Quick Oven (Pinterest) Shrimp

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Appetizers, January 2014, Seafood Dishes


I found this recipe on Pinterest (and of course also all over Facebook) so I thought i’d give it a try because as we all know I am literally a shrimp Ho.

One of my close friends at work, Joy, always tells me I should have my cholesterol checked….routinely, due to the amount of shrimp I ingest regularly.

I have been known to eat an entire shrimp ring in one sitting. More then once a week. Don’t judge me. lol. At least it is healthy and has protein. I’m not sitting down 2-3 times a week with a jumbo bag of Doritos.

Honestly its my homemade cocktail sauce. The shrimp makes it taste better…believe me…i’ve tried eating it with a spoon but scooping it up with a juicy little shrimpy is better.

For the cocktail sauce you’ll need:

2 cups of ketchup

1/4 cup prepared Horseradish

1/2 tsp lemon juice

dash of Worcestershire sauce


Mix together. Refrigerate.


For the shrimp you’ll need:

1 lb of shrimp (about 1 bag of frozen shrimp, 25-30 pieces)

sliced lemon (enough to layer at the bottom of the pan)

1/4 cup of butter (splurge…use the real stuff)

2 Tbsps of chopped garlic

1 tsp Italian seasoning (I have never been able to find this in my local grocery stores so about a year ago I made my own. In a food processor add 2 Tbsps of the following dried spices: basil, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, cilantro, thyme, savory and red pepper flakes. Pulse together.)

Now this is all the recipe calls for…I added 1 Tbsp of chopped pickled hot peppers. I couldn’t help myself.




Here are the difficult instructions.

Preheat oven to 350.

Place the butter on a cookie sheet (or baking stone) and melt in the oven for 1-2 minutes.

Layer the lemon slices in the butter.

Add garlic (and hot peppers).




Lay the shrimp on top. Do not overlap. Move them around a little to get the goop on the shrimp.

Sprinkle with Italian spices. I also added fresh ground sea salt and pepper.




Bake for 15 minutes.








I guess you could serve this over rice or noodles. I ate them right off the pan. 🙂




Love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick

little LITTLE brown chicken

Cream Cheese Brownies (aka. Make My A$$ Fat Brownies)

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Desserts, January 2014


Don’t be turned off by the title. They will only increase the size of your gluteus maximus if you do what I did.

1. Eat the entire batch by yourself (over a course of a week)

2. Proceed to make a second batch once you realized the first was gone.

This dessert is both seriously easy and seriously dangerous. If you have restraint, unlike me, feel free to make some. They are delicious.

What you will need:


1 box of brownie mix (plus whatever is required to make them…oil…eggs…water. Just follow the box instructions)

4oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
Make the brownie mix. Add half the mix to a greased 8×8, 9×9, whatever pan.
In a separate bowl mix together the cream cheese, egg and vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly add the icing sugar.
Drop by spoonful the filling into the brownie mix.
Add remaining mix on top. Swirl together by cutting through with a knife.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
Make sure you cool completely before (attempting) to remove from the pan…about 90 minutes. Otherwise this will happen.
Didn’t stop me from enjoying the hell outta these brownies.
The cream cheese is nice and sweet so there is no need for frosting. No seriously. Trust me. I love these brownies they are better then sex. Well, at least better then most (bad) sex. And if I keep scarfing them like I do I won’t have to worry about bad sex, or any sex for that matter. 😉
Love, peace and chicken grease,
-A Cooped Up Chick
little LITTLE brown chicken


Homemade Donairs

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Beef Dishes, January 2014


First off let me apologize yet again. I feel like i’m in confession. Forgive me friends for I have sinned. It has been months since my last post.

Ever go through stints of productivity and then others where absolutely nothing seems to get done? I have been in a state of nothingness for far too long. This relates to almost every aspect of my life. I vow to change.


I came across this recipe for homemade donair meat and felt inspired. I LOVE donairs. I crave them but along with my lack of motivation lately there is also a lack of money. I’m as broke as a joke. There were very few ingredients and honestly, I was doubtful it would turn out but I thought i’d give it a go anyway.

First there was the sauce. Uber easy. 3 ingredients.

Donair Sauce

1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

1/3 cup white vinegar

1 tsp garlic powder


Pour into a bowl. Whisk. Refrigerate.



So simple and so yummy.

Next for the Donair meat you’ll need:

  • 3 to 3.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tsp flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp paprika (NOT smoked)
  • 2 tsp onion powder (I only had onion salt so I used that and reduced the actual salt to 1/2 tsp)
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

To make the donair meat put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse it until it forms a ball. You may have to do this in 2 batches (I did) due to the amount of meat in ratio to the size of your processor.





Remove and form into a log. Place on a baking rack and bake at 325 for 2 hours.




Allow to cool completely before slicing. I found it was much easier to slice thin the second day after it had been refrigerated overnight. Regardless it was still delicious.



Sorry if you are offended by the picture. I was informed it is quite ‘phallic’. I swear this was unintentional. It was formed completely uniform before baking. This is what happened in the oven. I promise. 😉





Day 1 I made donair pizza. Homemade dough, sauce, donair meat, diced onions and tomatoes. Topped with additional cold onions and tomatoes and dipped in more sauce. 😉




Day 2 I made a donair.




*drool* I seriously think if more people make this recipe Greco will be forced to close its doors. I will never buy another Donair kit at the grocery store…A. because they are crap and B. because this recipe seriously makes a shit load of meat and 84% is frozen in individual double donair sized packages in my freezer as we speak. 🙂


I hope you enjoy.

Love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick

little LITTLE brown chicken