STEAMED MUSSELS W/ PANCETTA & LEMON

July 8th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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As I’m writing this, I could imagine myself eating a big bowl of steamy mussels with a huge hunk of crusty, rustic Italian bread. It’s hard to imagine, that at one time Americans considered mussels as uneatable. Thank goodness that has changed.

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Mussels are still the least popular of all the other shellfish like, lobster, crabs and even clams. One of the good things about mussels, besides being delicious and easy to prepare, they’re less expensive than a lot of other seafoods.

This recipe is a simple one. I steamed “well cleaned” mussels in a broth of white wine, stock, shallots, garlic and lemon. I also added browned pancetta and a handful of pasta. These two ingredients can easily be eliminated without changing any of it’s goodness. There is however, one thing that’s mandatory….bread. You’re going to want something to soak up all the wonderful sauce at the bottom of the bowl. No wasting allowed.

Enjoy,
D I V A
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PAN SEARED SEA SCALLOPS W/ MANGO SALSA (paleo friendly)

May 29th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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On my resent visit to the doctor’s, I was told that my iron and vitamin D levels are low. She “suggested” that I try the “paleo diet.” I’m sure you all know what it is by now. Everyone is doing it or talking about it, so I’m not going to explain. She feels that it will force me to eat more protein. Also, with some resent health issues, it might be a good idea to cut our sugar. I laughed at the absurdity!! How dare she tell an Italian girl to stop eating pasta & Nutella!!! She’s irrational!

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As irrational as I may think she is, it’s something I need to do. I need to find out if this will help my health issues. I figure if I eat paleo at least 80-90% of the time, I’m still ahead of the game. Because of this change in my diet, you may on occasion find recipes posted on Diva Eats World that are paleo friendly, like this one.

The mango salsa is a great summertime dish. I love it paired with seafood, pork or as a dip. Since my husband isn’t eating paleo, I made him a side of coconut rice! It was all yummy!

Enjoy!
D I V A
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SHRIMP & GRITS

February 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Mardi Gras is New Orleans'”Greatest Free Show On Earth.” It’s a party in the streets with floats, feathers, boobies and beads. Everyone is dancing, drinking hurricanes and hanging off the balconies of the buildings on the famous Bourbon Street. New Orleans is a colorful city, even without all the hoopla of Mardi Gras.

In New Orleans there’s a vast array of cultures that make up the people of this great city. They come from Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and African descents. The influence of all these cultures is what makes New Orleans have some of the best food in the country.

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When you think of the food of New Orleans, there are some traditional dishes that come to mind; like gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée and crawfish, which are all morishly delicious. Another traditional Louisiana dish that I love, is SHRIMP AND GRITS. My version may not be traditional, but it sure is delicious! It’s so good, that you won’t want to stop eating. You’ll find out first hand the true meaning of Fat Tuesday!

It has bell pepper, okra, spicy smoked andouille sausage, succulent jumbo shrimp that I douse with bourbon. This boozy concoction is then poured on top of a mound of cheesy, creamy grits. One bite of this baby and Mardi Gras will be happening in your mouth. You won’t have to leave your kitchen or show your boobies. (Anyway, the beads aren’t worth it.)

As they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (lazy lay bon tom roulay)
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!!
D I V A

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