Do you know what this means?:
IT MEANS THE ZADGE IS COOKING AGAIN!!!!
Yes, the new Thermador stove was installed yesterday and I got to cook my first meal at home in three months!
After opening all of the windows and door to air out the smoke that filled the entire house.
You see, the instructions for the new stove say that you should run the oven at 450 degrees for 20-30 minutes to burn off the machine oils used in manufacturing the stove. So that’s what The Zadge did, while she poured herself a glass of wine and sat admiring her 95% completed new kitchen.
Then she started to cough. And saw a ton of smoke filling said new kitchen. And heard a weird flapping noise coming from the oven. Turns out, the guys who installed it forgot to remove plastic stickery-label things hidden underneath the stove top and on the ceiling of the oven. And they were smoking and flapping.
Once that issue was resolved and Old Vicky was aired out, The Zadge got down to business and made her first meal in her new kitchen:
It’s a healthier twist on the traditional Shrimp Scampi. And if I do say so myself, it was quite tasty!
Photos of the completed kitchen are coming soon. In the meantime, here’s the recipe if you are feeling like a Scamp!
The Zadge’s Shrimp Scampi
(Makes 4 servings)
- 1 cup Orzo
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 pound of large uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 pint baby tomatoes
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons of goat cheese crumbled
- baby spinach
- Bring a pot of heavily salted water to boil and add the Orzo. Cook for 7 – 9 minutes.
- While the Orzo is cooking, melt half of the butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Using a garlic press, add the garlic and stir to coat. (Be very careful not to burn the garlic, as it will make the sauce bitter. I know – I’ve done it.)
- Add the shrimp and baby tomatoes and saute for about 2 minutes, turning halfway.
- Add the sliced green onions and toss until shrimp are almost cooked, about a minute. (Warning! Shrimp cook very fast (about 4 minutes) and will turn tough and rubbery if cooked too long)
- Add wine and the rest of the butter. Toss until wine boils, one minute more.
- Cover the dinner plate with the baby spinach, as a bed for the Orzo. Scoop the Orzo onto the baby spinach.
- Top the Orzo with the Shrimp mixture. Pour any sauce left over the plate – the hot sauce will wilt the spinach. Top with crumbled goat cheese and salt and pepper.
- Dig in!!! Ok, so the cheese and butter make it not that healthy, but it’s good!!!!