White Wine Macarearrange + Cheese

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 17, 2010

Remember when we rearranged our apartment?

With a little creativity and a lot of luck (owing to the fact that we were somehow able to move massively heavy furniture with just two people), a space was created for a dining room table. After one and a half years of using television trays, our new addition finally arrived!

The result was fabulous! With lower shelving and upper wine bottle storage, our new table fits very well in its little corner of our home. Sure, we don’t have the most square footage on the block. But anyone who visits can’t deny that we make use of every inch. 😉

I have a new appreciation for how pretty food looks on a table. Even cereal looks glamorous.

Or maybe it’s just my fascination with place mats. Especially Christmas themed varieties.

Actually, I think it’s a bit of both.

Do you know what else is better with a table? A dinner date with my husband!

Especially when the food looks like that. This was my second Holland House recipe and it was definitely another winner. The base was macaroni and cheese, but the shrimp and edamame with White Cooking Wine on top knocked it out of the park (for lack of a better cliché).

White Wine Macarearange + Cheese (Recipe title chosen in honor of the new table)

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 box whole wheat shells and cheese
  • 8 oz. peeled and uncooked shrimp
  • 1/4 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Gold Sea Salt Nuggets
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


Combine shrimp with cooking wine, salt and seasonings. Once the shrimp have been immersed in the mixture, add all ingredients to a pan coated with 1/2 tbsp. olive oil. Heat on high and stir until shrimp begin to turn pink.

In a separate pan, begin cooking the frozen edamame with the remaining 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil. Once the edamame is no longer frozen and the shrimp have turned pink, add edamame to the shrimp pan. Continue stirring until edamame are coated in the white wine sauce and the mixture begins to thicken.

Once most of the liquid is boiled off, remove pan from heat. Top your cooked whole wheat shells and cheese with the shrimp and edamame mixture. The flavor from the white wine sauce complements the white cheddar macaroni perfectly.

Enjoy with a pretty place mat, a little mood lighting (or in our case, a dark corner of the apartment) and perhaps a glass of wine. You know that I would never be opposed to that last option. 😉

I’m looking forward to many more dinner dates – and a renewed appreciation for natural light!

Question: Where is the oddest place you’ve photographed or eaten a meal in your home?

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember my beloved carpet pictures. Ah, memories.


Holland House has partnered with me to share recipes and information about their products. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working together to bring you three new dishes to try!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Babygirl December 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm

The shrimp looks really good


2 Erica December 18, 2010 at 6:12 am

Hooray for the new table. Despite having a kitchen & dining room table…Josh and I still usually eat in the living room 😉 The shrimp dish looks fabulous. Love love edamame. Hope you have a fantastic weekend


3 Lauren December 18, 2010 at 7:10 am

I love the new table and what a perfect way to break it in with such a lovely dinner. Yum!!


4 Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

love love love the table! so small and cute! perfect for you and bobby!

and that dish looks delish! i wonder how it would go with tofu instead of shrimp…?


5 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover December 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

Christmas-themed place mats really do look gorgeous (I loved yours!)!
And you’re right – even cereal looks amazing, haha :)


6 Kinsey Michaels December 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I love your new table, it’s stylish AND functional with all the storage! ahh i basically have the same obsession with placemats. and i have white dishes too, so it’s easy to mix and match different colors and patterns.
i think the oddest place i ever had a meal… and it happens quite often, is at my computer desk, while i’m at work.


7 annie December 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

i love new furniture! your table is so cute!


8 Megan (Braise The Roof) December 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I love the new table- so cute! Somehow my roommate managed to squeeze in a dining table that seats up to 10 in my apartment- um, yeah. It’s big. :)


9 BroccoliHut December 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’ve been known to take pictures on Seth’s deck before–it has the best sunlight!


10 CaSaundra December 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

Love the new table–the wood finish is really nice!! Glad you’re enjoying it :-) Every foodie needs a good table!


11 simplynutritiouskate December 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

What a cute table congratulations on your purchase!


12 pithycomments December 20, 2010 at 7:43 am

where did you find that lovely table? I’ve been looking for something similar for my tiny apartment.


13 Jenn (eating bender) December 21, 2010 at 12:43 am

Thanks for the sweet comments on the new table, everyone! We did a lot of searching, but found the best sites to be Home Gallery and Overstock.com:



Hope that helps!


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