Shrimp Anything.

I love shrimp.  It’s a fact that anything tasty that includes shrimp is also a favorite of mine.  Shrimp gumbo, shrimp cocktails, shrimp rolled in bacon and grilled… Actually, I have never had the last one but I wonder if it is possible and if it would taste good.  My newest meal from scratch is making Alfredo of any type, but shrimp Alfredo is my favorite Alfredo to date.  It really isn’t too difficult to make and very rich and filling.

How I make it is kinda quirky and possibly not correct, but the result is always tasty.  I start by making a bechamel sauce (heavy on the cheese, especially old, stinky cheeses like aged English cheddar or a nutty aged Gouda), then modify it to make it into the alfredo sauce by adding half heavy whipping cream and half 2% milk.  A recipe very similar to mine is listed below.  And I add shrimp to it at the end, to stew in the cheesy sauce.

Shrimp Fettucine Alfredo – courtesy of
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 6


1 pound fettuccini pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound cooked shrimp – peeled and deveined
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup half-and-half
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I use closer to a 3/4 cup of cheese total but add and taste a little at a time to get the right amount)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
salt to taste, pepper to taste (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, saute shrimp and garlic in the butter for about one minute. Pour in half and half; stir.
  3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese in one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly.
  4. After all Parmesan is added, mix in parsley and salt. Stir frequently making sure it does not boil. Sauce will take a while to thicken.
  5. When sauce has thickened, combine with cooked pasta noodles; serve hot.


Spring is FINALLY here!

With the weather in Chicago finally becoming warmer (it’s hit and miss still at times), I am looking forward to the many hobbies that I can start back up.  Like canning, cooking local/seasonal foods, and trying my hand at gardening.  Yes, I am truly a novice gardener.  And to be honest, I’m not easily inspired to garden most days.  Most of my results start and end like this:

But, given my love of local food and the urgency to be cheap, I decided to try my hand yet again at growing fruits and veggies this year.  One cheap way of starting seeds is to use a used strawberry container.  Here is a picture of mine.

Wish me luck. 🙂

Core-Spun Sari Silk Yarn

hew.  I know that it has been a long time since I have posted on here.  Sorry for the massive delay.

But, now I am back in business!  Er, whatever that means.   My current yarn being spun is for my sister for her Boy Scout Troop’s silent auction.  It is very pretty but a real pain in the butt since I am working with recycled sari silk fiber from India.

I have many more projects lined up, so you will be seeing more posts in the coming future. 🙂