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December 26, 2018

Copycat Calypso Shrimp Linguine with Scallops - Home Cooked Recipe #83

I recently went to lunch with some girlfriends to Bahama Breeze. It is the first time I have been there in years and years. I had a lighter portion of their Calypso Shrimp Linguine. Although I was not in love with their prices, I WAS in love with this pasta dish and wish I had ordered the regular size portion. I scoured the internet looking for copycat recipes and I found some! They all had the exact same ingredients so I wrote it down and made it myself!  There are a couple of small tweaks I made to the recipe. I did not cook the scallions, but mainly used them for a garnish on top. Instead I used 1/2 of a small diced onion during the actual cooking. And I topped mine with loads of grated Parmesan, because CHEESE. Plus I added scallops as well because the more shellfish the better I say. Bonus, I made the recipe on October 17th, which is National Pasta Day!

Copycat Calypso Shrimp Linguine


  • 1 box linguine
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tbs diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tbs blackening seasoning (I make my own but you could use store bought)
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • salt and pepper

Whisk together clam juice, chicken broth, blackening seasoning, and cayenne. Refrigerate until ready to use (you can make this ahead of time). Cook linguine according to package directions, While linguine is cooking, heat up a large saute pan on medium high. Add butter. Saute onion for 2 to 3 minutes. Season shrimp and scallops with salt and pepper and saute in butter/onions until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add in broth and heavy cream. Simmer for 5 minutes. Toss in cooked linguine until well coated. Plate. Garnish with scallions, tomatoes, and Parmesan. Enjoy!

December 3, 2018

Sloppy Joe Sliders - Pinterest Pick #22

I may have mentioned before that I adore a slider. Maybe once or twice! I think they are a great food for parties or for an easy weeknight meal. Plus I have little hands so I like sliders better than a regular size sandwich.  Sliders are so customizable as well.  You can see another one of my slider recipes HERE. Also, I love sloppy joes! I have two other sloppy joe recipes which you can find HERE and HERE. This is also a pick I found on Pinterest. You can find the original pin HERE
and the original recipe HERE.

Sloppy Joe Sliders

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package (12 count) slider rolls (I used King Hawaiian's butter flavored rolls)
  • 2 cups of shredded or sliced cheese (I used shredded cheddar)
  • 1 stick butter, divided (3 tbs melted, 5 tbs whole)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup (I prefer Heinz)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (if you don't want it overly sweet, I would cut this down to 1 tbs)
  • 2 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbs chili powder (I have been a big fan of ancho chili powder lately)
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350.

Brown ground beef. About halfway through, add the onion. When beef is browned, add bell pepper and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes before adding sauce ingredients. Add butter, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for at least 5 minutes, up to an hour on a low simmer.  Use one tablespoon of the melted butter on the bottom of a baking dish. Pleace the bottom of the slider rolls on top of that butter. Pile up your meat on top of the bottom buns. Sprinkle your shredded cheese, or lay out your cheese slices on top of the meat. Top with the top buns. Brush the tops with the rest of the melted butter. Bake for 10 minutes. I served mine with tater tots for that old school feel. Enjoy!