Shrimp and Crab Bisque

1/2 LB shrimp1/2 LB canned crab meat 3-10.5 OZ cans clam juice 8 OZ canned tomato puree 16 OZ cream sherry 2 TSP sugar 2 TBSP garlic, minced 1 TSP red chilie pepper flakes 2 TBSP cornstarch mixed with 3 TBSP water

In a medium saucepan, boil clam juice. Add shrimp when it reached boil, unpeeled. Boil 3-5 minutes until pink. Remove shrimp from liquid and put them in ice water. Peel shrimp and put peels in clam juice simmer juice and shells 15 minutes. Heat cream separately. Strain clam juice and place back n pot and thicken with the slurry mixture. Add tomato puree, hot cream and garlic, sugar, chile flakes and pepper. Add shrimp and use hand blender or pour mixture into a blender. Puree shrimp but don't blend completely. Return mixture to stove, add sherry and crab meat, then warm until ready to serve.

Here's a warm soup for a cold rainy day.  Definitely worth the effort.  Wine pairings to go with this most likely a dry Riesling like the Trefethen or Spy Valley.

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Chocolate Fettucine, Berries Flambé à la mode

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INGREDIENTS FOR FETTUCINE 2 TBSP Cocoa 2 TBSP Hot Water 2 TBSP Sugar 2 eggs, beaten ½ cup strong pasta flour

INGREDIENTS FOR BERRIES 1 QT. Raspberries or Strawberries, cleaned, stems removed ¼ cup sugar 1 TSP salt 2 TBSP butter

FINALE 2 QTs boiling water 1 cup sugar 1 TBSP butter ¼ cup brandy or cognac 1 QT vanilla bean ice cream

Combine cocoa, hot water and sugar and mix into a paste.  Add cocoa paste, flour and beaten egg.  Knead dough until smooth, rest 5 minutes at room temp. Roll out dough and cut into fettuccine strips with a pasta knife or machine.

For strawberries melt butter in small saucepan.  Add strawberries, sugar and salt.  Cover and cook on low heat 15 minutes.

Cook pasta in 2 qts. Boiling water with sugar for 8 minutes.  Drain pasta and mix with 1 TBSP butter.  Twirl fettucine on fork to form a ball in bottom of bowl or large plate. Top with vanilla ice cream. Turn strawberries on high heat for 1 minutes.  Add cognac and ignite with lighter or match (stand back).  Swirl alcohol around pan until flame dies down.  Spoon strawberry mixture over ice cream.  Enjoy!

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