Creamy Lemon Squares

Blissfully sweet and little tart. Lets welcome the spring with these delicious squares. For the recipe click on



Sauteed Shrimp with Pinto Beans, Rosemary And Spinach

This recipe is inspired from Sonoma diet cookbook. Original recipe called Grilled shrimp with white beans, rosemary, and arugula. I didn’t have the same ingredients and I substituted with spinach and pinto beans and instead grilling I sauteed the shrimp. It was very light and tasty.


16 fresh or frozen extra-large shrip in shells

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

1/4 lemon juice

2 tablespoon dry tomatoes, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

8 cups arugula, fresh spinach, and/or watercress, tough stems removed

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans(white kidney beans), rinsed and drained

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

8 long spring fresh rosemary(optional)

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Thread shrimp onto four 8 inch skewers, leaving a1/4 inch space between pieces. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary. brush all of the oil mixture over shrimp on skewers.

For a charcoal grill, place skewers on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals.Grill about 8 minutesor until shrimpare opaque, turning once halfway through grilling.(for a gas grill, preheat grill. reduce heat to medium. place skewers on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above. Or just saute it with olive oil. What ever you please.

Meanwhile, in a very large skillet combine the remaining 2 tbsp oil  , the remaining 1 tbsp rosemary, the sliced garlic, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. cook over medium-low heat about 8 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice, tomatoes, and parsley.

Add half of the arugula, the beans, and  onion to mixture in skillet. Coo, tossing constantly, just until arugula  begins to wilt. Add the remaining arugula, cook tossing constantly, about 1 minute more or just until arugula (spinach) is wilted.

Divide arugula mixture among four dinner plates. If desired remove shrimp from wooden skewers and skewer shrimp on each rosemary sprig. Serve shrimp with arugula mixture.

Surprisingly Delicious Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips Oatmeal Cookies

When I searched for the PB chips oatmeal cookies recipe on the internet ( I like to go on the internet and search for the recipes and read the comments.) I landed on and found this easy recipe. Recipe was very short and easy that made me nervous this cookies would not come out tasty. But I was wrong. It was a hit. They were delicious. So I try not to assume by shortness of the recipe in the future reference:)))

1 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. shortening
1 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 c. self-rising flour
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
1 (12 oz.) pkg. peanut butter chips

6 oz. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix brown sugar, butter, shortening, milk, vanilla and egg until well blended. Mix in remaining ingredients. (I added chocolate chips also.)Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.Bake until lightly brown, 10 to 12 minutes for soft cookies.

Irmik Helvasi(Semolina Dessert)


My daughter’s and my friend’s late night request…Well first I said: Can you wait until tomorrow?They said: No We’ve got to eat some dessert tonight,we are craving for irmik helvasi(semolina dessert). I decided to make it .I had no choice, but it is always pleasure to make my baby happy:0)

Ingredients :

1/4 cup medium size semolina,
115 gr unsalted butter,
4 tbsp pine nuts,
4 tbsp shredded unsalted goat cheese( Can be find in middle eastern grocery stores)

2+1/3 cup sugar,
2+2/3 cup water

  • Prepare the syrup cooking water and sugar in a pot and put aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot.
  • Add semolina and pine nuts.
  • Stirring constantly, cook on medium-low heat until the color turns to a medium golden shade.
  • Add the warm syrup.
  • Stir until the mixture becomes doughy and leaves the edges of the pot.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Add the shredded cheese and cover the lid wait for the  cheese to melt.
  • Serve hot or warm.