Gone Fishin’…


I’ve been playing with a new fish plate lately. (Picture a kid with a new toy… one that doesn’t beep, light up, come with a remote, and/or require batteries.) When the only prompt is imagination, what becomes of a toy — and the entertainment value derived from it — is entirely up to the beholder.

Good old fashioned fun? You bet!

First up was Shrimp with Lime Cilantro Linguine — half adaptation / half inspiration (recipe later) — followed by a simple, satisfying Antipasto a few nights hence.


(No recipe… hover and you’ll figure it out.)

Then there were toast points

I thought about making plain ol’ tuna salad sammiches for lunch one day and toast points seemed like a fun way to dress up ordinary mid-day fare. Plus, they rather resembled fish scales — in my mind, lol — and ‘the plate’ was beckoning.

(I get a lot of mileage out of my imagination and the few ‘props’ I’ve managed to acquire — and experimenting with settings on my camera. ;)

Technicolor Tuna Salad Toast Points

“Technicolor” Tuna Salad on Toast Points

Okay, back to…

 Shrimp with Lime Cilantro Linguine

(Adapted from Chef Dennis Littley’s Pan Seared Red Snapper & Shrimp In A Lime Margarita Sauce. Woohoo!!! Thank you, Dennis.)


12 to 15 strands Pappardelle’s Lime Cilantro Linguine


2 Tbsp. butter, divided

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 oz. tequila (I used one of those airline-sized bottles of Cuervo Gold cuz Margarita season is still a few months off)

1 to 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (or more, to taste)


12 large frozen shrimp thawed in cold water, drained and patted dry

1 Tbsp. olive oil (more if needed)

Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Zest of 1 lime

Prepare pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, but do not rinse. Plate as playfully as you wish. I had fun “swirling!” (The pasta, not me.)

Meanwhile make the sauce. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add tequila and lime juice. Increase heat to medium and stir constantly until the alcohol evaporates. (Mandatory taste testing is required to adjust the lime juice “to taste”… of course.) Remove pan from heat and add the remaining tablespoon of butter; stir until melted. Cover to keep warm.

Next make the shrimp. In a small skillet over medium heat warm the olive oil until hot. Season shrimp with salt and pepper to your satisfaction. Sauté briefly on both sides. (Add more olive oil if needed to keep shrimp from sticking.) Transfer sautéed shrimp to saucepan; stir gently to coat with sauce. Pour shrimp & sauce over plated linguine and garnish with cilantro and lime zest. Serve immediately.

Note: I intended to present this dish per Dennis’ original recipe with pan-seared fish, but my fillets fell apart. (My fault, not his — I used flimsy flounder instead of red snapper.) But it sure made a tasty “side” and it left more sauce for the shrimp! Win-win.

shrimp with lime cilantro linguine

On a personal note, The Man Of Few Words and I are still in limbo this many months after the fire, but we’re hoping to be in our next home — a “fixer upper” — in early March. That said, I’ll be Gone Fishin’ the next couple weeks helping that beloved man o’mine with repairs.

Many thanks to each and every one of you who have contributed to the fundraiser my daughter started for us. We’re soooooooo grateful for your help! Temporary life (even ‘foodie life’ with just a few “toys”) has been blessed because of your kindness and caring. Thank you xo.

Now, go… have fun with your food (and props)… and hug your loved ones close! I’ll catch up with you soon.

Enjoying food tremendously- even when it’s served on the same plate twice… or three times, ;)

~ Kim

17 thoughts on “Gone Fishin’…

  1. Oooooh, what a fun (and useful) fish plate – triple duty for serving, as photo prop and just for FUN and smiles. Shrimp, lime and tequila? I’m in!! Good luck with the upcoming fixer-upper move and project, your upbeat attitude is inspirational.

  2. What a very cool dish. Isn’t it funny how something like that can inspire? I’m not sure if you have the Home Goods (TJ Max company) stores where you are, but they have the most unique dishes & kitchen decorations I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of that store without buying something.

    • Diane, I’d have to make a trip to “the big city” to troll through stores like TJ Max, et al… just might have to designate a day to do that! (Although our local retailers continue to surprise me with their unique offerings.) Inspiration is where you find it, often in the least likely of places! For me, a “Kitchen Store” (or department) of any sort is a sure buy. ;) I hear ya…

  3. Hi Kim: You got a lot of mileage out of that fish plate. Everything looks delicious as well. It is always good to hear from you. Your strong spirit is felt in your words. Keep on truckin’ as they say. Sending love and good wishes your way. QJ

  4. Hi there Kim! Love your new toy, it’s rather stylish methinks… keep us posted on your fixer up… looking forward to hearing all about it in the fullness of time, love.

  5. I’m so glad to hear you’re getting a fixer-upper. We might be heading down that path as well. I think your fish plate is gorgeous and it looks like you’re finding some super uses for it xx

    • Charlie, the benefits of “fixer uppers” cannot be overstated… plus, you have every say in how it eventually turns out — within or UNDER budget! (But, do your homework on ‘unexpected and/or hidden costs’ first… they add up!) I’m blessed that my hubby can do most of the work himself, xo. Glad you enjoyed my fish plate, too… a clearance sale “find.” I love playing with new toys! :)

  6. Kim…I’m so glad you’re ‘playing’ w/your new toys! This plate is so versatile, and ever thing I see on it, I want to devour! Right now, I’m really digging that antipasta plate…it’s just so elegant and ready for a glass of wine say mid afternoon after you shut down the office! It lights up my day when I see you in my email…means my girl is back in the saddle!! xo

    • Ally, my “office hours” are subject to whim (as you may have noticed, lol!) and the saddle is never far from sight. ;) Thanks for bearing with my Boho spirit… and THANKS for the Pappardelle pastas… I’m still dreaming of “the right stuff” for the tomato-cracked black pepper version you gave me, too… possibly your Award Winning Bolognese?! Because of YOU, my imagination soars and my foodie appetite (and wanna be creativity) are appeased. xo

      P.S. Proper accreditation will be designated to YOU (for ingredients and other heretofore hinted at projects, tee hee) in “The Big Reveal” post… coming soon. Such fun!

    • Dennis, my pleasure! Your dish was amazing, and your sauce is begging to be brushed over grilled shrimp (and more) this summer — with Margaritas!) In the meantime, it was the mid-winter citrus burst I was needing… okay, the tequila didn’t hurt either, LOL! was also tickled at how The Man of Few Words (aka my hubby, Russ) was willing to try something “new.” He scooped up bite after bite and LOVED it! So did I. Thank YOU!

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