Last weekend, I had the great honor of attending a local Food and Wine event right here in Kohler, WI (only 2 hours from where I live). The entire experience was amazing. We had back-to-back cooking demonstrations, learned some tips and techniques and got to do a few beer+food tastings and wine+food tastings. And we got to see some pretty phenomenal chefs in action and meet them. I was pretty much on cloud nine the entire weekend. GZ floated on stage to “Fly Me to the Moon“, which is my absolute favorite song from Frank Sinatra. Oh, and meeting this guy made my year. You can tell because my smile is so big. I couldn’t contain my happiness and joy.
You’d think all of this would be enough but I also left Kohler with four brand new cookbooks, two I purchased on my own and two were gifted to us. So, needless to say, I went home extremely fulfilled and happy. Cookbooks now take permanent real estate on the night stand table next to my bed and on a brand new bookshelf we recently got because my obsession continues to grow. Cookbooks continue to come out and need to be purchased and appreciated.
I feel like cooking has become so popular (with TV shows, talk shows, magazines, food bloggers and cookbooks) and now staying in and cooking has become cool. I feel like more people are entertaining at home and just cooking and wanting to learn more and get better.
Over the past two years, I’ve read a ton of cookbooks, cooked from most of them and then put them away because another new one has arrived. But then Easy Gourmet fell into my hands. I’ve been cooking from this cookbook for the last 3 months and I don’t see any signs of stopping, unless I finish cooking every single recipe in here.
If you haven’t heard of Easy Gourmet, this beautiful cookbook was written and photographed by Stephanie Le, author of the award-winning blog, I Am a Food Blog. I’m not going to write much here because I’ve already written a review for The Kitchn. So, head on over and enjoy. .
And because this cookbook is so awesome and I will say it here. . right now. . if you are looking for great, delicious straightforward recipes and can only buy one cookbook this year, buy Easy Gourmet. You won’t be disappointed. Back to my initial thought. . because this cookbook is so awesome, I’m sharing (with permission from Stephanie and her publisher) one of my favorite recipes from the book, her amazingly simple and delicious Seafood Pappardelle AND giving one lucky reader the chance to win this gem of a cookbook. Simply answer the question underneath the recipe card down in the comments section below. This giveaway will be open for one week.
Thanks and enjoy!!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lb. scallops
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1½ cups tomato sauce
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 8 oz. pappardelle
- chopped flat-leaf parsley to serve
- In a large skillet, heat up the oil and butter over medium to medium-high heat. Sear the scallops and shrimp, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Turn the heat to medium and add the garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until soft, but not brown. Add the tomato sauce and cream. Return the scallops and shrimp to the pan and simmer gently on low while the pasta is cooking.
- Cook the pappardelle according to the package. Drain and toss with the sauce and seafood. Enjoy immediately with a sprinkling of flat-leaf parsley.
Recipe published here with permission. From Easy Gourmet, page 58.
THE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!
To enter the giveaway, click here to read my review and simply tell me your favorite thing about the book, or anything from the review that you learned about the book that makes you want to buy Easy Gourmet or tell your friends about it. You must leave your answer in the comments section below in order to be valid. GIVEAWAY OPEN TO RESIDENTS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. Giveaway ends on Monday, November 3rd at 12 midnight EST.
There are no extra entries for this giveaway but consider it good giveaway karma if you share this post or help get the word out about this fabulous cookbook! Thank you and Good luck!!