September 6, 2012

With the start of school comes a new routine.  Dining habits may not be as creative or “fun”, but we still have to eat.  So, what have been the cuisine highlights of our first two weeks of school?  (Sorry there are no pics.)

* Baked Chicken Parmesan with mini farfalle pasta

* Chorizo Pizza (seen in a previous blog entry) and Mixed Greens with Berries, Sliced and Almonds and a strawberry vinaigrette

* Marc’s AMAZING burgers with fresh black-eyed peas (thank you FarmHouse!)

* Pigs in a Blanket – another HEB deal: Buy the dogs, get the crescent rolls FREE!

* Chicken Fajitas – HEB fajita seasoned chicken breasts were on sale – $1.97 a pound, so this meal was also a sweet deal.  Grilled corn and cherry tomatoes (from our FarmHouse Delivery) add some great textures and flavors to the base of meat, cheese and tortillas.  We also had some homemade salsa on hand (also made with FarmHouse peppers and onions) and blue corn chips.


Deb’s Salsa (aka Rachel Ray’s fire-roasted salsa)

3 poblano peppers
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon diced oregano
½ -2/3 cup of beer (use the good stuff…and enjoy drinking what’s left in the bottle)
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 28-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (I use two 14 oz cans of the HEB brand)
Tabasco sauce

  1. Have peppers and seed them.  Place them skin-side up on a baking sheet and blacken them under the broiler with oven door ajar to let steam escape.
  2. Place charred peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  When cool enough to handle, peel and chop peppers.
  3. 2. Heat EVOO in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic, season with a little salt, pepper and the oregano.  Cook 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add beer, chopped peppers, tomato sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes.  Heat through and reduce heat to low.  Cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Pour contents of saucepan into a blender.  Blend until you reach the desired consistency.

Finally, I do need to give a “SHOUT OUT” to our dear friend that occasionally treats us to beautiful fresh eggs.  We scrambled them and served them along side pancakes and turkey bacon (fulfills the bacon craving but better for you).

…but WAIT!  It would not be a blog entry without mentioning VINO VINO!

Yes we have been to VINO VINO since school started.  Marc has the pics – perhaps a review is on its way J!

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