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Birthday Thank Yous, plus a really delicious recipe
First off, I have to thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday, through e-mail, posts and comments. I also have to thank carolandtom for the lovely rose on my user page, and aswanargent and maddiec24 for their wonderful gifts. It was a truly special birthday this year. I was dreading it a little, not only because I was turning 35, but because it was also my first birthday without my mother. It actually turned out to be a really nice day- a nice weekend, really.

Tonight, I tried out a new shrimp recipe that I found in In Style magazine, the issue with Katherine Heigl on the cover. I changed it around, though. For one, the recipe in the mag feeds a whole lot of people, and second, I didn't have some of the ingredients. So, this is my version of the dish:

You need- pasta, shrimp (I used about 20 medium sized ones, already peeled and cooked), chopped onions and peppers, chopped garlic, a can of crushed tomatoes ( I used about two thirds of a 28 oz. can), and if you like, some ricotta cheese.

First, put up the water to boil for the pasta. I used regular spaghetti. While it's heating, put two tablespoons of oil in a large fry pan, then add the onions, peppers and garlic. After three minutes, add as much of the crushed tomatoes as you like. Put it on a low flame, and let it simmer as you make your pasta. When the pasta is just about done, throw the shrimp into the sauce. At this point, you can add a dollop of ricotta cheese, if you want. (DOn't use too much, if you do.) Drain your pasta, and serve yourself up a plateful. Put some sauce and shrimp on top, stir, and voila- you've got dinner!

If you want to use raw shrimp, you have to peel them, and saute them lightly in a tablespoon of oil for a couple of minutes, before you start cooking up the onions and peppers. But I prefer to use the alreay cooked and peeled shrimp. All I had to do was pull of the tails before I put them in the sauce. And some garlic bread, or a nice, crusty Italian bread go good on the side, too. Also, if I had mushrooms, I would have thrown them in, too, but sadly, I was out.

If anyone decides to give the recipe a try, let me know how it turned out. I think I'm going to try it again, but with chicken this time. One of my father's favorite dishes is Chicken Cacciatore, and I think this is really close, minus the cheese.

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Happy birthday, doll! I hope that recipe works out for you!

Thank you, sweetie! It was a great birthday. And the recipe worked out so well with the shrimp, I'm going to give it a try with chicken. I bet veal would go great also. *Fingers crossed*

Happy Belated Birthday :)

I'm glad you had a very nice Birthday and weekend!

Thank you, Carol. I really did, and you were one of the reasons why.

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