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April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day

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If you're looking for something to do then I hope you like seafood because it's National Shrimp Scampi Day!  Sweet, buttery goodness!  Let's get right into celebrating National Shrimp Scampi Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

If you don't like seafood or if you've never had shrimp scampi before then you might be wondering why this is even a holiday. But it's such a delicious meal that someone decided at some point that we needed a special day set aside to celebrate this Americanized creation.  How is it Americanized? Well, scampi actually refers to a type of lobster called Langoustines or Norway lobsters. But for some reason people started to refer to shrimp as scampi; perhaps because they're both small crustaceans?

And if that isn't bad enough, scampi is also a term used to describe a type of cooking... hence the reason this dish is called "shrimp scampi".  But what is shrimp scampi? Well, it's a buttery dish that is usually served on top of or on the side of noodles. All you really have to do is melt down some butter and then add in a few other flavorful ingredients like Dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic and parsley. And then you just pour it over your shrimp before you bake or saute them. It's a really flavorful, butter sauce that rarely disappoints!  Are you ready to eat?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, it's not going to be that hard for you to celebrate today at all. This is such a common meal that you could go to almost any restaurant and order up a plate of shrimp scampi. And that really is the best way to celebrate, right? Sit in a nice comfy chair while you munch on appetizers and just wait for your plate of shrimp scampi to be set down in front of you.   But if you don't feel like going out then you can quickly make this yourself at home. All you need is some shrimp, butter, Dijon mustard or dry white wine, lemon juice, garlic and parsley. If you don't have any of these ingredients then head to your local grocery store and pick them up. And you can grab a scampi mix if you prefer, but it's not going to taste the same as fresh ingredients.

Then you can invite some friends or family over or just call your family downstairs for dinner and you'll seem like some kind of hero for cooking such an amazing meal. Just don't tell them how easy it was for you to make it or they might not offer to do your dishes for you ;).  You could even go a little crazy and add in some of the actual "scampi" lobster into the mix if you want to have a true shrimp scampi meal. I'm sure the flavors would combine quite well into a high class feast!  You can also put it on top or on the side of anything you want.  There are a ton of different kinds of noodles and rice that would go well with this dish.  And some people just eat it with bread.  Enjoy your day and your meal!





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