Dale's good friend Steve celebrated his 50th birthday at the end of April. We went to the family BBQ and party and discovered some new delicious ideas.
The first was so obvious but one I had never thought of. They had a big bowl of homemade salsa that they had just dumped a bunch of salad shrimp into--it was fabulous! And so easy. We came home and made one of my favorite salsas (from Pioneer Woman, see link below) and added some salad shrimp. We scarfed it down in record time. A few weeks later we made it again and this time added in some medium shrimp. It was just as delicious with the "better" shrimp but not superior. That's good so you know you can make it with whatever shrimp you have on hand. It's Dale's new favorite chip dip.
The next discovery was carne asada. Now we've had carne asada before at restaurants but I had never thought about making it ourselves before. What I found out from the chef that night was that there is a local Mexican market that cuts and pre-marinates the meat for you. You can just go pick it up and throw it on the grill. I did some research so I could find the market and found the meat to be a little expensive.
A few days later I just happened to be at my local grocery store and found they had "carne asada" meat already packaged up (at a great price) just not marinated. I bought it, marinated it in onions, garlic, lime and cilantro and we grilled that up--fabulous. Perfect sliced, on a grill-toasted tortilla with a little salsa. YAY--we'll be doing this a few more times this summer.