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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quickie Tablescape for Thursday- Shrimp with Romesco Sauce and a Unique Ravioli

Hello friends! And I do mean friends. I want to take a second first of all to thank all our newest and latest followers. We have had so much fun with this blogging adventure and have made such wonderful friendships- we'll do our best to visit you all soon.
 We're linking up tonight to Tablescape Thursday at the lovely Susan's place- Between Naps on the Porch. Grab a glass of something cold, curl up in your favorite spot, and join us for inspiration and time with friends

Blogging will be a bit slow and sporadic for the next 2 weeks. We're leaving tomorrow for sunny south Florida where I'll get to hug and cuddle and love 2 very special little angels


Aren't they gorgeous?? (I am NOT prejudiced!)

Anyway, though I would normally be doing a 4th of July table, but since we're going to be in Florida this weekend (and I'm going insane trying to get some spoiled people who want Mom to do everything for them everyone packed and the house in some semblance of order for my parents while working all day) the best I could do was to show you our dinner table tonight. This afternoon I did a tasting for a potential client, so dinner was a bit of a conglomeration.

A starter of garlicky sauteed shrimp with a Romesco Sauce

        Romesco is a sauce originally from Tarragona, in Northeastern Spain. The story goes  that fishermen of the area made it to eat with fish. It is also wonderful with  meats and vegetables and can be served spread on a lovely toasted foccacia. It's a thick puree of roasted peppers, almonds, hazelnuts, tomatoes, and garlic

The client asked for a fresh pasta, so what could be better than ravioli- a roasted red onion ravioli dressed with a thyme- infused cream. This entire meal was inspired by our local Farmer's Market offerings- we'd love to hear what you all are creating with the season's herbs, fruits and veggies

I'll let the table speak for itself this week since it's a simple one- the recipe is at the end :)

Our nod to the Fourth- Liberty Blue bread dishes and butter server

Homemade Honey Buttermilk bread that we made yesterday. The flowers were brought to me by a very, very special little gentleman. I love you Spencer

Must have wine...

Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

3 roasted red bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
about 6 TBLSP olive oil, divided
1 1/2- 3/4 inch slice coarse textured or artisan type bread
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded, chopped ripe tomatoes (drain)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 TSP sweet paprika
good pinch (about 1/4 tsp.) crushed red pepper flakes
4 TBLSP sherry or wine vinegar
salt and pepper

About an hour and a half before serving, make Romesco. This can also be made in advance and refrigerated- bring to room temp before serving.
Heat 1-2 TBLSP olive oil in a skillet. Fry the bread, turning as necessary, till golden. Set aside. In the same skillet, toast the nuts till golden, tossing frequently to prevent burning
Put all ingredients except vinegar and remaining 4 TBLSP olive oil in food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times. Combine oil and vinegar and, with motor running, slowly pour into processor- you should end up with a thick puree. Season with salt and pepper (taste!) and pulse once or twice to combine. Set aside for at least an hour

Make shrimp:

2 TBLSP olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
chopped parsley to garnish

Heat oil in skillet and saute garlic for 2 minutes, tossing. Add shrimp over medium high heat and toss till pink and just cooked- this doesn't take long. Serve with Romesco sauce and enjoy!

Allie says I should add the bread recipe, so here goes :)

Honey Buttermilk Bread

1/2 cup water, (warmed, no more than 110F)
1 TBLSP sugar
2 packet active dry yeast (I used rapid rise)
3 cups buttermilk, warmed just to a SLIGHTLY warm room temperature
6 tbsp honey
2 tsp salt
9 cups flour
1 egg
Combine water, sugar and yeast. Let sit until yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. If you use Rapid Rise yeast, this isn’t really necessary- just give it a couple of minutes
In the bowl of an electric mixer with dough hook, combine all ingredients (except egg). Mix until dough forms a smooth, slightly sticky ball. Knead dough on a floured surface for a few minutes, just until you can shape it into a ball. Don't work too much flour into the dough. It should be firm, but still slightly sticky. Place in greased bowl, covered, to rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour 15 minutes).
Punch dough down and place in a greased loaf pan. Beat egg slightly and brush top(s) of bread.
Preheat oven to 375F while bread rises.
  Cover and let rise until almost doubled, 40 minutes. Bake 45 minutes, until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Cover loaf with aluminum foil if top appears to be browning too quickly.
Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
Makes 2 standard loaves or one pan 16x4x4 1/2 (I always use this pan- I LOVE the high sides it gives the loaves. If you're interested, I think I added a link on Pattie's picks on our sidebar. It was a while ago and the memory is not what it used to be) 

Tutti a Tavola!!

