Many folks like to work out. Me, I like to work outside. And when my garden is thick with leafy ferns in the spring and tall with lily-scented hostas about now, it’s all worthwhile.
But much of the time, a yard with a garden is more about hauling than tending or even weeding.
You know. Hauling dirt. Hauling mulch. Hauling plants. Hauling empty containers. Hauling chemicals, cords and clippings. Hauling yard bags. And this time of year, hauling hoses. And all too soon, hauling leaves and gumballs.
Awhile back, a man I’ll call ‘Bill’ started passing by my place often and regularly enough to recognize that he walked for exercise and Kirkwood streets were his gym. One fine spring day, I was working on the mulch pile in the driveway when Bill passed by, nodding hello in that certain Midwestern-male way.
“Like to help?” I asked, only half joking.
Without breaking stride, he shot back, “Just bought a condo,” as if his answer explained all. It sure did, Bill, it sure did. Keep walking.
LEMON BASIL SHRIMP
Time to table: 3 hours
Serves 4 as entrée, 8 as appetizer
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound uncooked shrimp (thawed if frozen) tails left on (see ALANNA’s TIPS), peeled and deveined
- Zest of a lemon
- Juice from 1-1/2 lemons (about 3 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (fresh dill works too)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup drained capers
Heat oil on medium in a large skillet til shimmery. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add enough shrimp to cook in a single layer. Cook until just opaque in the center, turning once, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add shrimp and gently combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to 24 hours.
To serve as an appetizer, place in dish lined with lettuce leaves and mound shrimp on top. To serve as a main dish, arrange lettuce leaves on four serving plates, mound shrimp on one side, add slices of cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables.
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