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Monday, August 23, 2010

Shrimp and Chicken Sausage Kabobs with Melon Salsa

I met my husband (#2) seven summers ago. Our first date was out to dinner, the second a round of golf and dinner that eveing at my home. I wanted to impress him with my cooking, so I planned a four course meal. The first course was a shrimp and sausage kabob adapted from the Bistro Cuisine Cookbook, followed by a mustard peppercorn coated salmon, inspired by the same cookbook, grilled asparagus and yams, tuscan bread and peach sorbet with raspberries for desert. What a memory this woman has!! Not totally, I wrote it down in my personal "Friends and Food" journal. I must have considered him a worthy guest even on our second date.

Truthfully, without the journal I would have only remembered the shrimp and sausage kabobs, which is the dinner entry for today. But before I get to it, there is a story.

Shortly before he arrived, there was a "black out" in a large area of our state. But since I was grilling who cared. The salmon and vegetables had been prepared for grilling and were waiting there turn on the kitchen counter. While the kabobs were grilling, we sat on the deck, he sipping scotch, (he was not a wine drinker at that time)and me sipping wine.

As I was serving the kabobs on the plate he offered to go into the kitchen and prepare the glasses of water. He brought out the water and closed the sliding glass door behind him, just as I turned and said quickly...don't close...oh dear and the door locked!

The front door as well as the side door was locked, the garage door was not operable. He fortunately had left his cell phone in his car in the driveway. And being the former eagle scout that he is, he had a phone book under this car seat. After making at least five calls to locksmiths who all had the same reaction..."lady there is a black out in your area ...maybe tomorrow." One more call found someone who said he was working not far from my house and could stop over in about two hours.

At least we had the kabobs, two glasses of water, plates and forks and I had my wine! By the time we finished eating the kabobs we were in total blackness. Finally the locksmith arrived, "picked the lock" in the side door, and handed me the bill. I paused as if I was reviewing the bill, and certainly left enough time for the man who I had only known for a month and who locked us out of the house, to offer to pay the bill! He did not, and never did. But you can be assured when we were enjoying the kabobs with a fabulous bottle of Jordan last week, I asked him if he remembered the last time I had prepared them. And of course he did I did remind him, and he poured me a little more Jordan. Just love this man. And we do have a new sliding door to the deck, which he paid for.

First Course: Asiago Bagel Slices with Roasted Red Pepper and Parmesan. These were broiled and enjoyed with a glass of Joel Gott, Savignon Blanc.

Salad Course: Caprese in a Stemmed Glass. Small Cherry tomatoes, and rounds of fresh mozzarella were garnished with fresh basil, a splash of vinegar and olive oil and seasoned with fresh ground pepper.

Entree: Shrimp and Chicken/Jalapeno Sausages. The Shrimp and sausage (precooked) were alternated on the skewers. The kabobs coated with a glaze made of honey, apple juice, and brandy. They were grilled and then plated.

Side Serving: Cucumber and Melon Salsa. The salsa was diced cucumber, cantaloupe and red onion, tossed with lime juice and olive oil.

Wine: Jordan, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon


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