Garlic Seafood Pasta

Evening kids! 2nd post of the day! Since the last time we talked, the family, including the dog, went on a nice hike at our local park. We came home and I started cooking this amazing dinner.

Earlier today we all went grocery shopping. I noticed some peeled and deveined shrimp were on sale, so I decided to make shrimp pasta tonight. Then I saw some nice clams and mussels and decided to add them to the mix. The girls were in an especially good mood and promised to try a bite of everything. Verdict? They both LOVED the clams!!  Katie loved the shrimp. Becca tried a bite after I promised I would never make her eat another bite of shrimp in her life if she tried it; she just shrugged her shoulders at it. She is just not a fan. They both ate the mussels, but BEGGED for more clams. Next pasta seafood…linguine and clams. Be on the lookout for it =)

Garlic Seafood Pasta


1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 cup white wine


Start a pot of salted boiling water.

Melt 1/2 a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of olive oil in a med/large sized dutch oven or heavy pot. Add in onions and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, add in pasta to the boiling water.

Add the wine to your garlic and onions. Add the rest of your butter and olive oil. Mix well.

Add the clams to the garlic butter sauce; they should cook about 10 minutes total. 2 minutes later add your mussels; they should cook about 8 minutes total. In 2 more minutes, add your shrimp. They just need about 6 minutes to cook.

Just when your shrimp are turning pink, add in the pasta and a cup or so of starchy cooking water. Mix well and cook for another couple of minutes. When your pasta is perfect, you are ready to eat!

***do not eat any shellfish that has not opened***

***freeze the shells so you can make this…

Crunchy Baked Shrimp and Simple Sauteed Squash

Hello my sweet followers! Anyone out there? Hope you are all having a great day!

I started mine out by going to the local farmer’s market with my girls. We have a routine…first I get an iced coffee, we look at each stand, we get a few samples (Great Harvest Bread, honey, jelly, olive oil, peaches etc.) then the girls get a King of Pop’s Popsicle. Then we go back through the vendors and I pick out a few lovely gems. Today I bought 2 chicken fryers (only 4.50 for both!), 1 pound of Georgia Coast Shrimp, a loaf of challah bread (french toast in the am!), yellow squash, beets, an heirloom tomato, and some beautiful flowers for Lizzie.

Every week or so since she has passed, I buy some flowers and put them in a vase next to her urn on the mantle. 013

The heirloom tomato with a tiny bit of salt was devoured as soon as I got home. I should of taken a pic…it looked something like this DSCF1699a

I tried bitter melon for the first time today…not a fan. The lady told me she usually only sells that to Asian people because they like the bitter taste =)

Tonight I cooked up the shrimp in a new and delicious way. But first I had to clean them…peeling and deveining shrimp is not hard, but it can be kind of a dirty job. If this is not your thing, buy them from the grocery store already done. It is a pain, but since I got them fresh from the market, it had to be done for this recipe. Bonus- now I have all the shells and tails in the freezer for when I am ready to make seafood stock.

Crunchy Baked Shrimp

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoons each of onion powder and garlic powder
about 1 1/2- 2 cups panko bread crumbs (save a few for the top)
olive oil to coat
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/2 stick butter, cut in small pieces


So you know about homemade Shake and Bake? I have done it here before

Well, this is kind of like that. Add all your ingredients in a large zip top bag. Shake and mix together well. In a single layer, place the shrimp in a large oven safe dish, pan, or sheet tray (make sure to use non-stick spray or olive oil/butter). I used my large cast iron skillet. Add a few more breadcrumbs on top.

Cook at 350 for about 8 minutes. For the last 5 minutes or so, turn your oven on broil. When the topping starts to turn brown, take it out. 025

Serve with your favorite side dishes. We had some leftover couscous and alfredo pasta, so we each chose what we wanted. I also served a side of peas and some of that squash I got this morning at the Farmer’s market. Here is how I made it…

Simple Sauteed Squash

In a med. skillet, add thinly sliced squash to about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Salt and pepper your squash. Cook until golden brown and tender, just under 10 minutes. YUM! 026

Spaghetti Alfredo with Shrimp, Bacon, and Veggies

Happy Sunday! Today was a pretty lazy day. We all slept in, went to the grocery store (been a long time, so our cart was overflowing), watched TV, played, and read. I cooked this yummy dinner.

