Saturday, January 06, 2007


"If you are careful," Garp wrote, "if you use good ingredients, and you don't take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day: what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing. Also true of love. Cooking, therefore, can keep a person who tries hard sane." (p. 246)

~ John Irving's The World According to Garp

1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 pound uncooked large shrimp, shelled, deveined
lemon wedges
French bread

  • Combine first 7 ingredients in 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake until shrimp are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with lemon wedges and serve with crisp fresh French bread and favorite tossed salad topped with feta cheese.

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