I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad

I got this recipe from Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in St. Paul; my favorite cafe! They have the best salads I've ever had. (The recipe is on their website.)

1/2 lb orcecchiette pasta
1 C chopped celery
6 oz can artichoke (chopped and drained)
2 C Roma tomatoes ( cut in half and each half into thirds)
1/2 lb fresh spinach chopped
1 lb cooked shrimp

1/2 C olive oil
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/2 fresh lemon juice
2.5 oz fresh basil chopped
2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
2 t sugar

1. Cook past according to package directions.
Rinse with cold water and drain.
2. In a large mixing bowl toss cooked shrimp, fresh spinach, roma tomatoes, artichokes, celery and pasta.
3. In a blender add oils and lemon, blend well, add basil, sugar, salt and pepper.

One hour before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss. Adjust seasonings if needed.

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