Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pop Top Canned Kisses

Nothing says I love you like a can of kisses. I made mine following these instructions, I used a larger can, same object though, and printed an appropriate label for them. Of course, the can is filled with Hershey's Kisses, you can fill it with whatever you like.  A fun cheap Valentine's day gift for your kids, grandkids, neices, nephews or whomever.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

51 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

Personal Care
1. Make Toothpaste

A paste made from Baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.

2. Freshen Your Mouth

Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odors are neutralized, not just covered up.

3. Soak Oral Appliance

Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures, in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda.

4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant

Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use. (For a stronger exfoliant, try one of these great 5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs.)

5. Skip Harsh Deodorant

Pat baking soda onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.

6. Use as an Antacid

Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.

7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin

For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower. For specific tips on bee stings, see Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener

Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean. You can try this honey and cornmeal scrub for hands too.

9. Help Your Hair

Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly–baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

10. Clean Brushes and Combs

For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

11. Make a Bath Soak

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too, read about the health benefits of epsom salt baths.

12. Soothe Your Feet

Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.

13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub

For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks–even fiberglass and glossy tiles–sprinkle baking soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with baking soda, course salt and liquid dish soap—let it sit then scour off.

14. Handwash Dishes and Pots & Pans

Add 2 heaping tablespoons baking soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the baking soda and detergent with water first, then use dry baking soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder. Using a dishwasher? Try these energy saving tips.

15. Freshen Sponges

Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water). For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.

16. Clean the Microwave

Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

17. Polish Silver Flatware

Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.

18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots

Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the baking soda solution and detergent or scrubbing with baking soda on a clean damp sponge.

19. Clean the Oven

Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen the baking soda. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the baking soda and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.

20. Clean Floors

Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water–mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use baking soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse. Read Natural Floor Cleaning for more tips on avoiding toxic floor cleaners.

21. Clean Furniture

You can make a homemade lemon furniture polish, or you can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

22. Clean Shower Curtains

Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.

23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent

Give your laundry a boost by adding ½ cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher, and brighter.

24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes

Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.

25. Clean Cloth Diapers

Dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 quarts of water and soak diapers thoroughly.

26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear

Use a baking soda solution (4 tablespoons Baking soda in 1 quart warm water) to clean and deodorize smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle baking soda into golf bags and gym bags to deodorize, clean golf irons (without scratching them!) with a baking soda paste (3 parts Baking sodato 1 part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.

27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains

Use Baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.

28. Clean Batteries

Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery–they contain a strong acid.

29. Clean Cars

Use baking soda to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a baking soda solution of 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs, and tar. For stubborn stains use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush. Here’s how Sustainable Dave washes his car.

30. Deodorize Your Refrigerator

Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

31. Deodorize the Cutting Board

Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse. For how to more thoroughly clean your cutting board, see How To Clean Your Cutting Boards.

32. Deodorize Trashcans

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your trashcan to keep stinky trash smells at bay.

33. Deodorize Recyclables

Sprinkle baking soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge. Wipe clean and rinse. Learn about how to recycle everything.

34. Deodorize Drains

To deodorize your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of baking soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.) Do you know what you’re not supposed to put down your drains?

35. Deodorize and Clean Dishwashers

Use Baking soda to deodorize before you run the dishwasher and then as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.

36. Deodorize Garbage Disposals

To deodorize your disposal, and keep lingering odors from resurfacing, pour baking soda down the drain while running warm tap water. Baking Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain.

37. Deodorize Lunch Boxes

Between uses, place a spill-proof box of baking soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odors. Read bout safe lunch boxes here.

38. Remove Odor From Carpets

Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)

39. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners

By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

40. Freshen Closets

Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh, then follow these tips to organize your closet in an eco-friendly way.

41. Deodorizing Cars

Odors settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odors by sprinkling baking soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odors) and vacuum up the baking soda.

42. Deodorize the Cat Box

Cover the bottom of the pan with baking soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle baking soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose!

43. Deodorize Pet Bedding

Eliminate odors from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odors), then vacuum up.

44. Deodorize Sneakers

Keep odors from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking baking soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing. When they’re no longer wearable, make sure to donate your old sneakers.

