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Monday’s Menu…Spicy Shrimp with Spaghetti Aglio Olio

Let me just set the record straight…my husband is the cook in our house.  It’s not that I am not a good cook, he just enjoys the process more than I do.  And while I am setting things straight, I prefer eating.  However, if pasta is on the menu I will be wearing the apron. 

On the way home the Hubs called and asked if I would make a shrimp pasta dish for dinner…I immediately knew I wanted to keep it simple.  I chose the following recipe….I had to make a couple of adjustments to the recipe…I would caution you to go light on the salt.  Otherwise…Spicy Shrimp w/ Spaghetti Aglio Olio was delicious. 

The photo is from the foodnetwork.com website…my camera wasn’t available…blogging failure…I know!  One more thing for the record…my plate looked prettier!

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray and the Food Network…


Spicy Shrimp:

  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (a couple of handfuls) (I had to sub green onions because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • Coarse salt, about 1 teaspoon  (go easy)
  • 2 tablespoons (a couple of generous drizzles) extra-virgin olive oil

Aglio Olio:

  • 1/4 cup (4 turns around the pan in a light stream) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (2-ounce) tin anchovy fillets
  • 6 to 8 large cloves garlic, crushed and minced  (4 large cloves was plenty)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley, a couple of handfuls
  • Coarse salt  (omit)
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked to al dente
  • Tomato and Onion Salad, as an accompaniment
  • Crusty bread, as an accompaniment


Combine shrimp with next 6 ingredients and toss to coat shrimp evenly.

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat, then add half of the shrimp. Cook shrimp 3 minutes until pink and just firm. Remove shrimp to a warm platter and repeat process with remaining shrimp.

Return pan to heat and reduce heat to medium low. Add 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil. Add anchovies, garlic, and pepper flakes to oil. Break up anchovies with a wooden spoon until they melt away into the oil and garlic mixture.

Toss spaghetti in the pan with parsley and the garlic oil, then season with a little coarse salt, to your taste. Top servings of garlic and oil spaghetti with spicy shrimp and serve with Tomato and Onion Salad and Crusty Bread. (Again do not add the additional salt…)

Cook’s Notes: Prepare the shrimp while the pasta is cooking.

Prep your garlic and parsley for aglio olio and set them, as well as drained pasta and remaining ingredients all within arm’s reach of your stove top.

The aroma will be intense! Cooked anchovies have a salted-nutty (rather than fishy) taste that compliments the garlic as it sweetens and softens.

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Holiday Cookies

Day 2: Alton's Ginger Snaps

Do you enjoy baking?  I do not consider myself much of a baker.  I am more of an assembler…I can measure and mix and roll things in nuts and dip things in chocolate with the best of you.  However, at this time of year I wish I was an experienced baker.

I am following the Food Channels 12 Days of Cookies and they are wonderfully enticing.

Paula's Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

So far they have been enticing my taste buds with Ginger Snaps, Oatmeal Cookies, Mint Sandwich Cookies and spiced gingerbread piggies.  I can only imagine what will round out this years list.  I hope to try baking at least a few new recipes this year.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?

Melissa's Delicate Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies

Images from the Food Network 12 days of Cookies!


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Food Network Fall Lineup

 This hungry City Girl living in the Country is in Foodie Heaven!

I enjoy watching the Food Network any chance I get.  Although I rarely prepare the recipes I do take away helpful hints and tips and incorporate them into my own recipes.  I especially enjoy watching, The Barefoot Contessa and Giada at Home. 

This Foodie wanna be is thrilled that there are two new shows making their debut this weekend.  It is the first real sign that this incredibly hotter than hell Texas summer is on its way out.  Just to be able to use the word “FALL” in a sentence brings to mind cooler temperatures, football season, pumpkin patches and delicious warm comforting recipes coming to life in the kitchen. 

Hungry Girl airs Sunday at 10/9c on the Food Network.  Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, is a typical woman struggling with the same food issues as most women.  What started out as a daily email amongst friends has grown into a nationwide phenomenon. 

Pioneer Woman airs Saturday 11:30/10:30c on the Food Network.  Her name is Ree.  She is an incredibly popular blogger, a self-proclaimed desperate housewife and she lives in the country.

I will be programming the DVR for the next several weeks so as not to miss a minute of a single episode. 


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cooking on my day off…summer squash soup with brown butter

There are many things I have to do on my day off.  Some days are spent running errands to the grocery store, the pharmacy or doctor’s appointments.  Some days are spent on a little “me” time and personal pampering.  However, there are days when I just want to hang around the house watching the food network or work on future blog posts.  Then there are those days when I decide to cook… on my day off. 

There is such a sense of accomplishment. 

The discovery of the recipe. 

 The gathering of the ingredients. 

 The slicing and dicing and the measuring,



the ingredients are simmering on the stove, the aroma fills the house and I am cooking on my day off and enjoying every minute of it…especially when its time to eat!

Summer Squash Soup with Brown Butter

1 cup thinly sliced leeks
1 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
3# of summer squash (patty pan)
3 Tblsp Canola Oil
4 Garlic Pods Smashed
4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
1 Herb Bouquet(thyme, parsley and bay leaf)
3 Tblsp Butter unsalted
2 Tblsp Honey


Slice patty pan and brush with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place small sage leaf on each patty pan and roast in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until fork tender. 

Meanwhile, dice remaining squash and set aside.  In large dutch oven saute leeks, shallots and carrots in remaining oil.  Add diced squash and smashed garlic stirring often to prevent garlic from browning.  Add vegetable broth and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add herb bouquet. 

When roasted squash is ready remove the sage leaves and dice the squash and add to pot.  Continue simmering for another 30 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and discard herb bouquet.  Blend ingredients in small batches in a blender.  Store in separate container in the fridge until ready to heat and serve.

Reheat the soup mixture slowly and gently.  Just when the soup is hot, melt the butter until foaming subsides, add to soup.  Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg to pot.  When soup is served drizzle with a little olive oil. 



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blogging buddy challenge…no recipe

Recently I stumbled upon a WordPress blog post about blogging buddies…and I am happy to say that I found a couple of kindred spirits.  My new bbf,( blogging buddy friend) @ vintage pages,  challenged me to throw caution to the wind and cook without a recipe.  I accepted the challenge!

My version of Pasta Rustica…not because I consulted a recipe, I just love the name.  Using only what was available in the fridge and pantry and absolutely no reference to a cookbook or the food network.


Leftover Pan Fried Sausage
Crimini Mushrooms
Green Onions

Do you have a blogging buddy that is challenging and encouraging you?  Would you like a blogging buddy?  To buddy up subscribe to this blog and leave a comment that includes a link to your blog.  Ciao!


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Christmas cookies…Sandra Lee, eat your heart out!

I really enjoy the food network show Semi-homemade.  Sandra Lee pulls her show together with all of the ingredients for entertaining!  The cooking, the presentation and the decorating.  Total eye appeal!!!

Here are a few semi-homemade ideas that I think would make Aunt Sandi  proud.  The recipes and pictures can be found on-line at Better Homes & Garden, 100 days of Holiday. 

The Cookies!!!

Three-Layer No-Bake Bars

Layers of creamy vanilla pudding and melted chocolate top a buttery graham cracker crust.

Ginger Dips

Dip store bought molasses cookies in melted white chocolate, then sprinkle on snipped candied ginger to create a sweet, fragrant dessert.

Red Velvet Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

The Packaging!!!

And to finish it all off there must be a special beverage from Aunt Sandi’s recipe book.  The best hot chocolate ever!

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