So, you know how I talked in my last post about being on a taco kick in my last post? Well, apparently I tend to cook in waves, because this week has also been shrimp-o-rama here at my place. First I made a batch of lightened-up shrimp scampi, which is coming on the blog next week. Then last night I made my very first-ever homemade shrimp paella with my neighbors from Spain. But the recipe that started it all was my lighter version of a classic — Skinny Popcorn Shrimp!
Oh my goodness. I think the reality of planning 2 back-to-back trips before leaving the country for 3+ weeks is finally settling in.
It is only the beginning of the week, and I have already pulled two ridiculously late nighters and have been buzzing around a million miles an hour during the days trying to check things off my to-do lists. No complaints — it has already been a wonderful autumn and I’m completely excited about what’s ahead these next two months. But I’ve come to accept that spare time and sleep are definitely going to be a little limited right now, so I’m trying to soak of moments of joy and relaxation whenever they can be found!
Any of you Instagram followers will know that I had the pleasure of spending last week in Iowa with a bunch of stellar farmers and bloggers learning all about…CORN! Lots and lots and lots of corn! It was a fabulous experience (which I will be telling you about soon in another post!). But ever since then, I have been craving this salad I adore from one of my favorite local KC restaurants, Urban Table, that it sprinkled with the most delicious roasted corn. They call it the “Shrimp Buena Terra Salad”. I call it…one of my favorite salads EVER.
Seriously. I know that food bloggers are supposed to be all adventurous and everything, but this salad was the first dish I ever ordered there and I love it so much that I may have ordered it every time since. SO GOOD. So after a year, I finally decided I should try making it at home. And I must say, my little homemade rendition seemed to be pretty spot on!
Some moms buy their daughters clothes. Some buy their daughters make-up. And them some really cool moms…buy their daughters NUTS. :)
Actually, my mom’s a giver in all sorts of ways. But one of our favorite traditions whenever I return home to Wichita is making our family pilgrimage to this fantastic place called The Nifty Nuthouse. Basically, it’s this heavenly little grocery that has rows and rows of nuts as far as the eye can see! When I was a kiddo, I always used to make a beeline to the back where the fresh candy is stored. But now that I’m older and wiser, it’s all about the nuts. :D
Every time I return home to Wichita to visit my folks, it’s a “must” that we pay our traditional visit to Saigon, one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurants downtown. Within about 2.2 seconds of placing our order, they always whisk out my favorite appetizer – fresh spring rolls. And me oh my, they are hea-ven-ly…and so much healthier than their Chinese deep-fried counterparts!
Thankfully, they’re quite simple to make at home too, so don’t be intimidated by the ingredients! They can all be found at a normal grocery store. (So a trip to the asian food market isn’t necessary unless you have a favorite brand of hoisin sauce that you like!) For the sake of nostalgia, I’ve only included the ingredients used in my favorite version at Saigon, but you can literally throw whatever other veggies or fresh herbs you’d like in these as well. (This is a great way to use up leftover veggies in your fridge!)