Whatcha Got Cooking Wednesday? Link-up

Recipe Link-up
Please join me in sharing your favorite recipes!
I ask that you PLEASE link back to this post or my blog, would love it if you would use the WGCW button and leave a comment so that I can follow your blog! Happy Cooking!!
What am I cooking for MEMORIAL DAY? 
 
I am planning a Memorial Day Cookout and Pool Party
The “Smoked” Boston Butt

This is one of Hubs all time favorite Memorial Day traditions. For the past 10 or 15 yrs he has spent this holiday at the in-field of Charlotte Motor Speedway and this is the 1st year since I have known him that he and his buddies are not going. SO, I think they decided to “smoke” the meat in honor of CMS and the Coca-Cola 600! I make up a rub and really like to do a wet & dry combo. I use equal parts of apple & grape juice and soak the butt overnight, towel dry and then do the dry rub.

Dry Rub
Please note, I do not really measure this I use a tablespoon and just wing it.
Sea salt
black pepper
crushed red pepper
brown sugar
cumin
paprika
garlic

Wet Basting Sauce
1 c apple cider vinegar
1 T each; dark brown sugar, crushed red pepper & salt

BBQ Sauce
1 c cider vinegar
1 c ketchup
3 T brown sugar
1 T molasses
1 T mustard
salt
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 stick butter
Melt butter and add everything, bring to low boil, reduce heat and sauce will thicken a bit. Serve warm or room temp.

Everyone is bring a side dish since we are doing the “main” course. I am also going to do a salsa bar! I will share those recipes tomorrow!

How are YOU celebrating Memorial Day?  What’s on your menu?

Whatcha Got Cooking Wednesday? Greek Shrimp Scampi Recipe Link-up

WGCW

Shrimp is one of our favorites! It is so easy to prepare and as I have been craving a particular Shrimp Pasta dish that is a little time consuming and really high in calories. SO, I thought I would introduce you to it’s younger & skinnier version!! This is a super quick and easy dish that would be perfect for the inaugural WGCW! It works wonderfully for a quick dinner or is elegant enough to do for a dinner party. It doubles great. I hope you all enjoy!!

1 tsp olive oil
2 Tb minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 small sweet onion, diced
28oz can whole tomatoes, chopped
1 cup white wine
1 cup salsa
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz crumbled feta
1/2 cup black olives
fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
pepper & salt to taste
1 small box angel hair pasta, cooked al’dente you can use whole wheat pasta or a combo of the two

Heat oil in skillet, sauté onion and garlic until onion softens then add juice from tomatoes, and wine bring to boil;

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add tomatoes, salsa and half the parsley; reduce heat, simmer apx 10 mins, add shrimp cook until just cooked through 3-5 mins.

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Pour into pan (or if using oven safe skillet) top with cheese & black olives. Bake at 425 for 10-12 mins until cheese begins to bubble.
 
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Sprinkle with remaining parsley, pepper & lemon juice.
Serve over pasta with a big salad and crusty bread as the sauce is SO good for dipping!!!

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Whatcha Got Cooking Wednesday is a NEW recipe link-up (my 1st ever!) SO pardon me if I make some mistakes! PLEASE share your creations with Mama Bird’s Nest!
This week: ANYTHING GOES
I ask that you please grab the WGCW button at the top left of my blog, link it to your post and leave me a comment, I will pop by for a taste! I am so excited to meet new friend and get some great recipes!! I can’t wait to see what you have cooking!!

NEW!!! Recipe Link-up

WOW! I am taking the plunge! I am HOPING and PRAYING that all you foodies, moms, single ladies, men ANYONE and EVERYONE  that reads Mama Bird’s Nest will join me in my newest adventure.
Whatcha got Cooking Wednesday?

I thought it would be a great way for us all to share some yummy recipes, meet new friends and just have fun!! I love linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and well, I am a girl that loves to host a party so…

Can I count you in?
Invite your friends to join us!
Be here! Wednesday
Please add the WGCW? Button to your post and link back!! I can’t wait to see what you have to share!! Do you like the idea of ANYTHING GOES or would you prefer us to have themes for each week? (ex. apps, pasta, etc…) YOUR opinion matters. PLEASE tell me what you think!!