You’re Cooking a Birthday Dinner

August 27, 2009 by

It's your wife's birthday and you want to make her dinner.

She's normally the cook of the house ... and actually has a cooking website where she posts her favorite recipes.

But you want to give her the night off.

I mean do the entire meal from beginning to end ... including the dishes!

Ok, so maybe this post is a little too specific.

But last night my husband made me dinner, because today is my birthday and he wanted to "kick off" the birthday festivities.  And it was SO good, that I just had to share it with you!

He's a chicken or salmon person, but since I absolutely love shrimp, he made Szechwan Shrimp.  And the recipe was fabulous.  It was spicy, fresh-tasting, flavorful, and so delicious, I just couldn't get enough.

If you're looking for a new shrimp dish, or a healthy change from your regular takeout place, you need to check this recipe out.

Easy enough for a weekday night, but totally impressive looking at the same time.  Don't let the ketchup ingredient fool you!

So the next time you're looking to make a birthday dinner for your in-house chef, go ahead and grab some flowers on your way home for the table.  You have the perfect recipe to give your them the night off.

Until our next meal,


P.S. I know I promised you more recipes to use up your raspberry preserves, but I just couldn't let this recipe slip by.  Don't worry though, I have two coming your way tomorrow.

Szechwan Shrimp


Szechwan Shrimp

Szechwan Shrimp

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup (Yes, Ketchup!)
  • 2 Tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbs and 1 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 2 Tsp Honey
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Red Peppers
  • 1/2 Tsp Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Onions
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2  Red Pepper, Sliced
  • 3/4 Pound Uncooked Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
  • 1-2 Cups Broccoli, Pea Pods Or Other Veggies


  1. In a bowl, stir together the water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper, and ginger.  Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir fry onions and veggies until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and stir fry 30 seconds longer.
  5. Stir in shrimp, and toss to coat.
  6. Stir in sauce, and then cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
  7. Stir in the veggies and cook until just tender,