At my cook-out, I prepared chicken teriyaki skewers, chili lime shrimp skewers (recipe below), that sweet fruit salsa recipe I shared last Friday, jalapeno burgers, grilled asparagus, a basic green salad, and a pitcher full of a watermelon-Riesling cocktail (I just love Riesling) I came up with based on this recipe that was featured here last week. My dear friend Mikhail brought an incredible vegetable salad and I also served chocolate fudge cake in honor of my mother-in law's recent birthday. I think everyone honestly liked that best ;)
That was Sunday. On Monday we went to Paul's parents' little get together (where the pool was!) and were served grilled drumsticks, burgers, dill potato salad, and yummy macaroni salad. A cake was also served again for my MIL, this time a red velvet cheesecake! I made myself a fruity pomegranate, lime and Moscato cocktail. It was a good time indeed. I ended the day with a late visit to my bestie's party where a really good jam band/cover band was playing and a variety of beers were available. I tried a new beer that was really crisp and delicious called New Grist Gluten-Free from Lakefront Brewery. I highly recommend it if you are a beer drinker! I am honestly not a big fan of beer, but I do know a good ale when I try one!
Here is the recipe I came up with for the shrimp:
1 lb bag of large de-veined and cleaned raw shrimp
1 large bell pepper
1 large red bell pepper
1 medium onion, red or Vidalia
1 medium pineapple
1/2 bottle of pale lager (I used Corona)
Juice of 1-2 limes (depending on just how limey you want it)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sea slat, course but small
Toss the shrimp in a large Ziploc bag or lidded container with beer, lime, chili, and salt. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Meanwhile, cut the peppers, onion and pineapple into pieces to fit onto the skewers. Once the shrimp is ready, pop those bad boys onto the skewers with a piece of fruit or vegetable between each shrimp. Grill for about 3 minutes each side over very hot coals (or until opaque), turning once during the middle of cooking time. Serve as is or with a favorite dipping sauce, such as mango salsa.
|I was too busy hostessing to take any pics, but this shot from b is for bedstuy looks a lot like my end result|
For the teriyak skewers I just used a store-bought sauce base and beefed it up with extra sesame oil, sesame seeds, and fresh garlic and ginger. Lily liked those best. That is about all she ate besides Stacy's Cinnamon Pita Chips (which I served with the fruit salsa).
|Cute pic of Lily my friend Em caught :)|
The fruit salsa was really good, and quite possibly my favorite dish that day, besides the veggie salad my friend made, called Vinegret (vee-neh-GRET). Lily loved that salad too, and it will be what's featured next Monday, so be sure to check back! Here's a teaser image below of Lily and I sharing some as leftovers yesterday at the park.
|Trust me, this image does not do the beauty of those dishes justice. I truly regret not getting a good shot of them, I will have to make it up! They still tasted awesome nonetheless!|
Now, I know I mentioned a bit about beers earlier, and I thought you might want to know there are actually quite a few health benefits to drinking a good lager every now and then that you may not know about. They contain bone-strengthening benefits, the hops can help fight kidney stones, and the healthy cholesterols found in beers can even help boost heart power! Something even more surprising I read is that it can even prevent dementia, which most people probably believe the opposite would happen from drinking beer. Of course, don't go running out to the bars just yet- always in moderation, people!
What did you do for Memorial Day weekend? What delicious meals did you have? Share in the comments or link up below! This is just for fun, no rules!
Check back Friday for the next Sweet Saturday blog hop and then come again for Meatless Monday recipe link-up. Have a great day!
P.S. Forgive the weird spacing on here today, something is going on with the html and I can't figure it out so I hope it's not too distracting!