Does your mother have staples for every party she throws? Mine does. Seven-layer salad, mini ham sandwiches, olives, cheese and crackers, sweet and sour cocktail wieners, etc. The list is actually quite long, and her menus vary a little based on the season. When I was little, my mother and father would host bridge parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, work anniversary parties, etc. year-round. I loved it. My sister and I would help making the finger foods. Once the party started, we were to be “seen and not heard;” but we got to eat as many appetizers as we liked as long as we kept our clothes clean.
When I was in high school, my mother found a new appetizer to add to her repertoire: Shrimp Dip. This is a “clean” version of the recipe she was given by a friend. I don’t trust mayo that I don’t make myself, and dairy doesn’t do me any favors. To my mother’s surprise, mine tastes just like hers! We hope you’ll like it as much as she does.
Salmorejo is a cold tomato soup like gazpacho, but it is richer in flavor and more pinkish-orange in color because it is traditionally made by puréeing bread soaked in water with the tomatoes. Rather than learning to bake a paleo-friendly baguette, we decided to replace the bread with unsalted cashews.
As much as we love complex and bold flavors in curry, some days we simply don’t have time to create them from scratch (like we did with this curried rabbit recipe we put together for US Wellness Meats). This past Sunday was one of those hectic days. After a bit of rummaging around in the kitchen, I put this together and crossed my fingers.
For a little brightness and a strong kick, I suggest adding the garlic-chili chutney. A small amount goes a long way. We know you will enjoy this simple ginger curry chicken—with or without the chutney!
Summer is around the corner and I can’t wait! I love the hot weather, the sounds of ocean waves lapping and smells of salty sea air mixed with sweet fried dough while walking on the beach, and the food, of course! Barbecue, fresh tropical fruits, grilled burgers and hot dogs, big salads with crisp greens and sweet crunchy toppings. Sure, you can eat those foods year-round if you want, but there’s something special about eating them in the summer. This tropical jicama salad is inspired by my love of summer, and I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.
I love shrimp, and huge tiger prawns are far and above my favorite kind. Growing up, we rarely had big tiger prawns; but we had seafood at least once a week. I would always ask for shrimp, and I would say about fifty percent of the time I was lucky enough to get it. Plus we always had shrimp cocktail for special occasions; I usually ate more than my fair share.
These days, shrimp is still more of a special occasion food. But, anytime I see wild caught shrimp on sale, it’s a special occasion!
Dressed simply, these succulent shrimp are light and refreshing despite being a hot grilled item. The sweet flesh of the prawn with the bright freshness of ginger and slight spice of garlic come together to create a great appetizer on a warm day. Or, if you’re a party of one, they can serve as your entree!
We hope you enjoy these ginger garlic grilled shrimp as much as Brent, his parents, and I did.