Hello from the Cold Stone parking lot…again! Haha!
I feel so out of the loop and incomplete without my blog…without internet!!! It has been 9 days since I last had internet and I’m basically foaming at the mouth and jittery with anxiety. What has our world come to!? Internet is nearly a necessity of life – right up there with water, shelter, and safety! And sadly, I have another 2 ½ days without internet! Here is where heart palpitations begin. It’s been hard, and it’s not getting any easier!
I will say, being internet-less has forced me to a bit more productive as far as unpacking (which is not done, by the way…ugh) and just taking time for me. Gina sent me a really sweet email tonight, assuring me that Columbus would soon feel like home and I would enjoy my job in no time. How did she know that’s just what I needed to hear? 🙂 As much as I love Columbus, it’s not home…yet. And my job is simply training this week…OSHA, HIPPA…you know, the stuff that makes you want to sob out of boredom. At least tomorrow I’m training with the district dietitian and will finally get a better idea of what my day-to-day responsibilities will be.
I did want to take a moment and tell you guys that Columbus is one healthy place! Please note that my most recent geographic comparison is Tulsa, Oklahoma! But I am loving Columbus’ “green” and “active” living. I made a little top 10 list for you guys…
Top 10 Things I Love About Columbus (so far…)
- Local, hormone-free, grass fed meat sold in major grocery stores
- Runners, walkers, and bikers…everywhere!
- The summer’s “heat wave” – this is easy breezy coming from the south!
- Hills! Ohio is surprisingly very hilly! Makes for challenging workouts!
- Selection of fruits and vegetables at grocery stores – I found shallots and star fruit…yay!
- Trader Joes (!!)
- Wine and beer is sold in grocery stores…and it’s full-proof! Oklahoma has some DUMB liquor laws..
- Walking trails within walking distance of our house!
- Living across from a pond and a block from corn and soybean fields
- Farmer’s markets and fruit and vegetable stands
Tonight was my first time actually “cooking”. Finally! Between no cooking and no internet…I am completely out of my element and am frankly, a little lost. At least I’ve been keeping up with regular runs, albeit not very long since moving is nothing short of exhausting!
Anyways, tonight was Georgie’s vodka sauce recipe that she shared in her guest post for Prevention RD last week.
Shrimp Scallops in Vodka Cream Sauce slightly adapted from Ask Georgie
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup vodka OR ½ cup broth
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained well
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
¾ cup fat free half and half
1½ teaspoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound large shrimp scallops, peeled and deveined
10 ounces linguine, cooked
Place a medium pot of water over high heat for pasta. (Note: This will be also used to boil the shrimp/scallops in step 5.)
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, add oil, shallot and garlic and cook 2 minutes to soften.
Add vodka or broth to skillet and raise heat to bring to a boil. Boil 2 to 4 minutes or until reduced by about half. Stir in tomatoes, basil and hot pepper flakes and reduce heat to medium.
In a small bowl, whisk together half and half, cornstarch and baking soda until smooth. Whisk mixture into sauce, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste and turn heat to very low to keep warm.
Add shrimp to boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes with pasta or until opaque. Drain and pat with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Toss shrimp with vodka sauce and serve.
Makes 2 4 servings.
Result: It was delicious! Mr. Prevention agrees. It was also really simple and really fast! The scallops worked wonderfully as a substitute for the shrimp, as well. We definitely plan to make this again! Thanks, Georgie!
Well, Mr. Prevention is finished with his Cold Stone and so I’d better leave the free internet and head back home. Thanks for reading and being patient with me during this transition! Your support means so much – thank you!! Hugs!