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Month: January 2020

RUM RUNNER COCKTAIL

RUM RUNNER COCKTAIL

This tropical cocktail will make you think of warm breezes on a gorgeous beach, with your toes buried in the sand. This drink is a sweet concoction full of fruit juices and rum.  It goes down smooth and packs a punch, so be careful. There…

CRISPY OVEN BAKED POTATO WEDGES

CRISPY OVEN BAKED POTATO WEDGES

When you are craving french fries, these crispy oven-baked potato wedges make an easy and healthy side dish.  Your family will never guess that these ‘fries’ are actually good for them. There’s nothing like a crisp, salty, greasy french fry to satisfy a craving for…

STIR FRY NOODLES AND SCALLOPS

STIR FRY NOODLES AND SCALLOPS

This Chinese New Year recipe is a delicious way to celebrate.  Incorporating many Asian flavors, this stir-fried noodle dish is something to look forward to. 

A plate of stir-fried black squid ink pasta, red peppers, carrots and scallops.

The Chinese New Year begins this Saturday.  2020 is officially the year of the metal rat and is said to be a ‘lucky’ year.  Let’s all hope that’s true!

If you are at all superstitious, then this Chinese New Year recipe is for you!  It incorporates round, succulent scallops, which are reminiscent of coins, thus bringing abundance into the new year.

It also has long noodles, which represent hope for long life.  Take care not to break or cut the long noodles or you will cut short a life.

HOW DO I MAKE STIR FRY NOODLES AND SAUCE?

This recipe is pretty easy.  First, you stir together the sauce.  Next, you boil the noodles and saute the vegetables.  Sear the scallops until golden brown. Toss the noodles with the sauce and nestle the scallops on top of the noodles.  Yum.

The sea scallops are buttery, sweet additions to this dish.  Not a fan of scallops? Swap in shrimp or even lump crab meat.

The black squid ink pasta adds a briny flavor and looks interesting.  If you don’t like or can’t get black squid ink pasta, any pasta will work just fine.

A plate of stir-fried black squid ink pasta, red peppers, carrots and scallops.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Complete your Chinese New Year’s meal with this recipe for Crunchy Asian Slaw, a side of Easy Sauteed Garlic Broccolini, and a dish of Creamy Matcha Lychee Ice Cream.  And wash it all down with this Cool Lychee Martini cocktail.

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A plate of stir-fried black squid ink pasta, red peppers, carrots and scallops.

STIR FRY NOODLES AND SCALLOPS


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Description

This Chinese New Year recipe combines salty, savory noodles stir-fried with succulent scallops.  It’s a delicious way to celebrate the year of the rat.


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Ingredients

For the noodles:

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon finely minced fresh basil

8 ounces dried squid ink vermicelli, soaked in cold water for at least 30 minutes

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and very finely minced

½ pound oyster mushrooms

1 red bell pepper, julienned

1 small carrot, peeled and julienned

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

For the scallops:

16 large sea scallops

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons chili oil

Kosher salt to taste


Instructions

Make the noodles: In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, and minced basil.  Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a full rolling boil over high heat.  Drain the pasta, then add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook for only 1 minute.  Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow to drain well.

In a large wok or deep skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, red pepper, and carrot.  Cook, stirring often until you can smell the garlic and the vegetables are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the drained pasta.  Toss to coat with the oil and vegetables.  Pour in the sauce, toss to coat, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes.  

Meanwhile, prep the scallops.  Pat the scallops dry with paper towels.  Season both sides with salt.

In a large skillet over high heat, add the vegetable oil and chili oil.  

Add the scallops and cook, without moving, until you can easily turn the scallop over.  If you have to force it to lift, allow it to cook more. This should take at least 3 minutes.  Turn and allow the other side to brown fully, about 3 more minutes.

To serve, divide the pasta among 4 bowls.  Top each bowl with 4 scallops and garnish each bowl with basil leaves.  Serve immediately.


