Saucy, Springy, Shrimp Scampi

Garlic. Butter. Lemon. Wine. Fresh Herbs. Gotchya hooked yet? I mean, I had myself at butter, but then it just keeps getting better. Spring has sprung in most places, even the Northeast. Summer has practically sprung here in Phoenix, but this dish is simple enough, and for the most part light enough, to last all summer long. Sure, at first, it may seem like a lot of butter; but keep in mind you are making a pound of pasta. This dish could easily feed 6-8 adults, especially with some asparagus and a nice salad on the side. It feeds my family twice, and then some. So don’t be afraid, it’s just butter….and a lot better than some of the low- fat partially hydrogenated stuff that some companies disguise as healthy. Go real or go home, that’s my motto. At least for today. Usually it’s Go hard or go home (for my workouts). Sometimes it’s Go big or go home. Not today though. Sorry. Let’s get started! Here’s what you need:

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

4 Tablespoons of butter

1 Tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 Yellow onion, diced

20-25 jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and thawed

1 lb. angel hair pasta

Juice of one to two lemons

1/4 White wine. Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc is best

1/4 cup chopped parsley and basil mixed (fresh is best!)

Salt and pepper to taste.

Start things off right by heating up some water for the pasta and adding a liberal amount of salt to the water. Then let’s go ahead and melt that butter in a saucepan. Toss in a dash of olive oil, the chopped onion and the garlic, and let it saute a bit on medium heat until translucent. Smell that? Mmmm. That’s what dreams are made of people.  Go ahead and toss in the shrimp, but be careful because they cook quickly. Add the pasta to the water if it is boiling. Cook 3-4 minutes until al dente. Drain, reserving a cup of the pasta water. If you haven’t turned the shrimp, you should have. Kidding, go ahead and turn them now.  Open up that bottle of wine, or in my case grab the open bottle and toss in 1/4 cup. Squeeze lemon over mixture and add salt and pepper to taste. Now, pour the pasta back into the original pot and pour shrimp mixture over the pasta. Add the pasta water and maybe a drizzle of olive oil. Add the fresh herbs and toss with a littlefresh parmesan cheese. If you only ingest the parm cheese that comes in the green can, it’s time to branch out. Really. Now grab a fork and taste. Die on the spot from the yumminess! Yuminess is a word, you know. Yes it is. YES it IS!! Enjoy.

Trending this Spring – The Iris Has It!

 

Yes, iris in floral prints are H-O-T for Spring 2011, but I’m talking about the color, Iris.  It’s like a deep cobalt blue with a purple hue – remember that jumbo pack of 96 crayons your grandma always gave you for the car trip home (the very long ride without seat belts)? Was it called Iris or Indigo?! – whatever you name it,  it is just pretty! On clothes, everyone can wear it. Next to the face, it really makes every shade of skin tone glow.  Bright ‘pops of color’ are the rage this season!  How fun is a white jean with a bright top? It lifts your spirits!

 

But don’t take my word for it, here are some familiar faces sporting my “it” color for the season:

 

 

So do you think I have a blue issue?! Have you seen this color in magazines or malls lately? Found a favorite item? Share – we would love to hear it!

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Sunshine Makes All the Difference

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This can hardly qualify as a post because it is going to be so short…but I know many of you are feeling what I felt today.   Relief.  Hope. Promise.  It’s amazing how much the weather ties into my mood, but it does.  I feel like the forecast has FINALLY turned.  Will we still have some gloomy, cold days? Of course!  But, I can now clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel and it makes all the difference.  I can finally take Paige for walks, drive with the window down, go to the park.  I live for sunshine and that first taste of it, each year,  is like magic.  When the buds swell…and a few brave ones begin to blossom.  When the constant buzz of lawnmowers awaken me far too early, leaving behind the sweet scent of freshly cut grass.   And the smell of burgers cooking on the grill? Definitely one of life’s sublime joys. What are your favorite sights and sounds of Spring?

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