Quick Pasta with Shrimp, Green Olive, Orange and Baby Arugula

Ingredients:
IMG_41642-560x840For the Vinaigrette:
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice (about the juice of 1 orange)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

For the Pasta:
1 pound pasta of choice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 shallot, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 pound pasta of choice

For Assembly:
7 ounces pitted green olives, drained
4 ounces baby arugula
2 oranges, segmented

Directions:
Tip to allow this meal to come together quickly and seamlessly: Prep everything in advance/while water is coming to a boil (garlic minced, shallots chopped, vinaigrette made, and pasta ingredients in large bowl – arugula, segmented oranges, and olives). Once the water is boiling, add your pasta and then immediately begin cooking the shrimp portion. The shrimp cooks quickly so everything should finish up right around the same time so you can just toss and serve!

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For the Vinaigrette:
Add all ingredients to a glass measuring cup (or other container) and whisk until well combined. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Pasta:
In a large pot, bring salted (always add a teaspoon or 2 of salt to your pasta water!) water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package instructions, stirring occasionally, drain when cooked to tender but firm.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chopped shallots and garlic and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add to the pan and stir until mixed in with the shallots and garlic. Add white wine to the pan and saute for 2 to 3 minutes (until the shrimp are pink and cooked through).

To Assemble:
Add cooked pasta & shrimp to a large bowl and add the baby arugula, orange segments, olives, and vinaigrette. Gently toss to combine and allow arugula to start to wilt. Portion into pasta bowls and serve with a tiny pinch of sea salt on top. Serve immediately.

(Source: http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/)

White Cheddar Olive Poppers | Friday Night Bites

Are you looking for a proven crowd pleaser appetizer recipe?  Look no further.  These little bites of divine goodness are your ticket to elevating your entertaining status to a high level.  They are simple, tasty and addictive.  They combine the “carb” component we all crave, along with the saltiness of the olive which makes for an unbelievable combination.  Trust me, the only problem you will have is that you and your guests will devour them and will want you to make more.DSC02069

We are having a bit of a heat wave in the Bay Area this week.  It is actually sort of refreshing after a winter of chill yet little rain.  The sprinkling of heat signals that summer is around the corner and our Friday Night Bites can now move from indoors to outdoors.  Got to get hubby to refresh the fountains and get them running again.  I love sitting outside with the sound of trickling water along with a light breeze and a glass of wine in hand with some scrumptious appetizers an arms length away. Continue reading

Warm Citrus Olives with Rosemary and Garlic

Don’t weekends go way too fast? After a long week at work, I completely look forward to Friday night. It is the beginning of the weekend. In addition we have our Friday night tradition of wine and appetizers. Our Friday night this week was filled with friends and great cheeses. DSC01532
Our dear friend brought a very special bottle of wine to celebrate Friday night. It was a bottle I have never had before and now has become a new favorite. Seven Stones Winery sits east of St. Helena. Ronald and Anita Wornick didn’t take long after they purchased 45 acres for their family estate, to take on the exceptional task of creating some of the best wine. They only produce 400 cases, and dedicate to a single varietal –Cabernet Sauvignon.DSC01512

As quoted on their website – “Seven Stones is comprised of just under three acres of vines and a winery on the Wornick family estate in St. Helena. From small, meticulously cultivated vineyard parcels, we produce a limited amount of some of Napa Valley’s most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon.”DSC01507 Continue reading

BBQ Recipes: Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Tapenade-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

  • 15063757-mmmain4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 pitted Greek olives
  • 4 pitted Spanish olives
  • 4 pitted ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Place the first eight ingredients in a food processor; pulse until tomatoes and olives are coarsely chopped. Cut a pocket horizontally in the thickest part of each chicken breast. Fill with olive mixture; secure with toothpicks.

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