Monday, September 21, 2009

On the River


     As previously mentioned, my husband and I took a very brief trip out of town to San Antonio this weekend. 

     We stayed at a great hotel downtown , the Emily Morgan, and our room overlooked the Alamo. 

     As I looked out my hotel window, eleven stories in the sky, I thought about the few women who were at the Alamo , which prompted my next thought : my daughters would have handled themselves very well at the Alamo.

     Oh the romanticized thought processes of a retired English teacher/proud mother.

     My husband and I walked along the river with the intention of having a wonderful dinner at my favorite restaurant.

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     However, a slight delay occurred when we went in here for a bit, prior to dinner.

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     Two Texas college teams were  playing (Texas and Texas Tech), and although they are not his favorite team (Texas A&M is, but they have become increasingly frustrating in years’ past to watch ), my husband stands by his preferred game watching criteria for college football:

*Texas team

*Big 12 team

     So this happened.

(Who am I kidding? He loves ALL football, and now I do too.)


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     We eventually made our way to Paesano’s where I had Shrimp Paesano, and he had Fettucini Alfredo with Shrimp on a bed of spinach.  Both dishes were wonderful.

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      Shrimp Paesano is a level of decadence that is hard to describe.  Here is a recipe I found online.

    One Version of Shrimp Paesano

1 pound shrimp
raw, deveined and shelled

1 pint light cream
2 tbs olive oil
or butter

2 cups flour, all-purpose

1 large egg yolk

1 stick butter

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup
parsley leaves
fresh, chopped

1/4 cup
lemon juice


Preheat oven to 400.

Reserve some cream for the sauce. Soak shrimp in the remaining cream for at least 30 minutes in the refigerator.

Drain and roll shrimp in flour then sauté in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Do not turn shrimp!

Remove and place shrimp in baking dish with the sautéd side down in preheated oven. Turn oven to broil and broil for 5 minutes.

For sauce:

Mix egg yolk and lemon juice in half the butter and stir over low heat until melted, take off heat.

Add garlic and rest of butter and stir briskly until butter melts and sauce thickens. (Add small amount of 1/2 and 1/2 to thicken). Add chives and parsley.

Serve the sauce with the crispy shrimp and pasta.






Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Sounds like great fun!!! I love little getaways with my husband!!!


Kat said...

Don't you just love the riverwalk, especially at night? Glad you finally got to have dinner, we would have been in the same situation! Hook Em!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Thank you for the photo's of the riverwalk. Many years ago my husband decided to take a trip to San Antonio by himself to look for his fathers grave and do a rubbing of it. He did this. I stayed home, sadly, as I had to work and when he came home he told me all about how wonderful it all was. I still have never seen Riverwalk and he passed away 13 years ago so we never did that lovely walk together.
Thank you for sharing the photo's.
My only consolation is that he missed me and hurried home to "my lady" is how he put it when he jumped out of the car and swung me around in his arms... I still smile at that memory.

Elizabethd said...

What a very nice restaurant, delicious dishes.

Dixie said...

I love going to the San Antonio Riverwalk... We usually wait until October or later... I can't stand the sultry heat down there in the summertime...

The Christmas lights after Thanksgiving are worth the trip too!

Have a wonderful week.

Lynn said...

Recipes scare me so I think I'll just order it out!

Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds so nice. I know what you mean about the football game! (Go Ags!)
The food looks very yummy.
Thanks, Laura.

Becca's Dirt said...

Looks so yummy. I love me some shrimp. You are making me so hungry. I spent some time in San Antonio last fall at the childrens hospital around the corner from where you were staying. I loved visiting San Antonio.

Blondie's Journal said...

How beautiful the Riverwalk is!! I have yet to see the Southwest and I'm going to throw Texas right in there, because I have to see that, too.

Yes, college football has decended on us again. At the lake, you can watch the Notre Dame games and hear them out the window. Not being a football fan, I'm sometimes happy I can turn my hearing aids down.

The recipe looks fabulous (and decadent, I say as I lick the imaginary cream off my whiskers!).

Thanks, Laura!!


Marguerite said...

Sounds like such a nice little getaway. Those shrimp dinners look fabulous, especially the Shrimp Paesano! And thanks so much for including the recipe!


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