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BBQ Shrimp Pasta

A few years back during our trip down in New Orleans, we had the most divine dish of BBQ shrimp. The shrimp is served in a perfect blend of butter and seasonings. Since then, we’ve been inspired to try and nail the recipe. Along the way, we had this great idea to add pasta and this masterpiece was created.


  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 pack of BBQ shrimp sauce mix
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 8 oz pasta (we used angel hair)
  • parsley

Fill a large pot of water and place on high heat. While waiting for the water to boil, melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Once butter is melted, drop garlic, shallots and green onions into the skillet. Sauté until fragrant. Should only take 3-4 minutes. Then add BBQ shrimp seasoning.  You can either make your own (check out our BBQ shrimp recipe here) or use store bought.  We used a half packet of Louisiana Fish Fry Products’ New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Sauce Mix.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and let that simmer for 2 minutes.

The water should be boiling at this point. Salt your water and drop in the pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box but take off a couple of minutes since the pasta will finish in the sauce.  El dente is key.  Put the shrimp into the BBQ shrimp sauce while the pasta is cooking.

Remove the BBQ shrimp off of the burner and stir in heavy cream.

Toss pasta in the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley.

It turned out delicious! We did squeeze in a little lemon to cut down a bit of the richness of the complete dish. We also tried a few bites with a sprinkle of parmesan and that was a good addition as well. Leave a comment below and let us know how you liked the recipe.


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Crab Cakes with Spicy Mango Salad


  • 1 lbs lump crab meat
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 tbsp celery, small dice
  • 2 tbsp orange bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • dry mustard
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • cayenne

In a skillet, drizzle about a teaspoon of oil.  Add in your bell peppers and celery and sauté for about 5 mins or until the veggies are soft.  Remove from heat and let cool.

In a mixing bowl, dump your drained crab meat in.  Go through the meat and gently look for any shells and remove.  We found our crab meat at Costco.  Look how large and beautiful the lumps are!  You can typically find lump crab meat in the refrigerated seafood section at your local grocery store.

In the same bowl add mayo, panko, dry mustard, old bay, cayenne, parsley and the sautéed veggies.  Adjust the seasoning to your liking.  If you want it spicer, add more cayenne.  Don’t like spicy?  You can omit the cayenne and go light on the old bay.  Gently mix all ingredients until combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let the mixture sit for 5-minutes to hydrate.  In a large skillet, heat a couple tablespoons of oil on medium.  Scoop about 2-ounces (roughly 1/4 cup) of the crab cake mix into a ball.  Roll in panko and gently flatten.  Place in the preheated pan and sauté until golden brown on each side.

We served ours warm with a spicy mango salad.  Recipe below.

Spicy Mango Salad


  • 2 ripe mangos, diced
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil, julienne
  • 3 tbsp shallots, slices
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sambal
  • salt, pepper and sugar to taste

Dice mangos and place in a bowl.  Taste your mango to find out how sweet they are and add sugar accordingly.  In a separate bowl add white wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper.  Add slices shallow and basil.  Then slowly whisk in olive oil.  Add chili paste.  Finally, taste and adjust for salt, pepper and sugar.  Let this sit in the fridge for about 15-minutes to chill so all the flavors can mingle.

Recipes were inspired by Chef Royal.  You can check out his website for more recipes here : http://chefroyal.com

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Salmon, Crab and Shrimp Sushi Bake

Sushi and bake is not something you typically link together. This is not traditional sushi by any means but still delicious and so easy to put together. Making sushi rolls in a craft. Some sushi chefs train for years to master making rolls and marvelous creations while your common household cook doesn’t have the time or patience to execute this feat.  So, this recipe is perfect for the average at home cook.