  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese New Year recipe, pasta recipe, seafood recipe, scallops, Chinese

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For Your Own Hap-pea-ness: Recipes to Try When You’re Eating on Your Own

For Your Own Hap-pea-ness: Recipes to Try When You’re Eating on Your Own

Sure, eating out with friends or going on a date with your sweetheart makes you happy. But there are times when you just want to sit back and relax, and be by yourself. In moments like these, nothing beats sitting in front of your laptop,…

ZUCCHINI AND RED PEPPER FRITTATA

ZUCCHINI AND RED PEPPER FRITTATA

This healthy vegetable frittata recipe makes the perfect brunch entree.  It is savory, filling, and yet healthy and delicious. You can also wrap up the leftovers to toss in your briefcase for a light lunch. Brunch on Sundays is one of my favorite things –…

PASTA CARBONARA

PASTA CARBONARA

This easy pasta recipe tastes surprisingly rich and decadent.  Tender linguine and salty pancetta tossed in a creamy, egg and parmesan cheese sauce – all using ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Its a wonderful and comforting dish that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

WHAT IS CARBONARA?

Carbonara is an Italian dish from Rome.  It consists of pasta that is coated with eggs, pancetta or bacon, and grated hard Italian cheese, like Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago.

Ingredients for pasta carbonara-pasta, eggs, pancetta, garlic, and parmesan cheese

It gets its creamy ‘sauce’ using pasta water, eggs, and grated cheese.  It uses no cream or butter for the sauce.

HOW DO I MAKE THIS EASY PASTA RECIPE?

You hear that a recipe is ‘easy’ a lot and then you get into the middle of it only to trip up on a confusing or unclear step.  It’s so frustrating.

I can assure you this recipe is incredibly easy.  Cook pasta. Chop up pancetta or bacon and garlic and saute all together.  Whisk together eggs, pasta water, pepper, and cheese. Toss the pasta and the egg mixture in the skillet quickly.  Sprinkle with more cheese and eat. Yep, it’s that easy.

The only challenging part, if you could even call it that, is to be sure to work quickly when pouring in the eggs, tossing quickly so that they don’t scramble.  Adding the water to the eggs helps a bit. Just keep the pasta moving and you should be just fine.

Plate of pasta carbonara-spaghetti in a creamy, egg and parmesan sauce with pancetta. An easy pasta recipe.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS ON THIS RECIPE

  • Use fresh, pasteurized eggs.  Even though the eggs do cook while in the skillet, they provide a lot of flavor.  Fresher eggs will add a better flavor.
  • Grate your own cheese.  Please don’t buy that fake stuff in the plastic shaker bottle.  In a pinch, you could use the pre-grated stuff in the bags, but they are coated with an anti-caking substance and don’t melt as smoothly.  
  • Be sure to salt the pasta water.  This is what will season and flavor the pasta.  It’s critical to the flavor of the dish.
  • Dice the pancetta or bacon into smaller bits and sautee them slowly to release as much of their fat as possible.  And don’t toss out the fat! You need the fat to coat the pasta.

EQUIPMENT USED IN THIS RECIPE

Plate of pasta carbonara-spaghetti in a creamy, egg and parmesan sauce with pancetta. An easy pasta recipe.

Compliment your meal with this recipe for a fennel and orange salad with champagne vinaigrette.  The fresh, crunchy vegetables and acidic dressing compliments and cuts through the fat of the carbonara.  Sip on a cool cosmopolitan martini while dining and finish your masterpiece meal with this recipe for a light dessert – Italian Amaretti Peaches.

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Plate of pasta carbonara-spaghetti in a creamy, egg and parmesan sauce with pancetta. An easy pasta recipe.

PASTA CARBONARA


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 - 6 1x

Description

Who knew that such an easy pasta recipe could be so delicious?  Pasta and pancetta or bacon coated in an egg and parmesan sauce makes for the ultimate comfort food.


