Friday, June 10, 2016

Frutti di Mare, the Weekly Menu and a Great Giveaway #GourmetGarden

Today is the last day for me to share recipes using leftovers from our Seafood Boil that I am going to share with you tomorrow.  I have given you a full weeks worth of recipes starting with leftovers and you have yet to see the original recipe.  Welcome to the life of blogging.

We actually enjoyed our Seafood Boil last Sunday.  Monday we had dinner at Amy's so I shared a recipe for Rum Punch that we had enjoyed the previous day and at Amy's since we took a leftover half gallon along with us. Next week I am going to share another recipe in which I used some of the Rum Punch. Tuesday I made a Sausage Skillet with some of the leftovers.  Wednesday I provided Recycled Potato Salad.  Yesterday I made a pizza using up some of the leftover corn on the cob but you have to wait until next week to see that as well.

Monday when we were at Amy's she asked what we were doing over the weekend.  I looked at the calendar and told her we were having filet mignon on Saturday if they wanted to join us.  Doug asked "why would you have that on your calendar?"  Amy and I responded together.  The blog.  Frank sometimes feels like the blog rules our existence.  I sometimes think he is right.

Today is Fish Friday so I am finally going to share with you what we did with all the leftover seafood from the boil.

I had this beautiful bowl of rock lobster tails, clams, mussels, crab and shrimp.
I pulled out some olive oil, white wine, tomatoes and seasonings.

When I made the sauce, I removed half to another pan before adding the seafood, as Frank is not a seafood lover and Little Miss is allergic.  I added a little cream to their sauce for richness.  Tingting and I were thrilled not to have to share the seafood with anyone else.

See all of those wonderful Gourmet Garden stir in pastes up there?  I absolutely have been in love with Gourmet Garden since I first tried their product when they sponsored a blogging event in which I was involved.  Since that first event, Gourmet Garden, has generously sponsored several other events that I was in, including our last event #FreshTastyValentines.  All of the bloggers who were part of Fresh Tasty Valentines has been given an opportunity to host a giveaway in which one lucky reader from each host will win a wonderful gift package containing Stir In Pastes and Slightly Dried Herbs.  Please enter to win at the bottom of this post.

I made some fresh egg pasta, cut wide to hold all the loveliness of the Frutti di Mare.
Here is my recipe for homemade egg pasta

I added a little of the pasta cooking water to the sauce as it was thicker than I desired.
Since the seafood was already cooked I waited to add it when I put the pasta into the boiling water.
I wanted to heat the seafood through without cooking it any further.
Should you be using fresh seafood, steam it in white wine, lemon and butter until cooked and add the seafood and liquid to your sauce, omitting the addition of pasta water.

One of the best things about hosting a party is getting custody of all the leftovers.  We enjoyed this party all week long and I look forward to sharing the event itself with you tomorrow at Wine Pairing Weekend.

Print the recipe and then scroll past to see what is on the menu for the upcoming week.  I promise, if there are leftovers no one will know it unless you tell them so.

Pasta Frutti di Mare

1/4 c. olive oil
1 small Vidalia onion, finely diced
1 T. chunky garlic paste or 2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t. chili paste or 1/4 t. crushed dried red pepper
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
2 T. basil paste or fresh basil
1 T. parsley paste or fresh parsley
2 c. asst. cooked seafood
1 lb pasta of your choice, cooked al dente

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over med high heat.  Add the onion and garlic, season with salt, pepper and chili paste.  Cook until tender and fragrant.  Add the tomatoes with their juices, the tomato paste, basil and parsley.  Cook and stir until combined and brought to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes, until slightly thickened and flavors meld.  Add the seafood and gently cook just until heated through.  Serve over pasta.  Print Recipe

Now for the Weekly Menu and Gourmet Garden Giveaway

Tomorrow is a quiet day, perhaps some of the kids will be joining us for dinner.  Sunday we have our choir picnic.  It's a potluck and I am bringing a dessert.

Monday we are having my final Parish Council Meeting here at the house, we will be saying goodbye to those of us who have reached our term limits and welcoming our replacements.  We are providing a main dish and beverages and everyone will bring a dish to pass.

Wednesday we have food pantry and will grab a bite to eat afterwards.The rest of the week is quiet.  Hopefully we will have some showings and sell the house.  Please stop by each day as I share with you A Day in the Life on the Farm.

Grilled Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Carrots

Sunday-Potluck for Choir
Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Monday-PPC Potluck

Caesar Salad with Chicken

Out for dinner following Food Pantry

Chicken Pot Pie

Date Night

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And the lucky winner is Holly of A Baker's House.  Congratulations.  I have sent you an email and your package will be sent out as soon as I get a reply.



  1. Yummy! That lobster made my mouth water!!

  2. Basil and Cinnamon. Those are my favorite. Although my daughter loves spicy so paprika is almost a daily occurrence.

  3. There is just so much to love about this post! Seafood is always my favorite... fresh pasta is my passion and Gourmet Garden is always stocked in my fridge. Yum! This would be perfect for a Sunday Supper in my house.

    1. My must-have herbs and spices create quite a list! I tend to put garlic or basil in everything... ginger comes up next and fresh cracked black pepper and cinnamon are always on stand-by for creating deeper flavors. Whenever I can get away with it I will through in some crushed red pepper or smoked paprika. :)

    2. Thanks Andrea for your kind words. Good luck in the raffle.

  4. I can't live without basil, rosemary and garlic. I have all three planted in my garden.

    1. I hope you win this package Lori so that when the season is done you still have some great herbs to use.

  5. I cannot live without basil, garlic, cilantro. I also *need* ginger and lemongrass. And smoked paprika. And Turmeric. And... and... oh I need to stop!!

  6. I love basil and thyme. My baby is six months and just starting solids. I can't wait until he loves all foods!

    1. Start him early Sarah and he will embrace all the wonderful flavors. Good luck.

  7. i use the lemon grass and the ginger stir in paste in my Chinese dishes!! love this product

  8. what a fabulous dish and with fresh pasta must have been amazing - would love to try this product

  9. Basil is a favorite at the moment-- it brightens so many dishes.

  10. I can't cook without garlic or oregano
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  11. I love this recipe and Garden Gourmet products too (not sucking up to win the contest, I use their products a lot).

    1. Well, sucking up or not, they are great products and I hope you win this wonderful package Audrey.

  12. I have to have smoked paprika, garlic, and dried chipotle. Thanks for a great blog!


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