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Lemon Linguine with Basil Pesto Shrimp (and Our New Baby)

Nope, I don’t have any Chocablock Cookies [1] for you today. And, I don’t have any steamed puddings [2] either. I’m really sorry about that, but life has kind of smacked me in the head this past week and I just never found the time to make them.  My work schedule has been kind of crazy and Mr. SGCC has been out of town A LOT, so I’ve been pulling double duty both at home and at the office.  Plus, I’ve got a brand new project over here that is taking up a ton of my time and attention!  Allow me to introduce you all to our new little addition.

Meet Bella:

Okay, all together now:  AWWW!!!

Isn’t she a little cutie pie? I took this shot right after we got her home. She looks pretty pooped, doesn’t she. After a three hour car ride, I wasn’t surprised.  We picked Bella up last weekend from a wonderful breeder [3] near Mt. Dora.  This is the same breeder that we got our dear, departed Sophie from.  I had to wait for more than a year for a puppy from her, but it was worth it.  Sophie was such a special member of our family and I wanted our new baby to come from the same nurturing place.  I’m so thrilled to have Bella in our family, but taking care of an eight week old puppy is a lot of work!  It’s almost like having a new baby, except that the puppy can already run around on her own!  And no, that is not a splotch of blood or poop on her flank. Lol!  It’s nail polish. The breeder uses it to identify all of the puppies in her litters.  It will eventually wear off.

So, back to the food, or lack thereof.  I had all the best intentions to make both this week’s TWD [1] recipe and this month’s Daring Bakers [2] challenge.  It just wasn’t in the cards.  However, I’d never let you leave here empty-handed.  This Lemon Linguine with Basil Pesto Shrimp was on the menu of my cooking class last week.  It’s a lovely, springtime pasta dish that highlights the bright, fresh flavors of lemon and basil.  Plus, it’s super simple to make.  My students loved it!  You can even make this recipe ahead and serve it chilled as a pasta salad.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

So, enjoy!  I’ve got to run and take Bella out for another potty break before she notices my Oriental rugs!