Kale and Avocado Summer Rolls

Spring Roll Making During San Diego’s June Gloom, the weather is rarely ideal for going to the beach.  Which makes me sad, because it’s around this time of the year that I start yearning for a beach day.  The beach is one of the main reasons why I moved from New Jersey to San Diego.  Each year while I was growing up, I would spend a week or two at my Aunt’s beach house on Long Beach Island (eating many of these).  It was one of my favorite times of the year.  So naturally, when it was time for me to move out on my own, I picked a city with easy beach access.

On the rare occasion in June when the sun decides to break through the marine layer, I immediate make plans to go to the beach.  I pack my bag with a book, iPad, iPhone, tanning oil (I am a New Jerseyite at heart), water and snacks, like these Kale and Avocado Summer Rolls.  Kale is marinated in a dressing of honey, lime, fish sauce, garlic and chile, then wrapped up with a fresh mix of carrot, cucumber, avocado, mint and cilantro.  These flavors are bold and bright.  Portable gourmet, this summer roll can easily stay in my bag for a few hours without worry of spoilage.

So it ends up that today is actually one of those rare beautiful days in June.  I’ve got my bag almost all packed up, so I’m going to finish here.  I’ll be on the beach enjoying a few of these tasty rolls.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Roasted Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Roasted Shrimp with Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Happy Labor Day!  If you’re hosting a backyard bash tonight, then I’ve got a perfect appetizer for you that comes together in a snap.  Succulent roasted shrimp artfully arranged beside a bowl of fiery cocktail sauce flavored with Sriracha, horseradish, Worcestershire, lemon and fish sauce.  If you’ve never roasted shrimp before, I would highly suggest that you to give it a try.  Simply dressed in olive oil, salt and pepper, raw shrimp scatter about a parchment-lined baking sheet unsuspectedly enter a blistering hot oven.  Mere moments later, the shrimp reemerge tender and blushing with just a kiss of caramelization.  You’ll never boil shrimp again.  The sauce?  Spice-C.  Reminiscent of classic cocktail sauce, this brazen accoutrement is a perfect counter to the shrimp’s sweet flesh.  Worcestershire and fish sauce provide a savory depth of flavor.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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