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BBQ chicken dip

One of the many things I love about my husband is that he knows when I am being stretched like a huge stretchy piece of taffy and he begins removing things from my plate in order to make my life easier. These days he takes care of dinner and he has the laundry under control. He also knows I make a recipe every weekend that I can post/write about here by Monday. So guess what he did yesterday! Yep, he made this yummy dip so I could scratch one thing off my list. Digging into this barbecue-y gooeyness was much-needed after a weekend spent with my amazing college friends. As wonderful as our time was together, I was exhausted and in dire need of comfort food. Screaming like an idiot at a piano bar for six straight hours will do that to you, apparently. 

On an exciting side note, a week from today I will be giving away a $100 Visa gift card! I'll see you back here for that! 

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BBQ spiced shrimp with tomato salad

This is Week #31 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

I traveled far and wide to gather the ingredients for this salad. Ok, really it wasn't so far or wide, and this recipe was totally worth going to two stores for. Our local grocery store didn't have heirloom tomatoes or a good jumbo shrimp selection, but Whole Foods pulled through. Back to the totally-worth-it part. If I could be a salad, this very salad is the salad I would be. It has seafood and spice and tomatoes and onions and basil, which apparently when all put together makes The Perfect Salad. That, coming from the queen of salads, is saying a lot.

And lucky for me, my husband didn't seem too interested. I played it down. "Eh, it's pretty good." All the more for me! Guess what I'll be eating for lunch and dinner for the next couple days!

It's also super easy to make (30 minutes or less), which is always a selling point for me.

In a blender, puree the following until smooth:

1/3 cup packed basil leaves

1/3 cup olive oil

Season with kosher salt and pepper and set aside.

Light a grill.

In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients:

Mix together.

Brush 1 pound of jumbo shrimp with canola oil and coat the shrimp with the spice mixture.

Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat, turning once, until they are lightly charred and cooked through, about 4 minutes total. 

Arrange heirloom tomato slices on a plate (or maybe 2 plates if you are sharing) along with sliced red onions.

Drizzle the basil mixture over the tomatoes and onions. Top with the shrimp.

Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

As I finished up photographing this salad, The Perfect Salad, the sun had just gone down which made the outside temperature tolerable. I sat outside by myself, devouring every last morsel on my plate while enjoying the peace that follows a setting sun. 

Click here for a printable recipe!