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Shrimp Skewers | Creole Caesar Salad

It’s summer and it’s hot, so might as well add some spice.

Love to Cook: If you have the time, talent and inclination, Brennan’s Creole Martini Caesar Salad ought to delight you – for the fried crabmeat olives if nothing else. The recipe serves six as a first course or 2-4 as dinner (on plates, not martini glasses), topped with grilled shrimp, marinated or brushed with some spicy Cajun seasoning.

Weeknight Reality: This salad recipe is a bit easier, provided you have the ingredients on hand. Or you could make a standard Caesar salad and top with Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp.

Need a Miracle: How about this: chilled cocktail shrimp, tossed in Creole dressing, served on any green you choose with a side of toasted bread.

What’s up the rest of the week?

Rum-spiked Jerk Chicken | Basmati Rice | Avocado & Citrus Salad
Grilled Chicken & Apple Sausage | Tomato-Basil Salad | Chocolate Cupcakes
Fruit & Cheese Platter | Ancient Grains Bread


Always pack a sandwich

Yep, it’s the weekend; and this one marks the start of summer, even if it’s not yet June 21. Get your summer off to a good start with an easy dinner that takes advantage of what’s fresh now: Grilled Shrimp over Green Salad | Oven S’mores

Love to Cook: make this Grilled Shrimp with Chile, Cilantro and Lime | serve over this Arugula & Red Leaf Lettuce Salad | make this dessert

Weeknight Reality: use bottled marinade and bottled dressing for the salad, but buy fresh shrimp and lettuce from a local farmers market – it will make a huge difference | make this dessert

Need a Miracle: buy cocktail shrimp from the grocery deli, toss in Italian-style dressing (Brianna’s French Vinaigrette is a good one), then serve over a bed of farm-fresh greens | make this dessert