Monthly Archives: February 2012

Classis Shrimp Cocktail

Hello Everyone,

Here is a wonderful recipe I made for our Valentines dinner. It’s from my wonderful friend and blogger Mary from Apron Strings and Wedding Rings..

Classic Shrimp Cocktail:

24 large shrimp

1 lemon cut into wedges

3 tbsp. Italian parsley

1 small yellow onion, cut into wedges

6 whole black peppercorns

1 tsp. salt

enough water to cover shrimp

Place shrimp in a large sauce-pot. Place all above ingredient’s in pot and cook on medium-high heat just until shrimp is pink, about 4-5 minutes. Make sure when you clean the shrimp to leave the tails on! Drain shrimp and chill until ready to serve.

Cocktail Sauce:

1 cup chili sauce

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. horseradish

2 tbsp. minced yellow onion

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce, optional

1 tbsp. minced Italian

Mix all ingredient’s together, taste and adjust seasoning’s, if desired. I served this in a Martini glass and it was delicious! Here is the picture of this plus a few more of our Valentines dinner. One picture doesn’t look the best, but it sure tasted good!


I know I haven’t posted much at all this month. I have been really sick. I saw my dr yesterday and I am anemic, and my vitamin d is really low. So, I have to take a lot of vitamin d now.. Low vitamin d causes a lot of pain, and I have been in a lot of pain… It’s been terrible.. I haven’t been able to do much, our Valentines dinner is about the only food I have cooked.. Hopefully in a week or so, I’ll get better!

Until next time..

Amanda :)


Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Hello Everyone,

I made this pizza for the Superbowl. Ray wouldn’t eat it so I ended up eating the entire pie! Within two days!! 🙂 I did make him a different pizza, I’ll list the ingredient’s below.

Jalapeno Popper Pizza:

Pizza Dough:

1 package active dry yeast

1 tsp. honey

1 cup warm water (110-115) degrees

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. olive oil

Dissolve yeast in water, and add remaining ingredient’s expect 1 cup flour and mix until you have a smooth dough. Knead in the rest of the flour. Let rise for 30 minutes. The dough is ready when it will stretch as it is lightly pulled. This dough will make 2, 8-10-inch pizza’s.

For the toppings:

Jalapeno pizza:

Garlic sauce:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 cloves garlic

1-2 tbsp. milk

Blend all 3 ingredient’s together until smooth and creamy.

Pepper jack cheese, shredded

pickled jalapeno slices

Panko bread crumbs

Roll out dough to an 9 inch circle, spread garlic sauce on dough and sprinkle with some cheese. Layer as many jalapeno slices as you like on pizza. Top with more cheese. Then sprinkle with about a cup of Panko bread crumbs. (I used the Panko to add extra crunch to the top of the pizza.) I use a pizza board to make pizza’s on, (sprinkle the board with cornmeal), it will slide better onto the stone, then slide the pizza onto a HOT baking stone. If you don’t have a pizza board or stone you can use a cookie sheet. Crank up your oven to 500 degrees, and it will take the pizza about 10-12 minutes, watch closely so it won’t burn. It will take a little longer on a cookie sheet, about 20 minutes.




I made Ray a BBQ chicken pizza. All I did was use the same dough. Then spread some BBQ sauce on dough, sprinkle with cooked shredded chicken, then sprinkled with extra sharp cheddar cheese. You can add some thinly sliced red onion if you like, I didn’t because I didn’t have any. He loved it!




I know it’s been two weeks since my last post, but Ray and I both have been sick. First he was sick for 3 days with a cold, then I got some kind of flu. I was so sick I ended up in the ER. They tried to get an IV in my arm and they ended up poking me 8 times! They needed to draw blood, and got some from two spots but my veins kept collapsing. I was very dehydrated. They did end up putting an IV up in my shoulder, weird place but it worked.

Well better go for now…

Until next time..

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Pizza