Sushi Rice

  • 3 cups short grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • Furikake rice seasoning

Volcano Shrimp

  • 12 oz shrimp, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbps sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Kani (crab) Topping

  • 12 oz crab (we use lump and claw meat)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp tobiko
  • 1 tsp soy sauce


  • 12 oz salmon, cooked
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • jalapeño, sliced for garnish

*Toasted nori for eating

Lets start with the sushi rice. You’ll want to use short grain rice but medium grain rice will work as well. If access to an asian store is inconvenient, we’ve had luck finding short grain rice in the global section at our local grocery store. Rinse 3 cups of rice with cold running water until the water becomes close to translucent. Place rice into rice cooker with equal amounts of water. You can do this on the stovetop as well (Place water and rice into a pot. Bring to a boil, cover and lower to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes). Once rice is cooked, transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle the rice with seasoned rice vinegar. If you cannot find the preseasoned rice vinegar, you can mix equal parts of rice vinegar and sugar together with a pinch of salt. Fold the rice to disperse the seasoning. Once done, take about 2/3 of the rice and place at the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place the remainder of the rice at the bottom of and 8×8 baking dish. Flatten and top with furikake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all the  ingredients for the volcano shrimp into a bowl and mix. Do the same for the other two toppings. We precooked our salmon by placing it into a 425 degree oven and baking for 10 minutes. We then flaked it up with our hands to break it up. Cover half of the rice in the 9×13 dish with the shrimp mixture. We baked this first since the shrimp needs some time to cook.  After 10 minutes, top the other half with the crab mixture. Sprinkle some tobiko on top of the crab mixture.

At this time, you’ll top the 8×8 dish with the salmon mixture. Bake both dishes for another 10 minutes.

We took a torch to toast up the top of the salmon and the shrimp topping for an addition char before serving. We garnished the salmon dish with some toasted nori and sliced jalapeños, green onions on top of the crab and sprinkled some more furikake on the shrimp half. Spoon into toasted nori and enjoy! This recipe can be easily altered to your liking and cut down if needed. This fed 4 adults easily with left overs. Our favorite was the shrimp topping! Let us know what your’s is in the comments.


Muffaletta Bread and Sandwich Recipe

Last year we took a trip down to New Orleans and being the foodies that we are, we had to stop at Central Grocery and Deli in the French Quarters and try the Muffaletta sandwich. Central Grocery is an old fashion grocery store that was founded by a Sicilian immigrant in 1907 names Salvatore Lupo. Salvatore also created the infamous muffaletta. Each sandwich is made on a 9″ round Sicilian sesame loaf. It is stuffed with ham, salami, mortadella, swiss, provolone and olive salad. Since we are trying to limit travel during this pandemic, we decided to satisfy the craving for this delicious sandwich and make it at home!

Where to Find Olive Salad?

You can find muffaletta olive salad at grocery stores, online or do a simple google search for a recipe and make your own. We ordered ours directly from Central Grocery via their website.

Where to Find Mortadella? 

Mortadella was not as easy of a thing for us to fine. We called multiple specialty meat stores as well as grocery stores. All were out or didn’t carry it but we got lucky and found a store that had it available. If you can’t find mortadella, bologna is the closest substitute and taste great in this combination.

Where to Find the Bread? 

I’m sure if you live in New Orleans, you can find muffaletta bread at a bakery near by. If you can’t find Muffaletta in your area, you can substitute it with any round and wide loaf bread. We made our own. The recipe is below. We found the bread recipe on the Foodie and Wine website. Please note that the bread is a 2 day process so plan accordingly. Lets get started!



Starter Dough

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp yeast


  • All of the starter
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp yeast


  • Egg wash – 1 egg and 1/4 cup water
  • Sesame Seeds

Sandwich filling

  • 6 oz genoa salami
  • 6 oz black ham
  • 6 oz mortadella
  • 4 oz provolone, sliced
  • 4 oz mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 cup Olive salad or to taste

Mix the starter ingredients together and leave at room temperature, covered, overnight.

When the starter is ready, add the dough ingredients as well as all of the starter to a bowl and mix until you have a cohesive dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 3 hours. After the first hour, deflate the dough and turn over. Do the same at the 2 hour mark.

Once the dough has risen, transfer to a floured work area and shape to a 10″ round. We found that a rolling pin worked best. Transfer the dough onto a greased baking sheet and let it rise overnight in the fridge.

Take the dough out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the egg and water to create the egg wash. Brush this mixture over the top of the bread and sprinkle with sesame seed. Bake for 20-25  minutes. Let bread cool before slicing.

