The Freshman Cook: A Shopping I will Go!

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Please let me apologize for this late post!!! The last 2 days have been very hard on The Freshman Cook. Late on Friday, as I was trying to post last weeks dessert, I realized that there was really a big problem with my computer. Especially my blog! Well, I finally got the dessert posted after about 2 1/2 hours, and then I went to work trying to figure it out. On late Sunday evening, as I was pulling out my last little bit of hair, I got it to work. It was something so simple~it’s stupid. Well, actually I am! Never, never, never, (and I know this), should I download something on to my blog that I am not very familiar with. It always comes back to haunt me. And it’s always expensive!! Oh well, I hope the problems associated with this screw up were not major for anyone! Again, I apologize if they were. So here is yesterdays blog of the menu and grocery list for this week. Thanks! This weeks menu is based on something that is near and dear to me~Las Vegas. I moved here when I was 22 years old. I have lived here for the majority of my adult life.  I finished college here, I married someone who lived here, my son was born here, most of my life’s big moments happened here. When I first moved to Las Vegas the extent of my “going out to eat” was fast food! That’s just the life of a college kid. But here I got to go to nice dining rooms, with fancy, grown up names, and crystal chandeliers. The food was inexpensive everywhere. At that time it was cheaper for two people to eat out than at home.  So we ate at fancy restaurants, at bars, at casinos, at little hole in the wall dives, and at buffets. It was good! No, it was great!! Which brings me back to today! This weeks menu is made up of my old time favorites from all over Las Vegas. I tried to get as close as I could to the original. I haven’t been to some of the places in a while. I hope you will join me in my walk down memory food lane! Appetizer~Shrimp Cocktail Soup~French Onion Soup Entree~BBQ Beef Tips Side Dish~Nachos Nachos Nachos Dessert~Carrot Cake Here’s our list:

Shrimp Cocktail:

Shrimp (5 per person-medium size)

1/4 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

2 pieces Romaine Lettuce

1 Lemon

1 stalk Celery

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

Cocktail Sauce(3Tbl. per person)

French Onion Soup:

(for 6 people)

3 large Onions



Beef Base

1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

6 slices French Bread

12 ounces Mozzarella Cheese

BBQ Beef Tips:

Prime Sirloin Beef (1/3 lb per person)

Sweet Onion

BBQ Sauce

Potatoes(1 per person)

Sour Cream


Nachos Nachos Nachos:

Mission Nacho Strips Restaurant Style(1 bag)

5 Cheese Mexican Blend Cheese (1 lb) 

(shredded if you can find it)

1 Tomato

2 Onion

1/2 lb Ground Beef

3 Jalapeno

1 lb dried Pinto Beans

8 slices Bacon

2 Garlic Cloves

Vegetable Oil


1/2 tsp Ground Cumin

1 bunch Fresh Cilantro

Carrot Cake:

 1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

1 sm. box Yellow Pudding Mix

2 Eggs


Vegetable Oil

3 Carrots (large)

Cream Cheese(2 8oz. packages)

Thanks for joining me today. 

I hope you will come back tomorrow.

We will be making Shrimp Cocktail, Las Vegas Style!!

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