Delmonico's
What a great place!
Prep: 15 min Cook: 10 min Ready: 30 min  Serving: 4

For your best friends, family and special guests, one of my New York City favorite heartfelt meals at home.

This girl was born and raised in New York City!  Big lights and the bright city might be cliche’ but its also an understatement for how I felt about the city then and today.  It’s a great place to visit if you haven’t yet been, and ok, so it’s not for everybody to actually live there (they have enough people already!!!) :-P, but it was a great experience for me!
I worked lots of jobs there growing up, took care of myself, and yes I even had some really nice guys take me out on the town a lot of weekends. I did the normal thing with friends and visitors, we visited the empire state building, statue of liberty and world trade center.
I haven’t yet returned to see the new World Trade Center but hope to soon.  It will forever sadden me that the old twin towers are still not standing tall in NYC’s skyline but NYC stands tall and moved forward as it always has and always will, better than ever.
I mention New York here because a lot of the recipes that I’m going to write about here are from or inspired by my days growing up there.
Along with the recipes that I’m going to feature here I also hope to share some little stories with you about myself, my experiences, and some things that have made a difference to me along my journey.
As a young girl in Manhattan, My family didn’t have much growing up but I was privileged to live where many people only dream of getting to visit.  More than a few time’s I’d find myself sitting next to a famous person or pass them walking down the street.
It could be anywhere and usually was.  I walked most places and took the subway to others.  Not many taxi cabs for me!  I got to know the best restaurants even the best food trucks.  To this day if someone names a street:   Columbus Ave, Madison Ave park ave, Hell’s Kitchen, Spanish Harlow, I can tell them where the best restaurant used to be.
I type “used to be” because I am aware that gentrification is certainly changing the city. It is in Portland where I live today. Entire neighborhoods change in the course of a year or two.  Sometimes for the better, but often for the worse.  It’s, of course, a trade-off but not every tall building is necessarily better than the one that gets replaced.  Give this girl a local coffee shop or a little diner over a chain store or Applebees anyway.
Resturants are one of the hardest businesses to run, so if a place can stay open for decades, there’s a pretty good chance that the food is great.  One place I used to go to that is still going strong is called Delmonico’s, and the recipe that I’m going to feature today is inspired by my favorite dish there.
This restaurant has been around since 1837 and located in lower downtown in the financial district.  Wall Street!

You go, Girl!

It’s also home to some of the best Fettuccine Alfredo in the city.  Lucky for you dear reader that I love to talk to the chef’s when I eat out because the alfredo there was so good that my girlfriends and I called the chef over one night to ask him just how he made it that fine meal.
The truth is, that the best meals are also best enjoyed with friends and family.  Through the years no matter where I lived when my friends come to visit the best night is inevitably just us sitting around enjoying each other’s companies and enjoying a meal together.
Everyone that went to Delmonico’s with me can vouch for the heavenly alfredo sauce. The great thing about good alfredo sauce is that it can go with shrimp, salmon, chicken and I even know a guy that even loves to have it with his steak.  It’s just that good!
The only thing I have changed below is that I’ve added cannabis butter instead of just the plain sweet butter.  I find this actually improves the taste for me as the recipe has both the ethnic Italian flavor from that wonderful restaurant I used to visit as a young woman in NYC, and the cannabis goodness that can help with inflammation and relieve pain or lower anxiety and just relax everyone.
I don’t know if you are like me, but if I have company over the last person to sit at the table is me with a big smile on my face.  🙂
I hope you enjoy this classic dish as much as I do and that it serves up some medicine for your Soul. It’s surprisingly easy to make and sure to impress so Bon Appetitè!

 

Ingredients:

  • 9 oz Buitoni fresh Fettuccine noodles (market has them in the cold section)
  • 1 stick Cannabis-butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 4 (put more if you like)
  • 1 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 pound large to medium Shrimps
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 TSP Basil
  • 2 Medium
Salt & Pepper to taste
Here I made it with Penne’ instead of Fettuccine Noodles.

 

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil add olive oil and salt to taste not to much remember that salt is good, but it can ruin a nice dinner. Following the instructions on the package cook your fresh fettuccine al dente don’t overcook the paste the other thing that can happen when you have company and have a lot going on that can ruin your perfect dinner so pay attention?.
In a medium to large (give yourself room to add all your Shrimps) Saucepan heat medium add your cannabis-butter, garlic, Shrimp oregano, whole bay leaf, and your Basil. Saute, Shrimp for about 2 minutes on both sides or until pink in color. Now, pour slowly your half and half heat on medium for about 3 minutes or until it beginnings to almost boiling then lower the heat add only half of the cheese the rest set aside to sprinkle on top when you serve your guest or ask if they more cheese. This recipe will make four of your closest friends think you are the great chef ever. Bon appetitè!

 

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I moved to Portland following my dreams. I am a NYC girl, entrepreneur, technology savvy, a solid human-being about what is right and wrong. My sons say I cook with fire & love; I think it's my passion to share and cooking is one of the ways i know how. Learning is my greatest passion. Becoming my best self is how i am living life on life's terms, sometimes it brings me to tears other times leaving me breathless. Giving to others in anyway everyday if all i have is a smile you can count on me giving you my warmest one. Living this life is what i'm doing, and becoming my best self is the course, let me know how i can do it better. Mangia Ganja