Assembling the Sandwich 

Brush the cut side of the bread with olive oil. On the bottom slice, lay down a good layer of salami followed by the ham. Then layer on the cheese. Top the cheese slices with the mortadella. Finally add the olive salad. We placed the olive salad in a bowl and our hands worked best for placing it. Start in the middle and work your way towards the edge. Place the other half of the bread on top and you’re done! Use a long knife and cut into quarters for serving.


Fresh and Easy Guacamole Recipe

This is a simple and easy guacamole recipe that can be whipped up in under 5 minutes and requires just a few ingredients. Lets get started!


  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 of lime (more or less to taste)
  • 1 minces garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp chopped jalapeno
  • 3 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • salt to taste

Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop out the flesh in a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork to the consistency that you prefer. Add the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust to your liking. 

We usually chill our guacamole in the fridge for about 30 minutes so all the flavors mingle together.

Serve it with tortilla chip! Guac also goes well with vegetable or even on a piece of toast. Enjoy!


Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage

This fried rice recipe is a simple and quick one. We used some fat we trimmed off a Wagyu steak we had the other night as our source of oil. Typically it’s not an ingredient in fried rice so any neutral oil can be used in its place. Check out the recipe below!


  • 2 cups of cold cooked rice
  • 1-2 oz beef fat or 2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 2 Chinese sausage links slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves minces
  • 2 green onion stalks sliced
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat up a pan on high heat. A wok works best but if you do not have a wok, any pan will work. Add a little oil and pour in beat eggs. Swirl that around in the pan so it coats the bottom and let that set for a minute. Then scramble with a spatula. Remove the egg and put in the cut up pieces of beef fat. Render that down for 2-3 minutes. If you are omitting the beef fat, now would be the time to heat up 2 tbsp of oil. Drop the garlic in and cook until fragrant and golden brown. Next you’ll add in the Chinese Sausage. Saute for a minute or two. Add in the rice, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Cold cooked rice is important. Freshly cooked warm rice will contain too much moisture and you’ll end up with mushy fried rice. Stir everything together. Salt and pepper to taste. Finish up by tossing in the sliced green onions.

Fried rice is a very versatile dish. You can try this with spam or even bacon if Chinese sausage is not your thing or omit it all together and just have some eggy fried rice! Enjoy!


New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Recipe


  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • small handful of whole basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1.5 lbs of head-on shrimp
  • French bread for dipping – Optional

In a large skillet over medium heat, put in olive oil and butter. Once butter has melted, put in the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Put the rest of the ingredients, besides the shrimp, into the skillet. Once everything is combined, put the shrimp in. You’ll want to try and spread out the shrimp so they are not piled on top of each other. Let that cook for 2-3 minutes on one side then flip them and cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes. If you are using shrimp that are fairly larger, you’ll want to cook the shrimp for another minute or two longer per side.

Remove from heat and transfer everything into a large bowl. Put a fresh squeeze of lemon over the finished product just before eating. Serve this up with some bread for dipping which we usually grill or bake. If you want some additional heat, add more hot sauce or a dash of cayenne. This was just the perfect level of spice for us. Let us know how you like the recipe! Enjoy.


Shrimp and Crab Toast

We were sent this recipe found on https://www.thehowtoduo.com/ a couple years ago. We tried it and fell in love at first bite! Today we switched it up a bit and decided to try it with lump crab meat. Lets get started!


  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/2 in slices
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 1/2 lb lump crab meat
  • 4 stalks of green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste

Sauté peeled and deveined shrimp in a skillet over medium to high heat. Shrimp cooks really quickly so it should only take a couple of minutes for it to turn pink. Remove it from the burner and let it cool. Chop the shrimp into small pieces.

Then mix all of the ingredients (besides the bread of course) together in a large bowl.

Take a large spoonful and spread the mixture onto the sliced baguette. You can ask the bakery to slice the baguette for you to make thing easier which is what we did. Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes. The bread should be toasted and the topping should be melted and golden. We enjoyed our toast with steak and green beans which turned this into a top 10 meal. We hope you enjoy the recipe!


