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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Year of Soup Recipe Challenge Week 12- Shrimp Bisque

So I've been a bad girl and gotten waaaaayyy behind on the Year of Soup Challenge here at Mimi's kitchen (again). What can I say? I have quite a few balls in the air and I've just discovered that (wait for it) I am NOT superwoman and have had to let some of those balls drop. Unfortunately, one of those balls was this blog and for that I'm sorry. It's like this: I have so many many things I want to do with my cooking and writing, plus a full-time job that pays the bills, a family, a big ole' barn of a house, and three pets to take care of, and I tend to set huge goals for myself. Sometimes I take on too much (as my wonderful husband frequently tells me) and have to step away to regroup. Anyway, I'm trying to get back on track and I hope ya'll will still want to come along with me.

It's Memorial Day weekend and for most if us that signals the start of summer.  To me that also means the beach, the ocean, and lots of seafood. I love seafood of all kinds, prepared just about any way you can think of, but if I'm being totally honest, I have a special place in my heart for shrimp. Obviously, I also love matter what time of year it is...even in summer. Today's soup combines two of my favorite things: soup and seafood in one delicious, savory doesn't get much better than's rich, creamy, and satisfying, Try it and you'll see what I mean!

Shrimp Bisque

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 lb. pound cooked or raw shrimp, de-veined with tails removed and cut into pieces
2 cups fat-free half-and-half
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add bell pepper and onion; saute on low heat until soft, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp, half-and-half, tomato sauce, hot sauce, sherry, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add butter. Put 1/2 of the hot mixture carefully into a blender and process on high for 10-15 seconds. Transfer bisque into serving bowls. Repeat with remaining 1/2 hot mixture and transfer to serving bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

My Very First Blog Award!

I just received my very first blog award, and it's even more special because it came from one of my very best bloggie friends, Sofia. I met her at, where I am a writer, and we have been fast friends ever since! We follow each others' blog and I have had so much fun reading her posts and trying her wonderful and oh-so-tasty recipes. Do yourself a favor and check out Sofia's delightful blog, Food ideas, and try some of her recipes (the Frango-A-Bras is so different and really amazing). Thank-you once again to Sofia, for this award...I am honored and very appreciative of the recognition.

Since I love giving presents, it's time to pay it foreword and recognize other bloggers who inspire and entertain me. So (drum roll please)  I have chosen the following people/blogs to receive the Sunshine Award. Congratulations to the winners, please check out their wonderful blogs!

My Carolina Kitchen

Mrs. Southern Belle

Peel Me A Grape

A Cheese Curd in Paradise

Vintage Victuals

Bo's Bowl

TV Food and Drink

Chow and Chatter

Food Baby

Food Wanderlust

Off the Menu

Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Congrats to the winners! And now, it's time for you winners to share the award and make somebody happy:

1.Put the award logo on your blog or within your post
2.Pass the award to 12-well-deserving bloggers
3.Link the nominees within your post
4.Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog
5.Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award

Food for Thought:

"In the childhood memories of every good cook, there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom."

- Barbara Costikyan


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