This post almost didn’t happen because I’ve been having so many problems with my computer, which finally died last Friday. Luckily, my daughter wasn’t using hers this morning (Monday, July 7th), so I borrowed it to write the post.
If you live in a place where it’s anywhere near as hot as in New Jersey (where we’re literally melting in the streets), you’ll appreciate some no-cook/grilling recipes this month. And that’s exactly what I’ve got for you.
This is a recipe I adapted from Food.Com.
2 lbs. extra large uncooked shrimp (size 21-25), peeled and deveined
2 t. finely minced garlic
1 t. paprika
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. basil
1/4 t. black pepper
2 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. brown sugar
Mix all ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes. While the shrimp is marinating, preheat grill to high. Grill shrimp until pink and charred, about 2-3 minutes per side. Using a grill basket makes grilling the shrimp much easier!!
“The Wild Thornberrys'” Watergate Salad
This is from neither “The Wild Thornberrys” nor the Watergate, but it is very similar to the famous salad and that’s what my family calls it.
1 small box pistachio pudding mix
2 8-oz. cans crushed pineapple, undrained
8-oz. container Cool Whip
8 oz. cottage cheese
1 c. mini marshmallows
In a large bowl, combine pudding mix and pineapple (with juice) until blended. Add Cool Whip, cottage cheese, and mini marshmallows. Stir gently until combined. Spread in a 13 x 9″ baking dish and chill until ready to serve.
8 slices sourdough bread
1/4 t. each salt and pepper
8 slices tomato
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into slices the same thickness as the tomato
3 c. spring greens or other greens of your choice
1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
2 T. pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
2 T. crumbled feta cheese
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
Have all ingredients ready (mise en place–you’ll be glad you did). Toast bread lightly. While the bread toasts, combine the salt and pepper in a small bowl. Prepare vinaigrette by mixing all ingredients with a whisk until well-combined.
As soon as the bread is golden, divide the tomato slices evenly on four pieces of bread. Sprinkle with half the salt and pepper mixture. Place cucumbers on top of the tomatoes; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Add greens, onion, and olives to the vinaigrette; mix well. Arrange greens mixture over the cucumbers. Top with remaining toast.
Until next time,
P.S. I have absolutely no idea why some of the ingredients are highlighted in this post, but it means nothing. Carry on.