Umami Fries Opens Up In Dinkytown

[caption id="attachment_6586" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Gogi Beef Fries – topped with pear infused angus beef, cheese, egg, kimchi served with house sauce.[/caption]

New to Minnesota, Umami Fries will open its doors January 11th, 2020. A culinary concept, which combines traditional Asian flavors with America style foods, brings you things such as a kimchi burger and wasabi fries. Besides fries and burgers, Umami Fries also has boba milk teas and a small selection of tacos on their menu as well. We sat down with Samon Xiong to taste some of the menu items while digging into his history and how this concept came about.

In 2018, Umami Fries opened up their first concept in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With their second home in Minneapolis, they have future plans to have multiple franchise locations. The master mind behind their menu is Executive Chef Saya Xiong whom has a versatile culinary background in Asian cuisine.

[caption id="attachment_6583" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Kimchu Burger – 1/2 lb Angus Beef patti seasoned with Korean Spices, topped with cheese and kimchi with an egg on top. Served on a buttered bun[/caption]

The original menu consist of unique flavors combined with fries and burgers, which incorporates Korean, Japanese and Thai inspired creations. Samon told us that tacos were made by request for a couple of customers and by word of mouth created a demand for them so they were later added  to the menu. While loaded fries is not new around town, this restaurant’s entire menu focuses on euphoria with every dish.

[caption id="attachment_6587" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Gogi Beef Tacos – Pear infused angus beef, cheese, kimchi, Korean slaw served on flour tortillas.[/caption]

With the winter season upon us, take advantage now and go grab some grub before the herd of student return from break.


405 14th Ave SE

Minneapolis, MN 55414



Seafood Pot Pie with Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Brainstorming with others is a great way to come up with an awesome recipe. What started as an “oh let’s try this chicken pot pie recipe with biscuits!” Turned into “let’s try a seafood pot pie topped with cheddar bay biscuits!” We love to try new recipes and mix things up. Our original idea was to try to use crawfish tails (are they considered seafood?!) but we settle for langostino tails. Langostino, which means little lobster in Spanish, is a squat lobster. Squat lobster doesn’t sounds too appealing right? Don’t let the name scare you away as it’s very tasty! It’s not a lobster or a prawn but closely related to porcelain or hermit crabs. We found ours at Trader Joe’s but we’ve also run across them at Costco. We’re calling this a seafood pot pie because you can use shrimp, lobster and even lump crab meat in place of the langostino tails. Check out the recipe below!


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium shallots, diced

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1 stalk celery, diced

2 red potatoes, washed and diced

½ cup dry white wine (we used chardonnay)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups seafood stock

1 tablespoon diced tarragon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

½ cup heavy cream

¾ pound langostino tails

salt and pepper to taste

For the biscuits you’ll need:

1 box Red Lobster Cheddar bay biscuit mix

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar

3/4 cup cold water

1/3 cup butter


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, coat with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Throw in the chopped carrots, celery, shallots, onions and potatoes. Sauté until tender. Roughly 5-6 minutes. Pour in the white wine and cook for about 5 minutes until it’s nearly evaporated.

Then you’ll add in the butter and heat until melted. Add the flour and stir constantly for 1 minute. It should get some color to it but not much.

Add the seafood stock and tarragon. Give that a stir and simmer for 10 minutes. At this point the sauce will be nice and thick. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat. Stir in the heavy cream and then add the tails. We did not thaw my tails. We kept them frozen because we were worried that they would overcook and change in texture with the addition baking time.

We used good ol’ red lobster cheddar bay biscuit mix. Prepare per the directions on the box. We dropped large spoon falls of the batter on top of the pie filling. Then put in the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush on the garlic butter mixture onto the biscuits. We then put it back in the oven for an addition 3-4 minutes until it was nicely brown.


Some things to note. Cayenne definitely adds a kick so adjust to your liking. We would start with a dash and move up. Peas would be a good addition to the recipe. The recipe that we found and used as the base called for sherry. We couldn’t find sherry so we used a lovely chardonnay we found at Trader Joe’s called Big Churn. The bottle was $6.99 and we would absolutely recommend it. It was just as bold as a red wine. We also used one cast iron skillet to cook up the whole recipe. If you’d like, you can make the filling and transport it to a different baking dish to finish up the baking portion of the recipe. Hope you enjoy this recipe!