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Sexy and Sassy Shrimp for Valentines Day – Fra Diavolo

photo (3) photo (5)photo (2)OK it’s Valentines Day and that’s the reason for the sexy, and the reason it’s sassy is because this shrimp packs some heat known as Fra Diavolo sauce. What a perfect meal for Valentines Day and it’s red!!! this was so delicious and light. I highly recommend it and it really was an easy dish to make. I would say it’s downright easy to make. This 1 lb. of shrimp should feed 4. I made it with Bucatini pasta, which is a thick ropey spaghetti, you can use whatever type of spaghetti you prefer or none at all. I would say that this whole dish start to finish took 1/2 hour. That’s so perfect. Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined which will save you time. Happy Valentines Day!

*don’t leave out the fresh herbs, they kick it up a notch

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon of kosher salt , plus more as needed

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 (14 oz. can) diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

1 cup dry white wine

3 garlic cloves , chopped

1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, I didn’t think this was too spicy ,  you’ll have to adjust to your own taste buds. I actually thought 1 teaspoon was pretty mild, next time I will add more, but we like it spicy.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for a few minutes, toss around a bit and continue cooking until shrimp is just cooked through. ( you’ll want it pink and slightly curled up)

Remove shrimp to a bowl, set aside.

In the same skillet add 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add onions and saute until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano.  Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken up, about 15 minutes. If sauce sits for a while it may loose some of its liquid , you can just add a little bit of water at a time to get sauce where you’d like it, but just a little at a time.  When you’re ready to serve, add the shrimp back into simmering sauce with any juices that they may have accumulated, toss to coat the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes . You can cut into a shrimp to make sure it’s cooked , it should be opaque not translucent. Stir in the parsley and basil. Taste for salt, and serve.

*prepare pasta according to directions and serve shrimp and sauce right on top.

Sheet Pan Shrimp

Oh wow! I am so very into all my sheet pan meals. This one was particularly simple to prepare once you have the shrimp prepped. I really kind of just winged it. You can roast some broccoli separately as it would need a little more time to cook.  I served with some rice and a salad and that was it. No kidding around this meal took less than 1/2 hour from oven to table. Of course it is super easy if your fish store can prepare your shrimp. Joel does all the shrimp prep around here and boy am I happy he does. If you call your fish store ahead they will peel and de-vein the shrimp for you.

Enjoy this super easy light dinner.

This recipe will serve 4 people.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp. You can leave the tails on if you’d like but I didn’t. I used rather large shrimp. Under 10–Mexican White Shrimp.

2 cups cherry tomatoes

2 nice sized garlic cloves, minced

app. 2 – 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

*1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper–if you like the heat. Totally optional

1/2 lemon

*some steamed spinach would also be perfect!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

I put shrimp, cherry tomatoes and garlic in a large bowl, drizzled 2-3 Tbsp. of Olive Oil over it added app. 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt and some grinds on the pepper mill. You may want to use more or less salt depending on your particular taste. I also sprinkled some crushed red pepper in –app. 1/2 teaspoon. Mix it up with a large spoon and if it looks like a light glaze of oil and everything is covered with the oil –you’re good. I used between 2 and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. You’ll have to eyeball it to be sure. One large sheetpan should do it. I sprayed sheet pan with cooking spray or you can use parchment paper for even quicker clean up . Spread out on sheet pan and that’s it.

Roast until the shrimp are opaque , start to curl up and turn pink,  and tomatoes start to burst. I cooked for 15 minutes, but I had very large shrimp. You’ll have to adjust time for the size of your shrimp. Smaller shrimp could take 10-12 minutes. You can always cut into the middle of a shrimp to be sure it’s done.

Finish with a squeeze of some fresh lemon, app. 1/2 lemon.

Serve with rice , pasta or just alone. Add a nice green veggie alongside and you’re good to go.

Say Thank You for this delicious and easy recipe!

