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Cheap Date: Fried Shrimp Appetizer

If you are looking to impress your date will a cheap and easy appetizer, I’ve got just the right recipe for you! I am always tempted to order an appetizer or appetizer sampler at restaurants because a. they are usually fairly inexpensive and b. they always look so delicious. Luckily for you, and me, I’ve figured out a way to make a popular appetizer even easier and cheaper!


  • shrimp
  • flour
  • egg
  • panko bread crumb
  • pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • seasoning of your choice

Take three bowls and put a bit of flour in one, an uncooked egg with the yoke broken in the second and panko bread crumbs mixed with seasoning and pepper in the third. As you are preparing the bowls put a skillet with about 1/4 inch layer of vegetable oil on a low setting. Take the shrimp and dip it in the flour first, then the egg and finally cover it in the breadcrumb mixture. Put the breaded shrimp back into the egg and then add more breadcrumbs for a thicker layer. Place each shrimp on the skillet after breading and continue the process with all of the individual shrimp. Flip the shrimp over once the bottom side is a golden brown.

Cheap and super easy appetizer in just about 10 minutes!


Personally, I enjoy ketchup with my fried shrimp but you can try any dipping sauce.  I’d recommend cocktail sauce.


Guest Blog: Frittata- Breakfast Any Time, In No Time.

It’s as simple as scrambling eggs, cutting up veggies, and adding seasoning. My mom used to make this all the time when I lived at home. The smell of peppers and onions would fill the air as I barreled through the door, ravenous after expending most of my day’s energy at track, soccer, and/or dance practice. This Italian style dish is one of my favorite home-cooked meals, but I never took the time to try to recreate the deliciousness for most of my college career. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how simple, affordable, and time-savvy this recipe really is. My mom typically served it as dinner, but is just as good between ciabata bread for lunch, and of course, as a protein-rich start to your day. It’s got the lightly crisped browness of a omelet and the fluffiness of a quiche, and it’s just as good cold as it is hot. Here goes.

Ingredients for Mama’s Zucchini Frittata:

  • Whip up about 8 eggs
  • Onion slided in rings
  • Orange and red Bell peppers sliced length ways
  • Zucchini sliced in coins
  • Salt and pepper


Heat the pan with olive oil and sauté the onions until they’re very brown with a just a dash of salt and pepper. Then, throw in the peppers, and when the peppers are soft, add the zucchini as a top layer. Continue to gently sauté all the ingredients. Once the zucchini is tender (but not over-cooked!), pat it all down, so it creates a flat pie-like layers. Then, pour the well-beaten eggs into the pan, completely covering the arranged layers of veggies, and let it sit. I repeat, do not stir! Then, lightly salt and pepper the ingredients, and cover it up with a lid.

When the eggs are completely puffed up (should take about ten minutes), slide it onto a big plate and flip it over on the other side onto the pan. Since the eggs are already cooked, the flip maneuver is just to brown the other side for a couple minutes. And that’s all there is! Put it on a plate, and serve in slices, like a pie.

About the Guest Blogger: Alicia Hesse

I’m a senior with SMAD major with a minor in Italian and British Communications, graduating in December 2012. I am a staff writer for The Breeze, in addition to having a health column for a year, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. I am a group fitness instructor at JMU, teaching boxing, cycle, body sculpt, and yoga, etc. Being an athlete my whole life, and now a coach, I’ve spent a lot of time studying and practicing nutrition and exercise. From a young age I learned this: it feels good to eat well. It’s a pretty simple equation.

My favorite food is definitely hot wings, I love spicy and ethnic food like Thai and Indian. Anything involving balsamic vinegar OR peanut butter (in addition to hot sauce) simply has to be delicious. I’m sort of odd in that I think in flavors first, and how to have those flavors second.

BYOBowl: Breakfast Bowl

A breakfast bowl is a simple, relatively quick fix in the morning before running to class or even for the all sacred breakfast for dinner.  All it takes is a few ingredients and a little preparation.

  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • 2 Sausage links
  • Salt/Pepper

First, chop up a little of onion, red pepper, and green pepper.  Then sauté the vegetables in a small pan for 1-2 minutes, or until cooked. Next, warm up the sausage links in the microwave for the amount of time specified on the box. When they are done, cut them up into small pieces. Then while the sausage is cooking, crack one or two eggs in a bowl, add a little milk, mix it up, and put it in the frying pan to scramble.  Add salt and pepper as needed. After the eggs are done put them in a bowl, add the vegetables and the sausage. Give it a little mix and enjoy! Feel free to add some hot sauce or salsa if that is what you like.


Egg Noodle Recipe

-bread crumbs
-can of cream of broccoli soup

Preheat oven to 350.

Steam broccoli in microwave and place in casserole dish. Cover broccoli with cooked shredded chicken Mix one can of cream of broccoli soup with milk to thin and put on top of chicken Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top. Melt 1/4 stick of butter in microwave mix with Italian bread crumbs and sprinkle over casserole.

Cook about 20 minutes or until bubbling.

While casserole is cooking cook egg noodles as directions state. Then drain noodles and put it all together on a plate.

If you have a little bit of extra time you can….
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in large frying pan. Add drained noodles add sprinkle breadcrumbs over noodles. Cook until noodles become slightly crunchy


Egg Salad

Hey everyone,

To continue with our kegs and eggs week, I am making egg salad.  This is one of my favorite meals to eat, especially with the great weather starting. It is a delicious meal that can be eaten for a snack, lunch o

r dinner.  It is also very easy to make.

Here is what you will need:

Hard boiled eggs



First, boil all of your eggs (depending on how many people are eating, you can use as many eggs as you want), dice them and put them in a bowl.  Then, add about 2 tablespoons or so of mayonnaise along with 1 tablespoon of mustard (it can be any kind you like).  And you’re finished. You can eat egg salad alone or put it on a sandwich.  It is also good with crackers too for a snack.  This meal is quick to make for any time of the day.


I hope you enjoy.


Homemade McMuffin

Hey foodies,

I’m trying to get back in the swing of things after an AWESOME spring break, and one of the ways I like to help myself get through a long day is by having a great breakfast. So, for our kegs and eggs week, I am bringing you a homemade egg mcmuffin recipe. Things you will need:

  • 1 English muffin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Kraft singles American cheese
  • mayonnaise

The first thing you need to do is spray some Pam in a small skillet and fry the egg over medium heat. I usually crack the yolk so it is cooked all the way, but if you like your sandwich runny, go for it. Then slice and toast the English muffin. Put the cheese on one side of the muffin and heat in the microwave for 5-10 seconds or until slightly melted. Then put a little mayo (or I use miracle whip for less calories) on the other side of the muffin. Put the egg between the two sides and enjoy! I’m telling you, this takes maybe 5 minutes and is a great way to start your morning off right. Have a great week foodies!


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