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Ingredients

1 pound linguine pasta

6 slices pancetta, diced (can also use bacon)

4 garlic cloves, very finely minced

4 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water

3 large eggs

1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese, divided

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, to taste


Instructions

Fill a large pot with water.  Add enough salt that it tastes briny.  Bring to a full rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook, according to package directions, until al dente.

Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside.

Drain the pasta well.

Meanwhile, heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until hot.  Add the pancetta, stirring constantly, and cook until the meat begins to brown and turn crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Leave any fat in the skillet.

Reduce the heat to low and sprinkle in the garlic.  Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, pasta water, black pepper, and 1 cup of the parmesan cheese.

Add the drained linguine to the pan and stir to coat with the pancetta, fat, and garlic.

Working quickly while constantly stirring, stir in the egg mixture and toss to combine.  Don’t allow the eggs to scramble. The pasta should have a creamy coating of the sauce. 

Use tongs to gently toss and coat each strand of linguine.

Serve with the reserved ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.


  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Boil and Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: easy pasta recipe, pasta recipes, Italian recipes, comfort food, egg recipes, pasta, spaghetti recipes

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CLASSIC TIRAMISU

CLASSIC TIRAMISU

Tiramisu is a rich and delicious classic Italian dessert.  Creamy and boozy with a bit of chocolate flavor, this no-bake dessert is the perfect end to your dinner. If I’m at a restaurant that serves tiramisu, no matter how full I am, there WILL be…

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

FENNEL AND ORANGE SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

This is one of the best salad recipes.  It is crisp, crunchy, fruity and elegant with the champagne vinegar dressing.   After the holidays and the overindulging, my body craves something clean, crunchy, and healthy.  But I get tired of eating leafy, green salads every day.…

Relation-Dip Goals: Dips To Whip Up for Date Night with Bae

Relation-Dip Goals: Dips To Whip Up for Date Night with Bae

You’re looking forward to date night with your sweetheart, but you need something to spice things up; you’re looking to make it saucy. And what better way to do that than with snacks and a late-night movie?

You’ve got the movie down, as well as the snacks. But there’s one teeny-tiny problem—what type of dip should you make?

Should it be cheesy (because you know, Bae loves cheesy pickup lines)? Or should it be something creamy?

If you can’t figure it out, don’t worry. We’ve got some delicious dip recipes for the date.

Hot Double Onion Cheese Dip

He’s going to love you for making this hot onion cheese dip. What we love about this dip is that it’s easy to make and doesn’t require much in terms of ingredients.

All you need to do is caramelize onions with butter in a large skillet. Add sugar and cook for a few minutes. Then, add some sherry and thyme. Follow that up by quickly adding some cream cheese, lemon zest, hot sauce, and scallions.

Let it cook for 15 minutes, and voila, you’re done!

Beet and Feta Cheese Dip

Want something that beets hummus? This is our go-to dip when we don’t want pita; we replace it with feta instead.

Relation-Dip Goals Dips To Whip Up for Date Night with Bae 2

You’ll need a food processor for this one, though (sorry).

Add chickpeas, beets, feta, garlic, oil, lemon zest and juice, cayenne pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt into the processor and blend until it becomes a thick paste.

This dip is simple, but packs an amazing punch. You can eat zucchini fries, breadsticks, and garlic bread with it.

Spicy Spinach Dip

This one’s easy too! Add avocado, lime juice, spinach, garlic, salt, and some garam masala into the food processor. Blend until it turns into a paste. Then add the paste to some yogurt and enjoy!

What we love about this dip is that you can store it in the fridge for up to three days. You can also use it as a spread on toast or garlic bread.

Makin’ the Most of Your Day with Bae

Leave the stress of what to prepare for your date to us. These dips will leave you dipping your fingers for more.

If you’re looking for online recipes for breakfast recipes online, starters,  and side dishes, as well as main courses, we’ve got everything you’re looking for. Feel free to browse through our recipes to impress your sweetheart!

Find homemade creamy broccoli salad recipe here.

