Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Penne a la Punk Ass Betsy-- tribute to pioneer woman

this is so so yummy.....  found the recipe on pioneer woman's blog.   i don't know what they were thinking with the amount of heavy whipping cream they used.  i am convinced it is a typo.  I used reg. whipping cream and about a third of what the recipe calls for.  but yummmmmm...dil pickle made a delicious greek salad to go with it.

Here is the recipe from the website

Prep Time: 25 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings:
  • ¾ pounds Penne Pasta
  • 1 pound Shrimp
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Onion (small)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ½ cups White Wine (or To Taste)
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce (8 Oz)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream.......(used 1/3 cup whipping cream)
  • Fresh Parsley, to taste .....(i didn't use this, parsley is fluff in my opinion)
  • Fresh Basil - To Taste
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
Preparation Instructions
Cook the penne pasta until tender-firm, also known as al dente.

Peel, devein and rinse (under cool water) 1 pound of extra large shrimp. Heat about 1 tbsp. butter and olive oil in a skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple minutes until just opaque. Do not overcook them. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Now, put the cooked shrimp on the cutting board and pull off the tails. Chop the shrimp into bite –sized pieces and set aside.
Finely dice one small onion. Mince two cloves of garlic.

In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the garlic and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally. After the garlic and onions have cooked a bit add your white wine. Let the wine evaporate for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would rather not use wine, you can use low-sodium chicken broth instead (about ½ cup).

Now add an 8-ounce can of plain tomato sauce. Stir well until combined. Then add 1 cup of heavy cream. Continue stirring. Turn heat down to low and let simmer.

Now chop your herbs, about a tablespoon of chopped parsley and about the same amount of chopped basil, or if you’re feeling very proper, chiffonaded.

Now add your chopped shrimp back into the tomato cream sauce. Give it a stir and add salt and pepper to taste. Throw in your herbs and stir until combined. Finally add your cooked penne pasta and give it a good stir. 

Monday, June 28, 2010

member jacket this way please

so as anyone who has met me knows, i am a real sucker for a cause.  aspca commercials will make me cry and empty my wallet.  some causes obviously i feel closer to than others, and that's when i get really sucked in.  anything that has to do with animals, and i'm hooked.

walking through a shopping center the other day, a girl from greenpeace asked me if i would like to help save the whales.   i said i don't have time and walked on (don't judge, that is what most people do.)  but then after walking around a little more, i saw her get shut down by dozens of other people, so i went over and asked how it is that i can help.  (after all, who doesn't like whales)  i told her that i thought what she was doing, (though challenging) was really important.  long story short,  i am now a member of greenpeace.   whether it was because i felt badly for the whales or the girl, or both.

today, i realized if i am going to give money to an organization, i should really get something for it. (that is the selfish part of this story).....  since i want to work at a contemporary art museum, if i become a member, who gets invited to new showings and events, that would be educational for me and maybe help me rub elbows with the right people.  so short story, even shorter, i am also a member of MCASD.  can't wait until the next "thurday night thing."

oooo  i hope there are some sweet perks.