coconut curry shrimp

earlier this week i was looking for an easy weeknight recipe that would satisfy and also provide tasty leftovers for lunch the next day.  well, phillip and i struck gold with a coconut curry shrimp recipe that had been hiding in my recipe book.  to no surprise, it actually originated from fellow food blogger ree drummond, and the unarguable fact that this recipe is delicious should also not be a surprise.

i got done prepping all the ingredients when phillip walked in the door just in time for cooking and assembling.  our walk the moon album was spinning on the record player while he prepared the shrimp and sauce and i finished up the rice and got the table set.

we sat down and dug in, remembering exactly how good this meal is.  phillip was almost speechless between bites!  this recipe is quick, delicious, and filling.  it doesn’t take many scoops of rice and shrimp and sauce to satisfy your taste buds and your hungry stomach.  as usual, i pretty much doubled up on the garlic and the curry because who doesn’t like a little punch at the end of each bite.  also, don’t be afraid to go a bit spicier since the coconut milk will definitely sweeten the dish considerably.  enjoy!

i promise this looked way fancier in my fine china at home.

i promise this looked way fancier in my fine china at home.

gimme them grits!

tonight i was in a southern food kind of mood, so i whipped up some classic shrimp and grits with okra for phillip and me.  this recipe by bobby flay of the food network is simple and tastes like something you might get at your favorite local restaurant.  i didn’t have stone-ground grits, so i cooked up instant grits, timing it just right with the shrimp and okra.  and if i’m going to tell you one thing about this recipe, it’s that it wouldn’t be anything without the six chopped up pieces of bacon.  their salty nature is perfectly with the creamy, cheesy grits.  this one’s a keeper, for sure!

amy’s spicy asian shrimp with rice noodles

last week my friend amy posted a recipe for spicy asian shrimp with rice noodles on her facebook wall.  the picture looked divine, so i sweetly insisted she give me the recipe right away!  she kindly obliged, admitting that she actually thought of this dish all on her own.  i asked if, after making it, i could post it on the blog, and she gladly agreed.  thanks, girl!

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before i get to the actual recipe itself, though, let me introduce miss amy.  it was a hot august afternoon back in 2006 when amy and i met at band camp for the university of georgia redcoat marching band.  yes, we were both band geeks in the absurdly lame mellophone section, and although we may have refined ourselves in the many years since, i think we will always have a bit of a music nerd tendency in us.  we spent our fall semesters side-by-side as we cheered on the georgia bulldog football team through some dismal losses and glorious victories.  i guess it’s not always about the outcome but the experience and journey, right?  sure.  whatever will help your championship-less heart heal, kels.

what else did we do?  oh, yeah, we (and larissa and justine!) danced around my freshman dorm room like crazy ladies who belonged in an asylum.  those were the good ‘ole days when brumby hall was an all-girls dorm, when homework only took me a couple of hours, and when all was right with the world.  ah, where did the days go?

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before getting this post together, i asked amy if she remembered the video we were watching when we were going out of our minds that night.  her memory almost escaped her, but then she saved the day by recalling it was this video:

now, why were we so obsessed with this video?  i have no idea!  all i remember is that we watched it probably 20 times in a row, laughing just as hard the last time as we did the first.  it’s one of those videos where you think it’s hilarious but then you show it to a friend and their level of laughter response is not nearly through the roof as you would expect it to be.  that, honestly, happens to me quite often.  i find myself slightly embarrassed and then remember that i don’t care, that if i think it’s funny, i’ll watch it over and over again until my sides hurt with stitches.

for example, this video usually gets a decent laugh, but i remember having tears in my eyes when i saw it the first time.

oh, and then here’s another.  actually, now that i think about it, my mom and brothers always laugh at this one with me because we had a corgi growing up.  oh, sweet casper, we miss you so much!

another hit that caused me to fall off a cooler as i became victim to the silent laugh is bizkit.  i’ll admit, i’d had a few to drink.  thank goodness the cooler wasn’t tall and there was carpet on the floor!

this next one, warning, does have some explicit language.  however, i couldn’t help but include it!  credit for this video goes to my old roommates kellie and aja when we lived in alpharetta.  man, those were the good times!

and who can forget kittens inspired by kittens!!!  i love to quote this one and am unstoppable when i remember just how hilarious it is.

wait, is it interesting or embarrassing that most of these videos are animal-related?  to save face, we’ll say it’s interesting, although we all know that when someone says something is “interesting” they really mean they don’t approve or like it.  whatever!  this blog is mine, so i’ll post whatever funny videos i like!  God bless the internet!  (okay, i don’t mean that in the rude way it may have just come across.  please still like me!).

okay!  so, now that i’ve got all of that out of my system, shall we make some spicy asian shrimp with rice noodles?  sure, why the heck not!

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