Shrimp Tacos

In October we spent a week lounging on the beach of San Diego.  Lounging and eating shrimp tacos.  Since returning to the sunny metropolis of Rochester, we have craved that simple, tasty dish.  This has more than fulfilled that craving.  Enjoy

12 medium to large shrimp - peeled and de-veined (we used frozen)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cayenne pepper (you can skip this if you don't want spicy shrimp - although it's not that spicy - if you really want spicy, double it)
1 Tbl olive oil
4 corn tortillas
oil for frying
shredded cabbage (or lettuce)
diced tomatoes
sliced avocado

Cilantro Lime Sauce

2 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp cumin
juice and zest from 1 lime
salt to taste

In a bowl big enough to put all of the shrimp in, add the oil, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper.  Add the shrimp and toss to coat the shrimp and then put in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  When they have soaked up enough flavor, cook on medium heat until cooked through - about 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.
Use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of a small pan and heat over medium-high heat.  Cook tortillas one at a time until soft - about 30 seconds a side.
Stir all of the ingredients for the cilantro lime sauce together in a bowl.
I chopped the shrimp up and used about 3 in each taco, but that is up to you.  Add the shrimp, cabbage, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro-lime sauce and serve.


Panna Cotta

This is a simple, tasty, perfect for summer and warm weather type of a dessert. It is quick and easy to make, it just takes a little planning as it needs to be refrigerated for several hours between the making and the consumption.

1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1&1/2 tablespoon sugar
dash of salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1/3 cup of honey

In a heavy saucepan, combine the milk and the gelatin and let sit until the gelatin has softened, about four minutes. Put the pan on medium heat and cook, stirring frequently until the gelatin dissolves, about another four minutes. Do not boil the milk. When the gelatin has dissolved, add the cream, sugar, salt, vanilla and honey and continue cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it sit and cool. Poor the mixture into your desired serving bowls, cover and refrigerate for six to 24 hours. We like to top ours with fresh fruit, such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, but go ahead and be creative in topping your panna cotta. Buon Appetito.


Pasta all'Amatriciana

This is yummy. I hope that you like it as much as I do. This makes enough sauce for about 1 to 1 and 1/2 pounds of pasta. You can make this sauce a day in advance and reheat in a sauce pan over medium heat.

8 oz of pancetta, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, diced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
28 oz of crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup pecorino romano

Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until browned, around 7-8 minutes. Add the onion and saute an additional 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and saute briefly, only 30 - 60 seconds. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium low and cook uncovered to reduce the liquid, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. When the sauce has thickened, stir in the 1/2 cup of pecorino romano. This sauce is great with many different types of pasta, but I prefer just a simple spaghetti. Buon Appetito.


Fried Goat Cheese

I think that the name speaks for itself. We love to add the fried goat cheese to a salad, but I'll leave that up to you.

1 lb goat cheese
1/2 cup pine nuts (you can substitute walnuts if needed)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine the salt, pepper and flour in a bowl. Beat the eggs and set aside in a bowl. Process the nuts and combine with the bread crumbs in a third bowl. Slice the goat cheese into 8 or 9 patties that are about 2 0z each. Dredge the cheese through the flour and coat thoroughly. Next coat the cheese in the eggs and then place in bread/pine nut mixture and make sure that the cheese is coated completely. Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate until chilled. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the cheese when the oil is hot. Cook until lightly browned on each side, or about 3-4 minutes a side (depending on how hot you get the oil). Spoon the cheese onto a paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy. Buon Appetito.

As I said earlier, we enjoy the fried goat cheese in a simple salad of iceberg lettuce with a little arugula thrown in as well. Throw in some toasted pine nuts, some pomegranate, and top with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and enjoy.

Orecchiette with leeks, peas, and Pecorino Romano

Lisa found the basis for this recipe in a magazine several years ago. We've made a few changes and really like the fresh taste. Hope you enjoy it.

1 lb. of orecchiette or similar pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 leeks (I just use the white and light green parts) sliced thin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 10 oz package frozen peas or about 2 cups fresh peas
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup pecorino romano
2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Cook the pasta according to the directions. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the leaks, salt & pepper and cooking, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes, or until the leeks get fairly soft. Add the garlic and the peas and cook for about two more minutes. Then stir in the cream and 3/4 cup of the pecorino romano. Simmer the sauce for about 5 minutes until it thickens. When the pasta is done, drain the pasta and combine with the sauce. Add the lemon zest and mint and toss. Serve the pasta and sprinkle with the remaining pecorino romano and pepper. Buon Appetito.


Prosciutto e Melone

This one is good and simple. What you need -

1/4 to 1/2 lb. thin sliced Prosciutto

Yes, it is from those ingredients that you get the catchy title. Cut the cantaloupe into bite size pieces and wrap the paper thin prosciutto around the cantaloupe. Eat. Told you it was simple. Buon Appetito.



Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is a Faerber family favorite, especially combined with bread bowls on Christmas Eve.

4 Quarts water
12 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
3 Cubes of Margarine
1 ½ cups flour
16 oz. Cheese Whiz
3 Broccoli Heads, chopped
2 cups shredded carrots
1 medium onion, chopped

Bring the water and bouillon cubes to a boil, add the broccoli and carrots. Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp of butter to a pan on medium heat and add the onion. Sauté until transparent and then add to the water. In the same pan, melt the rest of the butter and slowly add the flour, stirring it in well to reduce lumps. Once the mixture is smooth, stir it into the water, stirring constantly. Finally add, the cheese whiz and stir until the soup boils. Take off heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy.