Today’s Food blog : Lent recipes

It turns out that because, according to Christian teaching, Jesus died on a Friday, fasting on Fridays became a way to honor his sacrifice. … Fish, though, which are cold blooded were considered okay to eat on fasting days. Hence, Fish on Fridays and “Fish Friday” (among many other religious holidays) was born. In Louisiana you will find in most homes and restraints that goes on year round in many but at Lent always.

Shrimp and Pasta


  • 8 ounces Linguine Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 pound large Louisiana shrimp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  1. In a l large pot cook the pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain well  and set aside.
  2. Using the same pan, heat olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add the shrimp and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink. Add Italian seasoning and spinach and cook until wilted.
  4. Add the pasta back to the pot with the remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Still until mixed and butter is melted.
  5. Add the lemon juice before serving and serve while hot.

Louisiana shrimp:

The shrimp season in Louisiana’s outside territorial waters is generally open year round EXCEPT for a closed season in portions of state outside waters, which may be set during the late winter to early spring months, usually beginning in December or January and extending into March or April.

What is the difference between white and brown shrimp? The brown shrimp are characterized by their brownish appearance and prominent grooves on either side of their head and tail while the white shrimp lack those prominent grooves and are gray in color with very long antennae. These two species are dominant in the waters at different times

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