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Cooking Wright with Donna: Sizzle into the Holidays with Date Night

Hi Foodie Friends,

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here.  Cooking, shopping and decorating for the holiday season will keep your schedule full and along with the wine in your glass.  It’s time to sizzle in the holiday spirit with a Date Night.

Thanksgiving and our wedding anniversary was last week.  We spent our first Thanksgiving as a married couple in Cancun, basking in the sun, drinking Bloody Mary’s and watching a grown man walk around with a turkey costume on over his bathing suit.  I didn’t care, I was in Cancun!

As years pass, life gets busy, work, kids, running them to sports, dances and there’s barely enough time to sit down and see how each other’s  day was.   This year, we have two girls playing basketball the schedule is quite tight.  My husband is a Real Estate Agent by day and a Wedding DJ by night.  I’m a Stay at home Mom (SAHM) while trying to keep up with blogging, wrestle a two year old during potty training and a taxi driver during the week.

I understand if you are thinking, “where is there time for a Date Night?”

There’s always time for a Date Night.  It’s imperative to make time for yourselves.  Whether it’s going out for a quick bite to eat one night a week or making a special dinner for just the two of you at home, this will help keep that spark lit between you and your significant other.

I make sure on Wednesday’s, our Date Night,  we feed the girls dinner and send them upstairs on their way to watch a movie, hang out in their room, wrestle and scream and yell all in the peaceful place of their room, upstairs, away from us.

Now, to some, that may sound mean or cruel.  But,  all we want is a few hours, to eat in peace, talk about our days and drink some wine.  Maybe watch a movie if I can ever stay awake past nine. It’s all good.  It’s important to have that reconnection in your marriage, to remember why you fell in love in the first place.  Sappy much?

I have a sizzling recipe to knock the socks off your Date Night.  Shrimp and Clam Scampi with Linguine.  This has deliciousness written all over it.  It’s a great dinner to satisfy your taste buds and move in another direction away from the comfort food mania the holidays bring.

If you have a Date Night ritual, I would love to hear about it.  If you don’t, start looking at your calendars and book it!

Shrimp and Clam Scampi


1 lb. Raw Shrimp Peeled and Deveined

1 doz. Maine Clams

1 lb. Linguini

1 Lemon

3 Garlic Cloves Minced

1 small onion diced fine

1 tbsp. Red  Pepper Flakes

 2 tbsp. Parsley Flakes

2 tsp. Italian Seasonings

Salt and Pepper to taste

half a stick of Butter

1 1/2 cups White Wine (1/2 cup is seperate)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (EVOO)


Bring a pot of water to a boil, add 1/2 cup wine and some Italian Seasonings.  Toss your clams into the water until they open.  Throw away any that do not open.  Let cool.  Once they are cool, you can pull the clams out and do a rough chop.  Set aside.  Keep about 2 cups of the broth you cooked the clams in aside, you will need some when you put the dish together.

In another pot, bring water to boil, don’t forget to add salt for taste then add your pasta.  Cook Aldente and drain.

Meanwhile, in a sautee pan, on medium heat, drizzle EVOO.  Salt and Pepper the shrimp and  cook about 2-3 minutes each side, until pink.  Remove and set aside.

In same pan drizzle EVOO and add half stick butter.  Add garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add the wine. Cook for a few minutes then add your pasta.  Toss sauce until all pasta is covered.  Add a little of the broth from your clams if your pasta seems too thick, this will loosen up the sauce and add more flavor.  Toss in the chopped clams and shrimp.

Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve.

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I'm a Realtor's Wife and Mom of three girls. I love to cook and wine is my best friend. Come into my kitchen and let me share wonderful, home cooked recipes with you. And wine of course.

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