Friday, February 26, 2010


"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(Life's Little Instruction Book)

~ Alstroemeria


~ Lemony garlic shrimp over pasta
(adapted from Mirepoix Cooking School - Royal Oak)

1 1/2 lbs. linguine
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
9 cloves chopped garlic
2 lbs. large peeled and deveined shrimp
2 tsp. fresh thyme
freshly ground pepper to taste
Lawry's Seasoned Pepper to taste
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
zest and juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
fresh chopped thyme and parsley
freshly grated Parmesan

  • Follow instructions and cook pasta 'al dente' in large pot of boiling salted water.
  • In large pan, melt butter with olive oil. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute; do not let it brown.
  • Add shrimp, season with thyme, black pepper and Lawry's Seasoned pepper. Saute until shrimp just turn pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Add parsley, lemon zest and juice, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
  • When pasta is done, drain. Toss with shrimp mixture and transfer to large bowl. Top with chopped fresh thyme and parsley. Serve with lemon wedges, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired, and a crusty loaf of bread. (6 generous servings)


Anonymous said...

Dear Joey, What a delightful way to begin the weekend: a simple, but doubtless delicious, supper suggestion and a beautiful collage of Alstroemerias.

Have a very happy and peaceful weekend.

Nutty Gnome said...

Beautiful photos and yet another gorgeous recipe!
I was checking out your big batch chili recipe whilst I was eating a cheese chili wrap! Serendipity?! :)

joey said...

You must be scratching your head, Edith, wondering about the missing recipe ... as sometimes happens, Blogger posted before I finished :) But big thanks and happy weekend to you also!

Now that cheese chili wrap sounds yummy, Nutty! Are you sharing :)

Victoria said...

Beautiful..I love the lighting with the flowers..very elegant! Wonderful !

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for another great recipe!
I buy Alstromerias often - they last for weeks.


Gail said...

I love the quote...It's such a great philosophy to embrace. I hope your weekend is filled with joy. gail

Shady Gardener said...

What a beautiful plant/flowers! :-) Are these in your home? If so, you must be Very Happy! Doing anything special this weekend?? Have a good one!

D said...

Joey, linguini and shrimp, two of my favorite foods and a recipe for my notebook. Thanks. I took a quick walk around the garden yesterday before the rain started and the alstromeria are up about 4-6 inches.. more signs of spring. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Words to live by, dear Joey! The flowers are so beautiful and fresh, we long for fresh flowers in the garden. And the world definitely needs more garlic! :-)

lindalou said...

Just the photos I needed on this cold, windy winter day and I love Shrimp Scampi.

Scott Law said...

Love those flower pics!! Seriously. I'd also love to taste that scampi, but probably will never get to. Your blog is cool!

joey said...

Gee thanks, Kiki. Alstroemeria are lovely flowers to photograph.

Indeed, and why they are so wonderful, Eileen. They do last forever!

Agree, Gail, and thank you. Wishing you a lovely weekend also :)

I have never grown alstroemeria, Shady, but almost always have a cheerful bouquet throughout winter. So far, a lovely weekend ... had dinner with dear friends last night. Do hope you are having an enjoyable one also.

You are so lucky, Di. Nothing but a blanket of snow covering my garden. Have never grown alstroemeria. Are they easy? Happy weekend:)

Agree on all counts, dear Frances, especially the garlic :) Thank you.

Thanks Lindalou ... are you enjoying this snow or had enough?

Thank you, Scott. I so enjoy your site that's hard to leave :)

Anonymous said...

The flowers are hopeful. I hope spring gets here soon so I can go outside again.

What kind of Mac did you get? Seems the last two or three people who commented on my blogs just got new Macs.

I have mostly PCs but also have a 2-year old iMac. Seldom use it as I don't have any software.

joey said...

Hi Abe! Though not from my garden, flowers do speak of spring. I have a new wireless iMac-21 OS X (500 GB).

marmee said...

this little flower is so sturdy and beautiful...i had some in my wedding bouquet.
i love linguini and shrimp such a classic combination.
happy february friend.

donna said...

I need to read Life's Little Instruction Book again. One is never too old to learn something new.


joey said...

Sturdy it is, Marmee. I remember last time I posted alstroemeria photos your comment about wedding bouquet. Farewell February!

It really is a great little book, Donna. I also love Robert Fulghum's simple ... All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten!

Wendy said...

I love this alstroemeria. The recipe sounds delicious and simple as well. It will probably be dinner sometime these week!

joey said...

Thank you for stopping by, Wendy, and thank you. Yes, it is indeed simple. Hope you enjoy :)