Join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Gollum's- we'll be sharing the recipe for Roasted Red Onion Ravioli

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. Patti- You always amaze me! Looks delish!!!!

  2. amazing.. it's warm and inviting and simply beautiful

  3. Hey, this all works for me. When is dinner?

  4. Everything looks perfect, Pattie! I copied down the bread recipe as I love buttermilk and often but too much of it.

    Have a wonderful time in Florida with your adorable grandchildren!

    Happy 4th of July!

    ♥ Pat

  5. It looks great!
    Have a wonderful time in Fla!

  6. ummmm! It all looks wonderful! Have a great trip and fun with the grands!

  7. Nice patriotic table...yummy food!

  8. So glad Allie asked you to add the bread! It sounds yummy! Have a safe and happy holiday trip with family.

  9. Oh Yeah, Your shrimp sounds and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipes and have a great time in FL. with the Grands. They sure are cute.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  10. Pattie, that sounds delishes and I will copy your scrimp and Romesco sauce. And your table is relly inviting. I am sure your client loved it, too. Have a nice time and cudlle this cuties for me.
    Greetings, Johanna

  11. Have a great time in FL! Seeing your grands will be GRAND! The pasta looks fabulous as well as your great tablescape! Joni

  12. Looks delicious! Have a great trip and time with your grandchildren :)

  13. Yum! Everything looks so delish. I think my invite was lost in the mail. Can you send me another? I will be waiting by the mailbox.

    You all have fun, and those children are adorable!

    Have a safe and fun journey!

  14. oh Pattie....
    you make it sound like child's play..just a homemade ravioli you threw together with a romanesco an incredible meal, you are such a natural in the kitchen...and you even had time to make bread! I hope your family realizes that most people don't eat that well...
    Thanks for sharing this masterpiece!

  15. Wonderful tablescape. Delicious looking food. Have a great time in south Florida with plenty of hugs and fun with those two adorable little ones.


  16. Have a wonderful, safe vacation!

    Your table looks great - I am excited to try out the buttermilk bread.

  17. YUM ~ You had me at hazelnuts! Hope you have a wonderful trip to Florida and make 'lots of wonderful memories. xx Suzanne

  18. The shrimp looks so good and the table is superb. Have fun in FL. We are going to Destin for this weekend....Christine

  19. Oh, the children are gorgeous! The table is beautiful too. I love the shrimp that looks delicious. Have a great 4th!

  20. Everything looks delicious and the table very inviting! The children? Well...darn near as gorgeous as mine! :) No, I am teasing you. They are little dolls!

  21. Being Italian...I totally love your blog! Food (homemade)is the center of our homes! When friends gather, it is in the kitchen around the table. Thank you so much for the recipes and your pretty table!

  22. Oh, delicious! And I love your table!

    And I'm so glad you are going to be with the grands! They are DARLING, Pattie! :-)

    If you are driving and need a rest stop, come see me in St. Augustine, and I'll treat you to lunch! I mean it! I would love to do that! If not, be sure and wave, and I will too. LOL!


    Sheila :-)

  23. Happy fourth of July ladies. Hope you all have a safe trip.Your table setting and dishes are elegant as always. The cloth napkins and beautiful crisp dishes go so well. I am surprised someone hasn't asked you to be a food stylist for a home and food magazine!take care and hope you can relax.Take care~Emelia~

  24. The table stunning, the food mouthwatering as always. Enjoy your holiday with your little grandbabies and look forward to all your adventures when you come back home.

  25. Its looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your shrimp cooking method.. I always hesitate to fix them because I dont know when they are done..

    Have a safe trip and a wonderful holiday..
    Happy 4th to you and yours

  26. OK, it would have taken me ALL DAY just to make the ravioli. How many Patties live in your house, because from what you accomplish there must be at least SIX of you!

    Gorgeous, fabulous food ... and a lovely table, too. And now we know we have another china pattern in common ... Liberty Blue. Although you actually OWN the Shenandoah and I only WANT it.

    Have a wonderful trip! How lovely to get hugs from little arms!!!

  27. OH DUH it's not the Shenandoah you have, it's the Adagio -- you have the real stuff, and I have a knockoff.
    Oy -- it's LATE and I should go to bed before I make a total shambles of things ....

  28. Hi Pattie (and Allie)! Just stopping by to check out your table, which is very pretty and the recipes sound wonderful! I also wanted to wish you a very happy 4th of July!

    Hope you have a great trip! Take good care.

  29. I want to come eat at YOUR house!!! Seriously, I do!!!! It all looks SO yummy!!!!

  30. Hope you're having a wonderful time with those cuties, Pattie and Allie! What a delicious spread - but it always is here ;)


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