Wendy’s Birthday Dinner

Wendy is a member of a  group of us that get’s together every Wednesday to play Dominoes.  It just so happened that her birthday fell on our Domino night and I wanted to make a special dinner.  (Wendy is also the author of Henri and Friends.)


-The Menu-

Crab Cake topped on a bed of Season Greens

Black Bean Succotash

Garlic Shrimp

Fresh Tomato Focaccia Bread

Warm Rice Pudding – Requested by Birthday Girl

Black Bean Succotash

1 16oz can of Black Beans (drained & rinsed)

1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper

1/2 small chopped sweet onion

1 cup fresh or frozen corn

2 cups fresh or frozen sliced okra (optional)

2 Romana tomatoes diced

1 Tablespoon of chopped cilantro or parsley

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Juice from one lime.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly saute onions, okra, sweet peppers and corn in olive oil and season add black beans and with salt and pepper.  Let cool add juice from one lime. Best made a day ahead.

Garlic Shrimp

An easy recipe for shrimp scampi, made with shrimp, garlic, butter, and a little white wine and lemon juice.

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp (about 16 to 24)
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh if possible
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Peel and devein shrimp and set aside.   Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic 1 or 2 minutes or until softened but not browned. Add shrimp, green onions, wine and lemon juice; cook until shrimp are pink and firm, about 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Do not overcook. Add chopped parsley and salt and pepper before serving.

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