Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve~NOT! Foodie Friday

My rockin’ days are over..actually, I don’t think they were ever here!

Maybe I missed them..:)

So it’s a quiet evening at home…which is fine with me, as the roads are slippery..

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The huge snow storm of the 20th was almost gone..but now we have a new blanket..

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The Three Kings are thinking 4 wheel drive might be good..

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They arrive on Jan. 6th…Little Christmas, which marks the end of the Christmas season…and when the decorations start getting packed away..

Tonight, just a dinner for 2, for the last day of 2009. You can click to enlarge the pic…

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A little red , black ,white, and plaid….

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Blog Labor 109 The tassel I used as a napkin ring is a wine tassel…I think they were .46 at WSonoma Outlet 2 yrs ago..

Tonight’s dinner is eggplant parm and stuffed shells..Mike prepared it..but we didn’t eat yet, so I can’t show you!  :)


But since I am joining Gollum for Foodie Friday…some food, which we had last night.. Please visit Designs by Gollum for the other participants..

Shrimp over a bed of linguine with sauteed spinach with a wine sauce.

Very light..

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Dredge the raw shrimp in seasoned flour,  (save the flour) and quickly brown in a little olive oil and butter.Remove the shrimp to a plate and keep warm.

Chop some scallions and saute.

Drain off most of the oil and deglaze the pan with  fresh lemon juice and dry white wine .

With the seasoned flour from the shrimp  you can thicken the sauce a bit. Whisk with some water and add slowly till you get the sauce the way you want it.

Simmer, I add an envelope of G.Washington Gold.  You find that near the Herb Ox packets in the market.

In a separate pan, take fresh spinach, salt, pepper and a dash of sugar.

Saute in some olive oil..when it is wilted, stir in some freshly grated locatelli cheese.

Cook your linguine.

Make a bed with the pasta, sauteed spinach in the middle, and spoon the shrimp and sauce over the top.

Garnish with scallions, fresh parsley and lemon, and a few grinds of fresh pepper..

I am sorry, but I don’t use recipes except to I can only give you instructions without exact measurements. 

Very simple!

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Good health and good times..

Many blessings to you and your families..

And as always, thank you for visiting me!


  1. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010 Kathleen! Your tablescape and dinner look fabulous! I'm craving shrimp now :-)

  2. Kathleen what a lovely table set for 2. I like the touch of plaid. That shrimp dish looks delicious...and you make it sound so easy to make..I'm thinking I might give it a try.

    Looks like you're in a 'Winter Wonderland' again..we got the same snow too. Hope it doesn't hang around as long as the last one we had.
    It's nice to be in and not have to's also nice to just unwind and enjoy our decorations and the last days of Christmas.

    Happy New Year to You & Your Family!

  3. Kathleen - another beautiful table! The touch of plaid really accents the entire table.
    Your shrimp looks delicious - gives me another idea for using some of mine.
    Hopefully we can see Mike's meal in one of your next posts!

    Hopefully your snow won't stay long and will not be as bad...

    Wishing you and Mike all the best for the New Year....

  4. Between your delicious shrimp dish and Gollum's scallops, I am so craving seafood!!!

  5. This looks really, really good. I hadn't thought to pair shrimp with spinach, but it looks perfect. Stay warm! I'll see you next year!

  6. Gorgeous pictures, beautiful dishes. And the shrimp looks so delicious. Wishing you a beautiful 2010!

  7. A very pretty little cozy table for two!

    I wish you and your family a wonderful 2010!!

  8. What a sweet tablesetting for two. The linguini looks very tasty. Have a very happy and healthy New Year.

  9. Happy New Year Kathleen! My New Year's Eve party days are long over :0)
    I try to be sound asleep by midnight...
    Your table and food look scrumptious!!

  10. Happy New Year Kathleen! Shrimp is our usual New Year meal too but this year I changed for a cold buffet.
    Yours looks lovely as does your table! Regards, Sharon.

  11. Happy New Year..I still make your Ricotta lemon shrimp unrecipe:)

  12. Your table is beautiful, Kathleen. The black really sets off the red and it!

    New Year's Eve was quiet around here too. I'm not a party girl and the roads are slippery so decided to stay home. I hope 2010 will be a healthy, happy and peaceful year for us all.