 

 

 

Mediterranean Shrimp –Roasted with Feta

IMG_8507 IMG_8500IMG_8506IMG_8493 IMG_8497 IMG_8494 IMG_8498 IMG_8486 IMG_8487 IMG_8490Most outstanding shrimp recipe from Ina Garten. All the tastes of the Mediterranean in one dish. It’s roasted shrimp with feta, fennel, tomatoes, lemons, Pernod,  wine and other good things. This was really so very delicious we ate it 2 nights in a row. It doesn’t need rice or pasta but if you’re having 6 people you can stretch it by adding the starch.  I used 1 1/4 lbs.  of shrimp and we had dinner for 2 nights. It was the first time making recipe so I wanted to use the right amount of ingredients. You can easily cut this in half for two people. This recipe as is will generously serve 4.

There are a lot of ingredients and I had to buy a bottle of Pernod but don’t let this discourage you.  You’ll also need a 12″ heavy ovenproof skillet and there is a lot of prep but you’ll look like a pro when this dish comes out of the oven. It really wasn’t difficult and have your fish store prepare shrimp. (Peel and de-vein) if you’d like you can leave tails on but I didn’t and it was perfectly fine.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tablespoons each

1 1/2 cups medium-diced fennel

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 teaspoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon Pernod ( available in most liquor stores)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 lbs ( app. 16 per pound) peeled and de-veined shrimp ( I prefer Mexican White and can usually obtain them) Talk to your local Fish Store.

4 -5 ounces good feta cheese, coarsely crumbled

1 cup fresh bread crumbs , yes I made them myself in the food processor–just throw 3 slices of white bread into food processor with crusts on and chop! it’s so much better than store-bought, just saying.

3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley

2 lemons–1 for zesting and juicing and 1 cut into wedges to serve with dish

Directions:

Prepare shrimp and set aside, I like to place clean shrimp on paper towels to dry them before cooking.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray 12″ skillet with cooking spray for easier clean-up. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the chopped fennel and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the fennel is softened. Add the garlic and cook for a quick minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits for about 2-3 minutes and the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, tomato paste , oregano, Pernod, Salt and Pepper to the skillet. Simmer over medium-low heat , stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

While the shrimp is cooking combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and set aside.

Turn off the heat and arrange the shrimp (see photo) in one layer over the tomato mixture in the skillet. Scatter the feta evenly over the shrimp. Then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the shrimp.

Bake in 400 degree oven for app. 15 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown. (you can cut into a shrimp and make sure it’s opaque at this time)

Remove from oven and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon (I used zested lemon) over the shrimp. Serve hot with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.

Sexy and Sassy Shrimp for Valentines Day – Fra Diavolo

photo (3) photo (5)photo (2)OK it’s Valentines Day and that’s the reason for the sexy, and the reason it’s sassy is because this shrimp packs some heat known as Fra Diavolo sauce. What a perfect meal for Valentines Day and it’s red!!! this was so delicious and light. I highly recommend it and it really was an easy dish to make. I would say it’s downright easy to make. This 1 lb. of shrimp should feed 4. I made it with Bucatini pasta, which is a thick ropey spaghetti, you can use whatever type of spaghetti you prefer or none at all. I would say that this whole dish start to finish took 1/2 hour. That’s so perfect. Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined which will save you time. Happy Valentines Day!

*don’t leave out the fresh herbs, they kick it up a notch

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon of kosher salt , plus more as needed

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 (14 oz. can) diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

1 cup dry white wine

3 garlic cloves , chopped

1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, I didn’t think this was too spicy ,  you’ll have to adjust to your own taste buds. I actually thought 1 teaspoon was pretty mild, next time I will add more, but we like it spicy.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for a few minutes, toss around a bit and continue cooking until shrimp is just cooked through. ( you’ll want it pink and slightly curled up)

Remove shrimp to a bowl, set aside.

In the same skillet add 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add onions and saute until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano.  Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken up, about 15 minutes. If sauce sits for a while it may loose some of its liquid , you can just add a little bit of water at a time to get sauce where you’d like it, but just a little at a time.  When you’re ready to serve, add the shrimp back into simmering sauce with any juices that they may have accumulated, toss to coat the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes . You can cut into a shrimp to make sure it’s cooked , it should be opaque not translucent. Stir in the parsley and basil. Taste for salt, and serve.

