Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shrimp Scampi, Skiing and Scenic Oil Painting!

Today, I was going for a dinner that was easy to prepare because we skied all day. So Shrimp Scampi over Linguini was on the menu tonight. The conditions at Holiday Valley Ski Resort were so perfect and the sun was shining all day. Every skier was in a good mood and the vibe was high energy. We hung out at Yodler Lodge where there was an outdoor charity auction being held. We sat by the outdoor fire pit, chatted with friends, ate cheese and crackers and sipped wine. Life was good at Holiday Valley! We ran into our friend Darlene who was helping organize the auction, she is also very active in the arts community in Ellicottville. We were catching up with her and she mentioned that one piece of art was not bid on at the live auction; she also shared that it was one of Todd Plough's original pieces titled Heaven and Earth. We were shocked to hear that one of his pieces wasn't bid on. Todd is one of the most talented local artists we know and we have several pieces of his art work displayed in our home. So when we heard it didn't sell, Dave was like well it's sold now, we'll take it. Darlene was thrilled and so were we. The charity benefitted and we got a gorgeous piece of art work to add to our collection! Total bonus day...skiing, scenic oil painting and shrimp scampi! It was an  "S" kinda day today!

Shrimp Scampi over linguini is a recipe that I've been making for years and I make it often. This is also one of those recipes that I make if I am having company over. So if you know me and I've had you over for dinner, it's likely I made this for you. It cooks in 15 minutes tops. So if you want a quick, easy to prepare delicious meal, this is a recipe for you. Shrimp, garlic, butter, white wine, parsley and linguini....those are the ingredients for shrimp scampi, that's it! I love adding shaved parmesan cheese over the top and sometimes I add a squeeze of fresh lemon. This recipe is also very versatile....add cherry tomatoes or chopped asparagus or whatever strikes ya. Shrimp Scampi was the perfect choice for us tonight. It was so buttery and garlicky. Everyone loved it and no one left a speck of food in their bowls. That qualifies as a winner meal.

Salute to Shrimp Scampi, skiing and a scenic oil painting from artist Todd Plough!
"Heaven and Earth" by artist Todd Plough.
Now the decision - where to hang it!
Shrimp Scampi over Linguini (Click to print recipe)

Preparation and cook time: 15 minutes

Serves 6


  • 2 lbs large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups/stick of salted butter
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lb linguini
  • 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley 
  • salt n pepper
  • optional: grated parmesan cheese, squeeze of lemon
Cook linguini according to package, set aside and keep warm. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 5 minutes and stir. Add white wine and cook for 3 minutes. Now add shrimp, salt n pepper and cook until pink, about 7 minutes. Add parsley to shrimp and stir. Then add pasta to skillet and mix well. Add freshly grated parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon for extra flavor. Serve in bowls.

Food Impressions:

Nate: "Super delicious. The shrimp is tasty."

Tyler: "It's like a butter sauce." 

Zachary: "I want more and pass the grated cheese." 

Dave: "Very flavorful but could use a little red pepper flake."

Andrea: My staple go-to recipe. It's always a hit, everyone always loves it. Super easy to prepare. 
Zachary piling on the parmesan cheese!
Tyler loving the buttery scampi sauce!
Nate just being goofy! He ate all the shrimp before
eating any of the linguini!

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