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Blackened Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Kebabs

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Ever want a meaty treat? Shrimp, bacon, maybe some chicken? But you don't want to make things too complicated, and you can't afford a visit to your local churrascaria? So what to do? How about some baked kebabs? Pick up some shrimp, wrap it in bacon, maybe even add some chicken if you're so inclined. Season with blackened chicken seasoning (readily available at your local supermarket), baste with butter, and voila!

While most Americans are familiar with kebabs, you may not know that they're of middle-east origin, and are a very popular snack food around the world. They're also a symbol of immigration because they're typically popular with Middle-East immigrants. These tasty sticks of meat have been referenced as far back as Homer and Aristotle, and were the invention of soldiers sitting around fire, grilling their food on sticks.

Ingredients:

large de-veined  and peeled shrimpbaconZatarain's blackened chicken seasoningbutter. Like it bold? Marinate with: 1 te…

Easy American Pancakes

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It's 9 AM, a Friday, and I could kill someone for a pancake. Do I have the ingredients? Some recipes are super complicated, but this one isn't. It's easy. Pancakes are served around the world, under many different names. In fact it's one of the oldest breakfast foods in human history. However America's (USA) version of the pancake starts with some leavening agent, and ends with a whole lot of butter and maple syrup. Adding some chocolate chips to the batter occasionally, only makes things slightly less healthy :), but proves that with American pancakes you can have your cake and eat it too.

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda1 cup milk1 egg1 tablespoon vegetable oil Also you will need: 1 tablespoon of melted, unsalted butterCooking spray

Method:
Preheat iron skillet over medium heat.Mix all ingredients in a bowl.Pour pancake batter onto hot skillet and fry a few minutes each side (…

Bacon and Chip Butty

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If you're reading this from the U.S., you may have no idea what a butty is. A butty, is a genre of sandwiches in the U.K. that consists of one or two ingredients and are typically served as a hangover food. The term butty comes from the butter used on the bread which fries the bread (sort of like how we do grilled cheese here in America). There's sausage butties, bacon butties, or perhaps the most famous of them all, the chip butty (fry sandwich).While there are variations of the butty, the traditional standard is a buttered and grilled bread (sometimes called a BAP), fried chips (fries), and H.P. Sauce. I'm told a slice of tomato is permissible, and that some who stretch the limits of traditional British cuisine use mayonnaise too.

H.P. sauce is similar to our A1 in style, but vastly different in taste. Typically you can buy this sauce over the Internet or at your local World Market (or importer).

Of course the question comes up, if there is a bacon butty, and a chip but…

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

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One of the things I learned while in Rome was that the ideal pizza has only three toppings. They find America's fascination with both the pepperoni only pizza, and our dozen topping supreme, a childish approach to the art-form of making pizza. To Roman pizza makers its like adding Gothic spires onto the Roman Coliseum. Considering I was guilty of the American mantra "more is better", prior to visiting Italy, I was surprised how difficult it was to narrow down my love of pizza toppings to three.


It's an experiment I recommend for everyone. For me I discovered the three toppings I loved the most were pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives. By narrowing it down to my favorite core toppings, I actually did end up with a better pizza. However could the same approach work, oh to say, with a pizza casserole? Yes. Not only that, but for under $13 in ingredients, I was able to make the casserole in about 30 minutes. Maybe Rome's simple approach to pizza is the answer to …