6 oz. linguine (fresh is best)
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 lb. fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. butter
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 oz. cream cheese (low-fat works fine)
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
3/4 tsp dried basil
salt, to taste
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/2 C. chicken broth, boiling
1/2 lb cooked shrimp
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions: Boil linguini in lightly salted water. Drain.
For sauce: Heat one tablespoon of butter in skillet over med-high heat. Add mushrooms. Saute until tender. Transfer mushrooms to a small plate and set aside.
Heat the 1/4 cup butter in skillet. Add the minced garlic, then stir in the cream cheese.
Allow cheese to melt, then add the parsley and basil. Let simmer five minutes.
Add boiling (or very hot-- the microwave works well for this) chicken broth til sauce is smooth (as needed). Add shrimp and mushrooms and heat through, about 2 minutes.
Toss cooked pasta with sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.
Note: Using pre-cleaned, pre-cooked shrimp makes this easy romantic dinner recipe even easier. But if you have uncooked shrimp, simply clean them and toss them in with the mushrooms to cook.
To make this a complete (and completely delicious) meal, buy a nice herbed fociacca bread and dip it in "Italian butter," which is simply olive oil topped with fresh ground pepper. Yum!
2 eggs, room temp, whites and yolks separated
1/4 C. caster sugar (superfine sugar-- you can use powdered)
10.5 oz. mascarpone cheese
1/2 C. whipped cream
15 strawberries, hulled, cleaned, and quartered
1/3 C. strong coffee (espresso is best)
2 tbsp. añejo rum
unsweetened cocoa, to garnish
Instructions: Beat egg yolks with sugar with electric mixer on med-high until yolks are pale and thick. Add marscarpone, beat til incorporated.
In seperate bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold cream into cheese mixuture, then fold in eggwhites.
Fold in the strawberries.
In sm. bowl, combine rum and espresso. Dip seven of the ladyfingers into the coffe/rum mixture (don't dip the entire ladyfinger, or it may fall apart), then place them in the bottom of a serving dish.
Spread half the cheese/strawberry mixture over the ladyfingers.
Dip remaining seven ladyfingers in coffee/rum, then place over cheese. Spread remaining cheese over.
Refrigerate four hours (or more), then sift cocoa over and serve. If desired, garnish each piece with half a strawberry.
And pig out! This is one easy, romantic dinner recipe you'll want lots (and lots!) of.