I’m making you a list today.

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It’s called “Things We Need In Life” and has lots of important bullet points. Butter. Sunsets. S’mores. Wine. Bonfires. Air conditioning. Books.

Oh and peanut butter with spoons.

Stuff like that.

I’m working on another one too. Called “Things We Don’t Need In Life”… with a few more suggestions. Work. Broccoli. Fakeness. Sunday nights. NASCAR. Framed Scarface posters. Monday mornings. Snoring.

Ah and calories are on that list too. Who the heck needs calories?

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They’re sort of like high school reunions or something. I mean, like why do we even need those today? Right? Helllllooo Facebook. Thanks to that wonderful stalking tool, I know every single thing about you, person I went to high school with. I know what color your painted your bedroom walls, what you ate for dinner two weeks ago, what your kids’ names are and the first time they used the potty (um, CAN WE PLEASE STOP THAT?! thanks.), where you live, the actual STREET which you live on (haven’t you learned anything about the scary internet?), the lyrics to your favorite sappy song, the lyrics to your favorite “I’m drunk” song, the deal you scored at Target last week, the deer that ate all the apples off your backyard apple tree, your every outrageous belief ranging from politics to religion to shopping and the shots of you on the beach that hinder on the edge of inappropriateness. By the way, WHY did you request me as a friend again? I wasn’t cool enough for you in high school, but now I’m cool enough to see the first pair of big-girl underpants you bought for your toddler? I think it’s ’bout time we reevaluate this relationship. A good place to start would be the “unfriend” button.

SO yeah… sorry… I don’t need to see your face in a bar and reunite from the last ten years. A reunion from when? Your last status update 20 minutes ago? I bet soooo much has happened since.

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And P.S. I don’t need no stinking calories either.

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That’s why… I’m pretending my meals are calorie free from now on. I mean, I can delete things on Facebook so I’m just going to start deleting calories too. Starting with this shrimp. Because I added some green stuff to the butter, which essentially sucked out all of the calories and made it perfectly acceptable to add cold slices all over piping hot shrimp and watch them melt into rivers and streams. I can’t even. And that pool of herby, salted butter up there? Works wonders with a loaf of pull-apart bread. I learned that myself.

And the shrimp… it can go on pasta too. We did that. And we ate it on crostini. And then we ate it with even more butter. And you didn’t even know because I didn’t put it on Facebook. Who would’ve thought?

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Roasted Basil Butter Parmesan Shrimp

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

2 pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan

additional fresh basil and cilantro for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine butter, basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl, mixing to combine. Place butter on a piece of plastic wrap, shaping it into a ball or a log and wrapping it up. Set in the fridge to harden.

Add shrimp to a large baking dish. Cover in salt, pepper and olive oil, tossing to coat. Roast for 10-12 minutes (or longer or shorter for the size of your shrimp, I actually roasted mine for 15 minutes because they were super jumbo. Just keep an eye on them and the minute they are pink, remove from the oven.) then remove and slice basil butter over top. Cover in parmesan and another sprinkling of herbs, then serve immediately.

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Oh… but I did put it on my blog. And THEN my blog’s Facebook. Does that count? Darnit.

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89 Responses to “Roasted Basil Butter Parmesan Shrimp.”

  1. #
    Katie D. — August 20, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    oh. my god. please invite me over for dinner! I’ll bring the wine and dessert.


  2. #
    Liz — August 20, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Amen to this recipe and amen to NOT attending reunions like that. I’m the same way, haha. I graduated high school in 2006 – I do NOT want to see those folks any time soon!


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 20, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Yummy! I was going to make a shrimp scampi for dinner tonight, but now looking at your dish, I think I change my mind!!


  4. #
    Marci Johnson — August 20, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Butter. Basil. Shrimp. Oh my. You always start off my mornings drooling!!


  5. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — August 20, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    I agree with all these things. Apart from broccoli. I need broccoli in my life :)


  6. #
    Laura — August 20, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    I’m 110% with you on facebook. I know everything about my high school graduating class and I now live in a different state. Why do i go on there?


  7. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 20, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Yeah, definitely no need for calories.

    My 10-year reunion is in a couple of months and I have been thinking the same thing! I pretty much know everything about anyone I’d want to know (and more)…


  8. #
    Kim in MD — August 20, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Yum! I think you can use that butter on lots of things besides shrimp, too!


  9. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — August 20, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    No to reunions. No to TMI on Facebook. No to calories.

