Monday, March 29, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Blue Plate Special

Ruby Tuesday arrives again, and today my subject is cooking easy.

I was interested in taking shortcuts yet creating a supper of taste and color. So I found the prepared/frozen ingredients that could facilitate the style and substance I was seeking...

So the following was used: Frozen cooked shrimp, frozen bell pepper strips (green, red and yellow), diced garlic in a jar; canned diced tomatoes, Canned chicken broth, dried oregano, and dry spaghetti. I did chop a (real) onion, though :>)




The actual cooking was a mix of defrosting, sautéing and simmering. The prep time was maybe twenty minutes.

There is a real satisfaction to chopping fresh bell peppers and deveining fresh shrimp instead. But sometimes current events conspire against the preferable course. But after an afternoon of compiling our 2009 tax liability using well known electronic tax prep software, ease of cooking won out.

Taken here upon completion at wheelchair height, the result was is a bit horizontal. Patti took a picture at stand-up height below, which accents the reds slightly better than at 'chair level...




Rubies abound from the entree, to the placemat to the wine.

The only caveat here is the shrimp. Although obtained at a buy-one-get price, I sometimes wonder about where it is from. This was from Thailand, a democratic monarchy, and US ally.

But what of Gulf shrimp fishermen who find it difficult to match the price of imported shrimp. I would love to always use the finest shrimp in the world from the Gulf region from Florida to Louisiana (the best I ever had was in Biloxi MS). But costs must be considered, alas....

Add a candle for ambience, the easy prep made the meal and conversation arrive all the sooner.

See Mary's always fun ruby meme!


18 comments:

fredamans said...

Looks very tasty!!!

What time's dinner?


;-)

Patti said...

It was indeed delish...you know how to tell all of our secrets Ralphie!

nonizamboni said...

I enjoyed reading about the process but the photos won me over. Yummm--thanks for sharing!

DrillerAA09 said...

It's red and it's food! That's all I need to know. When do we eat?

Mirage said...

Frozen works for me best! :D I don't like cutting much...lol. Looks yummy, especially it's shrimp!

Dianne said...

looks great!
it made my mouth water

Ladynred said...

looks delicious. I love shrimps and pasta.

Eaton Bennett said...

Great looking food, I'm hungry now and all I have that's red is tomatoes and red bell peppers.Love how you stayed true to color with the food. Happy RT! :))

chubskulit said...

That looks sumptuous!

My Ruby Tuesday

The Cunning Runt said...

Fellow Ralph, this looks both beautiful and delicious!

In an ideal world, I'd be a totally fresh/organic guy, but there are nights when the freezer beckons, and the results can be totally fine.

Thanks for sharing your dinner as I'm eating something similar a few miles north of you!

Marie Höglund said...

Yummy!!! A very creative RT from you Ralph. Thanks for visiting med. Wish you a great week and a great easter.

Ann said...

with your pre cooked shrimp, do you find that they shrink if we cook too long? I experimented and found if I cook the sauce, and a quick stir, the shrrimps shrink less.

I too sometimes buy Thai shrimps. The local ones are beyond my means.

Marice said...

uuhmmm looks really yummy! :)

u may view mine here

Carletta said...

Looks delicious Ralph! So delicious I'm looking in my cabinets to see if I can find something comparable for dinner. :)

maryt/theteach said...

Beautiful and delicious at any height, Ralph! :)

LDH said...

Now, that looks really delicious! I like the shot from chair level ~ great angle!

I love to cook and bake but I still don't like deveining fresh shrimp.

Greyscale Territory said...

A very inviting looking meal and the red colour adds to the brightness! And I adore shrimp but agree that the coast can be high!

Sacred Ruminations said...

Looks DELICIOUS and was certainly PERFECT for Ruby Tuesday. Hope you and Patti had a lovely Easter.
Hugs and blessings,