45. Freshen Linens

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels. You can also make homemade lavender linen water with this formula.

46. Deodorize Your Wash

Gym clothes of other odoriferous clothing can be neutralized with a ½ cup of baking soda in the rinse cycle.

47. Freshen Stuffed Animals

Keep favorite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.

48. Camping Cure-all

Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste,f ire extinguisher and many other uses.

49. Extinguish Fires

Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe. (And, you should have a fire entinguisher on hand anyway, here’s why.

50. Septic Care

Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. 1 cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.

51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub

Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse. Here’s another way to clean your vegetables as well.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Corn Dog Cupcakes

Everyone loves corn dogs/ At least that's what I tell myself when I am making corn dogs for my lunch. Any way, I figured a new way to cook them. Since cupcakes are all the rave these days, I came up with Corn Dog Cupcakes. These would be perfect with Chili, and a great "grown up" way to serve up corn dogs on game day!

1 Pkg. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (I use Jiffy, use your favorite)Yes, Old Rob does not make corn bread from scratch
1 pkg. Cocktail wieners (I use Trader Joe's)

Spray a muffin tin with pam. Prepare muffin mix to directions. Pour muffin tins 3/4 way full. Then stick 3-4 wieners in each compartment- That's right stick them into the muffin mix! Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool for 10 minutes

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ricotta Redemption

You know I am not a fan of Ricotta Cheese. Maybe it was over used by the Italian mothers in my old neighborhood... maybe it was the phony way it was delivered to me on toast as a substitute for cinnamon rolls. Personally I believe it is the texture. But lately, Ricotta has been getting redemption in my kitchen.

One of the ways I have learned to use it, is to mix it with other flavors. And then spreading it on toasted bagels with fruit.

Ricotta Spread
4 oz. Ricotta
2 tablespoons Honey or Blue Agave
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
toasted bagel

Toast bagel. While it is toasting, mix Ricotta, honey or agave and cinnamon. Spread on toasted bagel. Cover with apple slices.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reusing Carafes

Every once in awhile I get a bunch of carafes, be it that I don't have good luck with coffee makers or whatever (actually I do, ever since I said no to standard coffee makers and went with a one cup coffee maker and a coffee press) Anyway, here are some uses I found for used coffee carafes...
A metal bottom carafe makes a nice Ivy Planter

PLANTERS: I used one a few years back as a planter for an Ivy Plant. Spray painted black on the inside first to emulate a nice pitcher of dark roast coffee!

Pitchers: Use those carafes for pitchers for juice, water or martinis.
Picture from Mosby Building Arts

Fish bowl: while not having done this yet, I wouldn't rule it out! Probably make one out of an old blender first.

Vase- Just like a wine carafe, a coffee carafe of fresh flowers is a nice way to say have a great day in the morning with your breakfast!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chili Belles

Simple, easy dinner. Something my mom use to make with her homemade chili. But something that's even great with canned chili. I have no idea why they call it Chili Belles (pronounced Chili Bellies). But I am glad that someone invented them.

Chile Belles

1 can of Chili ( I like Trader Joe's Turkey Chili, chose your own favorite) 
or 2 cups of Home made chili

1 bag of Frito's Corn Chips (just doesn't taste the same with tortilla chips)

1 medium onion, chopped fine

1/2 cup of cheddar cheese

1/2 cup of sour cream if desired

First prepare the chili. Spread the frito's on a plate or a shallow bowl, Spread the chili over the fritos top with the onions and cheese. Top with Sour cream if desired. Serve. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Easy Baked Chicken

Kids (And Me) Love chicken fingers! Using strips of Skinless breast meat make this a healthy alternative to those deep fried nuggets. Using other parts of the bird make this a dish good enough for company.

