Grilled Fajitas

In the 1930’s, cattle ranchers on the vast ranch lands of South and West Texas inadvertently began one of the most popular traditions in Western cuisine. The ranchers would often allow beef to be butchered for the workers during round-ups and drives. Unwanted parts such as the head, hide, and trimmings (including pieces known now as “skirt steak”) were given to the Mexican cowboys. The vacqueros would use these pieces to create many different meals including menudo, barbacoa de cabeza, and what we now know as fajitas. They would slice and marinate the unwanted skirt steak, grill it over an open fire, and fold it up into a tortilla with beans and whatever vegetables they had. Over time, adventurous American cowboys sampled the meal and soon the tradition of using up the skirt steak for fajitas took off. (Only the most adventurous cowboys sampled the menudo and barbequed head and those two meals were left in the dust of comparative obscurity.)
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All-American BBQ

The summer days of my childhood fell into a pretty consistent routine. Mornings were spent splashing and playing in the pool or running through sprinklers attempting to cool off in the hot Las Vegas sun. Each afternoon the heat and bright rays would drive my siblings and me into the house for afternoon siestas. Of course, that didn’t last too long and soon the cool water called to us and we ventured back out to the pool playing until well past dark. Our large pool was often crawling with neighbors, friends, and extended family. And most evenings while we enjoyed the water, my father fired up the grill.
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Chicken Curry Salad with Mangoes

Can’t escape to the tropics this summer? Well, bring the taste of the tropics into your kitchen with the beautiful ataulfo mango. These golden treats, also known as the yellow or champagne mango, are full of healthy goodness. Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mangos contain an enzyme similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for feelings of contentment and peace.
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Chinese Chicken Salad

Many of us got cabbage last week so I thought I’d share my favorite recipe for it.  This actually comes courtesy of my wife and her family so I can’t take credit for it.  It is one of the many things from her family though that I love.  I should mention it is easily adjustable based on how much cabbage you have or want to use.  Depending on what other plans we have for ours or how big the head is we vary the quantities a bit.
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Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

This is a peppy pretty fruit salad!

Not your Grandma’s Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Lime
  • Sprinkle of chili powder (optional)
  • Drizzle of Honey

Instructions

  1. Slice up some strawberries, peaches, mangoes and bananas.
  2. Squeeze a few limes.
  3. Add a drizzle of honey and mix.
  4. Dust with a light sprinkle of chili powder to make it more interesting!