Shiri Appleby Is Engaged to Jon Shook!

Celebrity News Aug. 16, 2012 AT 10:00PM
Shiri Appleby and Jon Shook Shiri Appleby and Jon Shook Credit: courtesy of Appleby

Island engagement!

Shiri Appleby tells Us Weekly she was in shock when her chef beau of two years, Jon, 31, proposed during their July trip to Ventotene, Italy.

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"One second you're having lunch, the next you have a ring on your finger!" says the actress, 33, who will have an arc on HBO's Girls. Appleby's 2.5-carat engagement ring was designed by Itay Malkin.

"It happened so fast, she made Shook do it twice! "I was like, 'I want to slow this moment down.'"

But his mom wants a race to the altar. "We called and she said, 'Mazel tov! When's the date?' We said, 'We got engaged 30 seconds ago!'"

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Shook is the owner of L.A.'s Animal. "When I am cooking at home, I have a couple rules. Keep it fast and not a lot of dishes," Shook tells Us. "I knew Shiri was a keeper because the first time we cooked together she washed the dishes." 

One dish they like to make together? Fluke with whole tomatoes and basil.

Check out the recipe below.

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4 each 6 to 8 ounce fluke or dover sole (thin fillets work the best)

1.5 t. kosher salt

1 T. EVO

1 garlic clove thinly sliced

1 shallot halved and thinly sliced

1 t crushed chili

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

2 TB unsalted butter

1/2 lemon juiced

5 basil leaves roughly torn

Heat skillet over med-high heat for 2 minutes. Add olive oil to pan and then add seasoned fish (about 1 t. of kosher salt) skin side down. Cook until it is golden brown and crispy (4-6 minutes). Flip fillets and cook on the other side for 2-4 min. Transfer fish to plate. Add garlic and shallots to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until garlic is fragrant (about 1 minute). Add tomato, crushed chili and the last .5 t. of salt. Cook until skin of the tomato starts to split. Swirl in butter and lemon juice. Lastly, stir in basil and pour over fish.

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