Spicy Shrimp Ramen

Hello and welcome to the first Friday in June. In case you didn’t know, today is National Doughnut Day. So why aren’t we making doughnuts? Really? Because the doughnut shop up the street is rated as one of the best in the country. Much easier.

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Provencal Shrimp Supper

Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Who doesn’t adore shrimp scampi? But sometimes we want more or different or whatever. It’s spring – let’s embrace the wonder of the season.

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Take a Pause for A Day in History

On May 8, 1945 the world embraced V-E Day (Victory in Europe) and while the Nazis had formally accepted defeat, the war itself was not yet over. Death and destruction continued to rage on in the East. And America turned all its attention to defeating Japan.

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Our Lady of Carmel and Friday’s Taco Feast

The Carmelite Order and dedication to the Virgin Mary has a long history among the Faithful. The Oral Tradition of the Catholic Church traces the Carmelite Order to the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel in what is now Palestine.

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Yummy National Shrimp Scampi Day

Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. If you are thinking sautéed shrimp with lots of butter, you are right. In America, often shrimp entrees are called Scampi in our Italian Restaurants. Scampi over Pasta. Scampi Salad. Is Scampi Italian for Shrimp? Or is Scampi a way to cook Shrimp?

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National Spinach Day and the 6th Friday of Lent

Today marks the sixth and final “ordinary” Friday of Lent. Sunday will mark the observation of Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, with Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

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Flavors of The Big Easy for the 3rd Friday of Lent

Something interesting happened during the first lock-down in California. Unlike other lock-downs that have followed, during that first one Hubby worked from home and Kiddo was temporarily out of work. As you can imagine, the Event Industry came to an immediate girding halt.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If we were in Mexico, nine days ago would have marked the first day of the Novena to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We would have lit a candle each day for nine days, said prayers and sought intervention through our Blessed Mother that she may gain favor with her Son.

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There’s More to Fajitas than Chicken

Today is National Mail Order Catalog Day, Ice Cream Pie Day and my personal favorite, Fajita Day. Although I will admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for Mail Order Catalogs. I can remember the Sears Christmas Catalog – as thick as a phone book and packed with all sort of childhood fantasies. Page after page, it was enough to put Santa’s Workshop to shame.

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It’s A Fab Friday V-J Everyone!

Kiddo is not a big fan of Fridays in our house. Sure, he enjoys grilled cheese and tomato soups. He even likes Tuna Melts and meatless pastas. When it comes to most things that swim, he’s not always a fan. He’ll eat squid but not necessarily want salmon. That said, this simple battered shrimp received Kiddo approval.

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Cajun Kabobs and More

Hey there – how’s life? Time finally seems to be moving again – sort of and just a little too fast to suit me. I don’t mean life is returning to normal, because in California it is anything but. Yet time still flies. We’re now a whole three weeks beyond half way through the year, on the backside.

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Shrimp Diavolo Italian Style

Shrimp again? Yeah, I know we just had Tex-Mex Diablo a couple of weeks ago, and Louisiana Shrimp a couple of weeks before that. What can I say? Our local market has been promoting shrimp, and when the price is right, we buy.

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Sizzling Shrimp Diablo Tex-Mex Style

Diablo – Devil in Spanish. Another word for Hot Stuff when it comes to food. Chicken Diablo, Scallops Diablo and Hubby’s all-time favorite Shrimp Diablo. It’s that dash of Habanero Pepper Sauce that brings on the heat.

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Louisiana Shrimp Etouffée 2

While I’ve never been to Louisiana, I do love the food. Maybe it comes from my southern roots via Pops. Maybe it is that love of spice and flavor and anything down home. All I know is that while I’ve never been to Louisiana, I feel deeply connected to the Gulf region.

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Holy Wednesday Empanada Day

Each year on April 8, we celebrate National Empanada Day. The name Empanada comes from the Galicia, Portuguese and Spanish verb em pandar, which means to wrap or coat in bread. Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around a seasoned filling. The Empanadas are then baked or fried, like savory hand pies.

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