The Easiest Turtle Candies Ever!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I am one of those people who like to have sweets around for last minute guests  or as a pick me up for teachers and friends. I have used this recipe (if you can even call it that,it is super easy) and variations of it many times in the past. For this batch I used Rolo candies as the chocolate.I have also used Hersheys Kisses in milk chocolate and in white chocolate.All of them were so good. The sweet/salty combo is awesome. I always include these i my holiday cookie trays. And it only takes a few minutes  to make them!

Turtle Candies

    20 small pretzels
    20 chocolate candies (I used Rolo)
    20 pecan halves

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 
Place one candy on each pretzel.Bake for 4 minutes.
While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.*I pop them in the fridge to set.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Grits

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

 Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Grits. This recipe was so full of flavor and it was so easy to put it all together. Basically, I sauteed the shrimp in the sauce, made the grits and plated it . Rich, buttery, lemony goodness. I love grits and I did go a little parmesan crazy when I prepared them. I put a handful or so of more parmesan in near the end of cooking, stirring it in to make it super creamy and super yummy. As with any recipe, play with it. Add spices, cheeses, whatever you feel will put it over the top. I created this recipe from ingredients I love, but you can certainly switch it up by substituting , adding and subtracting. This recipe was perfect for a weeknight meal, and I would even serve it to guests , it is that good. Paired with a side salad and a side of bread, it make a wonderful presentation. I love working with the Citizen Chef sauces and recommend them to anyone who wants to make  quick, flavorful meals . They are all made fresh and are gluten free! Check out your local grocers refrigerated section for the sauces. You won't be sorry.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Grits 
Ingredients :
1 lb raw, tail on shrimp
1 container Citizen Chef Limon Garlic Sauce
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

3 c water
3/4 c instant grits
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese 
3 T Butter
2 T heavy cream

1/4 c parsley, minced
shaved parmesan cheese

Bring 3 c water to a boil. Whisk in grits, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook 5 minutes until thick and creamy.
Add the parmesan cheese, butter and cream to the grits and whisk until smooth. Keep warm.
In a large skillet, add the lemon garlic sauce on medium high heat . Add the red pepper and salt and pepper if desired, to taste. When the sauce is heated through, add the shrimp and cook on m high heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the shrimp has turned pink and it cooked through.
To plate, add the grits to the plate, top with the grits and spoon some of the sauce over the grits. Garnish with parsley and shaved parmesan cheese. 

Serves 6

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