Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Live a Little - Graduate to This Fancy Shrimp and Pasta Dish

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Live a Little - Graduate to This Fancy Shrimp and Pasta Dish

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HE: Here's another graduation announcement. Herman and Wanda's youngest daughter has finished college!

SHE: I'll bet they're proud.

HE: And pleased that they've paid their last tuition bill. They've been supporting the college of her choice for five years. Not to mention the colleges of her siblings. I'll bet by now, Herman automatically endorses all his paychecks over to the University of Whatever.

SHE: With four kids, I'm sure they expected tuition bills.

HE: That's what you get for what you begot.

SHE: But just think of all the joys of having a big family . . . reunions, vacations together, grandchildren!

HE: Loosely translated into "The Language of Male," that means big food bills, no fishing trips with the guys, and baby-sitting. And what about those little requests that keep dribbling in . . . money for graduate school in applied psycho-ceramics, o starting a business that makes chia pets for pets. adi And when the kids can't find jobs, they come back home to live!

SHE: Don't be so negative. Herman really likes driving that '72 Gremlin. He says he never has to worry about anyone stealing it.

HE: If he drives that thing much longer, he'll have to worry about museum curators stealing it.

SHE: I'm sending Wanda this new recipe. With the kids gone, they can afford shrimp again.

HE: Better hurry. With all that disposable income, they might rent a Winnebago and run away from home.

As soon as you get the ol' barbecue grill cranked up for the season, you can grill whole shrimp for this dish instead of cooking them in the sauce. Toss the pasta and garlic sauce together, then arrange the grilled shrimp on top for a ritzy presentation.

PASTA AND SHRIMP WITH GARLIC CREAM

1 or 2 bulbs garlic (20 to 30 cloves)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup evaporated milk

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup loosely packed parsley sprigs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

Generous pinch saffron, optional (do not substitute turmeric)

1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

1 pound medium or small shrimp, peeled and deveined

8 ounces fusilli or shell pasta, cooked

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. …

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