    YES to buttery shrimp.


  10. #
    Megan — August 20, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Sometimes I really hate the status update feature… Sometimes =all the times.

    Mainly, im sick of all my “friends” getting knocked up and acting like they are the first pregnant woman ever (and yet they ask advice as a status… How can anyone offer “legitimate advice” when you’re the first person to procreate?!?!)


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 20, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Hehehe your little Facebook rant sum up my thoughts PRECISELY! I turned 24 last week and got birthday messages from people I haven’t spoken to or seen in over 5 years, as well as ‘friends’ that I randomly met once or twice at university keggers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for all the lovely birthday wishes, but in the other cases you described, it’s like ‘ok, did ya REALLY need to broadcast that to the world??’
    And about deleting calories… I like the way you think. ;)


  12. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 20, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    This cracked me up. And your description of facebook? exactly why I don’t use my personal page and only use my blog page. But yes, I agree wiht bridget (above) – Yes to buttery shrimp!


  13. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 20, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Here! Here! I’m with you all the way. Please bring shrimp.


  14. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — August 20, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    yeah I need this in my life!


  15. #
    JulieD — August 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Your lists are perfect…seriously especially on the part about fakeness, NASCAR and calories!!!

    umm TMI on facebook…seriously why DO WE NEED to hear about someone’s baby’s first poop? ahahahah

    Love this recipe, I need it right now!! I wish I hadn’t killed my basil plant! :(


  16. #
    Rachel Layfield — August 20, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    YUM!!! I have tried so many of your recipes and they never fail!:) My family thanks you at dinner time:) The shrimp look amazing. Definitely gonna have to try that!


  17. #
    Diane, A Broad — August 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I will have you know that I burned my throat swallowing my coffee too fast and nearly snorting it out of my nose trying to stifle a chortle while reading this post. So, there’s that.


  18. #
    Jessica — August 20, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    1. This looks amazing.
    2. Seriously people, it’s bad enough I have to hear about other people’s kids at work all day, but do I really need to open facebook just to see 43u98o4389274 pictures of MORE kids that I don’t know/care about? Plus you know there’s a 50/50 chance your kids not actually cute and so now I’m the jerk that just thought to myself “ha… she was a b*tch in high school and now she has an ugly kid…”
    3. Yes, I know I’m going to hell.


    • Shelly — August 20th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Hahahahahaha! I love that second comment. So true and so funny! #3: See you there :).


  19. #
    Cassie — August 20, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Yes, lets please get rid of high school reunions. And calories. But not shrimp or butter. Love this.


  20. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 20, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I would friend this buttery shrimp on Facebook, is all I rightly know.


  21. #
    Alison — August 20, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Haha! This post is so funny! :) And the shrimp of course looks deeeelicious!


  22. #
    alicia — August 20, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I’ve missed you,My puter had a virus,so I lost everything,thanks Mine craft!
    I’m making this tonight with a bottle of crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a nice peach shortcake with a fresh ginger whipped cream. See ya!


  23. #
    Mel G — August 20, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    The thing I don’t get about Facebook is why everyone needs to post what they’re having/had for dinner! (with the exception of food bloggers of course…) I have a few friends who do it and it drives me mental, I don’t think what I’m having for dinner is newsworthy.

    Meanwhile…..instead of a list, could you make me dinner???


  24. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 20, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I wish I didn’t have a shrimp allergy after seeing these – just beautiful, Jessica!


  25. #
    Gena@BakeAllTheThings! — August 20, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Ohhhh my gooooodness I want EVERYTHING about this for dinner tonight!!

    Also, I totally skipped out on my 10-year reunion last month! I keep up with most everyone I want to, the rest are on Facebook, and I track the ones I never want to talk to again every few months online too. No need to spend $80 to agonize over what to wear and go to a fancy bar where nobody can hear anybody talk, just to hang around with the same people you could hang out with for free in someone’s living room any random Saturday!


  26. #
    Rose — August 20, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I don’t have facebook… partially because of those creepy reasons you listed!! I’m so out of touch with my own generation (I’m 26)..so not into it! Except reading blogs of course :) I love shrimp and this looks delicious.


    • Jessica — August 20th, 2012 @ 10:18 am



  27. #
    Lindsay — August 20, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog & am so glad you did! It’s so nice to see a Pittsburgh blog that rocks! I can’t wait to try this recipe…looks amazing.


  28. #
    Jessica L. — August 20, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I’ve been dying to find a way to use up my basil plant. This is totally happening verrrry soon.


