Kind of ironic that for Valentine’s Day I found this to be HILARIOUS (and true) and then I was lucky enough to wake-up from a nap to an EMPTY house.
This had never happened before.
After an hour, I was getting a little worried. As it ends up, they ran lots of errands, expended some cooped up dog energy, and picked up chocolate-covered strawberries. When they walked in the door, there were no tears or raised voices. It was kind of magical (and of course I secretly missed them all).
Can I request a repeat for when I’m actually back to 100% and can enjoy the peace and quiet?
I’m on day 9 of the crud. I have gotten notably worse in the past 24-48 hours and left work around noon yesterday. I showed up to my department staff meeting this morning, and was quickly sent away. No one wanted my germs. I went straight to the walk-in clinic as my PCP didn’t have an opening until MONDAY. The strep test, much to my surprise, came back negative, and the doctor said I have something viral along with some medley of allergies going on. So, lots of fluids and hang on for health. Awesome.
Per the usual with being under the weather, my appetite hasn’t plummeted (darn). But, I still want nothing to do with being in the kitchen.
I summoned enough energy on Valentine’s Day, however, to whip up this not-so-sinful, yet completely decadent bowl of creamy linguine goodness. It’s a cream-based drunken noodle with lots of garlic and just a hint of spice. We lapped up every last drop and literally fought over the leftovers. Shea also swooned over the dish, handing me her fork for some more efficient bites. Enjoy!
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 10 oz dry linguine
- 1 cup half and half
- ½ cup parsley, minced
- 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- Heat butter over medium heat in a large, deep skillet. Once melted, add the garlic and saute 1 minute. Add the halved tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt, and brown sugar; cook 3-4 minutes stirring often.
- Pour in the chicken broth and add linguine (uncooked), increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes. Add half and half and simmer an additional 2-3 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
- Add parsley and shrimp. Cook 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through. Add grated Parmesan and mix well; simmer an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve hot.