkling of basil, a few pepper strips and some Feta cheese on top of chicken. Roll chicken and phyllo over once. Fold edges toward the middle and continue rolling to form a small rectangular package. Brush with a little butter. Place on a cookie sheet and cover with a slightly damp cloth while making the others. These can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Heat oven to 375 F. and place rack in middle of oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve with vegetable couscous
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This layered sandwich is known for its tangy olive salad filling. A great idea for hikers, bikers or sandwich likers!

  1. 10″ round Italian loaf
  2. Filling
  3. 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
  4. 1/2 cup pitted black olives (NOT the canned kind!)
  5. 6 1/2 oz. (184 ml) jar marinated artichokes, drained
  6. 1 garlic clove, minced
  7. 1 Tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper (seeds removed)
  8. 1/3 cup parsley, minced
  9. 1/4 cup olive oil
  10. 1/2 lb. (250 g) grilled chicken or salami, thinly sliced
  11. 1/2 lb. (250 g) provolone, mozzarella or swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  1. Chop or process filling ingredients to a spreadable consistency. Cut loaf in half horizontally and remove enough of the bread to leave a 1/2″ shell. Spread bottom shell with half the filling, layer meat and cheese slices then top with remaining filling. Press top of loaf on sandwich and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place something heavy (like a dictionary!) on top to compress the sandwich; chill for several hours. (If you’re doing your homework, or a crossword, you’ll just have to contend with a cool word book). Cut in wedges with a serrated knife….after you remove the dictionary!. Serves 8-10
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