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Perfectly Poached Shrimp with Green Goddess Sauce

Perfectly Poached Shrimp with Green Goddess Sauce



  • 1 cup (packed) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions (white and pale green parts only)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  • 3/4 cup coarse kosher salt
  • 4 pounds uncooked unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 75)

Recipe Preparation

For sauce:

  • Finely chop garlic in food processor. Add all remaining ingredients; blend until smooth and pale green. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer sauce to serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cold. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

For shrimp:

  • Fill 2 large bowls with ice water; set aside. Bring very large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add 1/2 cup coarse salt to boiling water; return to boil. Rub shrimp in another large bowl with remaining 1/4 cup salt. Add shrimp to boiling salted water and cook just until cooked through, about 3 minutes (water will not return to boil). Immediately drain shrimp in colander, then quickly divide between prepared bowls of ice water; cool completely. Drain well. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact. Arrange shrimp on platter. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.) Serve shrimp with sauce.

  • Test-kitchen Tip: To peel the cooked shrimp while leaving the tail intact, begin by removing the legs. Then, holding the tail firmly between thumb and forefinger, pull off the shell. Using a small, sharp knife and starting just below the tail, make a shallow slit down the back of the shrimp to expose the black vein (some shrimp will not have one). Use tip of knife to remove the vein.

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    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons purchased chili sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    • 4 cups mixed baby greens
    • 1 avocado, peeled, halved, pitted
    • 10 cooked peeled deveined extra-large shrimp
    • 1 green onion, finely chopped
    1. Whisk mayonnaise, chili sauce, mustard, lemon juice and lemon peel in small bowl to blend. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Arrange greens on 2 plates. Top greens with 1 avocado half, rounded side down. Fill avocado cavities with shrimp. Spoon dressing over sprinkle with green onion.

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    Whip up this super simple egg and rice bowl in an instant. The best part? It’s so versatile that you can add your own mix of veggies, sauces and seasonings to make it your own!

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    If you’re looking for a fast yet filling dish, pasta is always a great option. The noodles act as a blank canvas, ready to work with almost any flavor combinations you wish to add, whether rich sausage and broccoli, fresh herbs or a creamy sauce studded with bits of cheese. Or use these recipes as inspiration and create your own dish.

    Pasta with Italian sausage and broccoli: This recipe, from Food editor Russ Parsons, is a simple combination of broccoli, fresh Italian sausage and dried pasta. Serve with a shaving of pecorino Romano.

    Angel hair pasta with fresh shiso-herb mix: A wonderfully aromatic herb with a bit of a bite, shiso is part of the mint and basil family. For a bright and simple dish, pair shiso with fresh lemon zest, parsley, chives and basil and toss with angel hair pasta. Serve the dish on its own for a vegetarian option, or top with a grilled fillet of salmon or other fish.

    Pennette with pistachios and Gorgonzola:Get a pot of water going on the stove, and cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, throw together a quick cream sauce with leeks and chunks of Gorgonzola cheese. Toss in coarsely chopped pistachios for extra crunch and color, and toss with the pasta. The whole dish comes together in minutes.

    You can find the recipes below.

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    Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 6

    1 head broccoli (about 3/4 pound)
    2 links fresh Italian sausage ( 1/4 to 1/2 pound)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 pound dried short pasta, such as fusilli, penne, or ziti or long dried pasta such as spaghetti
    Salt, pepper
    1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese

    1. Bring a large pot of liberally salted water to a boil. While the water is heating, clean the broccoli: Separate the florets from the stems and set them aside. Remove the tough peel of the stems with a paring knife or vegetable peeler, then cut the stems into half-inch cubes. Remove the casings from the sausage.

    2. Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and crumble the sausage meat into the oil, flattening each piece slightly so it will brown better. Cook until the sausage browns and crisps. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic turns pale brown, about 5 minutes. Do not let the garlic scorch if it begins to brown, remove the pan from the heat.

    3. Add the pasta and the diced broccoli stems to the boiling water and cook 6 to 7 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and cook until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes total. Scoop out the pasta and broccoli and drain keep the water at a boil.

