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Peel-'n'-eat shrimp

Total time: About 55 minutes, plus marinating time for the shrimp

Servings: About 5 servings (10 shrimp each)

Note: Adapted from chef David Lentz of the Hungry Cat. Mexican white shrimp are available at seafood markets and fine fish counters. Pabst or Tecate is recommended for the beer. The restaurant serves this dish with cocktail sauce.

2 1/2 pounds Mexican white shrimp, defrosted

4 (12-ounce cans) of beer, divided

2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning

1 tablespoon Hungarian


2 tablespoons celery salt

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 head garlic

5 tablespoons best-quality olive oil, divided

1 large white onion, chopped

1 sprig rosemary

1 chile de arbol

2 lemons

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the contents of 1 can of beer. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours.

2. In a small bowl, combine the Old Bay, paprika, celery salt, kosher salt, cayenne pepper and ground ginger. Set aside.

3. With a sharp knife, cut the head of garlic (with the peel) in half crosswise. In a large stockpot heated over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chopped onion, all of the garlic, the rosemary and chile de arbol and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of the spice blend and the juice of 1 lemon, stirring. Add the remaining beer and reduce the liquid by three-fourths over high heat, about 20 minutes.

4. Drain the shrimp and add them to the pot. Cover the pot, and steam just until the shrimp are cooked, 4 to 5 minutes over high heat. The shrimp will be ready when they turn white; be careful not to overcook them.

5. Remove the shrimp to a large baking sheet with sides and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle over more of the spice blend to taste (we used 2 tablespoons). Sprinkle with the parsley and the juice from the remaining lemon. Serve immediately.

Each serving: 279 calories; 36 grams protein; 4 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 10 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 339 mg. cholesterol; 888 mg. sodium.

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Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 4 to 6

3 sprigs tarragon

6 sprigs parsley

3 sprigs chervil

3 medium-sized shallots

12 cloves garlic

6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups halved or quartered crimini mushrooms

1 1/2 cups halved baby shiitake mushrooms

1 1/2 cups diced oyster mushrooms

1 1/2 cups diced trumpet royale mushrooms (also known as eringe mushrooms)

1 1/2 cups diced or torn maitake mushrooms (also known as hen of the woods)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Pick the leaves off the tarragon, parsley and chervil. Mince them together and set aside for later.

2. Mince the shallots and garlic cloves together. Using a sauté pan, cook the garlic and shallots in 3 tablespoons oil over medium-low heat until they are translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently so the shallot and garlic does not burn. Add the butter and continue to cook the garlic and shallots until they are tender. Set the garlic-shallot butter aside.

3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the remaining vegetable oil and sauté the mushrooms until they are golden brown, seasoning with one-half teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, or to taste.

4. Add the garlic-shallot butter to the mushrooms as well as the chopped herbs. Stir the mushrooms in the sauté pan so that they are evenly coated with the herbs and garlic-shallot butter.

5. Taste the mushrooms and add more salt if needed.

6. Drain the mushrooms briefly on paper towels to remove any excess fat if desired before serving.

Each of 6 servings: 207 calories; 3 grams protein; 7 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 20 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 3 grams sugar; 202 mg sodium


Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6

Note: Adapted from "Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking" by Paula Wolfert. She recommends using an 11- or 12-inch Spanish cazuela or straight-sided Flameware skillet. She also recommends using a heat diffuser for slow, steady cooking (especially if using an electric or ceramic stove top). Aleppo pepper can generally be found in Middle Eastern markets and cooking stores, as well as online. Marash pepper can be found at select Middle Eastern markets and online.

1 pound peeled small (about 60) or medium-large deveined (24 to 30) shrimp

1 scant cup extra-virgin olive oil, preferably Spanish

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon mildly hot dried red pepper such as Aleppo or Marash

2 tablespoons hot water