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What's for dinner Friday?

Posted February 7, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • Gator Girll Feb 8, 2014

    Nakabi - that is the exact recipe we have always used to boil our shrimp (including the addition of the beer). Lots of old bay. If we wanted "dirty shrimp" we would triple up on the old bay.

  • raesmom1612 Feb 7, 2014

    It was girls night tonight but we had to reschedule (a little one was sick) so perfect excuse to get the hubby to take Rae and I out :) We are going to head over to Dave and Busters tonight. Anyone been yet? Hopefully not too busy (yea right not busy on a friday, who am i kidding???)

  • nakabi Feb 7, 2014

    WFR-To boil the shrimp, I like to leave them with shells/tails on (helps them not get as rubbery). In a large pot, boil water, some apple cider vinegar, and lots of old bay seasoning. Some people put a can of beer in it as well, but I don't. Once the water is boiling, put a colendar over the pot (if you don't have a steamer), and steam the shrimp. Make sure to add lots of old bay :) They are done when they turn pink completely.

  • nakabi Feb 7, 2014

    Wildfrenchrose-you can make the cocktail yourself by mixing together catsup and horseradish. This way you control how spicy you want it.
    To fry the shrimp, mix together 2 parts cornmeal (I prefer white, but you could use yellow), to 1 part flour. Add seasoning (I use lemon pepper, paprika, garlic salt, and saffron) and shake together. Dip your peeled shrimp into milk and then the flour/cornmeal. Fry them in a LITTLE bit of oil in a pan. No need for lots of oil. They cook in about 2-3 minutes. Yum!

  • ashchrismel Feb 7, 2014

    For dinner tonight we are having ribs. Great deal at HT this week on the BOGO deal. I did notice it seemed liked they marked the packages up for the BOGO but it was still worked out. Quick and easy dinner for a Friday night.

  • jdouglas13 Feb 7, 2014

    Not a clue in the world what's for dinner. I need to do a little freezer diving and see what I come up with that can be defrosted in a reasonable amount of time, like in time to be cooked for dinner tonight! LOL ;)

  • jdouglas13 Feb 7, 2014

    WFR, If you like Hellmann's mayo, you may like their tartar sauce. It's easy to make yourself, too. It's basically mayo and pickle relish with these optional items: capers, lemon juice, minced onion, Worcestershire, grainy or Dijon mustard. We like Crosse & Blackwell cocktail sauce, not sure if it's too horseradishy :)

    For boiled shrimp, have a pot of well salted boiling water with a cover available. Clean the shrimp by cutting through the shell with shears or scissors on top from the fat end to the tail. You can leave the shell on or remove it. Clean out the dark stuff. Here's a youtube video.
    youtube.com/watch?v=IOTMQ2oXdLE (my way is a bit different) When they are all cleaned, put a good squeeze of lemon juice in the boiling water, add the shrimp, cover, and turn off the heat. They are done in about 10 minutes when they are curled up and pink.

  • wildfrenchrose Feb 7, 2014

    Jersey Mike's #4--I have a q. I'm buying extra large jumbo shrimp this week. I need good recipes for both frying them and boiling them and either good brands of tarter and cocktail sauces (I can't find a tarter sauce I like--I loved the packet that used to come in one brand of frozen fish that you mixed with mayo) or good recipes for them. Never bought cocktail sauce before as cold shrimp is a newly acquired taste for me. I don't like it too horserad-ishy (is that a word?LOL) but a little kick.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 7, 2014

    Nakabi- I love making Barefoot Contessa's version! And mainly I love making meatloaf for the leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches the next day. Enjoy :-)

    Faye- :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 7, 2014

    nakabi - look at you making a meat and taters traditional American meal! Enjoy!

    RFB - yum. That is all. :-)