Think for myself? I think not!
As this month of new cooking experiences comes to its conclusion, the temptation is strong to fall back on the old reliable recipes that you can knock out with your eyes closed, especially when one is not really in the mood to try, or even think, of anything new. Such was the case yesterday, where after spending the previous evening wolfing down pizzas with friends at Apizza Scholls (more on Apizza in a future post) we were really in the mood for something a bit lighter. The question was what to do when you don't want to think? Of course, that's why they invented the internet! Shrimp was sounding good, but nothing on epicurious was really grabbing my attention. So on to Food Network, to see what celebrity chef might inspire the evenings intake. Do you watch Food TV ever? Has there ever been anything more annoying than that fake smile on Giada De Laurantiis' face? It's like they botoxed her entire skull so that thing remains plastered on.....creepy. Anyway, I ended up coming across a recipe from food hunk Tyler Florence for linguine with shrimp that not only sounded delicious, but after a quick stop at New Seasons, was very simple. Now I know that "light" and "pasta" don't always go together. But this was exactly that: just shrimp, shallots, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and a bit of butter for depth. Really good, really easy, and exceptionally satisfying.
One thing I've learned to do with these online recipes is read the comments and reviews from others who have made the dish. In this case the suggestions to double the sauce recipe (except for the olive oil and butter) were spot on. You should give this one a try....delivers big for the minimal effort expended. It's like I didn't have to think at all!