    4. Place the skillet over high heat and add the drained broccoli and pasta to the sausage and garlic. Add one-half cup boiling water from the pasta pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the water mostly boils away, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and a good grinding of black pepper.

    5. Divide the pasta evenly among 6 warmed pasta plates and shave pecorino Romano over the top with a vegetable peeler.

    Each serving: 406 calories 15 grams protein 62 grams carbohydrates 4 grams fiber 11 grams fat 3 grams saturated fat 12 mg. cholesterol 263 mg. sodium.


    Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4

    Note: From Donna Deane. Serve this pasta with grilled fillet of salmon or other fish.

    4 ounces angel hair pasta
    1 tablespoon best-quality olive oil
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup loosely packed torn shiso leaves
    1/3 cup snipped chives (1/2-inch pieces)
    1/3 cup loosely packed torn parsley leaves
    1/3 cup loosely packed torn basil leaves

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil (the water should be as salty as the sea). Add the pasta and cook just to al dente, about 3 minutes, or according to package directions.

    2. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving one-half cup of the cooking liquid. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl. Toss the pasta with the olive oil, lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Add the shiso, chives, parsley and basil and toss to distribute evenly. Add the cooking liquid to moisten the pasta as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

    Each serving: 142 calories 4 grams protein 22 grams carbohydrates 2 grams fiber 4 grams fat 1 gram saturated fat 0 cholesterol 6 mg. sodium.


    Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 8

    Coarse sea salt
    3/4 pound pennette pasta
    1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 leeks, white part only, washed well and very thinly sliced
    3/4 cup heavy cream
    6 ounces Gorgonzola, cut into pieces
    1/2 cup shelled salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
    Freshly ground white pepper
    Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the pennette according to the package directions until al dente.

    2. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and a dash of sea salt and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Add the cream and heat to a simmer.

    3. Drain the cooked pasta well in a colander and immediately turn it out into the skillet with the leek mixture. Add the Gorgonzola and toss until coated. Add the pistachios and salt and pepper to taste. Continue stirring until well mixed. Serve at once, with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, if desired.

    Each serving: 386 calories 13 grams protein 38 grams carbohydrates 2 grams fiber 21 grams fat 11 grams saturated fat 59 mg. cholesterol 261 mg. sodium.

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    Green Goddess Salad

    I just spent a lovely four days in Park City, Utah enjoying the clean air and the peace and quiet (outdoors, of course indoors I have my three kids and two of their friends, so no peace and quiet in the house from noon ’til midnight.) There are no televisions and I insist that the kids leave the phones in their bedrooms so we can hike and dine without the ping of 6 iPhones. Heaven.

    Of course, with travel comes a deviation from eating the way I like to eat. I consumed a little too much guacamole and chips a little too late at night, and then someone tried to torture me by buying a container of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. I had mentioned it was like a more healthful Nutella, not that it was actually healthful. By the end, I missed my juicer and my garden and all I wanted to eat were salads and vegetables. In fact, I was craving this Green Goddess Salad while I was on the plane home.

    No, I didn’t name this dressing after you. The original Green Goddess dressing was created at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel in the 1920’s, for the English actor George Arliss. Arliss was staying at the hotel and dined there every evening before he performed in a play called “The Green Goddess.” There are so many variations on this dressing, the base of which is usually mayonnaise, sour cream and tarragon — the only herb I don’t like. Can we still be friends? So considering I am using none of the above, I don’t know if I can actually call it a Green Goddess dressing. One day last summer, I tried to clean out some little bits of herbs that were lingering and blended them into my own version of the dressing and we all loved it. So feel free to adjust the recipe according to whatever herbs you have on hand, even if it’s tarragon. The kids think it tastes a little like ranch dressing. So I made more the next day and used it as a dip for raw vegetables.

