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Spaghetti with Shrimp and Chili Pepper

  • 2 LBS 10 OZ of shrimp
  • 12 OZ. of spaghetti
  • 1 of celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 of carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • bay leaf
  • tomato paste
  • 1 BUNCH of cilantro, chopped
  • fresh chili pepper, chopped
  • dry white wine
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt

Shell and devein the shrimp; remove and clean the heads well and set aside with the shells for the broth. 

Heat 2-3 Tbsp. oil in a saucepan over high heat, brown the heads and shells for around 5 minutes on high heat, mixing and crushing them with a spoon. Add the celery, carrot, and onion and cook for 2 minutes, then add 1 Tbsp. tomato paste and stir. Add 1 cup wine and let it evaporate, then add 1.8 quarts water and 1 bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 50 minutes.

When the broth is ready, turn off the heat and drain, extracting the broth.

Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium heat and toast the uncooked spaghetti, stirring them in the pan, for a couple of minutes. Add three ladles of shrimp broth to the pan, then continue to cook the spaghetti like risotto for around 10-12 minutes, adding broth in in 1/4 cup increments and adding salt. Continue until the pasta is al dente and the broth has evaporated, so as not to need to drain the pasta.

In the meantime, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a skillet and cook the shrimp for 3 minutes. Set aside. Heat a thin layer of oil in another pan. When the spaghetti is cooked to al dente, transfer it to the pan and cook for 1 minute making the spaghetti crispy; add the just warmed shrimp and a handful of chopped cilantro. Serve with more cilantro and fresh chili pepper. 

This great dish in your home at http://www.Starloftspgh.com

Slow down, you move too fast

…but this weather is making me feel groovy.


I can’t believe it’s the end of February and we are 2 months into 2021. And then we get weather like THIS?! The Simon and Garfunkel song Feeling’ Groovy pretty much nails it.
While I’m humming that tune, I still have this weird sense of speed, Twilight Zone, Groundhog Day and grooviness all intertwined into this weird existence I call “living in Pittsburgh during a pandemic.”What to do about it?

The answer will come shortly!

Today is Fat Tuesday

Yes, it’s today. Fat Starloft Tuesday. The term “Mardi Gras” translated from French to English literally means “Fat Tuesday.” And in Pittsburghese it translates to “Fat Starloft Tuesday.”
It is the final day of Carnival season, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (tomorrow) and the last day before the season of fasting and penitence during the 40 weekdays before Easter.
Sounds like a perfect day for staying in your beautiful Starloft. Coincidence that it is Starloft Tuesday? I don’t think so.
You know what to do. See you for a tour at http://www.starloftspgh.com Tuesday.

Live in downtown Pittsburgh!

Ahhhh… The Downtown Pittsburgh lifestyle…..Staying home. Zoom meet ups. Movies on Netflix. EVERY NIGHT.Schooling and working from home. Thinking about attending sporting events. Reminiscing about the last concert with a Spotify playlist. Dreaming of dining at a restaurant.
Dude, we’ve got it made.
It may be a tad limited at the moment. And it will only befor a moment. FOR NOW, let’s celebrate what we CAN do:
The weather!! Can you believe the weather today?The the forecast for the entire week??AWESOME. Like, awesome, dude.
PIZZA!!! There is no stay at home order for tacos!!Today is TUESDAY and that means PIZZA!!
The weather and pizza. I love the Downtown Pittsburgh lifestyle.Even if limited.

Your home is at the http://www.starloftpgh.com