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SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

SAVORY ROASTED GARLIC AND PARMESAN PALMIERS

This savory appetizer recipe explodes with a cheesy, garlicky flavor.  They make a delicious appetizer, but work well accompanying a cup of tomato soup or a caesar salad.  Is it bad that I can make a meal out of appetizers?  I do, quite often, especially…

BROCCOLI AND CHEESE EGG MUFFINS

BROCCOLI AND CHEESE EGG MUFFINS

This is a quick and easy breakfast recipe that is a healthy grab-and-go weekday breakfast or even a light lunch.   It was always difficult to grab a healthy breakfast at home before leaving for the day.  I hated feeding my family cold cereal, instant oatmeal,…

Fun Facts About Food From Italy

Fun Facts About Food From Italy

Caesar Salad was invented in the 19205 by Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur living in Tijuana, Mexico.You may find other fun facts about food from Italy below:Food from italy

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BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO

BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO

This is an easy craft cocktail that is perfect for ladies’ night, date night or any old night.  It is fruity, minty, and so refreshing. Can’t find blood oranges? No worries. Cara Cara oranges will work just fine. WHAT IS A BLOOD ORANGE? From the…

Lettuce Celebrate with Veggie Side Dishes That Taste As Good As the Mains

Lettuce Celebrate with Veggie Side Dishes That Taste As Good As the Mains

This year, let’s make roasted chicken our side chick, and add something new to the dinner menu! Yes, we’re talking about ditching meat and going vegetarian. Even if you don’t carrot all for veggies, these scrumptious side dishes are going to change your mind completely! Here’s…

EASY SAUTEED GARLIC BROCCOLINI

EASY SAUTEED GARLIC BROCCOLINI

This healthy side dish is an easy and delicious way to eat your veggies and its ready in 15 minutes.

Broccolini is one of those designer vegetables.  Kinda like the designer breed dogs, like all those “oodles” you see everywhere these days.

Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.

Developed in the ‘90s, broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli – which is also known as Chinese Kale.  Broccolini has a milder flavor and is less bitter than traditional broccoli. And it tastes mildly sweet like it’s Chinese broccoli parent.

Broccolini has a thin, tender, and tall stalk, sweet little leaves and smaller florets on the end.  And all of it’s edible. Plus, it’s a pretty vegetable that’s perfect to eat with your fingers.

Full of vitamins A and C, it is also high in fiber and potassium.  It’s a healthy choice that becomes even more flavorful, mild, and sweet when lightly cooked.

HOW TO BUY BROCCOLINI

  • Look for slender stems that are not dried out on the end, not withered and wrinkly, and have no brown spots.
  • The florets should be tight with no flowers.
  • Rinse the broccolini, allow to dry, and store in a plastic ziplock bag in the refrigerator.  It should last for about 3 or 4 days.

EQUIPMENT USED IN THIS RECIPE

Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.

Looking for a few more easy vegetable recipes?  Here are a few suggestions:

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Serving plate of easy sauteed garlic broccolini with butter and red pepper flakes.

EASY SAUTEED GARLIC BROCCOLINI


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Description

This healthy side dish recipe takes less than 15 minutes and is a delicious, garlicky way to eat your veggies.


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Ingredients

Water for steaming

1 tablespoon salt

34 bunches fresh broccolini

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ fresh lemon


Instructions

In a deep skillet with high sides, add enough water into the bottom to come up the sides about an inch.  Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a full rolling boil.

Trim the ends of the broccolini.  You can leave the small leaves on the stalks.  They are delicious.

Add the broccolini to the boiling water and cook until just tender – about 2 minutes.  Don’t overcook it!  

Drain the broccolini and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes.  Saute the garlic until fragrant – about 2 minutes.

Add the broccolini and toss to coat the vegetable with the garlic butter.  Saute for 2 minutes.

Season the broccolini with the salt and pepper.

Remove the broccolini to a serving platter and squeeze the lemon over it.

Serve warm.


  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: vegetable recipes, side dish recipes, easy vegetable recipes, broccolini recipes

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