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Steak Fajitas

This is a quick easy recipe that is perfect for anytime.  Beef, onions,  and peppers are always a delicious combination. Ingredients: 2 pounds of sirloin or flank steak. 2 bell peppers 1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic  marinade Marinade: 1/4 cup olive oil Juice of one lime  1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder  1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro 1/4 teaspoon coriander  Pinch of red pepper. Mix all the ingredients together.  Slice 2 pounds of flank or sirloin steak against the grain in 1/2 inch pieces. Place in zip-top bag and add 1/2 of the marinade.  to rest over night. If you have a vacuum sealer, add to a vacuum bag and seal on the wet setting. Vacuum sealing speeds up the process making the meat ready to grill in a couple of hours. Slice the peppers in thin long strips. Slice the onion in half from top to bottom, then s

Ginger Cake Cookies

We love Williamsburg Virginia. Anytime we get some vacation time, you can find us there. If you have never visited this living history museum, you need to make the time to do so. It is not a place you can visit on an afternoon, you can spend days, even weeks and not see it all. My wife and I can spend hours at an exhibit, only to return another day and spend additional hours. Our last visit, we watched how they built the kilns to dry bricks, spent several hours at different cooking demonstrations, had a visit with Thomas Jefferson, watched the wig maker, and the cooper. One thing is certain, if you are looking for me, at 10 AM, you can find me at the Raleigh Tavern bake shop. Every morning the baker fires up the two wood fired ovens and bakes ginger cakes. There is nothing better than those beautiful cakes hot from the oven. Yes, I will be there every morning, on our entire stay. Have even been known to get a couple for the road when leaving. To say I am obsessed is an

Spanish Rice

Recently we had the urge for fajitas. Nothing goes with them quite like spanish rice. This is my recipe for a great tasting side dish.  Ingredients: 1 small onion 1 small jalapeño pepper 3 roma tomatoes  1 cubanelle pepper 1 clove garlic 1/8 teaspoon cumin  1/8 teaspoon chili powder  1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt  5 tablespoons olive oil 1 packet salt free chicken bouillon 1 cup long grain rice Begin by placing all the ingredients except the bouillon and rice in a food processor. Puree the vegetables and spices until a wet paste is formed. Place mixture in a sieve over a medium sized bowl.  Scrap the mixture removing as much liquid as possible.  You should have about 2 cups. If short you can add water. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until oil is shimmering. Add rice toasting to a light brown. Stir thoroughly making sure all the rice is toasted. Lower heat to simmer and add the liquid and bouillon to t

Summer Salsa

We love salsa in our house. This is a cooler salsa for summer that substitues cucumber for bell peppers. It is refreshing with a bit of heat. Ingredients: 5 roma tomatoes  1 sweet onion 1/2 cucmber 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste  1 jalapeño pepper  1 to 2 tablespoons cilantro 1 teaspoon keylime juice Begin by slicing the tomatoes in half and scooping out the seeds and membrane. Reserve them. Dice the tomatoes finely.  Half the cucumber and remove the seeds. Again remove the seeds Dice the sweet onion. Half the jalapeño and remove the membrane and seeds. Dice finely.  Finely chop rhe cilantro.  Combine all the ingredients.  Place the membranes from the tomatoes in a double layer of cheese cloth. Squeeze out the juice into the mixture. Mix thoroughly.  Enjoy