    Green Goddess is a creamy dressing that’s a nice break from traditional vinaigrettes, and one that works well with crisp and sturdy lettuces. There are dozens of ways to enjoy this salad, even as a main course, since so many things work well with the dressing. Here I used tomatoes and radishes, which are both perfectly obvious, but you can add hard boiled eggs, shrimp, poached chicken, cucumber, avocado, and/or corn. One day I took a few beefy tomatoes from the garden, sliced them up and drizzled this over. Whatever you do, don’t leave out the anchovy paste — it really adds a little salty something and doesn’t taste at all fishy. Your kids and your picky spouse don’t need to know it’s in there. In fact, they don’t need to know anything other than you made up your own Ranch dressing.

    Shrimp Salad with Red Goddess Dressing

    We all know that cooking your food at home is better for your health and wallet. When people say they don’t have time to cook dinner by the time they come home, I usually ask them how long it actually takes to mix lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes with feta and olives. It actually takes less time than to order a take-out or delivery. You don’t have to come up with crazy recipes, it can be simple as 1-2-3, and in the end you have a fresh, healthy and low-cal dinner in minutes.

    When I buy groceries for the week I always grab 1-2 packs of baby spinach, kale or arugula. This is a good base for so many salad recipes. Add other vegetables like avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and throw in protein such as feta cheese, chicken breast, shrimp, nut, tofu, sausage. Top with your favorite dressing or simple drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Voila, you have a nutritious and healthy dinner. If you have any leftovers after dinner, put them in the fridge and eat in the morning with a boiled or poached egg on top. So simple!

    So, let’s bring it on. Tonight is a #saladnight This salad is I would say for Level 2 “home chefs”, requires a bit more time to prep the dressing, but nonetheless it’s only 30 min of cooking. Avocados, greens and shrimp make it a perfectly balanced meal (check the nutrition label below) and oh god! this is delicious. Fresh dressing with bell peppers and lemon juice adds a refreshing and subtly spicy notes (hence jalapeno).

    One last tip before we get to the recipe is how to buy the right shrimp. Please try to buy local, ideally wild caught. Avoid at all cost shrimp from Thailand, China, Vietnam, etc. This one is no good for you. It usually contains so many chemicals, that it doesn’t make any sense to eat it. Add here horrible conditions in which the shellfish is farmed and slave labor that is known to be used there. If you are in the U.S. opt our for a local wild caught pink or white shrimp from Florida, organic farm-raised. Local farm are highly regulated, and it’s a safer choice. The price usually is comparable. Since I live in Florida I always buy local pink or white uncooked shrimp.

    I recommend reading “Real food, fake food” by Larry Olmsted to learn more on how to buy healthy and safe shellfish and many more.

    After all we are what we eat, and nowadays it is more like – we are what our food eats. Stay healthy and enjoy the recipe!

    High Cotton

    If top-shelf cocktails and free-range Green Grocer Farms eggs aren’t enticing enough to get you in the door, High Cotton adds soothing jazz to seal the deal for a very special Sunday brunch.

    Crisp service, rewarding food, and good music are the perfect excuses to laze away the morning at this casually elegant Maverick Southern Kitchens property. Presiding over the kitchen is chef de cuisine Ramon Taimanglo, a Johnson & Wales University grad who worked under Slightly North of Broad chef Frank Lee developing a culinary style that reflects the group’s signature locally sourced, seasonal, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine.

    Eager to enjoy a relaxing Sunday morning, we recently arrived at High Cotton just as brunch began, finding the early crowd already there. Instead of the main dining room with its lofty ceilings and flood of sunshine, we were seated in a smaller, more intimate room with elegant furnishings and the option for quieter conversation.
    Our first encounter: signature house Bloody Marys, hot and spicy with white and black pepper, cayenne, and smoked paprika served with dilly bean and fresh lemon garnish. The bartender was having fun with other concoctions, including a Charleston cocktail with Firefly sweet tea vodka, Madeira, lemonade, and mint-infused simple syrup and the Dry Cotton martini made with Maverick vodka or Tanqueray gin and served extra dry, up, with blue-cheese stuffed olives.