  13. Wishing you and Mike a very happy and a healthy New year. AND A SNOWLESS ONE :) I'm with you on the quiet, non-rockin NYE! I was just happy I stayed awake to see the ball drop in Times Square!

    Table looks very pretty!

    Enjoy your day today, safe travels!

  14. You are showing your age if you didn't go out and rock the town last night...Wishing you and Mike a Happy, Healthy 2010!
    Very pretty red/black plaid table, K.
    The shrimp look delish!

  15. We love any seafood! This looks really good!

  16. We don't have snow here in Florida, so I can't use that excuse, but I love quiet evenings at home to bring in the New Year.

    Your table looks lovely and shrimp is always a hit around here and this looks delicious!

    Happy 2010

  17. It was quiet at our house last night too. My son did come over to eat. Ours was Italian Beef on TV tablescape pictures of that one!

    I love your plaid touches...gorgeous!

    Happy New Year!


  18. Happy New Year! Lovely as always!

  19. Happy New Year Kathleen. Your table looks great and the shrimp look even better!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  20. Beautiful table Kathleen! I love the color combination with the plaid ~ and your centerpiece.

    I would be so happy with either of those menus... delicious!

    All the best to you and your family in 2010! Happy New Year!!

  21. Your table is lovely. The shrimp looks scrumptious!

    Quiet New Year's celebrations are the best kind!

  22. What a beautiful table you set - even just for 2! Quiet night here also but I don't have a Mike to do the cooking - LOL.

    A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family, Kathleen!

  23. Kathleen, the snow scene is beautiful even though I'm sure you're very tired of the snow and cold. Gorgeous tablescape that you created for yours and Mike's dinner. I've always had a fondness for plaids and tartans. ... Maybe it's and age thing, but I enjoy our New Year Eve's at home ... the food's good and we're safe, warm, and cozy in front of a fire.

    Wishing you and your entire family and happy and healthy 2010.

  24. So totally beautiful. That shrimp looks wonderful. I love the pine with the white in your centerpiece. Happy New Year.

  25. Kathleen

    This dish looks so tasty--I hope you had a wonderful quiet ringing in of the year!

  26. The only rockin' this old girl does anymore is in a rocking chair!! Hope you had a good New Years Day and for the rest of the year!

  27. The snow looks so pretty as long as one doesn't have to go anywhere.
    I have a question. What are the little red cups on the table? Are they drinking cups. Such a pretty table. I love red and black plaids.

  28. Clear the roads! we are heading east on Saturday morning -- checking out the beach house, taking the Jeep in case we need to drive down the right of way thru the snow!

    Your shrimp looks wonderful, your table looks fabulous ... love the stocking on the back of the chair!

    And I think I'm going to try and get to the W.S. outlet while I'm passing thru Riverhead.

    I can hope....

    Happy New Year!
    Off to bed now for me.... Cass

  29. Wow my mouth is watering looking at your shrimp dish... Simple yet elegant! I think I will try that soon.
    I'm having a little New Years giveaway too... stop by and enter when you have a minute...

    ~Really Rainey~

  30. Happy New Year Kathleen! The snow is so pretty, you table looks so cozy and the food looks very tasty! Many blessings to you and your family in the new year!

  31. Happy New Year, Kathleen! Your black,red & white table looks very pretty - love the plaid with it! Those shrimp look super delicious - you take excellent pics of the wonderful food you create!


  32. Kathleen, M is such a lucky man to sit down at a beautiful table each and every day along with an always fantastic meal! You take care to do all the extra special touches and I love to come here and see them.

    Happy New Year!

  33. Kathleen, the snow looks so pretty. (Sorry, but it does). Your table looks great, and that shrimp dish sounds wonderful. HOpe you have a wonderful 2010! laurie

  34. Kathleen, what a beautiful table (and meal) you had. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year and OW.

  35. You have made me quiet hungry :)

    The table settings and your outdoor snowy photo are soo fun!

    I need to go eat... DANG

    If you get a moment --would love you to stop by -- I'm going to start a new meme --Friday-- Finding Beauty that I would love you to join!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  36. You set such a beautiful table. I'll be waiting for your recipes on Friday. Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.

  37. Oh, yum... the shrimp looks delicious! Another pretty tablescape too!

  38. Love the table setting...plaid is a favorite of mine. That food...ALL your food looks so delicious and magazine-ready!


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