Monday, August 11, 2014

International Potluck Blogfest

International Potluck Blogfest
Do you have a favorite recipe? A dish everyone loves?
Share it with us! 


Beth FredMedeia Sharif and Lexa Cain are hosting the International Potluck Blogfest. Here are the rules:
  • Put the bloghop badge on your post.
  • Post the cover of a book you love (it can be your own) with a food and/or recipe from the book, or a food from the MC's region, or a food you just like!
  • Link back to BethMedia, and Lexa. All three of us.
  • A copy of Beth's Finding Hope, Medeia's Snip, Snip, Revenge, and Lexa's Soul Cutter, plus a $10 Amazon gift card will be given away via Rafflecopter!
Thank you, ladies, for your excellent idea and hosting duties!
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What does cooking have to do with Cherdo on the Flipside, a humor blog about the flipside of fifty? It's simple: on the flipside, I cook whatever I want to cook and blog about what interests me. I'm a free agent.

My approach to dinner is pretty basic: if I'm going to go to the trouble (or have the pleasure) of cooking a meal, I want everyone to love it. Give me an easy recipe that is a hit and versatile and I've instantly arrived at foodie nirvana

One of my favorite cookbooks is The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan.


There's nothing quite so satisfying as good Chinese food, and though we all like to run to that perfect little neighborhood restaurant for our Asian fix, it's great to serve it up homemade. You can argue that American restaurants don't dish out authentic Chinese food, but participating in that debate would just take up too much of my time that could be spent making this:

Sweet Chili Shrimp!

Sweet Chili Shrimp is just the right mix of sweet and tangy, with a little kick. You can adjust the amount of honey if you want it less sweet or even add a bit of hot sauce for extra zowie.
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey*
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 shallot, finely chopped
  • In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  • Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, honey, cider vinegar, and chili sauce. Set aside.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add the peanut oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the garlic, ginger, and shallot and stir-fry until fragrant, 30 to 40 seconds. Toss in the shrimp and stir-fry about 2 minutes, until pink.
  • Pour in the sauce and stir to coat the shrimp well.
  • Transfer to a plate and serve.

I put a Cherdo spin on this recipe: if I want it to be more like a meal, I serve it with rice or add chunky green peppers to the mix. I've even added pineapple. Need an appetizer? Place these on your best platter with tiny skewers - they'll be a hit. They're even good cold. 

Sweet Chili Shrimp is endlessly versatile, if you're so inclined. There's nothing wrong and everything right about this recipe, as is. Try it out!

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27 comments:

  1. I'd definitely eat that, dear Cherdo, and I will show this recipe to Mrs Shady. Her father owned a popular restaurant in Baltimore and she is an excellent cook - always looking for new ideas. Like you she typically experiments a little and puts her own spin on a dish. On vacation I enjoyed many wonderful meals. At one Tex-Mex restaurant I had whitefish stuffed with shrimp and octopus plus shrimp enchiladas.

    Thanks for sharing, kiddo, and please have a terrific Tuesday!

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    1. Putting a spin on recipes vastly expands your culinary repertoire! Mrs. Shady is wise (like I didn't know that already - tell her hello from Cherdo!).

      Have a wonderful day, SDK, my dear friend.

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  2. Yum. I don't do much in the way of hot spicy food, but this would be easy enough to tone down for my tastes!

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    1. I like a little kick, but not too much - this is perfect for that niche! Thanks for stopping by, Bish!

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  3. Oh does that ever look good. I would eat that right now if it were in front of me!

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    2. It's good stuff, Southpaw!

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  4. Adding pineapple sounds like a winner. How about tangerine slices?

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  5. Oh, yum! This looks amazing. And living in a place with utterly no good Chinese restaurants, I've come to like fixing dishes at home :)

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    1. We do what we must, eh, Meradeth? ;-)

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  6. I could make that with shrimp for my husband and either tempeh or tofu for me. We love homemade Chinese.

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  7. "Give me an easy recipe that is a hit and versatile and I've instantly arrived at foodie nirvana." Yes, this is how I feel, with an emphasis on the "easy" part. I ADORE Chinese food and this recipe looks easy. I especially like the idea of adding green peppers and pineapple. Sweet and sour dishes are wonderful. Thanks for participating in the bloghop!

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    1. ;-) Thank you for hosting! It was a great idea.

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  8. I make a great root vegetable casserole with sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, onions and a white sauce. Layer in thin slices and bake. Great for a holiday dish.

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    1. Somebody needs to share that recipe! There's not enough parsnips recipes in my box.

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  9. I love the sound of sweet and tangy. I don't eat meat, but the sauce would be great with vegetables and tofu.

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    1. Trader Joe's sells a vegan "chicken nugget" (not sure what they are called exactly) that my son loves. I thought about using those in this recipe.

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  10. Since shrimp are among the top favs in our family, we eat a lot of them. Great idea for dinner tonight. Thanks. Oh and you actually taught Latin. All I remember is amo amas amat Am I even close? It has been a long time.

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  11. Sounds yummy. I have to limit my shrimp though, since it's high in cholesterol and mine doesn't like me. Still, plenty of other Chinese food to eat.

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    1. Swap out the shrimp for white meat chicken - it's still going to be awesome!

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  12. Shrimp is always a hit. I just had some shrimp and veggies for dinner last night, but I haven't eaten yet tonight. This bloghop is so challenging on an empty stomach. ;)

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  13. What a great cookbook idea! Chinese take out is American comfort food - no doubt about it. Sweet Chili Shrimp sounds just about right.

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    1. It's a great book. I need to email Diana Kuan and give her a virtual high five...

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo