National Shrimp Scampi Day with R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Quote for Today: “My faith always has been and always will be important to me.” Aretha Franklin, Singer, Songwriter, and Pianist
Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day and although unsure of the origins of this date in history, Shrimp Scampi is a favorite of ours. Shrimp Scampi is a delicious and easy to prepare dish for large dinner parties, or when you want to enjoy a quiet candlelit dinner.
While a chef at Fifth Avenue Grill, we sold a plethora of Shrimp Scampi. This classic dish has been on many menus across this great land of ours. Our early bird menu featured this dish daily. It really is not that difficult to make. This is my personal recipe for cooking this delicious entrée at home.
The first thing you need to do is make a compound butter. The ingredients for this are as follows:
1 lb Butter
1 lb Margarine
6 oz Cider Vinegar
1 cup White Wine
3 cloves Garlic
2 Shallots Diced
2 oz Dijon Mustard
2 oz Worcestershire Sauce
1 oz Sugar
1 oz Seasoned Salt
1 oz Granulated Garlic
In mixer bowl, use the paddle to mix butter and margarine till soft. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Slowly add white wine and vinegar until incorporated well. Then portion into a one pound logs with parchment paper. Using six extra large shrimp or 21-25 count per pound, melt one ounce of scampi butter per person over medium heat, add the shrimp and cook until shrimp is no longer translucent. Serve over pasta or rice. Being the hedonist that I am, a couple of ounces of heavy cream will round this dish out. This butter is also wonderful with poultry, pork, beef, and anything that swims in the ocean.
National Shrimp Scampi Day with R-E-S-P-E-C-T: If you are a music lover, you have probably heard Aretha Franklin’s version of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Today, April 29th marks the release of this number one Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1967. Do you remember where you were the first time you heard this song?
“Respect” originally was released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding, but became a signature hit for Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions differs significantly. In Otis Redding’s version, the only requirement of his women was that she respects him when he came home. It was the tune of a desperate man who would give his woman anything she wanted.
Aretha Franklin’s version has a very different flavor that found favor with women everywhere. It was a declaration of a strong, confident woman who knows she had everything her man wants. The lyrics suggest she never does him wrong, and demands his respect. Franklin’s version also adds R-E-S-P-E-C-T chorus and back-up singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, Sock it to me, Sock it to me…” Along with winning two Grammy Awards, and induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1987, Aretha Franklin’s version of R-E-S-P-E-C-T was added to the Library of Congress, National Recording Registry in 2002.
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