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LEMON & GARLIC SHRIMP SCAMPI

1 (16 oz) package linguine, cooked as per package instructions ~ 1 pound large (16-20 count) shrimp, shelled & deveined (tail on, it looks nicer that way) ~ 3 tablespoons butter ~ 2 tablespoons olive oil ~ 4 cloves garlic, minced ~ ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes ~ ½ cup white wine ~ 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice ~ ½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest ~ Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste ~ 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley ~ Parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Heat a medium-sized pan on medium heat. Add butter and olive oil. Once butter is melted, increase the heat and add the shrimp. Cook for 1 min and turn them over, add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook for another minute. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will be tough. Set shrimp aside on a warm plate. Add white wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the pan. Add black pepper and salt to taste. Leave on high and let the sauce boil for 2-3 mins. Reduce heat to medium. Add shrimp and parsley and stir to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately over pasta sprinkled with some Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cream cheese frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F
In a large bowl, prepare the red velvet cake batter. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla, stirring until there are no lumps.
Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway. Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture onto the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.
Pipe the cream cheese frosting onto each cupcake, then top with red velvet crumbs.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box white cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
20 strawberries
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups vanilla frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F
In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Finely chop 8 of the strawberries and spoon them evenly on top of the batter. Top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate chips in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, then chill.
Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box vanilla cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
1 8-ounce tube chocolate chip cookie dough
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups cream cheese frosting

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F.

In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Place a small ball of cookie dough on each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 12

INGREDIENTS
1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
18 chocolate peanut butter cups
1 cup vanilla frosting
¾ cup peanut butter

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a large bowl, prepare the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among a lined muffin tin, filling halfway.

Place a peanut butter cup in each, then top with remaining batter, filling until about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool.

In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and vanilla frosting, stirring until smooth. Then halve the remaining peanut butter cups.

Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake, then top with the peanut butter cup halves.

so i teach in this super cool school here in spain - it’s an escuela oficial de idiomas, a public school that specialises entirely in language instruction for over-16s. because it’s a public school it’s a very affordable way for talented students to have access to the very best teachers which is just a lovely concept imo

anyway as the english language ‘conversationalist’ my job is to spend an hour with each group once a month generating discussion, usually via cultural topics. it’s a lot of fun because we’re one of very few EOIs that go to C2 level (the highest level under european framework) so i get to really challenge them

so today i was with a (fantastic) C2 group, teaching a class on diversity and representation in media (i love my job). i was about to talk through a collage i had made on tv shows that i feel have good representation when one of my quieter students interrupted me.

“this man in the middle! he is so funny!”

i was kind of confused, because i had brooklyn nine nine in the middle - which, yeah, has just started showing here in spain but american tv is, in general, not very popular in spain. spanish people tend to prefer english stuff if they go for english language media, they’re ‘purists’ and it drives me crazy. so i thought maybe she was talking about terry crews, because everybody hates chris might have been popular here? but nah

“this man! he was on one of those…..what do you call those things, with lots of celebrities just being so angry and so mean to each other???”

i mean, i guessed the golden globes first, but then i suggested a roast….

“maybe, i don’t know. but they are usually so awful and so mean, but when he was on one - and i don’t remember who it was - he was so nice and so kind and so funny. he never made the joke about other people.”

and of course my reaction was something like this 

because i instantly knew for sure that she was talking about andy samberg’s bit at james franco’s roast on comedy central. and if there was ever a better assesment of andy samberg’s talents as a comedian it has to be “nice and kind and never about other people!!!”

and this is how i ended up showing andy samberg’s roast of james franco to a classroom filled with adults in a public school in palma de mallorca, spain!!!!!