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Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup

I had a loss last week!  -.6, but I’ll take it.  Um, maybe there was some leftover wine from the celebration memorial for Jacob’s grandma, and maybe I had wine a couple nights last week.  

I am totally fine with it – while the scale is moving slower, today I am wearing a pair of pants that Hannah gave me for Christmas that I couldn’t zip up, so that’s progress. 

I ran a coupe errands after WW then drove to my Mom’s house for the first of two memorials I had this weekend.  My Mom made tomato soup, but I couldn’t each much of it, because it was chock full of onions.  Ew.  It tasted great besides that – she added pesto to the soup and that really kicked it up.  I’d make the recipe, except leave out the stinky onions. 

The Memorial on Saturday was an 82 year old man, who was from my Mom’s church and who I grew up with his kids.  So many flowers!  They had tons of pictures too, and they had one that said “World Traveler” and had dozens of places he’d traveled over the years – from Switzerland to China!  It was a lovely service and good to see some people I hadn’t seen in years.

It started snowing when I left my Mom’s house and it took me nearly an hour and forty minutes to get home.  Luckily my appetizer board didn’t take too long to put together.  Basically the only thing I cooked was the steak. I had mini Italian beef sandwiches, bread sticks, garlic green beans (which are great room temperature) nuts, apples, cheese slices, grapes and of course, Certified Angus Beef two ways – one was just sliced and the second was a steak crostini with roasted red pepper sauce and sauteed mushrooms.

Hannah made her famous sushi, Brett made teriyaki beef cups and shrimp, Amy made sour cream cheese balls and Robyn made a delicious crab dip.  It was a fun night and nice to catch up.

They had so many dogs!  Two were Robyn’s and the great dane is my neighbors – all so sweet.  Rummy and Roman smelled me for at least 30 minutes when I got home.

Sunday Hannah came with me for the second memorial – a woman on my Mom’s old block who battled brain cancer for the last three years – she was only 59.  Her kids and Hannah were block buddies growing up – they pretty much played outside all day long in the summer.

Mom suggested we go to Sen Sushi in Oak Park.  So good!  And why am I not drinking cucumber water – delish.

We started with the chicken and cilantro wontons.  Perfection!  I had two and it was the perfect start to the meal.  

Mom and Hannah got the bento boxes, but I decided to start with the kabocha soup with Alaskan crab – so velvety good.  If I could have licked the bowl, I would have.

Then I finished my meal with the age-dashi tofu.  Drop the mic on this one – the broth was so complex, the tofu was so tender, yet crispy.   I will definitely go back – and next time Jacky, hopefully you will be in town the next time I come to Oak Park – I have the uncanny ability of going to Oak Park every time my friend Jacky is not there.

When I realized Brett made a shrimp dish, I didn’t put my shrimp cocktail out, so I had a lot leftover.  I found a way to make the best shrimp cocktail years ago and this recipe never fails – you can get it here.

Hannah and Jacob went to his grandpas house for dinner, so I was on my own.  I decided to make a Thai shrimp noodle soup for dinner.  I have no idea if this is remotely Thai, but that’s what I am calling it.

Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: :5


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 ounces chopped cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 cup cooked noodles



In a stock pot, add all the ingredients except the cilantro, pasta and shrimp. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the shrimp and noodles and let sit for 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.


This is 5 points on the WW #freestyle program, or 6 points if you are doing Back to 30 points.

It’s so simple, and a great way to use up leftover shrimp.

So while I had two memorials this weekend, it was nice spending time with my Mom and Hannah.  

We are supposed to have temps in the 50s the next couple days, but of course, rainy.  This is the time of year that my basement tends to flood because when the ground is still frozen and we get a lot of rain, there is no where for the rain water to go but in my basement.  But Hannah and Jacob are home, so I hope they can pay attention to the sump pumps in the basement – one has to manually be turned on.  Fingers crossed!

Happy Monday my friends – what was the highlight of your weekend?

Seafood/ Weight Watchers

Shrimp and Grits

Do you guys love Dave Chappelle??  Tony and I used to watch his HBO specials all the time.  I saw this meme on Connect yesterday and it made me laugh out loud – hopefully some of you will think this is funny too. πŸ˜€ 

A simple hash was breakfast yesterday – have you tried Ore Ida Southwestern Hash?  It’s 3 points a cup and its really spicy and delicious.  I scrambled mine with one egg, spinach, and had fruit on the side with a tablespoon of granola for 6 points.  If you are counting Weight Watchers #freestyle, this would be 4 points.

I was able to   get away and walk with my sister – it was still a bit chilly so we walked Macy’s.  I finally found my fitbit this morning.  I thought it was on maybe a piece of clothing that was in my laundry basket, but it was underneath my bed!  It must have fallen off my night stand or maybe one of the dogs knocked it off.  I mean, I don’t need my fitbit to tell me I’ve moved, but I do strive to meet at least 10k a day.

I bought a pork tenderloin for myself over the weekend.  I am the only one who likes pork in my house, so instead of roasting the whole tenderloin, I sliced it into 4 ounce pork chops.  I had a small piece leftover and made a quick pork bbq – with Blackwood BBQ Carolina sauce – so good!   Lunch came in at 7 points – those my friends are baked Cheetos on my plate – so good and only 2 points for 16 which is perfect.