  29. #
    Moni Meals — August 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Sounds delicious and looks delicious. So creative too Jessica! Tossed over some brown rice, I am seeing in my future. ;)


  30. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — August 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Hahahahaha this post is hilarious I TOTALLY agree with you like seriously how many pictures can people really post of their cats? like seriously!


  31. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 20, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Haha! I think the worst is when you decide to ‘like’ something and then you end up getting about 300 emails that say that other people have decided to ‘like’ it too. I always regret my decision to press that button after that.

    These shrimp look to die for! Compound butters are the bomb.


  32. #
    Tracy @ Pale Yellow — August 20, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I LOVE your thoughts about high school reunions! Mine is this fall and if I haven’t made an effort to see you in the past ten years, why do I want to reunite now for one drunken, awkward night?!?!


  33. #
    Sues — August 20, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Oh yum! I’m planning on making a lemon garlic shrimp tonight, but now I kind of want this instead.

    More s’mores in life… please.


  34. #
    kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 20, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I LOVE your things we need in life list and I’m so with you! Your facebook recap cracked me up….so sad, but so true. Don’t you wish veggies really canceled out calories? I would have a few pieces of carrot cake everyday! ;)


  35. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 20, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Shrimp and butter, so good together… And yes to that list of things we need in life!


  36. #
    The Meaning of Me — August 20, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    You are wondrful – this looks wonderful. Just HAVE to eat shrimp this week, and so this is the answer to “but how shall I prepare it?” Have a great day!


  37. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 20, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    I’m in desperate need of this food right now…… :)


  38. #
    Sandy @ RE — August 20, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Are you kidding? Forget the diet today. LOL.

    So yummy, girl! :)


  39. #
    Shelly — August 20, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Funniest post ever, and so, so true! We must have the same FB friends. Just yesterday, I saw professional photos of a couple making out in the waves on a beach. First, how cheesy is that? Second, I don’t need to see either of you in your own wet tshirt contest with a photographer involved (really, white shirts?!). Oh, and neither of them are my friend, but a friend of a friend. Protect your stuff much??


  40. #
    Erin — August 20, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I totally hear you on the reunions. My 10 year is this fall, and I always thought I would go, but honestly with facebook I really don’t see the point.

    Also, this.


  41. #
    Eri — August 20, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Amazing Recipe! I’, just going to substitute the butter. Booo


  42. #
    Lisa @ Mom, Net Mom — August 20, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    Just got a fresh batch of basil last night from a friend, and I’ve got shrimp in the freezer. Guess what’s for dinner?

    Tomorrow I think I’m gonna try those darned roasted blueberry, basil margaritas I’ve been dreaming about since you posted them last week.

    I’ll let you know how it goes. :-) Thanks!


  43. #
    Eileen — August 20, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    These shrimp look amazing! I can just see them as the centerpiece of a casual backyard lunch, with green salad and sliced baguette. :)


  44. #
    Mandy — August 20, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I’ve been on a no shrimp diet about a year since getting a horrible case of food poisoning (read: I blew out the blood vessels in my eyes from throwing up /TMI) due to some bad shellfish, buuuuut this just may make me lift the ban.

    As for FB, I just hide the feeds of people who annoy me but I’m too wimpy to delete off my page entirely.

    Also, I love ya and generally agree with your list of things not needed in life, except for the NASCAR thing. Hold it right there, that’s sacrilegious in my book right there! ;)


  45. #
    D Wilson — August 20, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    haha! I agree with everything but broccoli- I love it too much to let it sit in the column with Monday’s!


  46. #
    Diana — August 20, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    What a great post! Every point you made is absolutely right!! This looks decadent and that’s exactly how food should be!


  47. #
    Ally — August 20, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    I don’t even like shrimp (*hangs head in shame) and this looks amazing! I’ve had to start defriending “friends” who post pictures of their babies/kids and then tag a bunch of people. No, I did not play with that lego set, that was your baby, not me…. I’m glad blue legos remind you of me though. WHAT?


  48. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 20, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Adding green things to butter most definitely makes it healthy. Amen.


  49. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 20, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Roasted basil butter? Score.


  50. #
    dfenton281981 — August 20, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Well I am trying to leave a comment under the fig recipe for the blogger….my ALL TIME FAVORITE fig recipe is to wrap them in bacon, and serve with a tomato creole sauce….Ive only had it served at my favorite restaurant..please come up with a recipe for this!!



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