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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Cooking Light ~ Chardonnay Garlic Shrimp

Our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is hosting a Wine Country Feast this month. I needed an appetizer and found this in the Cooking Light Pages.
It is a meal, but I have taken the liberty of turning it into an appetizer.

When using Chardonnay as the main ingredient, you can eat this any way you like ~ and serve with bread for 'sopping up'.

Chardonnay Garlic Shrimp
  • 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
    • 1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


    Preheat oven to 400°.
    Place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until toasted.
    While bread toasts, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus, garlic, salt, and peppers; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add shrimp, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Stir in wine and juice; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; serve with bread slices.
    I skewered mine with a bite-sized piece of asparagus and shrimp ~ with plenty of bread on the side. I am not a bread eater, but made sure I got plenty of sauce on the shrimp. Easy and Gluten Free.


    Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Wine Country Feast.
    Jerry has made a Roasted Chicken with a Pinot Noir Sauce
    Val is making Butternut Squash White Bean Soup
    Susan is bringing a big bowl of Creamy Pumpkin and Sage Polenta
    Sara has made Stilton Stuffed Pears

    Sounds yummy to me.
    Y'all enjoy ~

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~ Morning

    The PhotoHunt for this morning is 'morning'
    This is my favorite way to start the Morning . . .

    No matter where I am.

    Check for all the other  Morning Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~Yummy

    The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Yummy

    I'm including a put together recipe for my favorite appetizer for this time of year . . . When those Chilton County peaches are just right.
    I call it a put-together recipe, because all you have to do is "put it together".
    First, peel and chunk a fresh peach. Mix with 2Tbs of red pepper jelly and 1Tbs of spicy mustard. Next, peel the top off of a round of Brie. Here I wanted to use an oblong shaped plate so I cut it into random chunks.
    Bake at 350 until the cheese is melty, then top with the peaches and bake another 5-8 minutes.

    Serve with chunks of bread, or some Gluten-Free crisps.

    That's Yummy!

    Check for all the other  Yummy Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Ocean Blue Sandals

    I'm joining in with a post for the Blues ~ Ocean Blue Sandals
    We found this little shop in Positano. I can't remember his name of course . . . but he was super friendly and a bit up from town.
    He can make Any style or color of sandal you can imagine.
    I really mean ANY color and any size.
    With bling or without.
    I thought these Might be perfect for a beach wedding . . .

    Don't forget to check in at Smiling Sally for more blues and Boogie Board Cottage for her Masterpiece Monday.
    Y'all enjoy ~


    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~Rose

    The PhotoHunt for today is Rose ~

    I love that they plant rose bushes at the end of the row of vines in Italy. It is a way for the farmers to see if there is a problem with bugs that could destroy their entire crop of grapes.
    The bugs will attack the rose bush before they attack the grapes.

    Besides . . . they look so pretty.

    As if the rows of vines aren't pretty enough.

    Check for all the other Rose Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014

    Traveling to the Rivah Cottage

    Last weekend I took a quick trip to Boston . . . Actually to the Rivah Cottage on the 'South Shore'

    The river rises at high tide and this grass is under water, as the tide flows back to the ocean it leaves these waves of green grass. The marsh is beautiful this time of year.

    (Pronounced "Mahsh" )
    Summers in New England are perfect.
    Imagine this Lovely view every morning with your coffee ~

    I am also joining Our World Tuesday
    Y'all enjoy the ride~

    Saturday, September 06, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~ Gray

    Today we are photohunting Gray ~

    London can be a very 'gray' town.
    No matter what the season.

    Except for the pop of Red.

    That bit of red in a phone booth, a train or a bus . . . just brightens things up.

    I LoVe London.

    Check for all the other Photos in Shades of Gray on The Saturday PhotoHunt

    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Cooking Light ~Cucumber Gazpacho for Brunch

    Our Cooking Light Supper Club is hosting a Brunch this month. I am in charge of bringing a soup. I found this recipe for a cool summer gazpacho in the Cooking Light Pages
    This is perfect for a light summer meal, or a brunch.
    Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish
    2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    3/4 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    2 cups quartered grape tomatoes
    1/3 cup fresh cilantro
    2 1/2 cups chopped English cucumber
    1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    1 cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    Dash of ground red pepper
    1 large garlic clove, peeled
    First...  Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cumin, and paprika. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until done. Stir in tomatoes; remove from heat. Add cilantro.

    Place remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cucumber, and remaining ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls; top with 3/4 cup relish.
    Serve at room temperature with the sauted shrimp.
    This was a very unique gazpacho. I think it would have been much better without that huge cup of greek yogurt. It overpowered the delicate cucumbers. The shrimp 'relish' sank to the bottom of the bowl ~ making un-appetizing photos. ( But it tasted great )
    I think he looks better hanging out on the side.


    Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our September Brunch.
    Jerry has made Savory Sausage Breakfast Rolls
    Val is making Leek Potato Fritters
    Susan is bringing Monkey Bread
    Sara has some Dutch Baby Pancakes
    Shelby is bringing a Strata of Tomatoes and Bacon

    Y'all enjoy ~

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~Youth

    The PhotoHunt for today is Youth. . . I had other photos planned, but didn't plan ahead well enough.
    This is a photo I could find on my iPad. . .
    How else would a youth ride on a Vespa?

    Check out Mamma's heels ~ so Italian.
    Happy hunting y'all ~

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Traveling Tuesday ~ Tiles

    Travel Tuesday ~ I am going to have to spend this tuesday dreaming again.
    Dreaming of the view of the beautiful tiled dome of the cathedral of Positano.
    From every viewpoint ~ it is fabulous.
    The sun reflects off of the tiles and that beautiful blue water.
    Magical . . .

    I am also joining Our World Tuesday
    Y'all enjoy the ride~

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~ Engage

    The PhotoHunt for today is 'Engage'

    Here they are engaged in a game of chess

    The chess pieces were almost as big as Dianna

    I am not a chess player . . .

    So I engaged in taking photos.

    Check for all the other Engaging  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~Curse

    The PhotoHunt for today is Curse . . .
    I don't think that a fortune cookie is exactly a curse ~ that would be if something bad was predicted.
    But I couldn't find anything else.

    Check for all the other Cursed Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~

    Saturday, August 09, 2014

    PhotoHunt ~ Lacy

    My photos for 'Lacy' come from our day at the Chianti Cashmere Goat Farm . . . Where pretty lacy patterns are knitted with the yarn made from Cashmere Goats
    Nora Kravis is the owner/goat farmer/ inn keeper/ beauty and brains behing the place.

    The 'fur' of these special goats is combed, cleaned and then that fiber is spun into cashmere threads. Local Tuscan women do the knitting and create the Lacy patterns.

    This is such a happy place ~ even the puppies look like they could contribute a little to the pile of fibers.

    Nora also has a villa for rent . . . if you ever wanted to wake to the sound of goats and watch Tuscan sunsets ~ Sounds like paradise.

    Check for all the other Lacy Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
    Happy Hunting y'all~
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