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Grilled chili lime shrimp

Shrimp. My favorite food. And this is one of the best and easiest way to prepare them. (Serves 2).

  • 1 lime
  • 12-18 shrimp
  • Teaspoon of chili powder (more or less for taste)
  • Dash of salt

Marinate shrimp in lime juice and cover in chili powder and salt allow to sit for 15 minutes. No more. Shrimp absorb the flavors quickly. Grill over medium heat on a pre-heated grill for 1 minute. They cook fast since the acid in the lime help to break down the meat.

I served with grilled baby bok choy and coconut rice and season with fresh cilantro. 

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Food tags from corks

Cute, huh? Easy too. Let me show you two tricks to make this work.

Make sure you cut a flat base so that it stays even. (You can see I used my business card.)

Cut the slit at an angle, so its easily read from above.

PS. My hubbie made that cutting board. We’re a family of dabblers.


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Secrets to Great Homemade Soup


I must like you. I am going to give away my secret to my famed soup. The kind of soup that will kill the bug or warm the heart. It is my specialty.

Actually two secrets.


Next time you have a roast, keep that stuff in the bottom of the pan. Full of fat and flavor. Use that in the bottom of your pot as a soup starter. If it has a fat film on the top, cook onions with it. Add the rest of the “junk” and add broth and the harder veggies (carrots, potatoes, squash, etc.). Cook 15 minutes then add your cooked meat and more delicate veggies (mushrooms, kale, etc.) and finish off for 5.


I keep a baggie in the freezer for bones. Don’t go Dahmer on me…I like all kinds of bones–lamb, pork chops, steak, ribs–more variety the better. This also works well for those rotisserie chickens. When the bag is full, I pull it out and throw in a pot with and water along with onion, celery, bay leaf and salt/pepper. The best broth is homemade broth.


This is my secret to my chicken noodle soup (besides homemade broth). These noodles are in the grocery’s freezer section and they are amazing, just like grandma’s noodles.

grandma noodles

While your making soup, make extra for when a bug hits the house.

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