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pasta favorite for the college grad

June 5, 2008

al dente pasta with shrimp, shrimp and pasta, al dente fettuccine, shrimp and fettuccine, Jenise\'s favorite

photo by Lisa Monahan

A Special Pasta Dish for a Special Young Woman

All of my kids have their designated favorite pasta dish named after them. Today, in celebration of my God Daughter’s graduation from Ferris State University, I would like to honor her by officially publishing Jenise’s Favorite on the Aldentecanoodler. Lisa Monahan, a wonderful photographer with a specialty in food photography, was able to capture both the gorgeous peony, grown by Lisa Dengiz, and the lusciousness of the shrimp from Monahan’s Seafood. We are so lucky to have one of the best seafood stores in the whole country, right here in Ann Arbor. Yum.

Tangy Pasta with Shrimp and Spinach

(Jenise’s favorite!)
Serves 4-6

1 bag of Al Dente Pasta-your favorite flavor (lemon chive fettuccine?)

1 lb. peeled and deveined large shrimp
(substitute cubed chicken breast, if desired)

3 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (or red onion)

3/4 cup chicken broth

Juice from 1 lemon

1/2 tsp. salt

10 oz. fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

3 Tbsp. Capers


1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.

2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute 30 seconds. Add shrimp; saute 3 minutes, just until cooked. Add chicken broth, lemon juice and salt to pan. Bring just to a boil.

3. Cook pasta and add to pan with spinach and capers, heating until spinach wilts. (optional additions-pinenuts, roasted red pepper strips, chopped tomatoes). Delicious!

Congratulations, Jenise. You’ve made “the village” proud!

Jenise\'s Favorite

P.S. Now, Jenise is seeking an internship in the Printing Industry in the Ann Arbor area.

Please contact us with opportunities.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2008 3:38 pm

    Wow Jenise–congrats! 🙂

  2. Lori Saginaw permalink
    June 5, 2008 3:49 pm

    strikingly handsome and photogenic shot of the grad and the godparents! and the recipe reflects the cultivated palette of the young woman we all salute. jenise, you are a delight and an inspiration to many more people than you will ever know. CONGRATULATIONS, GIRL!

  3. June 5, 2008 4:32 pm

    Congratulations Jenise! Way to go girl!

  4. camille permalink
    June 9, 2008 9:56 am

    wow Jenice you are just beautifull in this outfit!!! Congratulations!!!!

  5. Jody Gardner permalink
    June 9, 2008 12:24 pm

    Great Day! We areso proud of you. Love Jody

  6. Marcy Vander Tuig permalink
    November 8, 2008 2:46 pm

    Jenice, Congratulations. I was looking for Monique’s e-mail and found this news about you. I don’t think I have seen you since Tappan. What an extraordinary beauty you have become. I’m sure you have been snapped up into the job market by now. All the best of luck and much admiration. Marcy- ex Burns park mom

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