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Leftovers and goals

I had class tonight from 6-9 so was unable to cook anything. Instead, I enjoyed my leftover scampi while watching the end of ‘Australia’ with my roommate. There were requests for pictures from my dinner last night, so here they are!

Whole wheat pasta

The scampi (sorry for the dark picture!)

Tada! My first shrimp scampi

I got a new camera for Christmas and am still playing with/figuring out how to use it and the flashes. The scampi was really good as a leftover, but I still think it could’ve used a bit more seasoning. I think my tongue might be a bit immune to anything that’s not SUPER spicy. I think next time I’ll try adding some white wine to it.

This blog is not only dedicated to showcasing my cooking and baking skills, but will also describe my adventures in eating! The inspiration for this blog was from watching ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ non-stop and wanting to check out all the spots Guy went to and writing about and describing my experience. My goal for the next few months is going to all the places Guy mentions in his show. The Triple Ds are:

  • Southern Kitchen in Tacoma
  • Slim’s Last Chance on 1st Ave S
  • Voula’s Offshore Cafe in Seattle (I live less than 2 miles from it.. I can’t believe I haven’t gone yet)
  • Bizarro’s Italian Cafe (Also 2 miles from this one, but have plans on visiting it this month!)
  • Big Star Diner ¬†on Bainbridge Island
  • Mike’s Chili Cafe in Ballard
  • Georgia’s Greek in Seattle
  • Pam’s Trinidadian Caribbean Kitchen on the Ave
  • Bobby’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant in West Everett

It’ll probably take me awhile to get to the ones outside of Seattle, but I’m up for the challenge! I also want to hit the restaurants mentioned on other food shows such as ‘Man vs Food’ and definitely Serious Pie which Tyler Florence talked about their Mushroom pizza on ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate.’ Should be some good eats!

While I finish up watching Colbert and start heading to bed, I have the question of the day: After chopping fresh garlic last night, I noticed my fingers smelled like garlic all day. Anyone have a cure on how to make them not smell? I think I heard lemon juice works, but I didn’t think about that till today, after I realized I smelled like an Italian metro.



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Mmm… Scampi and blogging

Hello! My name is Gina and I have a secret to share – I am madly, deeply in love. With food that is. I love baking, cooking, watching it on tv and wondering what I’m going to make for dinner. I think I like food more than the average person, and the spicier – the better. I grew up eating Korean food, and not till college did I experience things such as “pesto pasta,” “white enchiladas,” and my favorite – risotto. I lived in a sorority, so I didn’t have a chance to test my creative skills – minus making some mean salads. I worked in multiple restuarants in college, including two years at the Oceanaire Seafood Room. I started out as a hostess, and moved back into the kitchen as a food runner where I saw how the chefs cooked everything and also picked up some tips. I didn’t start cooking until after college, and I started out slowly – quesadillas, chili, salad – but I ate mainly cereal and cans of soup. Two years later, with inspiration from my domestically amazing roommate, I’ve ventured out and started making things like chicken parm, minestrone from scratch, and my random veggie stirfry. Tonight though, I tried something for the first time. SCAMPI.

My dad brought some fresh shrimp up from Mexico which was caught the morning he left. He deveined them, and sent them with me, telling me to put it into a sauce pan with some olive oil, salt and pepper. I thought I’d try to emulate the scampi I loved at the Oceanaire, so I looked up some recipes including Betty Crocker’s and Giada Di Laurentis. I decided on a mix between the two and went to Safeway today to gather the supplies. I found everything but fresh parsley. Instead of fresh parsley there were tubes of paste, which I referred to as “goop.” I heated up some olive oil, threw in garlic, green onions, the shrimp and mushrooms cause I love them, and put it all on top of whole grain linguine. I think the shrimp could’ve used more seasoning (or garlic but I don’t want to smell like garlic at work tomorrow), but my roommate and her boyfriend said it was good. All in all, I think it was a good experience and I’m excited for leftovers and this blog!

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