Shrimp Scampi With a Touch of Kentucky

kentucky lady white wine

I love finding new products to try from local businesses here in the Bluegrass State. I can’t stress enough, but SHOP LOCAL. Something that you may not know about me is that I love to cook. However, if you follow me on instagram, then I know you know that I love to eat hahaha! I love to experiment in the kitchen and try new foods. Over the past couple of years, I have turned from a picky eater into a way more adventurous eater.

I’m a huge fan of pasta, so I figured that I would make shrimp scampi. Usually when I make pasta, I make cheese sauces, so by making this shrimp scampi, it was one of the first wine sauces that I have made. Since it uses wine in the sauce, it was the perfect opportunity to hit up Liquor Barn (the mecca of all things alcohol) and pick up a wine from one of the local wineries. Kentucky may be known for its bourbon, but it has plenty of wineries too! The wine I chose was Kentucky Lady from Old 502 Winery. Kentucky Lady is a white wine.

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi With a Bourbon Cream Sauce

butternutsquashgnocchi

I’ve been wishing it was fall for over a month now, since we have ridiculously hot and humid summers here in the Bluegrass State. However, we still have September to get through first. I wanted to channel my inner fall and try to summon the autumn gods to get here faster, so I made a fall-inspired recipe. It’s all about the law of attraction. Maybe, just maybe, fall could come sooner if I put out all those “sweater wearing, boot doting, hot toddy sipping” vibes out there. At least one could hope.

Before I get into the recipe, I’ll tell you a funny story. My husband and I were in the kitchen making the recipe, and then we started laughing and talking about us making a dish that we have never eaten. We’ve just seen it on cooking shows that are on the Food Network. We never have even eaten ‘regular’ gnocchi, which is surprising to me, since I love potatoes (except sweet potatoes, because just no).

This month, any time I posted a recipe, I wanted it to have something to do with bourbon (Mostly, because it would be kind of pointless posting a random recipe that has nothing to do with Kentucky or has any Kentucky ties). I’ll have more recipes to come later this month! After all, bourbon is a HUGE part of the culture here in Kentucky, and September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.

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