A Quick Shrimp Recipe

Wow, its so September already that back to school supplies are off the shelves and Halloween is up, with all it’s pumpkins, skeletons and scarecrows. ¬†August was super busy with all the canning I did and family visits. ¬†I barely looked up from the jam pot. ¬†I’ve found I really love stirring jam and watching it simmer down. ¬†It’s very therapeutic! ¬†Who knew?

The other night, when the house was quiet and I was pondering dinner, I decided to experiment and create a variation on a favorite recipe from “50 Things to Grill in Foil”, a small pamphlet published by Food Network Magazine. ¬† Food Network’s version consists of shrimp, garlic, butter, lemon, parsley and a pinch of hot pepper flakes. ¬†I was kind of bored with that¬†and I had been given¬†some beautiful cilantro by a friend at work so I substituted it for the parsley. ¬†Then I upped the game by using a fresh red Serrano pepper from my garden in place of the crushed red pepper flakes and some lime juice and zest instead of the lemon. The result was quite zingy and had a definite southeast Asian flavor profile. I ate it without accompaniment but it would have been excellent over rice or ramen noodles.

Shrimp Baked in Foil with Lime and Cilantro

(Single Serving)


  • 4-6 large shrimp (16/20 count), rinsed, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp salted¬†butter
  • 1/4 C chopped cilantro, leaves and stems, loosely packed
  • 1¬†Serrano pepper, halved, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 tsp lime zest+juice of 1/2 lime
  • pinch of fine sea salt

Layer the ingredients on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil sufficiently large to fold in thirds over them. ¬†Crimp the foil to create a tight seam on the sides and top.¬† Place on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack in a 425¬ļ oven for about 12¬†minutes. ¬†Remove from oven and let stand for about 5¬†minutes. ¬†Mind the steam when you open the packet and expect some liquid to have been released by the ingredients. ¬†It makes a lovely broth for dipping bread. ¬†Enjoy in a shallow bowl.

Notes: ¬†Feel completely free to adjust the amounts of ingredients to suit your taste. ¬†Also, you may leave the shells on the shrimp if desired, and peel them at table. ¬†Many feel the shells impart excellent flavor. ¬†I’m just too impatient to peel my shrimp at dinner. ¬†Also, this will increase cooking time by 2-3 minutes.

New Baby Kitty!

Oh, and on a completely side note, we got a kitten. ¬†She just had her first vet appointment and is doing fine. ¬†She’s a very good jumper and climber and is quite vocal.

new baby kitty!
new baby kitty!



Suki, My Heart Cat (and a plea for black cats everywhere)

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My beloved Suki.

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This is Suki, the best cat ever.  She is no longer with us and that is another story.  This post is in her honor.

Today as I was running errands on my lunch hour I noticed all the seasonal decorations, meaning Fall and Halloween.  Garlands of leaves, pumpkins and black cats.  At the pet supplies store, I stopped to chat with the cats in the adoptable pets area.  (Kudos to the stores that are encouraging and facilitating adoption from local rescue organizations.)  Although this has never happened before, today there were many black cats and kittens up for adoption.  One even had a card on her cage saying she had found her forever home.  (Yay!)

I got back to work and remarked to my co-worker¬†that it seemed like black cats were everywhere I looked. ¬†She replied, “Yeah, I guess they are less likely to get adopted and more likely to be euthanized than cats of other colors. ¬†It’s true for dogs too. ¬†It’s so sad.” ¬†So the word is out. ¬† I’ve heard¬†it before¬†because I’m a fan of Best Friends Animal Society and they have several adoption events that focus on black cats and dogs. ¬†I certainly have no explanation for the reluctance to adopt these pets. ¬†Superstition? ¬†Really? ¬†A wise person once said, “When a black cat crosses your path it is a sure sign that the animal is going somewhere.” ¬†I don’t know who said it. ¬†It’s out on the inter-webs and has probably been misattributed dozens of times. ¬†I’m not going to add fuel to the fire and I’m too lazy to research it tonight.

All I know,¬†from¬†personal experience, is black cats are great cats. Tiger cats are pretty great too, and so are calicoes. ¬†But don’t let the coat be the deciding factor when selecting your new pet! ¬†Search with your heart and find the best fit for your lifestyle and personality. ¬†When you think about it, it’s kind of like searching for your mate. ūüôā