The Votes Are In! Tony’s Dish is a Winner!

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It is very hard to balance a career when you are a tv star and a family man, but “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn manages to do it. He is also a gourmet cook and has appeared on such shows as “The Chew ” and “The Rachel Ray Show.” to show off his cooking talent. But how can a man direct a hit show, campaign for a presidential candidate, and manage to provide a healthy meal for his family and friends?

Recently Rachel Ray had given Tony a challenge . She had given him a recipe for pasta night. The recipe was quick and easy and perfect for Lent. It was Leeky Linguine with Shrimp . We had some leftover shrimp and I learned about leeks when I made the dish several weeks ago. Rachel is known for her famous quick and easy 30 minute meals.

rachel ray

But I am not a gourmet cook, but I can manage to work in a kitchen. I took Rachel and Tony’s challenge and made the dish. The shrimp and pasta dish was perfect for a Lenten meal, so you can make it for one of the remaining Fridays. I cooked the shrimp and pasta , combining all of the other ingredients together. The lemon zest added to the mixture and I actually enjoyed doing the lemon. I also learned that when you clean leeks, you need to cut them and soak them in water to get the gritty part out of the leek. What were the results? Pasta made my favorite way dente. I don’t like overcooked pasta.

leeky linguine with shrimp

Make sure you wash the leeks really well to remove all dirt and grit that can hide in the stalks!


  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh linguine
  • 4 leeks, trimmed, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise and washed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley (a generous handful)


In a bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons of the EVOO, the lemon peel, garlic and crushed red pepper; season with salt and black pepper.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, about two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, season with salt and black pepper and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Push the leeks to the side of the pan, add the shrimp to the skillet and cook until pink and firm. Pour in the wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add the pasta to the skillet; season with salt and black pepper. Add the parsley and toss.

vermont dream

Hey do you suppose after Fitz leaves the WH , he will do the cooking for the couple? Probably, unless they expect to be eating popcorn a lot!




About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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