Warm Shrimp Salad

"Unstoppable" is a film about a runaway train carrying toxic chemicals. The Engineer, Frank, is played by the  handsome Denzel Washington and the train's Conductor, Will, is played by the super-fine Chris Pine. They are in a race against time to stop the runaway train that is traveling at top speed towards a town.  If they don't, the end result would be - catastrophic!

"Unstoppable" is all about speed, and our Warm Shrimp Salad is super fast!  You can prepare this dish in a matter of minutes. It makes a great appetizer or main dish for all shrimp lovers.  It is light, totally satisfying and "unstoppable."


10 Colossal or Extra Jumbo Shrimp (cleaned with vein removed, leave outer shell on)
1 Tablespoon Chipotle Pepper Rub
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 -1/3 cup semi-cooked Tri Colored Rotini (vegetable) Pasta (cook pasta for only 5 minutes)
1 -1/2 cup Petite Whole String Beans (fresh or frozen)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
Dash freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Hunan Red Chili Sauce
1/4 cup water

Add Chipotle and Pepper Seasoning to shrimp in bowl. Mix well. Over high heat add olive oil to a wok or large saute pan. Add shrimp. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add Tri Colored Rotini, Petite Whole String Beans, lemon juice, garlic, black pepper, Hunan Red Chili Sauce and water. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.

Serves 3 to 4.



Pineapple Baby-Back Ribs

Beautiful Hawaii is the home of one of my favorite fruits, the Pineapple. She (yes I said she) is elegant and sweet with just the right amount of kick to keep things interesting. Our uniquely delicious Pineapple Baby Back Ribs' spicy sweetness elevates it out of the ordinary and into your list of very special recipes. No bottled or added reddish barbecue sauce to cover-up these bang-in' baby backs!

Our featured film, "50 First Dates" takes place in Hawaii, the land of paradise and the fabulous pineapple. Henry (Adam Sandler) is a "Player" until he meets and falls for the beautiful Lucy (Drew Barrymore). One huge problem, Lucy has short term memory loss and forgets him the next day.  If you like romantic comedies, this one is for you, and if you love Pineapple Baby Back Ribs, here is your recipe!


2 to 3 lbs. Baby Back Ribs


2 -1/2 teaspoon Barbecue Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Seasoning
dashes Sea or other course salt
dashes freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup Pineapple Juice (no sugar)

3  sprigs of fresh thyme
3 Tbs. Liquid Smoke
2 cups water

1/2 cup pineapple
1 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. barbecue seasoning
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

Score the back of the baby back ribs against the bones (don't cut all the way through). Place ribs on an extra large piece of heavy duty foil. Season ribs with barbecue and cayenne seasoning, salt, black pepper and cumin. Rub both sides well. Place foil in a large dish and add pineapple juice. Close tightly and refrigerate overnight or for several hours.

Combine sauce ingredients in blender or food processor on high speed until smooth.  Set aside in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine Liquid Smoke, water and fresh thyme in a roasting pan with a rack.  Remove ribs from marinade and place on rack over liquid.  Discard remaining marinade.  Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove from oven.  Using a pastry brush, cover ribs completely with sauce. Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Place ribs back in oven, uncovered.  Bake an additional 20 minutes.

Optional - Top with parsley, barbecue seasoning or/and grilled pineapple.

Serves 6.



Roasted Turkey with Rosemary Sauce

The film "300" tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Persians are ruled by King Xerxes who has taken over some of the Hellenic cities, and now threaten Sparta and Athens. King Leonidas is played by Gerald Butler who will have to sacrifice himself for Sparta or watch his beloved city burn. Leonidas forms an army of 300 Spartan warriors to block the narrow passage of Thermopylae where Xerxes intends to reach Hellas. The story depicts the epic last stand of the finest Spartan soldiers who are aware of their fate, but because of  honor and pride, see the battle as their duty. 

Our recipe for Roasted Turkey with Fresh Rosemary is just the right meal to eat before your epic battles.  It's full of protein, deliciously filling, not too heavy, and has just the right about of spices to motivate you to kick ass! All my medieval friends just love this turkey recipe, and so will you!


2 -1/2 lbs turkey parts (thighs legs, wings or breast) I used thighs
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
3/4 teaspoon Essence of Emeril's Seasoning
1 Tablespoon soft butter
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup water mixed with 2 teaspoons flour

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Rub butter all over turkey. Add seasoned salt, lemon pepper, and Essence of Emeril's Seasoning to all sides of turkey. Place in oven dish. Add Rosemary on top. Cover and bake for 2 hours.

Remove dish from oven. Carefully drain all the liquid and fat. Add Worcestershire Sauce, apple cider vinegar and hot sauce to turkey. Return to oven, uncovered and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove turkey from dish. Add drippings to a sauce pan, and the Rosemary. Turn heat up to high and add water and flour mixture. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 3 minutes. Serve over turkey.

Optional, mince rosemary leaves before serving.

Serves 4 to 6