Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lemon Spaghetti with Giant Shrimp by Giada, cooked my Kary

Giada's Lemon Spaghetti with Giant Shrimp

I was watching Giada a couple of weeks ago prepare her Lemon Spaghetti with GiantShrimp recipe and as with all the recipes she shares my mouth started watering, even though I had just finished Sunday breakfast. I knew this was a recipe I was going to make next time fresh shrimp was on special at my local market.

Giada's Lemon Spaghetti with Giant Shrimp and Capers

You know I always try to buy what is on special, in season and fresh. As it happened my local market had 6 lemons for .99 cents, a great deal and fresh shrimp. I already had spaghetti in the pantry and capers in the fridge. There was fresh basil right outside in my container garden and fresh Parmesan just waiting to join in.

I purchased one pound of fresh shrimp which probably was about ¾ pound once I cleaned and deveined them. I cut the remaining ingredients in half, my Hubby Doug prefers equal part shrimp to pasta, well not exactly but you get the picture.

I also changed Giada’s preparation process up just a little. First I zester the lemon and squeezed the lemon juice, my lemons were small so I used 2 lemons, then whisked with the Olive oil, and added the Parmesan.  Here is a link on how to Zest a lemon.

Next I put the pot of water for the spaghetti on the stove to boil, heated a medium skillet and crisped up the capers, once they were done, about 2 to 3 minutes I removed the capers from the skillet and cooked the shrimp, per Giada 3 minutes per side. I boiled the spaghetti per the package directions.

From there I followed Giada’s instructions and in a large serving dish tossed cooked shrimp, spaghetti and lemon/Oil/Parmesan, adding a little of the pasta water. Then I topped it with the fresh chopped basil and cooked capers.

If you love lemon you are going to go crazy for this dish, Doug said it was truly one of the best shrimp recipes I have prepared. I had about 1 cup of left which will be great for lunch.

Next time I am going to toss in some fresh spinach, can you imagine how great that will taste… Thank you Giada, another fantastic recipe!

Just cook something! Cheers~ Kary~

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Big Little Lies" Liane Mariarty Book Club with a side of Pasta

“Big Little Lies" Liane Mariarty, “Have you read the book, book clubs” selection for May.

Rigatoni, Spinach and Sausage Pasta
Is there anyone who doesn't love pasta or sharing a secret? 

Over the years our book club hostesses have adopted signature dishes or themes when they host. Rosemary usually prepares an Italian dish, and this month she searched the internet and came up with rigatoni, spinach and sausage cooked in chicken broth,  a light and delicious dish. Rosemary also prepared a fresh spinach salad with strawberries which was the perfect compliment for the pasta dish.

The recipe that I found calls for sliced rounds of sausage, Rosemary used ground sausage which I prefer. When I make this dish I use organic ground sausage, add a jar of sundried tomatoes along with the oil they are packed in and I toss in uncooked spinach, this is a perfect pasta dish any time of the year.

If you are looking for a vegetarian pasta dish simply omit the sausage, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and it’s as easy as that!

Here are several other pasta dishes that you might enjoy; Andouille Sausage and Pasta    Shrimp Pasta Salad , Grilled Salmon and Pasta.

You know I love a great story and  Liane Mariarty does not disappoint.

What secrets lie in wait held close and protected before they are exposed or maybe never exposed…
Do you have a secret that you hold close just so that you can survive the day? A secret that you have built lies around, one small little secret that you don’t think anyone would understand and if you did share it there is a possibility that you would be judged?

 Liane Mariartythe author of “Big Little Lies"  writes brilliantly about the lies many people tell themselves in order to make it through the day. Liane’s tale is centered around a fictional primary school and the village in Pirriwee Australia and how the lives of those in the book crash against one another then ebb and flow like the ocean waves. 

It’s a story about how secrets turn into a series of little lies and how they affect everyone they touch.

One line that really caught my attention was from the character Jane. “Jane remembers, she hasn’t told anyone. She’d swallowed it whole and pretended it meant nothing, and therefore it had come to mean everything.” (Page 220).

You know I don’t like to give too much away when I write about the books we read, so if you are looking for interesting characters, great writing, mystery and humor, then download a copy of or pick up a hard copy and prepare to be entertained.

June's book selection is  “Be My Eye" Dustin Stevens

Just cook something! Cheers! Kary~

Also recommended:
The Husbands Secret Liane Mariarty   , anther great read by Liane. ~ Great website to match your destination with a book

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cooking with Kary: The Grain-Free Family Table~ Great recipes

Does your Daddy love to cook, mine does. Here is a great gift for Fathers Day from one of my favorite bloggers, authors and recipe developers. Cooking with Kary: The Grain-Free Family Table~ Great recipes: It is an usually warm Sunday here in the Carolina’s, a great day to head out and shop locally, also to shop on-line, and here is a grea...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grilled Coconut and Lime Chicken

 Searching for a new Chicken recipe, well you found one! Coconut infused Balsamic Vinegar and Lime Olive Oil marinade, the flavors burst through!
Grilled Chicken with Coconut and Lime

Simple, quick and as flavorful as you make it, this recipe is as easy as one, two, and three:

Two tablespoons of Coconut Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing
¼ cup Lime Olive Oil 
1 lb of chicken
You can add more of each depending on what you like, go ahead and take a taste of the marinade before you pour it over the chicken. It’s your meal so feel free to add more of the Coconut Balsamic Vinegar and Lime Olive Oil.

Set aside a dipping bowl for the cooked chicken, added flavor and so savory.

Place the chicken in a large dish and pour the marinade over the chicken; we prepared this while the grill was warming up. Place the chicken on the grill and cook over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes per side, until the juices run clear. 

A couple of weeks ago Doug and I were in Atlanta visiting the gran babies, Avery will be 4 in November and Beckett will be the big 1 this July. After a morning at the local pool we had lunch then visited downtown Woodstock, GA, lots of cool little shops and restaurants. Our destination was Foxtale book store and then a visit to a new shop Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oil and Vinegar.

Avery loves Foxtales’s book store and she selected a book for her and one for her brother Beckett, if you’re in Woodstock stop in or visit your local book seller.

Next stop was the Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oil and Vinegar shop. Brenda and I talked about trying a new recipe on Saturday but we had yet to find something that sparked our interest. As we stepped into the shop one the owners explained how we could taste the oils and vinegar before we purchased. First up was lime infused Olive Oil with Coconut Vinegar, ok we were sold! Brenda and I agreed that we would make chicken with this. Next up Strawberry Vinegar with Basil Olive Oil, ok this was amazing! Spinach salad, red onion with walnuts, yes it was as yummy as it sounds. One more taste, something to go with steak, Chipotle Olive Oil and Honey Balsamic Vinegar, ok wait for it; lingering taste of chipotle peppers, yep amazing marinade for filet minion shish kabobs. 

They sell a sampler of six bottles, all your choice of course!

If you have not visited an Olive Oil and Vinegar shop make plans today! Leaning Ladder is owned by sisters Susan and Bridget and they also host cooking classes, sign up today!

Thanks for stopping by. It is such a thrill when you share your recipes and let me know if you cook mine.

Just cook something! Cheers! Kary~ 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Beef Tenderloin Shish Kabobs on the Grill

Time to Grill! Is this one of your favorites for the grill? It's one of mine, stay tuned for my Chipotle honey Kabobs, a new fav! 

Cooking with Kary: Beef Tenderloin Shish Kabobs on the Grill: If you have ever heard the term “Carolina Blue”, last weekend in Charlotte was a perfect example of Carolina blue skies. It was a beautif...