BIG PIMPIN’ BBQ SHRIMP SALAD

September 27, 2010

Go Big Pimpin' or go home alone.

Sometimes you gotta big time your salads.  Sure you could serve your date up a simple green salad. But unless you’re following it up with some bodacious entrée, that date of yours will lose interest long before dessert. And that’s if they don’t fall asleep face-first in your uninspired salad.  That is why I went all big pimpin’ with this salad. The hot Chiquita bonita I had over wanted something slamming that would not be expanding her sexy backside.  Aye yi, la Capitan!  The result: our expectations (her appetite; my libido) were surpassed.  I might as well have been drinking Chardonnay out of a pimp chalice with the Cook To Bang logo written in diamonds. Read the rest of this entry »


SQUASHTACULAR

November 9, 2009
spicy squash casserole served 3

Squash all resistance to your charms!

Some knucklehead who probably hasn’t seen a naked woman since his subscription to National Geographic ran out told me squash ain’t sexy.  Granted it doesn’t pack the same luscious sex appeal as an oyster or fig, but damnit, squash has gotten me laid plenty of times.  Squash is the perfect fall ingredient to prep you for the cold winter that lies ahead.  They are inexpensive, tasty and versatile as a bisexual Cirque du Soleil performer.  My problem is that I keep going back to my classic squash dishes.  But you gotta break out of routine, no matter how awesome that routine might be, if you hope to attain glory.  This little Frankenstein’s monster brought honor to my family; my reputation as a lady-slayer stands untarnished.  It was spicy, sweet and comforting all at the same time.  My one caution is that this side dish very well may outclass the rest of your meal.  So cook with bravado!

Total time: approximately 8 minutes
Projected cost: $7
Drinking Buddy: Hot Cider with a splash of bourbon

spicy squash casserole prepIngredients (serves 4):
1. 1 apple
2. 2 dashes CAYENNE PEPPER
3. 1 dash salt
4. 2 dashes cinnamon
5. 2 tbsp CALIVIRGIN olive oil
6. 3 petit pan squash
7. 4 globe squash
8. 2 large handfuls shredded mozzarella
9. 3 garlic cloves sliced thinly

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C.  Slice the ends off the globe squash and cut into thin rounds.  Do the same for the petit pan squash.  Toss the squash with the garlic, olive oil, cayenne pepper and salt.  Lay them out in a large flat baking pan.
spicy squash casserole squashes
Step 2
Core and slice up the apple into thin slices.  Lay them evenly over the squash and season with cinnamon.  Scatter the cheese across evenly and you’re ready to rumble.
spicy squash casserole apple cheese
Step 3
Throw the casserole in the oven and bake until the apples and squash soften, and the cheese melts (approx 30 min).
spicy squash casserole bake
Serve as a kickass side to any number of outstanding ENTRÉES. You could eat it solo, it’s that good.
spicy squash casserole served 2

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RAW & RAUNCHY OYSTERS

September 23, 2009
Raw and raunchy is was better than being blah and paunchy!

Raw and raunchy is was better than being blah and paunchy!

It has indeed been an oyster filled wonderland here at COOK TO BANG these last few weeks. I would apologize and offer some sort of assurance that something like this will never happen again. But I’m not some sucker embarrassed by the fact that I have a strong passion for sexy foods and sexier times. Oyster are among my favorite ingredients not only for that unique taste and texture, but because you rarely see aphrodisiacs effects demonstrated quite so obviously. You know that when you serve a plate of raw oysters, raunchy things are sure to follow. It’s almost like an unspoken contract two people enter into when the plate of raw goodness arrives at the table. You both accept that any frolicking that follows is not only appropriate, but expected. A word to the unwilling: refuse to eat or order them if you are going to be a prude buzzkill. For the rest of you lovelies, shuck and jive all the way to bed!

raw oysters prepTotal time: approximately 2 minutes
Projected cost: $9
Drinking Buddy: White wine or just about any LIBATION LUBRICATION

Ingredients (serves 2):
1. ½ dozen raw OYSTERS
2. 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
3. 1 dash black pepper
4. ¼ lemon
5. 1 pinch BASIL finely chopped
6. 1 pinch onion finely chopped
7. 1 pinch GINGER finely chopped
8. 1 micro pinch CHILI finely chopped

Step 1
Create the oyster dip by mixing the red wine vinegar, onion, ginger, basil, lemon juice, black pepper and chili. Serve up with the raw oysters and let the naughty games begin!raw oysters sauce

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YES YES Y’ALL! MONTREAL SHRIMP

September 1, 2009
These shrimp are tres tres baba cool.  No?