*prepare pasta according to directions and serve shrimp and sauce right on top.

Sexy and Sassy Shrimp for Valentines Day – Fra Diavolo

photo (3) photo (5)photo (2)OK it’s Valentines Day and that’s the reason for the sexy, and the reason it’s sassy is because this shrimp packs some heat known as Fra Diavolo sauce. What a perfect meal for Valentines Day and it’s red!!! this was so delicious and light. I highly recommend it and it really was an easy dish to make. I would say it’s downright easy to make. This 1 lb. of shrimp should feed 4. I made it with Bucatini pasta, which is a thick ropey spaghetti, you can use whatever type of spaghetti you prefer or none at all. I would say that this whole dish start to finish took 1/2 hour. That’s so perfect. Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined which will save you time. Happy Valentines Day!

*don’t leave out the fresh herbs, they kick it up a notch

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon of kosher salt , plus more as needed

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 (14 oz. can) diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

1 cup dry white wine

3 garlic cloves , chopped

1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, I didn’t think this was too spicy ,  you’ll have to adjust to your own taste buds. I actually thought 1 teaspoon was pretty mild, next time I will add more, but we like it spicy.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for a few minutes, toss around a bit and continue cooking until shrimp is just cooked through. ( you’ll want it pink and slightly curled up)

Remove shrimp to a bowl, set aside.

In the same skillet add 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add onions and saute until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano.  Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken up, about 15 minutes. If sauce sits for a while it may loose some of its liquid , you can just add a little bit of water at a time to get sauce where you’d like it, but just a little at a time.  When you’re ready to serve, add the shrimp back into simmering sauce with any juices that they may have accumulated, toss to coat the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes . You can cut into a shrimp to make sure it’s cooked , it should be opaque not translucent. Stir in the parsley and basil. Taste for salt, and serve.

*prepare pasta according to directions and serve shrimp and sauce right on top.

Mediterranean Shrimp –Roasted with Feta

IMG_8507 IMG_8500IMG_8506IMG_8493 IMG_8497 IMG_8494 IMG_8498 IMG_8486 IMG_8487 IMG_8490Most outstanding shrimp recipe from Ina Garten. All the tastes of the Mediterranean in one dish. It’s roasted shrimp with feta, fennel, tomatoes, lemons, Pernod,  wine and other good things. This was really so very delicious we ate it 2 nights in a row. It doesn’t need rice or pasta but if you’re having 6 people you can stretch it by adding the starch.  I used 1 1/4 lbs.  of shrimp and we had dinner for 2 nights. It was the first time making recipe so I wanted to use the right amount of ingredients. You can easily cut this in half for two people. This recipe as is will generously serve 4.

There are a lot of ingredients and I had to buy a bottle of Pernod but don’t let this discourage you.  You’ll also need a 12″ heavy ovenproof skillet and there is a lot of prep but you’ll look like a pro when this dish comes out of the oven. It really wasn’t difficult and have your fish store prepare shrimp. (Peel and de-vein) if you’d like you can leave tails on but I didn’t and it was perfectly fine.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tablespoons each

1 1/2 cups medium-diced fennel

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 teaspoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 Tablespoon Pernod ( available in most liquor stores)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 lbs ( app. 16 per pound) peeled and de-veined shrimp ( I prefer Mexican White and can usually obtain them) Talk to your local Fish Store.

4 -5 ounces good feta cheese, coarsely crumbled

1 cup fresh bread crumbs , yes I made them myself in the food processor–just throw 3 slices of white bread into food processor with crusts on and chop! it’s so much better than store-bought, just saying.

3 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley

2 lemons–1 for zesting and juicing and 1 cut into wedges to serve with dish

Directions:

Prepare shrimp and set aside, I like to place clean shrimp on paper towels to dry them before cooking.

