(Below I've included the Spicy shrimp and Chicken sate recipes. They were both amazingly good, and great for entertaining since they can be made ahead of time.)
We had our friends, Todd and Francine, over for a barbecue and margaritas Saturday night. After a few rounds of drinks along with the details and photos of their "Married People Gone wild!" Las Vegas weekend, we sat down to eat a huge amount of food: spicy-sweet shrimp with mint dip, chicken sate with peanut sauce and cucumber salad in rice vinegar dressing.
(photo on left: property of Francine, from their Las Vegas weekend)
The shrimp were sweet with a bite, then cooled with the mint sauce - tasting of Indian and Thai influences. I made so many of these skewers, I never imagined we'd finish them all. But we did. This is one of my new favorite dishes. The shrimp went well with the chicken sate - which were really moist and intensely flavored with the teriyaki-ginger marinade, which were even more flavorful when dipped in peanut sauce.
Look at these two...just short of celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. Who says people don't stay married these days?
The following Monday night Fran sent me an e-mail thanking, and flattering, me for the amazing food, for which I can't really take entire credit - other than not mangling the recipes. Both the spicy shrimp and chicken sate recipes I found on Epicurious.com. Each of these dishes were great because they could be prepared earlier in the day, and left to marinate, which meant I was able to hang-out with people rather than stay sequestered in the kitchen slaving away.