"That they (the older women) admonish the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Recipe of the Week

Trying to be true to what I wrote about yesterday, I have been racking my brain and searching the internet for awesome Valentine's Day ideas that are cheap for my husband and I to do on Saturday. My mom was so wonderful as to offer to watch our 18 month old daughter, so we'll have the evening to ourselves. I think I'm going to make homemade chocolates like the ones described here (maybe!) and make a nice, fancy homemade dinner and dessert. The dinner and dessert are from Food Network. I think I'll try to work some raspberries into the dessert if I can. Maybe chocolate raspberry cheesecake or something, my husband LOVES raspberries!

Shrimp Scampi Linguini by Tyler Florence

1 pound linguini
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, optional
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

For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, 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 (if using) 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.

Bummer. I haven't been able to find any good chocolate raspberry dessert recipes yet. Might just have to wing it! :)

For more frugal Valentine's Day ideas, you can check out the links over at Money Saving Mom here or at the Frugal Friday post at Biblical Womanhood here.



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