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Delicious shrimp tacos

Okay, I know I said this wasn’t a food blog, and I’m definitely not a gourmet chef, but I have another (EASY) delicious recipe I want to share- shrimp tacos! I have made them for dinner twice now and Kevin and I both love them. They are quick and easy and just so damn tasty. When you’re looking for something quick and mouth-watering for you and your family, I definitely recommend giving this one a go.

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Ingredients:

2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp olive oil
1 lb white shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Corn tortillas
Shredded lettuce
1 ripe avocado, cut into slices
1 jar salsa verde
1 tomato, sliced
1 package finely shredded mixed cheese (I buy the Mexican blend, because it’s delicious, and feels authentic, obviously)
Directions:
  1. Combine all 4 seasonings in a large bowl, mix and add shrimp; toss to coat (or just shake it really hard and hope for the best).
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet; add shrimp and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Remove shrimp from heat.
  3. Heat tortillas (in microwave or oven- just don’t buy the flimsy, junky tortillas that fall apart immediately when you pick them up. jerks). Layer shredded lettuce, avocado, tomato and salsa verde in tortillas. Then add shrimp and top with cheese. Then stuff your face and make noises of approval to show you thoroughly enjoy what your mouth has just encountered.
I don’t have any of my own original recipes, so naturally I adapted this one just like I do all my others. Although the original didn’t have cheese, and what are tacos without cheese? Really, people.
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How to keep guac from turning brown (maybe)

Don't bother saving the pit, it won't help.

Don’t bother saving the pit, it won’t help.

Now that Easter is over, and I’ve eaten all my Peeps, it’s time to get back to my guacamole obsession. On a scale from one to healthy, guac is pretty high up there. With ingredients like avocados, tomatoes and onions, I don’t really feel badly about gorging on the delicious dip on a semi-regular basis. But I could never seem to figure out how to keep the guac from turning brown once I’d had my fill and it was time to refrigerate it. I’ve found a few ways that mostly work (and one sure way that never fails), so I decided to share them with you, my readers, and anyone else who cares to learn the real secret to keeping guacamole from turning brown.

First of all, the myth about leaving the pit in the bowl with the guac is just that: myth. I tried it and it did absolutely nothing except save the tiny bit of guac directly underneath the pit; everything else went brown and yucky. Apparently the culprit behind the turning of the guac is oxygen. In order to keep your guac fresh and green, you simply need to keep the oxygen out. The best way to do this is to cover it with Saran Wrap, pushing the plastic down into the bowl so it’s touching the guac. Make sure you push out all the air from underneath the plastic, otherwise you’ll completely defeat the purpose of this tip (and my post, and possibly my whole reason for existence). This guy knows what I’m talking about. If you do end up with a little bit o’ brown, it usually sticks to the plastic wrap and comes up when you remove the plastic; that, or just scrap the top off and the rest should still be green and yummy.

And if you really want to have the freshest guacamole ever, make it right before you plan to eat it (or serve it; it makes a great party dish) and eat every last bite, ensuring there’s nothing left over to even have the chance to turn brown.

And if you do make some, make sure you make extra and bring some to my house. I did, after all, save your guacamole from browning, least you could do is say thanks. If anyone has a lava rock bowl they can part with, I’d appreciate that as well.

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How to be German, go crazy and retain (some of) your dignity

October. My favorite month of the year.

It’s the month we get to free our scariest decorations from the darkness of our garages. A time where dressing like a whore is actually encouraged.

It’s a time for corn mazes and pumpkin picking and the infamous Snickers Halloween commercial (of which I can’t get enough of).

And it’s a time for drinking pumpkin spice beer and gorging on German food at Oktoberfest.

There are certain things to remember when attending Oktoberfest. Whether it’s the real deal in Munich, a city-run event or simply a gathering of your closest 100 friends in your backyard, the same tips apply when partaking in the festivities. The more experienced you become, the less likely you are to reject the traditions of this age-old festival. But for those newbies out there who’ve never experienced an Oktoberfest, here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction.

