Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp

The Super Bowl this past weekend has inspired me to amp up future super bowl soirees. Whether you are going to a friends or throwing your own shindig, come prepared. Go for something a little different than your average chicken wings and chips ‘n’ dip. This cayenne-spiced popcorn shrimp recipe, provided by amazing catering company Canard Inc. will have everyone begging for seconds thirds, whether you’re making it for the super bowl or not.

CAYENNE-SPICED POPCORN SHRIMP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 teaspoons Cayenne Spice, recipe follows
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound small shrimp (100 count per pound), peeled
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl combine the eggs, heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of the Cayenne Spice. Whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, blend the bread crumbs with the remaining 3 teaspoons of the Spice mix.
  2. Set a 1-gallon stockpot over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil and preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.
  3. To bread the shrimp, take about 1/3 or 1/4 of the shrimp and toss in the egg mixture. Let the shrimp sit in the marinade for up to 5 minutes. Remove and place in the bread crumb mixture. Toss well to evenly coat the shrimp, and use a coarse sieve to sift the excess bread crumbs off into another clean bowl. Repeat the process 2 more times with the remaining shrimp and breading.
  4. Place the breaded shrimp in the hot oil in batches and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined sheet pan. Serve the shrimp hot.

Enjoy!

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Happy Chrismukkuh!

Happy holidays! It is a great time of year right now and celebrating the holidays is always fun. But what happens if one of your parents is Catholic and the other Jewish? What if you have friends who celebrate a different holiday than you? How do you throw a party that will please all your guests? We spoke with Kelven Book of the absolutely amazing New York City-based catering company, Canard Inc. for some suggestions. Throw an epic Chrismukkah party!

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First off, how to decorate. Combine Christmas colors – red and green – with Hanukkah colors – blue and white – easy! If you have a Christmas tree or wreath, try decorating it with blue, white, and silver ornaments or put green and red candles in your menorah.

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Once you’ve got your decor taken care of, it’s time to address one of the most important aspects of any party: the food. Make sure to serve delicacies from both holidays, such as a Christmas goose, cranberry sauce, latkes, and matzoh ball soup. Dessert can be a breeze with homemade cookies. Cut them into fun Christmas and Hanukkah shapes and decorate them accordingly. You can even serve them on festive holiday platters.

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Now onto the big kahuna – drinks. Everybody loves a good cocktail, so it’s important to be prepared. You can do fun twists on classic cocktails, like making blue cosmos garnished with a candy cane, or a red cosmo with blue ice cubes. The possibilities are endless. Canard Inc. provided us with a no-fail eggnog cocktail, that will please guests of either religion.

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Chrismukkah Eggnog

While this is not a kosher drink, the use of Madeira rather than the traditional rum or bourbon is a play on the idea of kosher wine that is mevushal, cooked or boiled, since this is the basic idea of Madeira wines. The use of rose water or fleur d’range, orange water, is a nice reference to the cuisine of the Middle East.

Ingredients:

3 pints of milk
2 cups of superfine or confectioner’s sugar
12 eggs
1 pint of cream
3 cups of Madeira
3 tablespoons of rose water or fleur d’range
Grated nutmeg

Instructions:

Separate the egg whites and yolks into 2 different bowls. Beat the yolks with the  sugar until the mixture is thick and slowly stir in the Madeira, the rose water, the milk, and the cream. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until well chilled. Just before serving, beat the egg whites until stiff. Transfer the egg-yolk mixture to a chilled punch bowl and carefully fold in the whites without beating or stirring. Grate the nutmeg over the eggnog. Do not put any ice into the punch bowl. Makes about 28 servings.

#SCBD Places to Celebrate Halloween in NJ & NYC!

Halloween is quickly approaching and there are tons of parties throughout New York & New Jersey starting this weekend. If I were you I’d grab your costume & an appetite for night of fun.

Here are some the hottest parties in Jersey:

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe (Englewood & Wyckoff locations) will be holding an Adult Halloween Costume Party on this Friday 10/26! It will be a night filled with live Bands, a costume contest and a Patron XO Dark Promo Party with fun giveaways.   First place winner of the costume contest will win a $200 BMMC gift card and $100 BMMC gift card for runner up.

Also, On Halloween, they have their annual family contest – all children who dine at the Blue Moon in costume are entered to win one of 3 prizes $100 to Toy Store, $50 to Toy Store or Dinner for 4 to BMMC.

Village Pourhouse in Hoboken will be holding a carnival on Halloween night. Drink specials include $4 Sailor Jerry Redrums, Sailor Jerry RIP Rum Punch, Devil’s Cut shots & cocktails,  and Vision Vodka Blood Bath Cocktails. $3 Coor Light drafts, & $6 pumpkin pie cocktails & pumpkin bombs! Cheers!

If you plan on celebrating in the city, here are some places to go:

Maxwell’s Bar in Tribeca is hosting their Halloween Party this Saturday, October 27th starting at 9PM. Cover is $10 at the door but proceeds go directly to the LGS foundation. They will have a Dj and drink specials throughout the evening– costumes are a must! Insiders note– they will also be serving a special Halloween menu on Halloween including a Blood Orange Margarita, The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary, or The Killer Transfusion for $10.

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Love bakeries as much as I do? Then you are in for a treat Halloween night at Ivy Bakery in SoHo! Make sure you attend the Halloween “Truck or Treat” EventCelebrate some of Divine’s darkest flavors at the “Truck or Treat” Food Pop Up Event during New York City’s Halloween Parade on October 31st. Presented by Ivy Bakery and Farm2Me, in conjunction with NYC Food Truck Association and Cheap Eats, the fun kicks-off at Ivy Bakery138 West Houston St (between MacDougal and Sullivan) at 5pm.

From 5-8 pm, Divine Chocolate’s Trick or Treat station at Ivy Bakery will feature wicked samples of our 70% Dark, 70% Dark with Raspberries and our Limited Edition bars, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle and Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries. They have samples for Milk Chocolate lovers, too!

Now the question is where to celebrate– in Jersey or the city?

Decisions, decisions– maybe I’ll see you at one of the parties mentioned above!

Cheers! 😀