Shrimp Ceviche

What the Hell? Real, Peruvian Ceviche is life changing. Some many favors and textures working together, your mouth cries with bliss. This isn’t really a true ceviche since the shrimp is cooked and we don’t have easy access to rocoto peppers and Peruvian limes, but this is still pretty damned good.  You’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean. Go ahead, it’s completely acceptable. This is very refreshing and works well at a Fourth of July or New Years Eve party.  It’s so easy, just chop, toss and chill. Impress your friends! What the hell should I drink? Pisco sour if you can find it! Pisco is a Peruvian grape brandy. It’s amazing by itself and killer in this cocktail. 3 oz. pisco 3/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dissolved) or 2 tsp. sugar 1 oz. key lime juice, fresh-squeezed 1 fresh egg white 2 dashes Angostura bitters Ice cubes Tools: shaker, strainer Glass: cocktail or goblet In a shaker, combine pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass and dash with bitters. What the hell should I listen to? Las Hadas by Reino Ermitaño. A little heavy Peruvian stoner doom. If is wasn’t for these fine folks, I would have never experienced Ceviche or Pisco sours. Two of best things I’ve ever put into my mouth. Yes. Shrimp Ceviche   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Main Dish Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. large shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and chopped ⅓ C. fresh lime juice ⅓ C. chopped fresh cilantro ½ C. minced red onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 scallions, minced 1 red...

Grilled Polenta with Parmesan...

What the Hell? Polenta! Pasta’s corny, bastard brother. You can treat this polenta dish like you would pasta. Smother it in a spicy red or a creamy wild mushroom sauce. It’s also lovely topped with a fried egg and little extra cheese. Experiment! Play with your food! Polenta wants to be your friend. What the hell should I drink? Whatever you would drink with a pasta dish. Polenta plays well with both red and white wines. I’m a cheap ass, Trader Joe’s Blue Fin Pinot Noir is pretty nice for a $5 bottle of wine. There is nothing complex about it but it goes down easy. Awe yeah! What the hell should I listen to? Bitch by The Rolling Stones. Go on…make Polenta your new bitch, it can take it. Grilled Polenta with Parmesan   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Side Dish Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 C. finely chopped onion 2 tsp. minced garlic 1 C. frozen corn, thawed 3 C. vegetable broth 1 tsp. salt 1 C. stone-ground cornmeal ½ C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Add corn and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Bring vegetable broth and salt to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk cornmeal into boiling broth; return to boil. Cook until polenta is smooth and thick, stirring often, about 30 minutes. Stir in corn mixture and Parmesan cheese. Brush 13x9x2-inch dish with oil. Spread polenta in dish. Cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover;...

Applesauce

What the Hell? Naturally sweet and chunky applesauce. So stinky easy, just like you! There is no reason you should ever buy jarred applesauce again. Seriously, this will change your applesauce loving world. This is perfect. Using 8 different apples with different levels of sweet/tartness make all the difference. Grab a porkchop and get down Peter Brady style. What the hell should I drink? Spiked apple cider would be a winner! Grab some spiced rum and mix it with your left over apple cider. Oh yeah! What the hell should I listen to? Glowworm by The Apples in Stereo. Sweet, poppy and light. Applesauce   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   So stinky easy. There is no reason you should ever buy jarred applesauce again. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: Comfort Food Serves: 6 Ingredients 8 lg. apples of different varieties. Get various types of sweet and tart. The more variation the better. 1 C. Apple cider 1 Cinnamon stick Juice from half a lemon Instructions Put apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a large, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Peel and core the apples and chop into large chunks. As the apples are chopped, immediately add to the liquid and toss to coat to prevent browning. Bury the cinnamon stick on the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and partially cover, stir occasionally. Simmer until apples are falling apart and easy to smash with the back of spoon. About 25 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and smash the apples to chunkiness of your liking. Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. 3.1.07...

Chicken Noodle Soup

What the Hell? One of my very favorite comfort foods. No matter what time of year, a big, steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup sets everything right and cures what ails me. This is a super simple recipe, requires next to no cooking skills. Another recipe that if you can boil water, you can make this soup. Impress your family and friends and show them how much you care. Doooo eeeet! What the hell should I drink? Give your liver a break and try something healthy for once, like some nice lemon tea. What the hell should I listen to? Falling back to earth by Bluebird. No real reason, I just really like this song. Chicken Noodle Soup   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Comfort food! You love it! Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 10 C. chicken broth 1 C. chopped carrots 1 C. chopped celery 1 C. chopped onions 2 tsp. poultry seasoning 1 tsp. dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper 2 Tbls. fresh, chopped parsley 3 C. cooked, diced chicken 8 oz. noodle of your choice Instructions Place all ingredients up to the noodles into a large heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and partially cover. Simmer until veggies are tender. About an hour. Remove bay leaves. Bring back to a boil. Add noodles. Return to a boil and remove from heat. Cover and let noodles soak for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper....

Crusty Bread Ball

What the Hell? No kneading. No fuss. This is by far the simplest bread recipe I’ve ever come across. It’s almost fool proof. This is an adaptation of a recipe from Simply So Good. This recipe will change your life. Seriously. Eat it! This is a very rustic loaf with big airy holes throughout similar to ciabatta. It’s crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. This recipe is for a flavored loaf. You can leave out the roasted garlic, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil for a plain, simple bread. Grab yourself a bottle of hearty red wine and some good cheese and have at it. Bliss I tell you! This is a big ball of bready bliss! If you don’t know how to make your own roasted garlic, I feel bad for you. You can learn if you click here. It’s super easy. You will thank me. What the hell should I drink? A big hearty red What the hell should I listen to? Here’s some inspirational music to get you started. Age of Pamparius by Turbonegro. Yeah, yeah, yeah the song has nothing to do about bread. It’s about mother fucking pizza! Crusty Bread Ball   Save Print Prep time 18 hours Cook time 45 mins Total time 18 hours 45 mins   No kneading. No fuss. Rustic loaf that's crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. The key to this bread is baking it in a covered 3 or 4 qt. enameled cast iron pot. This is a must! It allows enough steam to build up to create the chewy crust. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Bread Serves: 1 loaf Ingredients Bread base 3 C. unbleached, all purpose flour 1¾ tsp. salt 1 tsp. active dry...