Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

This Guy Really Cooks

I’m days away from releasing my debut novel and completing the third book in the series.  Between writing promotional material and a manuscript, there’s not a lot of original thoughts left in my head.  Please excuse me while I repost.  It’s kind of like re-gifting, but without the bows. 😉 This one’s from the Author’s In Bloom Blog Hop!  It was originally posted on my newly redesigned website http://www.tracysolheim.com. Check it out when you get a chance.

In my soon to be released novel, GAME ON,  quarterback Shane Devlin is known as the Devil of the NFL.  But in the kitchen, he’s a devil with a saucepan. :) Throughout the book, he’s always cooking up something, from crepes to homemade salsa.  In an effort to charm his love interest, Carly March, he tempts her with a simple Shrimp Scampi.  (He admits to being a huge Food Network junkie so this recipe is borrowed from Tyler Florence.)   Of course, he follows it up with a luscious dessert that includes whipped cream, but we’ll keep the steam to the pasta here.

 Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

shrimp scampi

1 pound cooked linguini (you can also use angel hair pasta if you choose)
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 shallots, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes, (the recipe says these are optional, but don’t leave them out!)
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

Now, just find yourself a devilishly handsome guy and enjoy!

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