Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

We ran across a similar gumbo on our honeymoon in New Orleans (pre-Katrina).  This recipe is an adaptation of the recipe from the restaurant the Gumbo Shop. ~ Shopping List ~ 2 lbs. fresh or frozen shrimp 1/4 lbs. Andouille sausage (or any hot sausage) 3 quarts broth (chicken, beef or vegetable according to your taste) 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 quart fresh or frozen okra, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds 2/3 cups oil 1/2 cup flour 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped celery 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 can (16 oz) can …

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Peanut Butter Cookies

~ Shopping List ~ 1/2 cup shortening 1.25 cups packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup peanut butter 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1.75 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt ~ What to do ~ Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).  In a medium bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar and peanut butter until smooth.  Stir in egg, milk and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the peanut butter mixture.  Roll into small balls, cover in sugar.  Place on un-greased cookie sheet.  Lightly flatten using a fork (creating a cross …

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Mama’s Pizza Crust

This simple thin crust is a perfect subtle base for any pizza. ~ Shopping List ~ 1 package yeast 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2.5 cups flour ~ What to do ~ Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).  Dissolve yeast in water, add sugar, salt and oil.  Add flour.  Allow dough to rest 5 minutes.  Then knead a few minutes and roll into 2 large crust. Add sauce and toppings to taste and bake.  

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Italian Bake

~ Shopping List ~ 3 lbs chicken breast (cooked and shredded) 6 sausages (cooked), optional 2 jars spagetti sauce 1 lb penne 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese (or italian cheese mix) 500 grams ricotta cheese 300 grams fresh, chopped, cooked spinach 1 medium onion 1 medium bell pepper ~ What to do ~ Cook pasta according to package directions.  Mix all ingredients except mozzarella in bakcing dish.  Top with mozzarella cheese and back at 325 degrees (F) for 45 minutes.  

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