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray 12″ skillet with cooking spray for easier clean-up. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the chopped fennel and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the fennel is softened. Add the garlic and cook for a quick minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits for about 2-3 minutes and the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the tomatoes with their liquid, tomato paste , oregano, Pernod, Salt and Pepper to the skillet. Simmer over medium-low heat , stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

While the shrimp is cooking combine the bread crumbs, parsley, and lemon zest with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and set aside.

Turn off the heat and arrange the shrimp (see photo) in one layer over the tomato mixture in the skillet. Scatter the feta evenly over the shrimp. Then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the shrimp.

Bake in 400 degree oven for app. 15 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the bread crumbs are golden brown. (you can cut into a shrimp and make sure it’s opaque at this time)

Remove from oven and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon (I used zested lemon) over the shrimp. Serve hot with the remaining lemon cut into wedges.

Shrimp Seared with Paprika and Other Good Stuff

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Raw Shrimp after being butterflied, cleaned and de-veined

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Raw Shrimp on Baking Sheet with Dry Spices

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Finished Product Sprinkled with Chopped Fresh Parsley

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Yeah !!!! I’m back and cooking. I had rotator cuff surgery and repaired a tear in my right arm 7 weeks ago.  Yes my right arm, so how that translates to me is no spinning, no biking, no cooking and basically no nothing. First few weeks are so bad you don’t really want to do much but as you start to feel better you want to do more but can’t because you are stuck in a sling for 5 weeks!!!! This surgery is a bear and sort of unbearable. No choice in the matter I had to do it, so here I am healed up enough 7 weeks later to start cooking again!!!!!  Joel and I were so sick of take-out food and eating out 7 days a week . You realize that it’s the little things in life that mean the most to you. I am still not up to very difficult tasks but am healed up enough to whip up this delicious Paprika Shrimp . Not too difficult to prepare but make certain you read through recipe thoroughly before cooking. You too can look like a rock-star and cook up this meal.

If you like shrimp this is a must try recipe and if you don’t.   I called my local fish store in the morning (Roslyn Seafood Gourmet) I asked him to clean and de-vein but ask him to butterfly it as well. Joel butterflied it for me and it’s not that difficult to do it’s just time consuming.  I called the fish store in the morning and picked up in the afternoon, so they were all ready for me to cook. I asked for Mexican Whites and the largest he had was Under 15 so this was perfect. I realize that shrimp can be pricey but there is a lot of different shrimp out there priced for every pocket today.

So happy to be back cooking and sharing with all of you as I enter into my  5th year of writing this blog. Thanks again for all the support you’ve all given me throughout .

Keep Cooking with Candi .

*original recipe adapted from The Pollan Family Table — my new favorite cookbook

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1 Tablespoon Paprika

1 Teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or any other coarse type of salt

1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or any coarse salt you like

2 lbs. large shrimp ( 15-20 per pound) peeled, deveined and butterflied. Ask them to leave the tails on. I used 1 1/2 lbs. for the two of us and there wasn’t a single piece left!!! *see picture

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3 large cloves of garlic minced app. 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

5 chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil (available in a jar)

2 teaspoons capers, drained

1/2 cup dry white wine I used a Pinot Grigio

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 Tablespoon finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley , don’t leave this out . It gives it a super professional look.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, paprika, sugar, salt and pepper.  Pat the shrimp dry on paper towels and lay the shrimp out on a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure to cover the shrimp with the mixture. Make sure to get both sides covered. Use all of the spice mixture up. I used my hands to completely cover the shrimp.

Heat 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot , place half the shrimp in one layer in the skillet. Let cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes, using the timer.  Flip the shrimp and sear the other side, for  2 more minutes. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towels before the second batch. Add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining shrimp. Put the shrimp in a sprayed ( cooking spray) oven-proof baking dish. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake until lightly browned on the edges and opaque in the center. I cooked for 5 minutes.

