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Pickled Shrimp


Pickled Shrimp recipe

Makes 6 to 8 servings as an appetizer

active time
35 minutes

total time
4 hours 35 minutes, or up to overnight


  • 1 medium carrot, cut into thin rounds
  • 1 medium bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more for blanching
  • 1 red onion, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons whole coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Blanch vegetables: In a large pot of boiling, salted water, blanch carrots, fennel and zucchini until firm-tender, 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to remove vegetables and plunge directly into an ice-water bath. Remove and dry on paper towels. In a medium bowl, toss blanched vegetables with 1 teaspoon salt. Chill in refrigerator until you are ready to assemble dish.

Make pickled vegetables: In a saut¿an over medium-low heat, heat 1/2 olive oil and sweat the onion, pepper, garlic, spices and 1 teaspoon salt until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in wine, vinegar and thyme. Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil in a large pot, then turn off heat. Stir in shrimp and let cook until firm but still slightly translucent in the center, 1-2 minutes depending on size of shrimp. Place cooked shrimp in a nonreactive dish and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Then pour pickled vegetable mixture over shrimp.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Before serving, stir in blanched vegetables and remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Adjust seasoning, adding more salt and vinegar if needed. Garnish with parsley.



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Chris Brown – X (Album Stream)

Chris Brown’s new album entitled X is in stores and can be purchased from iTunes. Here’s a free stream of the project. Features include Lil Wayne, Tyga, Usher, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Akon, R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Aaliyah.

X Tracklist:

01. X
02. Add Me In
03. Loyal (Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)
04. New Flame (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)
05. Songs On 12 Play (Feat. Trey Songz)
06. 101 (Interlude)
07. Drown In It (Feat. R. Kelly)
08. Came To Do (Feat. Akon)
09. Stereotype
10. Time For Love
11. Lady In a Glass Dress (Interlude)
12. Autumn Leaves (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
13. Do Better
14. See You Around
15. Don’t Be Gone Too Long
16. Body Shots
17. Want You To Want Me
18. Lost In Ya Love
19. Love More (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
20. Don’t Think They Know (Feat. Aaliyah)
21. Fine China


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The Oscar winner praised the body’s biggest organ in a segment with Elmo, asking her new buddy, “Did you know all animals and people are covered in skin?”

With Nyong’o’s help, Elmo learned that he indeed has skin underneath his famous red fur.

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Watch below:


VH1 Orders ‘Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip’ (Trailer)

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The network that brought you “Love & Hip Hop” and “Love & Basketball” will soon birth a reality series following Tameka “Tiny” Harris and her hairstylist best friend Shekinah Jo as they drive around soliciting customers for their new hustle – a mobile hair salon.

Titled “Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip,” the spinoff from “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” will have cameras tracking the pair as they take their operation on a cross-country road trip to hook up weaves across America.

The series launches with eight episodes on Oct. 13.

Watch the promo below:


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