One home cooked meal and I’m an expert

This past weekend, I did something I honestly never thought I would.  I used real fresh ingredients in a recipe that I got off….. (cough) Pinterest (cough).

Now, I know that this isn’t really all that uncommon, for people to see pics of amazing food and decide to replicate, but I very rarely do this.  My husband is the cook in our house, and for the better part of 10 years I have stuck to very basic dishes.

I was hungry for seafood, so I thought I would try a garlic shrimp pasta.  I honestly thought about this for my original recipe.

1 bag of shrimp, pre-cooked so I don’t have to take out the poop

2 sprinkles of minced garlic (from the Target spice area)

1 sprinkle of garlic salt (again from Target)

a pinch of whatever “italian seasoning” is

1 large slab of melted butter

2 big handfuls of spaghetti

But then I got to thinking… It can’t be this simple.  If it was, chefs at fancy restaurants would not go through all of the trouble to add fun shit in, like wine…

So I decided for once in my life, I was going to do this the “right way”  I scoured Pinterest for pictures of the best looking garlic shrimp pasta I could find, and I came up with this one…Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta.

I picked a recipe that called for …. dry white wine and fresh lemon and parsley and grated parmesan. After I saw that these were some of the ingredients, I’m not going to lie, I immediately went back to the Pinterest boards looking for something closer to my original recipe.    For some reason, cooking with real ingredients scares me.  I don’t mean that I only want to eat packaged crap foods, I just get a little nervous, especially when I’m trying something new.  And fresh ingredients tend to be more expensive 🙂  I walked around the grocery store for at least an hour and half, looking for all of the stuff I needed.

I had actually taken photos of the cooking process, but I wasn’t smart enough to save them from my Snapchat story, so here is what you get…

lemon garlic shrimp

This is the wine, the fresh parsley and the lemon juice simmering with butter.  I know it looks like a pan of dirty water, but I promise you, in the other photos I had, it turned out great.  in fact, I had a photo with the lemon and a cutting board with freshly chopped parsley, and even the cooking wine bottle in the back ground.  Just picture it.

When all was said and done, my kids ate it, my husband didn’t dump a bottle of ranch dressing all over it, and they all said they would eat it again.  I was pretty proud of myself for actually using real, fresh ingredients, that I might actually try it again.

My only change would be to get the raw shrimp, as it originally calls for in the recipe.  I guess I’ll just have to get use to scooping out poop. 🙂

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