While the shrimp are baking, wipe out the skillet with a paper towel again and return to the stove top over low heat. Melt 1 Tablespoon of the butter. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds and be careful not to burn garlic. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and capers, raise the heat to medium-high and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for app. 5 minutes. Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter into pan. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and stir. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve. I served over rice. Amazingly delicious.

Sexy and Sassy Shrimp for Valentines Day – Fra Diavolo

photo (3) photo (5)photo (2)OK it’s Valentines Day and that’s the reason for the sexy, and the reason it’s sassy is because this shrimp packs some heat known as Fra Diavolo sauce. What a perfect meal for Valentines Day and it’s red!!! this was so delicious and light. I highly recommend it and it really was an easy dish to make. I would say it’s downright easy to make. This 1 lb. of shrimp should feed 4. I made it with Bucatini pasta, which is a thick ropey spaghetti, you can use whatever type of spaghetti you prefer or none at all. I would say that this whole dish start to finish took 1/2 hour. That’s so perfect. Buy your shrimp peeled and deveined which will save you time. Happy Valentines Day!

*don’t leave out the fresh herbs, they kick it up a notch

Ingredients:

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon of kosher salt , plus more as needed

1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 (14 oz. can) diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

1 cup dry white wine

3 garlic cloves , chopped

1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, I didn’t think this was too spicy ,  you’ll have to adjust to your own taste buds. I actually thought 1 teaspoon was pretty mild, next time I will add more, but we like it spicy.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh italian parsley leaves

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In a medium bowl toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for a few minutes, toss around a bit and continue cooking until shrimp is just cooked through. ( you’ll want it pink and slightly curled up)

Remove shrimp to a bowl, set aside.

In the same skillet add 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil and add onions and saute until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the can of tomatoes with their juices, wine, garlic, and oregano.  Simmer until the sauce starts to thicken up, about 15 minutes. If sauce sits for a while it may loose some of its liquid , you can just add a little bit of water at a time to get sauce where you’d like it, but just a little at a time.  When you’re ready to serve, add the shrimp back into simmering sauce with any juices that they may have accumulated, toss to coat the shrimp, and cook for about 3 minutes . You can cut into a shrimp to make sure it’s cooked , it should be opaque not translucent. Stir in the parsley and basil. Taste for salt, and serve.

*prepare pasta according to directions and serve shrimp and sauce right on top.

Shrimp, Spinach, Tomatoes and Pasta

I love the recipe with Chicken, Spinach , Tomatoes and Pasta so much that I decided to make it with Shrimp. It turned out as delicious as I imagined it would. My daughter and grandsons are out here visiting, and I wanted to make a special dinner for her first night. I didn’t feel like making chicken again, so I made the basic recipe but changed it around a little bit for the shrimp. How can this be bad??  With cooking you can mix and match and screw around with the recipes, more or less seasonings, etc. With baking you really can’t, when you start substituting it gets very dicey and I don’t recommend doing it unless you’re just screwing around in the kitchen. There is nothing worse than going to the effort and expense of baking and having to scrap the whole cake because you tried to change an ingredient.  Usually with baking , I follow the directions carefully and try new ingredients before I will make them for any one else.   With cooking you can be more flexible and be a bit more daring. There is definitley room for error with cooking but not with baking. Baking is much more precise a science. Heed the advice and have fun with this recipe. This is what I did.

Ingredients:

2 boxes Cherry Tomatoes or little grape type tomatoes. During the summer you may want to use some of those beautiful fresh tomatoes either from your garden or from the farm stand. In the winter months stick with the small cherry types. I was able to obtain some fresh cherry tomatoes grown locally and they were sweet and delicious.