I knew I wanted to make some kind of shrimp pasta possibly with Alfredo sauce. This was not your ordinary pasta Alfredo. I hope you give it a try one night!

Spaghetti Alfredo with Shrimp, Bacon, and Veggies


1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 head of broccoli, just the florets
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
6 sliced of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 pound of shrimp- peeled and deveined
1 container of Alfredo sauce or make your own-
butter, 1/2 stick
olive oil, 1/2 cup
salt and pepper to taste


Heat a large skillet and cook your bacon. Once done, set aside and drain on a plate with paper towels to soak up oil.

Add a table spoon of butter to your bacon fat. Cook your chopped onion on med.-low heat until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add your garlic and cook about 3 minutes more. Add your broccoli and mushrooms. Add a few more turns of olive oil. Add some salt and pepper. Cook down about 15 minutes or so. I like the broccoli to still have a bite to it and be bright green. Cook to your preference. Season to your preference. Add your Alfredo sauce and combine. Turn to low.


Meanwhile, Bring salted water to a boil and cook your pasta.

Saute your shrimp in another pan. Cook about 4 minutes and add to your sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce. Add a bit of starchy pasta water if needed. Mix to combine. Chop bacon and add on top. Perfection!!!! Teach cute little shrimp lovers how to take off the tails!


Seafood Steamed in Garlic, Butter, and Wine

My lunch today was pretty special. I was at the grocery store and passed by the seafood department. There were these little clams and mussels that seemed to be calling my name. I decided to get some. Then I noticed the shrimp and lobster tails were on sale, so I bought a small serving of each.

I decided to cook them in this creamy rich sauce. Garlic and butter go hand and hand with seafood. I had juice running all down my arms and face. I loved sopping up all that juice with my crusty bread. In Italian, that is called “scarpetta.” You could serve this with pasta or on top a fresh bed of sauteed veggies. Me? I just loved enjoying all the flavors of the seafood and garlicky butter. So succulent!

Seafood Steamed in Garlic, Butter, and Wine


1 lobster tail
6-8 shrimp
6-8 mussels
6-8 clams
3 cloves garlic
3/4 stick of butter
splash of white wine


In a large pot (I used a circular dutch oven)
melt your butter
cook your garlic for about 3-4 minutes
add your wine- cook down for about 3-4 minutes
add all your seafood
stir, put a lid on it
cook for about 6 minutes or until all the clams and mussels have opened (throw out the ones that do not open) Your shrimp should be pink and your lobster tail should be red

Serve with a side of crusty bread for sopping up all that delicious juice!



Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce

How ya’ll doin’ tonight? Not sure how to describe this bad boy. Creamy, smoky, mustardy and succulent. I have been thinking of combining these ingredients for quite sometime. Whole grain mustard, bacon, white wine…awesome combo! I was thawing some chicken thighs today and have been thinking of this dish all day. So here is how I put it together…

Chicken and Shrimp with Mustard, Bacon, and White Wine Sauce


6-8 pieces of bacon
1 onion chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
6-8 red potatoes (yellow or fingerling can substitute) Chopped in even small pieces. Depending on the size of your potato, I would say in quarters or 6ths.
1 heaping tablespoon stone ground mustard
3-4 Chicken thighs
1/2 pound- 1 pound of raw shrimp (anywhere from 10-20 shrimp depending on size.
a few tablespoons of white wine (can substitute with chicken or seafood stock)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste


In a large cast skillet or pan (cast iron or dutch oven)…
Cook your bacon. Take out and place on a paper towel to cool.
Brown chicken in your bacon grease. Take out chicken.
Add in your onions and potatoes. Cook and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes. Add in your mustard. Stir for 5 minutes. Add in your wine/stock and reduce for 5 minutes.
Chop your cooled chicken. Add back in your chicken. Cook for 10 minutes.
Chop your cooled bacon. Add in your raw shrimp, chopped bacon, and heavy cream. Cook and stir just occasionally under 10 minutes- when until your shrimp curls and turns pink.
Done =)