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Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp » digest LA
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Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp

The best advice my brother ever gave me was to keep frozen shrimp in my freezer because I can always take it out and brine it in some salty water while it thaws and make a delicious dinner. I guess shrimp is always frozen on the shrimping boats anyway so there is no harm in letting it freeze a little longer in your home. As long as you have some olive oil and garlic on hand, you always have the fixins for some dinner.

When I first moved to LA, I had a completely empty pantry. Not knowing where to start; I made sure I had basics like frozen shrimp, salt, garlic and olive oil. One tired weeknight, I decided to make Melissa Clark’s Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp from the NY Times via The Wednesday Chef. The only problem being that my spice pantry was bare. I tried to make it anyway just using garlic, salt and olive oil; which is basically a completely different and less exciting meal.

The second best piece of advice my brother gave me was to go buy spices. I did and retried the recipe with cumin and hot chili powder and coriander. What an absolutely delicious and easy weeknight dish. I file this one under pantry and weeknight and it makes me happy.

  • Evan

    Are you kidding me? Of all of the advice I have given you over the years, buy shrimp and spices is the best? What about, “Don’t stand next to a pirate at the urinal.” Or, “Never do karate at a funeral.”

  • admin

    You tend to give a lot of rhyming advice.

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