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper –to taste

2 Tablespoons Butter ( unsalted)

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided

3/4 cup Chicken Broth

3/4 cup white wine ( I use whatever I have open) if no white wine in house double up on chicken broth

Shrimp , we used Ocean Garden brand or any Mexican White Shrimp shell on whites under 10 – 15 size.  Use whatever you like but I highly recommend this brand. I used enough for the three of us about 5 pieces each ( they are nice size) and cooked up the rest for shrimp cocktail for the next day. Joel recommends using Mexican White Ocean caught shrimp. The under 10 size means there are under 10 to a pound. These are the perfect size for shrimp cocktail and many dishes. They are rather costly though. Ask your seafood person for help , you’d be surprised how a little knowledge goes a long way in this area. We buy it by the box (5 lb.) and it comes frozen in a block. It gets defrosted, cleaned and deveined. You can also go into your local fish store and buy 1 lb. of shrimp about 10 – 15 to a lb. and have them clean it and devein it. We prefer the shrimp from Mexico or Equador, ask for white shrimp from Central or South America.

1 bag baby spinach

*crushed red pepper if you like a little heat ( totally optional)

1 lb. of spaghetti , I used perciatelli type of pasta. Use whatever type you like.

Directions:

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside. I like to keep a cup of the pasta water in case I need a bit more liquid for finishing the sauce. I always do this.

Clean and devein shrimp.  Thank goodness Joel does this for me, but you can ask them in your seafood dept. or fish store to do this they usually will,  it takes a lot of the work out of it.

Cut small tomatoes in 1/2, if you are using larger tomatoes just chop up.  Heat olive oil over medium high heat, turn heat down to low and add garlic for about a minute. Pour in wine and broth , raise the heat and allow the liquid to come to a boil. Allow the liquid to boil for a few minutes and it will reduce , cooking liquid should reduce by at least 1/2. Lower to a simmer and add tomatoes, I let them cook for a while, probably 1/2 hour or so for this sauce. The tomatoes will release their liquid a bit, and soften up .  Sprinkle some kosher salt and pepper now on tomatoes.  ( about 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt) and a few grinds of the black pepper ( to taste) Let tomatoes simmer, while you cook shrimp. You can always turn heat off, and just turn back on when you’ll add the shrimp.

I pat shrimp dry on some paper towels, and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.

In another smaller frying pan, I add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over low – medium heat. When oil is hot , I add shrimp , I just quickly sear the shrimp about 3 minutes each side. Then I add shrimp to my tomatoes and simmer for a few more minutes. I add the pasta right in to my large skillet, and mix in pasta with the shrimp and tomatoes. Right before serving , I add in the bag of baby spinach and let it wilt, and that’s it! Plate it up! Delicious! Vegetable, Protein and Starch all in one bowl! Yum

Shrimp and Tomatoes with White Beans and Spinach

photo 4 (14) photo (65)photo 5 (15)photo 1 (30)Today I am posting a recipe that is very close to one I have already posted titled “Tuscan Shrimp with White Beans” it has a few differences and they’re both excellent. Just wanted to let you all know what I did this time. I served as is and the beans are a delicious alternative to pasta. The beans and spinach make it healthy and hearty. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

app. 2 cups baby spinach ( or arugula)

3 cloves garlic , chopped

1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup dry white wine, I used Pinot Grigio because that’s what I had on hand and open already ( sauvignon blanc would be fine as well)

1 1/2 lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined. Ask your local fish store to do this for you.

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper ( if you like a little kick, if not you can omit)

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

Wash spinach and dry. Chop up garlic cloves. Peel and devein the shrimp if not done.

I used a large sauté pan for this but any large pot will do. Place pot on stove and turn the heat to medium. Pour 2 Tablespoons olive oil and heat it up till it gets shimmery looking, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant ( very quickly for about 1/2 minute) Don’t burn the garlic!!! Add the can of tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Pour in the wine and bring to a low boil. Once it starts to boil add the shrimp and cook, turning with tongs till shrimp is done , you may have to cut into one after 5 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp will start to curl up, and get opaque inside. Don’t over cook ! You can always put shrimp back if undercooked but no one likes rubbery shrimp. The shrimp will continue to cook during next step , so don’t worry.

Stir in the beans, spinach, red and black pepper and cook, stirring often till the beans are heated through and spinach wilts, about 3 – 5 minutes more. Season with salt to taste, I used about 3/4 of a teaspoon of kosher salt, it depends on your taste.