Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's What's For Dinner...


Well, it's what WE had for dinner.



Doesn't that look tasty?  The dish is called "Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi with Orzo."  Here's the recipe, just for you.  I made the dish pretty much according to the recipe, except I used some Lemon Garlic Orzo which I got from Pappardelle's Pasta.



Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi with Orzo

It’s a simple sauté of some shrimp swimming in a mixture of butter, lemon juice and garlic (don’t you just want to swim in this?!). Once the shrimp gets all cooked through, you can serve it on a bed of orzo, making sure it soaks up all of that lemony, buttery goodness. Easy enough, right?
Makes 2 servings.
  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo according to package instructions; drain well. In a medium bowl, combine the orzo and parsley; cover and keep warm.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and garlic and cook until the shrimp is pink, firm and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

The recipe is from Damn Delicious.
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We also had some pretty yummy green beans.  Richard had bought some fresh from our local farmers' market, so I used this recipe to cook just enough for the two of us.  I added a little bit of lemon juice, leftover from the Scampi, probably half a tablespoon.

 Quick and Easy Green Beans Recipe

Quick and Easy Green Beans

12 ounces trimmed green beans
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 

 1. Place green beans in a large skillet; pour in 1/4 cup water.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as water comes to a boil, cover pan and cook 3 minutes.
3. Uncover pan, and stir in butter. Cook 1 minute or until water evaporates and beans are crisp-tender.

 This recipe is from Cooking Light (see My Recipes).

 Let me know if you try either of these.  Both recipes are going in our permanent collection.

Take care!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kindness Revisited



 My third post on this blog, way back when, was about a random act of kindness which I witnessed at a Waffle House in Chattanooga.  Here's the link to that post:  http://catsandbooksetc.blogspot.com/2009/01/kindness.html

I'm glad I decided to revisit some of my earlier posts because the above-mentioned one reminded me of another Waffle-House based act of kindness.  It happened in March of this year.

My sister-in-law, Beverly, and I attended the Elton John concert in Columbus, Georgia, in mid-March.  We drove there from Beverly's home; it took about an hour and a half.  (The concert was fabulous!  If you ever get a chance to see Elton John in person, don't pass it up.)



On our way home, around midnight, we decided we needed to stop for sustenance and hydration.  Beverly and I already had a history with Waffle House (see below), so we stopped at another one on I-185. 

Beverly ordered waffles (what else?) and coffee, and I had bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns, with my caffeine of choice, Diet Coke.  Normally, if I order bacon and eggs, I want grits with them (being the good Southern girl that I am) but Waffle House makes really damn good hashbrowns. 

Beverly and I can get really carried away with our yakking and there doesn't seem to be a topic that's off-limits.  So while we were solving the world's problems, a couple of other diners we had encountered in the parking lot, finished their meal and left. 

After about an hour of discussing whatever came up, we asked for the check.  The only person in the restaurant was the cook.  He said he needed to go outside and get our waitress.  When she came in she told us the couple in the next booth had paid our check! 

We were both stunned!  The waitress said she wasn't supposed to tell us, but the man told her he and his wife had experienced hard times and someone had helped them out and he just wanted to "pay it forward."  Apparently he didn't mind that we weren't on hard times, he just wanted to do something nice for someone and Beverly and I were the lucky recipients of that gesture! 

Wow!  Just Wow!

Talking about the man's kindness kept us awake until we got back to Beverly's house about 2:30 am.  So we got to go to a great concert, had loads of fun talking, and ran smack-dab into a random act of kindness.  That's a pretty cotton-pickin' good way to have an evening!



Regarding our other Waffle-House experience....

When her younger daughter got married a couple of years ago, Beverly was so wired she didn't get any sleep at all the night after the wedding -- and Beverly is a woman who likes her sleep.  We were all staying in the same hotel in Roswell, Georgia (suburb of Atlanta).  

I'm known for waking up early, but I was surprised when my cellphone signaled an incoming text at 5:00 am.  It was Beverly and she wanted to go to breakfast. 

We threw on clothes, met in the lobby, and went to the Waffle House up the street from the hotel.  There were no random acts of kindness; nobody got knifed in the parking lot; nothing unusual, just breakfast at the crack of dawn.  


But we had a great time!  We finally left when it was full daylight outside, but as in the Waffle House after the Elton John concert, we solved a lot of the world's problem.  It seems Beverly and I do that a lot.

Take care, y'all.  




Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Time, I Think, For A New Look




I've been neglecting my blog for so long, it's become clear to me that I need to revamp the darn thing!

I'll be keeping the name, because I still have cats, and I still have books, but I'll try changing the look and doing other weird stuff... you know, like posting more often!

I am a bona fide Retiree, and now that I've ditched the particularly disagreeable job situation, my stress level has critically tapered off. 

Okay, here's the new blog look.  I like how it shows the archive and when you click on a post, you get the comments right along with it.

Y'all take care, and leave me a comment!