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Through My Lens (Recipe: Black Pepper Shrimp)

At the “conference you all are probably tired of hearing about” last weekend, I had the most wonderful opportunity to spend the evening with 25 awesome and well respected food bloggers. It may sound cheesy to some, but that had to have been one of the best parts of the the entire weekend for me. As a food blogger, I often get strange looks from people I know when they first, find out that I blog, and second, find out what I blog about. “You blog about food?? Really??” In this room of women, I did not have to justify what I do, or how strange my hobby might be. We all “got it”. We shared info, recipes, tips, frustrations and funnies that really, only other food bloggers would appreciate.

We met at a well known restaurant in Chicago called “Greek Islands“. As we all sat together chatting, a rustling began to happen in the room. All of a sudden, most of the women stood up, armed with their cameras, and began clicking away like a mass of paparazzi. I, along with other patrons in the restaurant, all looked perplexed…did Brad and Angelina just walk into the restaurant? Maybe it was Oprah? Craning my neck to see what all the excitement was about, I had to let out a chuckle when it all became clear. Coming near our tables were several of Greek Islands finest, armed with – you guessed it – our first course!

Yes, those of us who food blog may be a bit strange to those of you who just don’t get it, but I have never felt more at ease with a group in my life. For those of you who do “get it” and love the art of food blogging and food photography, I have a new event that is taking place over at Culinary Snapshot called “Through My Lens“. Check it out and I hope you’ll participate!

Did I mention that I met Paula Deen at “the conference that you are probably tired of hearing about?” While she was chatting with all of us, she mentioned a recipe from one of her cookbooks called Black Pepper Shrimp. It sounded so good, I had to make it as soon as I got home! I didn’t have any shelled shrimp. I am sure that would make the recipe all the better, but it was great with what I did have.

For a list of the wonderful food bloggers who I met at the Greek Islands dinner, please jump down below the recipe.

Black Pepper Shrimp, from Paula Deen

20 min | 10 min prep


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Rinse and drain shrimp and place in shallow baking pan.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Pour the garlic butter mixture over shrimp and toss to coat.
  6. Sprinkle about half the pepper over shrimp until they are well covered.
  7. Remember–don’t be afraid!
  8. Bake until pink (about 5 minutes).
  9. Turn shrimp over sprinkle with remaining pepper and bake a few minutes longer.

Lydia from The Perfect Pantry, Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Elise from Simply Recipes, Kathy from Panini Happy, Kristen from Dine and Dish, Maris from n Good Taste, Cora from Cora Cooks, Deb from Lunch in a Box, Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl, Jennifer from Savor the Thyme, Ree from Pioneer Woman Cooks, Jaden from Steamy Kitchen, Sandie from Inn Cuisine, Alanna from A Veggie Venture, Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy, Kelly from Barbaric Gulp, Stephanie from Iron Stef, Stephanie from A Year of Crockpotting, Anne Marie from This Mama Cooks, Hetal and Anuja from Show Me the Curry, Roni from Green Lite Bites, Jayne from This Week for Dinner, Kim (and Roger) from the Building Blocks Show, and Krista from Londonelicious,

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  1. I love that Paula Deen isn’t afraid of butter! The dinner really was one of the highlights of the weekend; I was so glad to be a part of it.
    .-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Dumpling wrappers (Recipe: shrimp potstickers) =-.

  2. Mmm. Those look so darn good! I have been missing shrimp lately (I stopped buying them on account of trying to cut back on grocery costs). Think it might be time to pick some up.

    And you met Paula Deen! HOW awesome.
    .-= Sarah Caron´s last blog ..Fertile Fridays: Pumpkins on the Run =-.

  3. delicious! I’ll have to try out that recipe! :)

  4. I am glad you had such a great time!

  5. O that looks delicious! Sounds like you guys had such a wonderful time over there. I wish I could be there for next time too! O and btw; love the new “Through your Lens” idea!
    .-= Simone (junglefrog)´s last blog ..Rainier cherries =-.

  6. Yum! Garlic, butter and shrimp…can’t go wrong, plus black pepper, triple yum!
    .-= veron´s last blog ..Just Peachy =-.

  7. I’ve met Paula twice and love that she is exactly the same in person as on camera. Sounds like an awesome get-together – sorry to have missed out!
    .-= Cate O’Malley´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Nick! =-.

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful time…I lol at your restaurant story!
    The shrimp is delicious sounding with the garlic and butter!
    .-= Lynda´s last blog ..Adobo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Salsa =-.

  9. yum…I’m lovin’ shrimp lately!
    .-= oneshotbeyond´s last blog ..Jan & Angelika + Three =-.

  10. sounds like so much fun!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..A book review, A Giveaway and Corn Pudding =-.

  11. sounds like so much fun, hanging out w/ a bunch of other food bloggers!!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..A book review, A Giveaway and Corn Pudding =-.

  12. I love Paula Deen! This shrimp sounds so delicious. The kids will even eat it!
    With 8 tablespoons of butter how could this not be good?

  13. It’s funny, I got on the internet 12 years ago. I started a website and turned it into something that earned me a living. I met other webmasters like myself and was able to talk to them about things I couldn’t discuss with my offline friends. That same moment that you are talking about above, I know it. Been there. And now that I’m a food blogger I totally understand again! I don’t try explaining anymore to those that don’t get it, I just say I’m an editor. LOL I should have gone to the conference, heck I only live an hour and a half from Chicago! UGH. Next year.

    oh and the shrimp looks amazing!!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Grilled Cube Steak Rollups =-.

  14. I understand! That is so great that you got to go, and Paula was there? Sweet, sweet Paula?! Now I’m really jealous. The shrimp sound great, but then again what dish wouldn’t be phenomenal when it has EIGHT tablespoons of butter! So great.
    .-= Hot Garlic´s last blog ..Roast Pumpkin and Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Heart Salad =-.

  15. That sounds like a blast. And what a great recipe!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..A Tiny Cake For A Big Birthday Month =-.

  16. Mmmm! I really like black pepper and this recipe sounds great. I enjoy the simplicity.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Lavender Lemonade =-.

  17. Oh! I made almost this exact same recipe last summer. Only difference was the lime juice in the marinade. I think they were called Salt & Pepper shrimp and MAN were they good. Made for really good shrimp tacos. YUM!
    .-= Q.´s last blog ..Nikujaga: This stuff is money =-.

  18. i love shrimp dishes!! this one sound delicious
    .-= nora@ffr´s last blog ..Roasting Vegetables =-.

  19. I love how simple this is. That is always the best way to make shrimp – simple, yet powerful flavors. Thanks for sharing, it sounds tasty and I haven’t had shrimp in a while.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Clean Pantry Creates Great Desserts – Peach Walnut Galette =-.

  20. This looks so easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing :)


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