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Lenore's Recipes for May

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

This Mother's Day, I am honoring my mother, Lenore, who taught me to cook with love and to walk through life smiling. Her recipe for Shrimp Divan, luscious and creamy, was always my favorite dish. Each recipe was her whim. "Cook with your heart and careless abandon!” And I do!

This is a favorite recipe my mother used to make for us when we were growing up. I thought it was so elegant. Come to realize how effortless it was for her because she loved us, loved to cook, and loved to entertain. She always made sure the main ingredient was present every day in every way... a smile on her face and love in her heart. I am so proud to share her name, Lenore.

LENORE'S SHRIMP DIVAN (remember this was the 1950s)

2 lbs. cooked Shrimp (21-25 count)

1 can cheddar cheese soup, Campbell's of course!

Olive oil, just a little

1c. milk

1 c. chopped yellow onions, tiny dice

1 T. chopped garlic

2 8 oz. packages frozen broccoli spears, steamed till hot, certainly fresh is great

1 c. frozen garden peas, steamed until hot

4 c. favorite white rice (not brown)

Sauté the onions and garlic in a few tablespoons of olive oil (my mother never measured) until translucent. Add in the Campbell's soup and milk. Stir to incorporate to a smooth creamy texture. Add in the shrimp and gently stir together until hot. Place a cup of rice on each plate. Ladle a spoonful of shrimp and sauce over the rice. Brighten the plate with broccoli spears and garden peas. Enjoy with a lovely glass of Chardonnay, my mother's favorite!


Olive oil

2 pounds raw medium-small shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 Tbsp salt

3/4 cup lime juice (juice from 4-6 limes)

3/4 cup lemon juice (juice from 2-3 lemons)

2 T. ginger puree

2 cups finely chopped red onion

2 cups finely chopped English cucumber

1 cup each finely chopped red and green bell pepper

1 jalapeno chile, ribs and seeds removed, minced

1 cup chopped cilantro

2 avocados, peeled and diced small, placed into a bowl with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

In a large pot, bring to a boil 4 quarts of water, salted with 2 Tbsp salt. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute or longer, depending on size of shrimp. (Over-cooking the shrimp will turn it rubbery.) Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds to cool it for handling.

Drain the shrimp. Remove the tail from each piece. Cut each piece into thirds or quarters, or about one inch long. Place shrimp in the bowl with the ginger puree, lime and lemon juices. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, while it cools down absorbing the juices.

In another bowl, mix together the chopped (all the same size, except for the minced jalapeno) red onion, cucumber, bell peppers, cilantro and jalapeno chile. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Mix the marinated vegetables together with the shrimp. Right before serving fold in the avocado.


1 cup beef stock

1/2 cup demi

3 tablespoons butter

4/ 5-ounce filet mignon steaks (each about 1 inch thick)

1/4 cup chopped shallots

1 cup whipping cream

3 tablespoons Cognac or brandy

3 tablespoons drained green peppercorns in brine

Boil stock in small saucepan until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 7 minutes. Add in the Demi. Bring back to the boil for 1 minute. Set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Cook steaks to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to plate (do not clean skillet).