Well, there are two lists, actually.
The first contains dishes and ideas I'd like to play around with: recipes from books, new ingredient combinations, things I ate at restaurants that I want to recreate, etc. When I get an idea, I add it to the list and then revisit it when I'm feeling kind of stuck and uninspired.
They are so simple and contain such few ingredients that making them barely requires any effort on my part.
I start with the shrimp, usually purchased frozen and cleaned so all I have to do is thaw.
The marinade is just fresh lime juice, olive oil, black pepper and ground coriander, and because seafood takes only a few minutes to marinate, the whole dish is ready not long after you realize you're hungry and should cook something.
And if you have friends coming over, it's also a great dish to serve as an appetizer along with a bottle of crisp white wine or your favorite summer cocktail.
Here's to the long and lazy days ahead!
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Spicy Black Pepper Shrimp with Chorizo
20 jumbo shrimp, cleaned with tails on
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
1 lime juiced, plus additional lime wedges, for serving
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (Use more if you like it extra spicy!)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3 cured Spanish chorizo links (about 1/2 pound--I love D'Artagnan), sliced
In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the olive oil, lime juice, black pepper, salt, and coriander until evenly coated. Let sit 5 minutes.
Preheat a grill pan or cast iron skillet to medium-high heat and cook the shrimp in batches, about 2 minutes per side. (You can also skewer the shrimp to cook on an outdoor grill.)
Grill the chorizo about 1 minute per side, until heated through and slightly charred (the chorizo is already fully cooked).
Serve immediately with lime wedges.