These shrimp are tres tres baba cool. No?

If this recipe title isn’t obvious enough, I was up in French Canada.  Just call me the ambassador of morally bankrupt American diplomacy.  In other words, I’m your typical ambassador. The fact I wasn’t given a motorcade and a villa with a masseuse and sushi chef is beyond me.  So I did what I always, make do in style. I befriended a pair of Salopes at an art gallery who invited me over for a barbecue the next day.  A bag of shrimp and I was in the door, rifling through their fridge to make something work.  The ingredients below are what they had, and thank god for that!  My new friends were impressed.  One insisted I stay with her for a few days. Canadian-American relations have never been better.

Total time: approximately 20 minutes

Projected cost: $10

Drinking Buddy: Chardonnay or beer

montreal shrimp prepIngredients (serves 2):

1. 1 onion chopper coarsely

2. 2 tbsp olive oil

3. 1 dash red CHILI flakes

4. 1 dash paprika

5. 1 dash salt

6. 2 garlic cloves chopped finely

7. 1 handful parsley chopped

8. 1 lb large SHRIMP in shells

9. ¼ lemon

Step 1

Marinate the shrimp with garlic, lemon juice, salt, paprika, red chili flakes, and 1 tbsp olive oil (approx 10 min).

montreal shrimp marinate

Step 2

Saute the onions in the remaining olive oil until translucent (approx 3 min).  Add the shrimp, spreading them out.  Flip the shrimp when they pinken (approx 2 min per side).  Throw in the parsley and cook another minute.

montreal shrimp saute

Serve these shrimp solo or with a SALAD.

montreal shrimp served 2

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BANGIN’ SOME CAJUNS SHRIMP

May 26, 2009
Unleash the banging beast from your Cajun soul!

Unleash the banging beast from your Cajun soul!

There’s a ragin’ Cajun in each of us eager to get out and start bangin’.  Even those who’ve never been down south around Louisiana parts have one.  It’s in the fine print of your body’s owners’ manual.  He or she comes out every once in a while after you’ve fed yourself enough spicy food.  It tingles at first, and before you know it, your body has been possessed like in some voodoo incantation ceremony.  Your body dances, shakes, drinks and bangs to some mysterious West Indian drum beat.  Those who know you best won’t recognize the  crazy person speaking in barely coherent tongues.  The words you say will fall somewhere between English, French, and marbles in your mouth. But don’t you worry.  As soon as your ragin’ Cajun is done bangin’, they’ll become dormant and leave you to clean up the aftermath.  Should you wake up next to some sexy, you’re welcome.  If you wake up in jail, I ain’t paying your bail.

bangin cajun shrimp prepTotal time: approximately 10 minutes
Projected cost: $11
Drinking Buddy: Beer or a BANGARITA

Ingredients:
1. 1 lb of SHRIMP
2. ½ tsp of Cajun seasoning
3. 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
4. 1 small handful of chopped celery
5. 1 tbsp of fresh chopped ginger
6. 2 cloves of chopped garlic

Step 1
Sauté the garlic, ginger and celery with vegetable oil on medium-high heat (approx 2 min).
bangin cajun shrimp veggies
Step 2
Peel the tails and shells from the shrimp.  Sauté the shrimp in the oil until they pinken (approx 2 min per side). Sprinkle Cajun seasoning other the shrimp and cook in the flavor (approx 1 min).

bangin cajun shrimp peel cook

Serve it up on a plate solo or with some SPANKING SPANISH RICE.
bangin cajun shrimp served 2

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