Savory Spiced Shrimp Pasta

Spiced Shrimp over Lemon Pasta
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6

1 lb. fettuccine, cooked al dente
1/3 c. olive oil
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. butter
1 lb. asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. fresh parsley
½ c. shaved manchego or parmesan cheese
¼ c. pine nuts, toasted (optional)

Toss cooked pasta with 1 tablespoon olive oil, cover and keep warm. In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Place shrimp in a medium bowl, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub with spices. Toss in lemon zest. In a large skillet, melt butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add shrimp and sauté until cooked through. Remove shrimp from heat and set aside. In the same skillet add asparagus and lemon juice. Cook 4 minutes until asparagus are just cooked through. Return shrimp to skillet, add pasta and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Toss in parsley and serve in individual bowls with cheese. Sprinkle pine nuts on top.

Grapefruit Margarita
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6

6 oz. tequila
3 oz. Cointreau
12 oz. pink grapefruit juice
½ c. kosher or coarsely ground sea salt
1 grapefruit, halved and sliced

Combine tequila, Cointreau and grapefruit juice in a pitcher. Stir well. Rub rim of highball or margarita glass with grapefruit slice. Spread salt onto a plate and dip glass rim into salt. Pour cocktail into glasses over ice and serve with grapefruit wedge.

Watermelon and Feta Salad
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

1 lb. seedless watermelon cubed into 1-inch pieces
1 kirby cucumber, peeled, diced
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ c. extra virgin olive oil
¼ c. red wine or sherry vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
¼ c. fresh mint, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine watermelon, cucumber and onion. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, and lemon. Add feta to salad and drizzle with dressing. Toss in mint. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Salted Caramel Peach Sundaes
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6

5 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
6 tbsp. butter
¾ c. light brown sugar
3 tbsp. heavy cream
1 tbsp. apricot or peach brandy
1 pinch nutmeg
½ c. pecans, toasted
1 tsp. Kosher or coarsely ground sea salt
Vanilla ice cream

Place sliced peaches in a bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar, stirring until dissolved and bubbling. Add cream one tablespoon at a time. Add brandy, peaches and nutmeg, stirring to coat peaches. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Scoop vanilla ice cream into bowls and spoon peaches over with a pinch of salt on top.

By Carrie Hanna, Southern Boating September 2014