I’ve worked in marketing for many years. After I completed my degree at UC Davis in International Relations, I started my career in events marketing and fundraising for nonprofits in Washington, DC. About 7 years ago I wanted to move back to California and was fortunate to pivot my career to technology marketing. Since then, I’ve been working in Silicon Valley and I love it.
Throughout my professional career I’ve always been doing something for someone else. I’ve always represented a person, company, or product, never having to put my face out there to represent myself.
One thing I don’t mind putting myself out there for is cooking and entertaining for friends. I love having friends over and experimenting with new ingredients.
A few years ago, a good friend suggested that I put my recipes on a blog so they could be accessed by my friends and family anytime. I came up with many excuses why this was a bad idea, but there were two real problems I had to get over.
The first problem with this was that I actually didn’t have my recipes written down. I didn’t have recipes at all. I buy the freshest food I can, preferably from California, to put delicious meals together.
The second problem was that I was nervous to put my personal point of view out there. Creating a blog would mean I had to figure out my own brand. What if people hated my recipes? Or worse, what if no one read them at all?
Eventually I said let’s just do this! I created a WordPress account, registered a domain, and started posting some of my favorite recipes. I quickly gained a small but loyal group of readers. As of today, my recipes have been posted on dozens of sites, and my pageviews and follower count increase daily.
Spring is a great time to look back and reflect on how we got to where we are, and to think about the future and where we want to go.
This spring I’m getting together with some close friends to catch up over delicious food and Wente Vineyards wines.
Wente Vineyards makes great wine, is from California, and has a great story. Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. They have small lot, estate growth, and single vineyard wines.
All of the Wente Vineyard wines I’ve tried have been great, but my go-to is the Morning Fog Chardonnay. Lately I’ve also been enjoying the Riva Ranch.
Click here to learn about Wente Vineyards and keep reading to get my recipe for spicy shrimp scampi, which pairs perfectly with the Riva Ranch Chardonnay. I make mine with gluten free soba noodles, but you can use any thin noodle you like.
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
- juice of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup white wine
- salt and pepper to season
- 1 package of soba noodles
- 2 tablespoons of dill or parsley for serving (optional)
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Once cooked, strain and set aside.
- Heat a large pan over medium heat.
- Add the butter to the pan, until melted and bubbles start to form.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook for about 1 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and let them cook for about 2 minutes. Turn each shrimp over and let cook about 2 more minutes.
- Add red pepper flakes, lemon juice, lemon zest, wine, and salt and pepper.
- Add cooked noodles and mix until combined. Add dill or parsley if desired and serve.