Easy Baked Chicken
4 cups dry Panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced onion
1 pinch dried basil leaves
1 pinch dried parsley
1 pinch dried oregano
1 pound Boneless, skinless chicken (I like to use Thighs, but breast meat sliced into “fingers” also works well)

Preheat oven to 425- In a large resealable plastic bag, Or in a bowl, combine the crumbs, oil, salt, paprika, celery salt, pepper, garlic salt, minced garlic, minced onion, basil, parsley and oregano. Marinate the chicken in butter milk, shake dry and coat with the Panko mixture.(Or if using a bag, shake it like "Shake and Bake"). Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Chicken is done when it reaches an internal  temperature of 165 and is a golden brown.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's TIn

Simple strikes again for the new year! I took a clean new quart paint can, bought at Lowes, and put some of these neat foam rubber stickers all over it I found at Dollar Tree, then put dog treats in it. I would think a person could put candies in it or cookies then seal the lid (pound it down with a mallet or light hammer). A simple valentine gift for a kid or someone special.

Monday, January 14, 2013

What to do with old gift cards

Gift cards are a great present... but what to do with them when they are spent?

ReUp the account- a lot of gift cards can be recharged- Starbucks comes to mind... so register that gift card and re-charge it!

Ice Scraper- leave a used gift card in your car- they make great Ice Scrapers for Icy windows.

Guitar Picks- I have a fancy hole punch that punches out guitar picks out of expired credit cards, gift cards, store member value cards. The punch is available at

Dress- Lizzie Gardiner, who won an Oscar for best costume design for "Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert" designed and wore a dress made out of American Express credit cards to the ceremony.

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Lunchbots... still going after all these years!

Lunchbots. Those wonderful stainless steel food carriers I found on Beth Terry's My Plastic Free Life (AKA Fake Plastic Fish) Blog a few years back. Sturdy little stainless steel containers that carry sandwiches, salad, snacks... and take a beating.
Now I find out they have a whole lot of new designs and carriers from the Quad (pictured above) to insulated soup carriers to snap lock leak proof Lunchbots. Better than a bento box for lunches, lasts longer than a tiffen set. I love these so much. And everyone at work marvels at their construction.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crunchy Ravioli Treats

If you live in Seattle this post is for you. If you live in Atlanta- get lost... no treats for you!

For the next big game, like the Seahawks VS. The Falcons I am going to provide some crunchy tasty treats.

Crunchy Ravioli Treats

12 wonton wrappers
filling-1/4 pound of hamburger or Italian sausage
Pasta Sauce
Preheat oven to 350. Brown the burger/sausage. Mix it with the pasta sauce. Place half the wrappers on a baking sheet. Take and spoon it over half of the wrappers.Dip your finger and "paint" the edge of the wrappers with some water. (this helps seal the wrappers). put a top layer of wonton wrappers on each of the wrappers. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning over the top. Bake  for 15-20 minutes, just until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with some leftover pasta sauce.

Lasagna Cupcakes

I found this recipe online at Quick I adapted it to use a 6 section muffin tin. so double it to make more. I like it because being single, I rarely have lasagna. I usually eat two or three and take the leftovers to work. And this is like everyone getting the crunchy corner piece of a lasagna, so bonus... no punching or name calling at the dinner table!

Lasagna Cupcakes:
1/4 pound ground beef
salt and pepper (to taste)
12 wonton or Gyoza wrappers. Gyoza wrappers are slightly thicker than wonton wrappers. Usually located in the same section as Wonton Wrappers in your local Asian market.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (*Optional)
1/2 cup pasta sauce
basil for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Brown beef, and season with salt and pepper. Drain. Cut wonton wrappers into circle shapes (about 2 1/4- inches) using a biscuit cutter. You can cut several at a time. Or do Like I did and use round wonton (gyosa) wrappers. Reserve 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese for the top of your cupcakes. Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese in each. Top with a little meat and pasta sauce. Repeat layers again. Top with reserved Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove, use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each lasagna out. Garnish with basil and serve.

*Note the reason I say the ricotta is optional is I don't use ricotta in Lasagna, nor does my mother. I choose to use extra mozzerella. It's a texture thing!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Empty Bowls 2013

Empty Bowls... One of my favorite benefits... If you happen to be in the area stop in for some great soup, great bowls and great people!
Click here to see if there is an Empty Bowls event near you!

