24 September 2007

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month....Cooking Pink with Garlic-Shrimp Fettuccine

Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Each of us in our lives has been touched by cancer in one way or another. Either a good friend, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, wife or even ourselves has struggled to come to terms with the disease. In each of our communities there are individuals or organizations creating awareness and raising funds. When my daughter was in high school there were even teenagers shaving their heads and donating their locks to make wigs for cancer patients and raising funds for this excellent cause. Breast cancer is not age related at all. It affects us all!

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for The Cure is an extraordinary single-day experience that unites more than 170,000 Canadians in 53 communities across the country. Together, they raise millions of dollars to fund innovative and relevant breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs in the communities where we live. The Run for the Cure is this coming Sunday, September 30, 2007. Run For The Cure . Thousands of Canadians will take steps towards a future without breast cancer. These fundraising initiatives celebrate life, pay tribute to lives lost, and unite people who hope to reach a common goal; to win the battle against breast cancer.

Last weekend was the dragon boat festival here in our community . Bust 'n' Loose is a group of breast cancer survivors based in Kelowna, British Columbia who paddle for fun, to raise awareness about breast cancer, and to support breast cancer research. They participate in several dragon boat festivals each year, with members pushing themselves to their limits, as either paddlers or members of the support crew. They send a positive message to other women with breast cancer. They are proud to be part of a team that encourages people living with breast cancer to grow stronger and take pride in each other's accomplishments. You can visit their site at Bust n Loose .

This past weekend had our community thinking a lot about cancer in general and cancer survivors. Fifty cyclists raised approximately 2 million dollars Saturday for the B.C. Cancer Foundation as they rode through the mountains with cycling legend Lance Armstrong. To participate in the 80-km ride, the cyclists had to donate up to $25,000 each, for blood cancer research. Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion and a cancer survivor, rode with the group starting on Chute Lake Road.

Minko of Couture Cupcakes has invited people to make a pink dish in honour of Pink Ribbon Day in Australia. Shrimp is pink so I have opted for one of my favourite shrimp pastas.

**Garlic-Shrimp Pasta**

8 oz uncooked fettuccine or spaghettini
3 tablespoons butter, divided
4-1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided ( I use 3 - 4 cloves myself)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 lb uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt 4 -1/2 tsp butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, pesto sauce, 1 tablespoon garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.

In a large skillet, saute onion and broccoli in remaining butter for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and remaining garlic; cook and stir until shrimp turns pink. Stir in the cream sauce. Drain pasta; add to shrimp mixture and toss to coat.

Serves 4

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  1. A lovely post for a wonderful course... The pasta looks and sounds wonderful, too.

  2. Pink Shrimp. I love it.
    Thanks for entering and good luck with the voting.

  3. Wonderful post. Now that's my kind of food, I'm eating it whilst looking at the computer screen.

  4. Thanks for cooking to celebrate the month. Looks delicious, too.

  5. Delicious looking dish.
    Send me a plate over i would really really enjou it :-)))

  6. Not only just a delicious looking meal, but one with meaning behind it as well!!

  7. There is no doubt in my mind that this tastes like shrimp heaven! What a wonderful recipe, Valli...and a wonderful cause to support...I'm going to go and check out that link...I love the idea of Pink Ribbon recipes. And this is a lovely choice. :-)

  8. Shrimp pastas are always good! The Worcestershire sauce sounds like an interesting addition. Now I am craving shrimp...

  9. I love the look of that pasta! This was an inspiring post!

  10. Looks sooo good! Did you know Marye from over at the leftover queen forum was hosting one of these guys too? You should join in!! I luuuuv's me some Shrimp!

  11. OOohh.. Looks lovely and great for the cause too! On two separate notes - glad you liked my post and I sure hope you can find some of the stuff in your local Asian. what does Bellini mean? or is that part of your name...??

  12. Thanks very much guys!
    I will have to see if I can enter Marye's event as well Brittany. I'll have to come up with something else that is pink.
    A Bellini Dharm is my friends and I favourite drink. It is a frozen slushy drink made of peach or mango, with Champagne and topped with Sangria.

  13. A great post for a good cause!
    Now you have made me hungry for a creamy pasta! I may try it with chicken!

  14. Valli, this is a terrific post highlighting a worthy cause.

    Your pasta looks delicious!

  15. That looks wonderful Valli! Nice, somple and beautiful! I am sure just as delicious as well.

  16. Thanks again guys. I lofe receiving comments especially on ones that have a special meaning to me.
    I make the pasta with chicken as well Deb, but in this case I was thinking PINK!

  17. Thanks for brining this event to our attention. I think I'm going to submit my guava post. I like your pink shrimp entry :)

  18. Very moving post and your shrimp dish looks amazing. :)


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