The Best Shrimp Quesadillas

Check your local supermarket on January 2nd and I bet you will find a deal on some left over shrimp party platters. Her is a great recipe for a tasty mixture of spicy shrimp, sautéed onions & bell peppers, garlic, and melted cheese crisped in a tortilla. These quesadillas are simple and a delicious way to enjoy shrimp! Calling all shrimp lovers! These DELICIOUS shrimp quesadillas are a must try.

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The Flavor Bible for Christmas

Dog eared copies of The Flavor Bible can be found in every chef’s kitchen. It is the definitive guide to pairing ingredients for building flavor profiles that work to make memorable dishes. It is easy to use, just look up an ingredient and it will tell you what are the best flavor combinations. Throughout the book are cooking tips from many of the nation’s top chefs. The book makes an excellent Christmas gift and it’s not to late to get one before Christmas from Amazon.

Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room

950 W. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401
540-885-8885
www.anne-hathaways-cottage.com

English | $

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It’s like you’ve landed in the English countryside. There is a nice deck for summer seating facing the English garden.

Tea Time

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Everything about the place screams tea. It is nice to be able to purchase and take home the tea you have with dinner.

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For tea we picked a tasty South African Rooibos that came in individual pots.

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They offer a number of salad and sandwich plates that come with an endless pot of your favorite tea. My wife chose this Duo of Salad.

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I picked the special, a Steak and Ale Pie. Large pieces of steak in a rich beef and ale gravy, wrapped in a light savory puff pastry. This traditional pub fare was a real treat.

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For dessert we had a wonderful English Cream Lime Custard with Crystalized Honey and Lavender. The custard was perfect and the taste of lime was not over powering.

Staunton has some great restaurants but for a change of pace don’t overlook Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room. The service is excellent, the food and tea are great, and it is a fun experience.

The Spice Route Indian Kitchen

The Spice Route
10945 George Mason Cir.
Manassas, VA 20109
571-428-2127
http://thespiceroutes.com/

Indian | $

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The décor is comfortable with white tablecloths and cloth napkins. The owner Gopal Kapoor told me he serves traditional dishes the way he makes them at home. His focus is on flavor, saying most traditional Indian food is not spicy hot. He uses the freshest ingredients he can find to build flavor and savory dishes.

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For our appetizer we chose an Indian street food known as Samosa Chaat. It is chopped samosa with chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, and chutney. Samosa Chaat is a mince meat dish that is spicy, tangy, and sweet. This is a flavorful dish easily shared.

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This was not as spicy as the Samosa Chaat but had a perfect garlic taste, savory but not strong enough to linger beyond the next bite.

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The naan bread was excellent.

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For our entrées I had the Butter Chicken and my wife had the Lamb Bhuna.

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The Butter Chicken was very good on a bed of delicious long grain basmati rice.

The Spice Route is located across the street from the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the George Mason Campus. It is an excellent stop for dinner before a performance. There is plenty of parking, so you can eat and walk across the street. We ate early so noise was not an issue. Service is attentive but not intrusive and the food is an excellent value for your dollar. They are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. This is the best Indian food in our area.

Time to Get a Sous Vide

If you have given even the slightest thought to getting a Sous Vide now is the time. Amazon is running a killer deal for the Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator (2nd Gen) WIFI, 900 Watts here. They normally run $199.99 but are $119.00 right now. Pronounced “sue-veed and French for “under seal” it is a cooking technique used by many chefs that is has recently taken hold with home cooks. A Sous Vide is especially useful in taking less expensive cuts of meat and turning them into mouth-watering delights. Wikipedia has an in-depth explanation of Sous Vide if you are new to it. The YouTube channel Sous Vide Everything is an excellent resource.