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This is one of my all-time favorite summer meals (right behind this Caprese Pasta). I love sitting on the deck, eating this while enjoying a crisp glass of white wine. I usually associate pasta with fall, but this lighter take on it is prefect for an easy deck dinner. All it takes is twenty minutes and voila, dinner is served!

Linguini with Shrimp Scampi


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon, grated
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) hot red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling, add enough salt so water tastes like the ocean (about 1 tablespoon) add the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.


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Bourbon-Glazed Shrimp

by Koko on May 18, 2015

in Cooking, Main Course, Shrimp


I always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for last minute meals. Defrosting chicken or turkey can take a whole day, but defrosting a few handfuls of shrimp can take 5-10 minutes. I put the shrimp in a colander, run hot water and voila: good to go.

This meal takes a little prep, mainly just marinating the shrimp for 30-60 minutes, but is totally worth it. Once it gets cooking, it is a super easy 20-minute meal. I served mine with this Edamame Ginger Rice and it was a perfect combination.


Bourbon-Glazed Shrimp

Serves 4 to 6
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Minced Italian parsley, for garnish
  1. Combine brown sugar, bourbon, olive oil, soy sauce, green onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the shrimp and stir to coat. Chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pull the shrimp out of the marinade, and shake off the excess. Reserve the marinade.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer. Cook the shrimp until pink on one side, about 2 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until almost completely pink, but still a little translucent, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the reserved marinade to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened and glossy, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Add the cooked shrimp and toss to coat. Once the shrimp is warm, stir in the parsley and serve immediately.

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This is one of my “Oh my gosh it’s 5PM and I don’t know what to make for dinner” meals. It’s simple, easy and from start to finish takes about 20 minutes. I usually keep some shrimp in the freezer for moments like this, but if you have the chance to grab them fresh, even better. My mom cooks with shells on, I’m a shells off gal (Q prefers the mess-free kind of shrimp), but either one works. The nice part about this recipe is that it is a one pot wonder. You cook the orzo, then add the shrimp to the same pot, easy peezy!


This recipe makes enough for about 6 portions, so Q and I have it for dinner, and then usually lunch for the next two days. The only thing I do is add the avocado each day, so for dinner I add it directly to our plates and do the same for lunch, otherwise it tends to get a little mushy and brown. Feel free to add/remove anything you like to the mix! I’m an artichoke gal, so I load them up. I think olives would work, or eating it alongside some hummus and pita!




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Garlicky Beer Shrimp

by Koko on November 28, 2012 · 3 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Shrimp

I’m a big fan of under-30-minute meals. After work and the gym, Q and I are normally starving when we get home. We occasionally will make a big to-do about dinner and spend a good hour prepping and cooking, but most nights we just want fast, healthy and good. This meal is one of those.

This recipe comes together quickly, maybe 15 minutes, and uses ingredients we normally keep around the house. You can even thaw out frozen shrimp to make this a great last minute dinner if you need one! The taste is a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot of delicious. We served ours with roasted veggies and a grain mix from Trader Joe’s. Last time I was home I stocked up on all things TJ’s before coming back to TJ-Free Alaska. My bag filled with Cookie Butter, almond butter, brown rice, salsa and grain mixes was close to 60 pounds. I think I have a problem!



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