I’m changing the name to Shrimp Piccata!

It is almost Friday.  It. Is. Almost. Friday. I’m gonna slap a big WOOOO HOOO on that. Truly, it’s been a very long week.  On the bright side, the  sun was out today; cold, but the sun was out!  It’s almost like you can actually almost see Spring around the corner.  Then the weather comes on and the pretty boy in the suit says “Snow next week”.  And you want to punch his pretty face. Ok, ok, so it is upstate New York, and fine, it is only mid-March.  Yes, I know snow is still to be expected until April. UGH, fine!  I will leave his pretty face alone 😉

I think I mentioned a few posts back that I’m the team leader for the Eat Well, Live Well challenge.  That has really thrown me into the “let’s be super healthy until I get discouraged” mood.  I’m back on MyFitness Pal, logging everything I eat.  I purchased a Fitbit. I’m down to a handful or two of chocolate chips a day. And yes, I’m logging those too. I’m in no way a paid person for Fitbit, (unless of course they want to throw a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ my way), but I have to say, the thing is nifty.  In general, technology blows my mind.  Computers? Tablets? Fax machines?  All magic. This Fitbit? Serious magic.  It knows things.  Things that I don’t think it really should know. Quite frankly, it creeps me out just a little.

The one thing it doesn’t know?  How many carbs are being consumed!  I aim for high protein options and I strive for 5 and all that jazz. Every now and again though, I come across a pasta recipe that strikes my fancy.  This pasta recipe from Rachael Ray was one of them.  It was 2 out of 3 kid approved, and the ol’ man loved it. Guess which kid wouldn’t even try it?  Come on…Guess.  I’ll give you a penny if you get it right! She calls it “Pasta Piccata”.  I called it Shrimp Piccata.  It really highlights the shrimp.  Pasta is just pasta.

Shrimp Piccata

  • 2 Cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 C  Chicken stock
  • 1/3 C Capers
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 lb  Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 10 oz. Linguine, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 C Parsley
  1. In skillet, cook garlic in butter over medium heat, for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in chicken stock, capers, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest. Simmer 2 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp; cook 4 minutes (or until done)
  4. Toss with pasta and parsley.

 

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It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere-Superbowl Edition!

When I was younger, I didn’t care much to watch football or the Superbowl.  It was more interested in hanging out with my friends.  Or Duran Duran.  I was definitely more interested in Duran Duran than in football.  My dad, however, watched every Sunday. During the fall, as I was running in and out of the house, he was cooking and baking while watching the game.  Every. Single. Sunday. Always one of my favorite memories.

Now  we come Superbowl Sunday 1983.  I had no idea who was playing, nor did I give a shit. My brother, who is 3 years younger than I am, was {is} crazy obnoxious. (He doesn’t read my blog, I can say that). So, it’s Superbowl Sunday, I just got out of the shower. I was cleaning my ear with a Q-tip, my brother whips open the bathroom door. The door hits my elbow, the Q-tip pierces my ear. To this day, I remember the pain. Superbowl Sunday 1983…spent in the emergency room. I’m pretty sure my brother is still grounded.

I bet my dad needed one of these that night!  Cranberry Fizz Punch!! Great for Superbowl parties since when doubled, it makes a lot! And goodness knows we may need it for the half-time show. I’m kidding!!!!  This punch can be made with or without the good stuff.  Ahem..I mean vodka.  In fact, you can make it without any alcohol; and then the adults can add a splash to their glass.  Double the recipe…it’s that good.

Cranberry Fizz Punch

  • 1 qt Cranberry Juice Cocktail, chilled
  • 1 C Grapefruit juice, chilled
  • 1 C Orange juice, chilled
  • 1/2 C Sugar (start with less than 1/2 C, add slowly, taste along the way)
  • 2 C Ginger ale, chilled
  • Vodka, as you see fit, or added to individual glasses
  • Ice cubes with lemon wedges and cranberries (optional)
  1. Mix cranberry juice cocktail, grapefruit juice, orange juice, and sugar until well blended.
  2. Add ginger all just before serving.
  3. Add vodka at your discretion (a lot, a little..no judgement here, just don’t drive)

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