About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Shrimp with Tomatoes and Chili Pepper

I don't know if others have commented on this, but one aspect of this project that impresses me is the limited number of ingredients called for in a lot of these recipes - not just how ordinary they are, but also how few they are. This recipe calls for 9 ingredients - and the result is wonderful.


Actually one ingredient presented a bit of a challenge. Red chili peppers were not in season in my area when I made this recipe. I was told on more than one occasion that a green pepper would work just as well, but I resisted until I was able to secure the red variety.

Onion, garlic and red chili pepper cooking in the olive oil.


I had to check a couple of times before I took the next step. In my limited experience, parsley is a garnish added at the end of a recipe - a bit of taste & colour, but not really very important. But in this recipe parsley is added at an early stage, suggesting perhaps that it is crucial -


- or maybe Marcella is just trying to evoke the colours of the Italian flag - after all, she did specify a red chili pepper. What do you think?


Add the tomatoes, simmer for 20 minutes; then add the shelled shrimp & cook for a few minutes.


The final result - another winner.


What I liked about this recipe:

Almost everything. Simple ingredients, very good directions, a new appreciation for the humble parsley herb and excellent results.

What I didn't like about this recipe:

I had to delay preparing this dish until red chili peppers were available where I live. Next time I don't think I'll be so picky.

Would I make it again?

Definitely. I like shrimp a lot and this is an excellent shrimp recipe - sure to become a standard chez Doug.

Comments (3)


Looks great, Doug!

Doug, every stage of this recipe you photographed looks delightful!

Marcella Hazan:

You sure got this one Doug. I keep dried small red chili peppers in a jar, and I never run out. I also like fresh jalapeños, but they have a distinct aroma that doesn't always suit the recipe.

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