This week has been utterly overwhelming so of course my adventure into the realm of new flavors was thwarted by work and an endless list of to-dos. Thankfully I squeezed a few recipes I never tried before and they were absolutely brilliant (I don’t know why but “brilliant” seems to be the word of the week for me. I think I have been watching too much BBC America…).
In my scramble to live through the week, I decided to go for something simple – Spicy Parmesan Shrimp Skillet. Funny story about me and spice…. I can’t handle it. I blame my parents for leaving me alone at a table when I was about 5 years old with a bowl of chips and the hottest salsa known to man. Did I, a hungry child, see the sign that said “HOT!!” next to the bowl of salsa I so eagerly dipped my chip into? No. No I did not. What followed was what felt like hours of torture that no amount of water, soda, or milk could cure. That experience made me avoid spicy food like the plague for a very VERY long time. When I met my husband, I started trying spice, primarily because I didn’t want him to think I was a wimpy girl who was too scared to eat spicy foods (even though that was exactly who I was). After forcing myself to stand the heat, I am happy to say that I can eat and enjoy medium heat salsa! It only took me…. 25 years… ok I give you the freedom to taunt me because that is just sad. [Read more…]