Later in the afternoon we got an email from the office of the building asking everyone to stay put – we weren’t technically on a lock down, but the front of our building which faces the Thompson Center, had reports of open fire.  It wasn’t until I got home that I found out that a high ranking officer was shot and killed responding to a robbery attempt.  So sad.

Makes you stop and remember that each day of life is a gift!


I knew I had a container of quick cooking grits, but after the kitchen intervention Hannah had, I can’t find a damn thing.  I did have white cornmeal though – is that the same thing as grits?? 

Um, turns out, no – I posted that on Connect and Instagram last night and my southern friends were like “Biz – cornmeal is for cornbread and coating for fried green tomatoes!”  Other people said they are close enough to pass as grits, all I know is that this dish is delicious.  So I may have made shrimp and polenta?? πŸ˜€

This came together in about 10 minutes tops.  The hero of this dish though is the Cabot cheese.  I only used 1/2 an ounce but it’s so rich and delicious.  


Shrimp and Grits

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 ounce Cabot extra sharp cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whipped butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • salt and pepper



In a small pot, add the water and 1/4 cup of cornmeal, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, put a lid on the pot and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the cheese, bacon bits, and salt and pepper to taste.


Season the shrimp generously with salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet (or nonstick) to medium high heat, and add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. Remove from heat, add the lemon juice, butter, creole seasoning and stir for another minute.


To plate, put the grits on the plate. Arrange the shrimp on the grits, and then drizzle the butter pan sauce over the top, and garnish with dried parsley.


This dish is 8 smart points if you are doing back to 30, or 7 points if you are doing Weight Watchers freestyle.


This was so good – the shrimp was spicy from the creole seasoning the grits (er, polenta?) was creamy with the salty notes from the cheese and bacon bits.  I could easily eat this once a week and never get sick of it.  I was definitely a member of the clean plate club last night!

Happy Valentine’s Day – or Happy Velatini Day as Tony would have said πŸ˜€  If you are lucky enough to have your significant other or spouse – give them an extra hug and a kiss today, and if they ask why, tell them Biz told you to do it. πŸ˜€

Make it a great day! 


Cooking Club! Chipotle Bang Bang Shrimp Bites

It was nearly 55 degrees by the time I got to work yesterday, such a beautiful day.

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I knew it was going to be a busy day, it being the last full day at the office.  I had a taste for oats for some reason, so hit up Pret for their steel cut oats – so creamy and only 4 smart points.  They have tiny cups of brown sugar and granola that go with the granola, so I am calling my “extras” 3, with sliced banana, so breakfast came in at 7 points.  I’ve packed all my bowls, so my glass coffee mug had to step in.  I couldn’t use it anyway because the coffee machines were already packed for our office move.

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And Pret again for lunch!  This was a bacon and egg breakfast sammie – this bread is amazing, I haven’t looked up the points yet, but I am calling it 10. 

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TODAY IS MOVING DAY!  I am sure you guys are sick of having me talk about it, but this has been my life the last two weeks.  Packing boxes, throwing out old shit (my boss had papers in his office from 1979!).   Still so much to do, but if I end up throwing stuff in a box just to move it, that’s what’s going to have to happen. 

So it was a nice reprieve to have Cooking Club last night! Courtney is always the hostest with the mostest!

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Our Cooking Club meets every two months.  Courtney assigns the head chef, the theme of the dinner is decided and everyone is assigned either a signature drink, appetizer, side dish or dessert.  

I was assigned an appetizer.  I have to be a bit creative because I come straight from work.  Courtney had already told me she was making queso fundido, so I wanted to do a lighter app to balance it.  I cooked the shrimp and made the sauce the night before, then had Hannah meet me at the train station to bring me my food and I assembled this in a couple minutes at Court’s house.

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Everything was delicious.  Lindsay made a cucumber and honeydew melon sangria; Courtney made queso fundido; Tina made chicken and salsa verde enchiladas with a pineapple avocado salsa; Catherine brought chips and salsa; Mary Beth made a Mexican street food corn salad (so spicy good – I could have eaten the whole bowl!); Julie made a cowboy caviar salad with roasted corn, black beans, black eyed peas, avocado and cherry tomatoes with a delicious dressing (middle picture below); and because we hadn’t eaten enough, finished with Donna’s sopapilla cheese cake pie that was amazing and definitely insulin worthy.  Pretty sure everything I ate will be on my dinner menu next week πŸ˜€

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Great food and friends, delicious wine and so much to be thankful for in this crazy mixed up world we live in.

I was also happy to meet my friend Mary Beth’s new adopted son Jude.  I want to share his picture, but I didn’t want to post it without her permission, but I know I’ll be doing some babysitting in the near future – he looks like a cabbage patch doll, is only 2 months old and stayed awake the whole time just looking at everything that was going on around him.  MB, he can come to every Cooking Club get together πŸ˜€

I have a busy weekend!  Tomorrow I am a culinary judge for the ACT-SO program on the south side of Chicago – I have to be there bright and early at 8:00 a.m.  And on Sunday my Mom and I are going to the White Sox game.  Joe, I keep meaning to call you this week, but it’s been crazy, but I plan on spreading some of your Dad’s ashes at the game on Sunday – it’s the first game I’ve gone to since he passed away.  A co-worker of mine has season tickets in the first row on the 3rd base side that she couldn’t use.  The weather is supposed to be sunny and 60 – perfect baseball weather in my book!  I’ll try to take some video for you. 

I hope you have an amazing weekend!  Make it a great day πŸ˜€