    On the menu, which celebrates local purveyors—prominently listing all farmers and sources by location—the list of starters included salad or fresh fruit, classic Carolina shrimp cocktail with a tangy sauce, and buttermilk-fried oysters with arugula and green goddess dressing. As huge fans of traditional Charleston crab soup, we felt it important to try the High Cotton version and found it perfectly creamy, served piping hot, and loaded with jumbo lump crab. With its splash of blue crab sherry butter and fresh chives, we agreed it was one of the best we’d had and a meal in itself when enjoyed with homemade corn bread.

    Plentiful entrée choices included farmers market omelets steak and eggs grilled Scottish salmon salad Carolina shrimp and grits burgers of local, grass-fed Angus beef and tantalizing banana bread French toast with bourbon-aged maple syrup and apple-smoked bacon.

    Not without difficulty, we bypassed these for server Delia’s strongest recommendations—crab cakes Benedict and the intriguing barbecue duck hash. Stacked upon fried green tomato slices, a tower of pure lump crab cakes was topped with divine, deep orange-yolked poached eggs from Celeste Albers’ Green Grocer Farms and anointed with velvety hollandaise. A juicy watermelon wedge and hearty cheese grits from Timms Mill in Pendleton, South Carolina, were excellent sides. The barbecue duck hash, a delicious blend of roasted duck, red onions, mushrooms, peppers, and potatoes, was topped with sunny-side up eggs and flavored with mustard-based barbecue sauce. It was excellent, though we thought its slightly sweet finish could have used a little more heat.

    There were several house-made desserts to choose from, but after the rich meal, sorbet sounded best. We were rewarded with a selection of Wholly Cow’s finest—tart lemon and raspberry, the ultimate invigorating finish. The delicious fare and animated service, together with jazz by Kevin Hackler on trumpet and James Slater on guitar, make brunch at High Cotton a satisfying way to ease into the week ahead.

    Green goddess dressing

    My husband and I just returned from a relaxing and fun-filled weekend in San Francisco. We had a wonderful time discovering new restaurants and revisiting old favorites, wandering around the city, and watching the Italians and Kiwis race for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to face Oracle/Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup which is being held in San Francisco Bay. I’ll be posting more about our trip later, but I wanted to share this recipe first.

    While in San Francisco, we stayed at the historic “new” Palace Hotel, which opened in December 1909, at the site of the original Palace Hotel that was destroyed by the fires that ravaged the city after the infamous 1906 earthquake. I was looking through the historical displays that adorn the hotel corridors and learned that Green Goddess Dressing was invented there in the 1920s. The hotel’s executive chef, Philip Roemer, created it for a banquet held in honor of actor George Arliss, who at the time was starring in William Archer’s hit play, The Green Goddess.

    After learning of the dressing’s origin, I was pleasantly surprise to see it on the menu at Flour + Water, one of the new restaurants we tried over the weekend. I jumped at the opportunity to try it and I was glad I did. One taste of the fresh and creamy dressing and I was hooked. In fact, I made it for dinner the night we got home.

    It was quite easy to make, and, fortunately, I had an abundant supply of all the herbs I needed growing in my garden. I used the original recipe from the Palace Hotel, but added some tarragon which I thought would work well with the other herbs. Tarragon adds an unmistakable anise and fennel flavor, which is perfect in this recipe.

    The dressing is clean-tasting and full of wonderful fresh herbs that provide it’s signature green color. The addition of vinegar and lemon juice, as well as the sour cream, adds a delicious tanginess. Don’t shy away from the anchovies they not only add saltiness but also depth and complexity to the dressing, much like in a classic caesar salad.

    Green Goddess Dressing is not only great on green salads, but also on potato or pasta salads. It makes a wonderful, savory dip for vegetables and as a sauce to accompany shrimp, chicken, or poached salmon.

    Green Goddess Dressing
    Yields 1 1/2 cups

    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
    3 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice
    3 1/4 teaspoons tarragon vinegar or white wine vinegar
    3 to 4 anchovy fillets, minced
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Cover and refrigerate. Dressing is best made several hours or up to a day ahead.

    Adapted from Executive Chef Philip Roemer, Palace Hotel.

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