Monday, January 7, 2013

It all started here... the Seattle P-Patch Story

I thought I would share a little bit of Seattle History. This Video, explains the start of the first P-Patch (community) garden. Today the city of Seattle has over 80 P-patches, King county has two or three  Burien has one official Community garden, set by the same guidlines as Seattle's, and a couple of "unofficial" gardens in private areas.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Start Your Own Aquaponics Garden for under $75

Those inventive folks at Back to the Roots, who brought you the home mushroom kits that are so easy to use have announced they are taking orders for a complete home aquaponics garden kit.
A new offer by BTTR, this garden will allow you to grow herbs, all the time filtering the fish waste products cleaning the water and returning the clean water to the tank. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at Aquaponics, but were afraid to try, this is for you. Their initial price is $60 for the first kit and includes:
 -The tank & garden top
 -Air pump to bring your nutrients up and oxygenate the water
-5 pots with pebbles (from which the plants will grow)
 -Organic seeds (mixture of various herbs)
 -Fish food and water conditioners to get started right away

 Read the FAQ on the BTTR Aquaponic garden:
"1) How many fish can I keep? The industry standard is 1" of fish for 1 gallon of water. This is a 3 gallon tank, so you can have 1 larger 3" fish, or a few smaller 1" fish. If you'd like to host other types of fish, the system will allow it, but you should transfer them out to a larger tank when they grow in size. 

2) What kind of fish can I put in my tank? Many types will work well, but we highly recommend some ornamental fish like bettas, cloud fish, danios, etc. These are some of the easiest fish to keep, but depending on your expertise, you can keep others! 

3) How big is the unit? It's roughly 10" wide, by 11" high, by 6" deep - smaller than your average toaster oven! The tank itself holds 3 gallons of water. When empty, it's super-light, just a few pounds! 

4) What is it made out of? We are finalizing the exact materials, but are exploring various combinations of recycled plastics, acrylic, and glass. 

5) Can I grow flowers in my system? Absolutely!! 

6) How many different types of plants can I grow? There are 5 "pots" to plant in, and you pick and choose what combo of plants to grow in them as you please! Five of the same, or one of each. You can get creative! 

7) Does it need sunlight - I thought fish don't like sun? We recommend putting the tank right next to your window, with the back up against a wall. That way there's no direct light coming into your tank, but at the same time, enough ambient sunlight to help the plants grow. If you'd like to place the kit right against a window, we suggest just placing a backer against the back clear panel to prevent direct sunlight from hitting the tank (which can cause algae growth!) We're working on finding the best tint for the back right now. 

8) Can I grow year-round? Yes! If it's too cold though for the fish you choose or you don't have proper light in the winter, we suggest investing in some inexpensive water-heaters and grow-lights to guarantee consistent growth! We'll have our favorite suggestions on our site, and links to buy them, when we are reading to ship in late February." 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pig Candy

I know there are a lot of recipes out there for this. This is one I have adapted from a few. Very easy to make. Kinda like Shake N' Bake for bacon
10 slices of bacon (about 1 1/4 lb of thick-cut bacon)
*3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 cup light brown sugar

*optional- the heat may not be too kid friendly so omit if you or you kids won't like it.

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the Brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a large zip lock bag, take a slice of bacon and put it in the bag. Close bag and shake it, making cure the bacon get well coated. Repeat until you are done. Place the baking on a boiler pan. (Wht I do here is place two cake cooling racks on a cookie sheet) and place in oven. Cook for 15- 30 minute or until crispy. Remove from oven. While cooling sprinkle bacon with rest of brown sugar-cayenne mixture. Let cool completely. Serve as slices or crumble and serve over vanilla Ice Cream or Maple Ice cream.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Black Peppered Shrimp

This is a recipe that my cousin Dennis, and his wife Mary make. It has been "reengineered" to use with frozen shrimp rather than fresh shrimp that you have to de-vein, because de-veining shrimp is just gross. Really.

1 pkg. Frozen large shrimp, 50-70 count*
1/4 cup of black pepper
1 stick of butter
3 cups of prepared rice

 Place shrimp in a baking pan with 2" sides. or a 13 X9 cake pan. Cut the butter into cubes and top over the shrimp, and pour all the pepper over the shrimp and butter. Place the entire pan in a 350 oven for 10 minutes or so, not over cooking the shrimp. Serve shrimp over rice, use a fresh french bread or baguette to sop up the butter "sauce".

Also works well with "salad"shrimp.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013