Now she's got the right idea.

Dressing the part is not required. But it’s certainly appreciated. You don’t have to dress up in German garb to be accepted or allowed into the event. No one is going to shun you for showing up in comfortable jeans and and a tee. But the more outrageous your outfit- especially in terms of authenticity- the more attention you’ll receive and the more fun you’ll have (not to mention all the free beers you’ll get). If you don’t already own the typical German outfit- which, unless you work at a German restaurant or bar, or you are the actual St. Pauli Girl, I highly doubt- don’t fret. Most Halloween stores carry plenty of Bavarian, Hansel & Gretel-type costumes that are reasonably priced and easy to throw on. Or, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can fashion your own outfit from different articles of clothing you already own- just make sure you do your homework. Nothing worse than showing up to a German party wearing something out of The Sound of Music. Either way, dressing up is apart of the culture, and it’s always hilarious to see what you and others will show up wearing.

You must drink at least one beer. Even if you don’t like it. Beer is a major part of German culture, so don’t expect to find anything but beer if you go to a big event. Private gatherings might provide a variety of alcohol, but you still need to drink one beer- particularly a German kind- to earn the “right of passage.” After all, you certainly can’t drink a mixed drink from your stein, and if you attempt it, you will never be asked back again.

Eat food. A lot if it. Even if it looks weird or smells funny, you have to try one of everything. It’s an insult to reject food specific to the culture and country to which you are toasting, and you never know, you may surprise yourself and fall in love with a good piece of bratwurst or a creamy, air-whipped eclair (yes, the Germans have them, too). Don’t worry about eating too much, either. With the Germans (or any other European country), you can never eat too much food. You can always fast for the next month to make yourself feel better (although I’m sure there will be too many leftovers to accomplish that).

Most importantly, though, just remember to have a lot of fun. It doesn’t matter that you have to work the next day, or that your wife’s brother, who you can’t stand, is always hovering five feet away. For one whole day-or two weeks if you go to Germany- nothing else matters except immersing yourself in the culture and the festivities and living to tell the stories after (and there will be a lot of stories).

And when all else fails, just get drunk off beer and try and talk to people in German. It’s very difficult and quite entertaining to everyone around you, and who knows, maybe you’ll pass out and wake up German.

Although you’re more likely to wake up in a pool of your own vomit- or worse, someone else’s.

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Thou shalt not pay retail

I’m officially obsessed with the most ridiculous show on TV (and I’ve seen a lot of them).

TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’ proves that people will stop at nothing to get a bargain, but at what point does this lifestyle become addictive?

How about when you’re 1,000 tubes of toothpaste in. Or when you have enough diapers for a year- and you don’t even have kids.

I could understand stockpiling specific items, like toilet paper and paper towels. Things you will always need and you don’t have to worry about expiring or going bad.

But when you’re buying 30 bottles of mustard just because you can, I think it’s safe to consider yourself an addict.

I will hand it to one extreme couponer; though his personal stockpile is out-of-control, he spent $27.04 for almost $900 worth of items to send to U.S. troops abroad.

But aside from this one exception, most couponers seem to be in it just to prove how much money they can save.

The amount of time and calculation required to be a dedicated couponer (one mother spends 20 hours/week to plan her 4 weekly shopping trips) almost leaves no time to have any other hobbies- and I use the term ‘hobby’ loosely for this obsession. It’s hard to imagine they don’t become all-consumed by it.

I will admit, though, I’m envious of the savings these couponers are able to earn. The most jaw-dropping amount I’ve seen to-date was one family of six’s single food shopping trip of $2,756.94.

They paid $187.69.

I’d be interested to learn how many of the items bought in bulk by these obsessive couponers actually see use. The way they stock up on perishable goods makes me wonder if most of their savings end up in the garbage.

Tune in for the season premiere tonight at 10pm and let me know what you think.

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