The easy recipe this week will help you cook like a pro, and is part of the series of recipes that can be made without creating any heat in the house. This easly meal will require a blender for the marinade.
2 Rib-Eye steaks (approximately 1.5 lb total)
1 white onion – chopped
2 cloves of garlic – minced
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp Jalapeno (seeded)
Juice of 3 limes
Place all ingredients in blender until nicely blended. Place steaks in plastic bag and pour marinade over steaks. Seal plastic bag and make sure steak is covered on all sides with marinade. Place bag in refrigerator for 2 hours. When ready to prepare meal place bag on countertop for 20 minutes.
2 avocados peeled, seed removed, and cut into chunks.
3 medium size tomatoes, seeded (cut in half and lightly squeeze to push seeds out), next cut tomatoes into chunks.
1/4 Cup Cilantro chopped
1 small Jalapeno – seeded and finely minced (wear plastic glove when working with Jalapeno and be certain not to rub your eye or you will be very sorry)
1/2 Cup red onion – diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1/3 Cup frozen roasted corn (Trader Joe’s has a nice version) – rinse to thaw
1/3 Cup olive oil
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Remove steaks from marinade bag, scrape off most of marinade, and grill to your preference.
Prepare a can of black beans for a side.
When steaks are cooked, place them on a clean dish and let them setup for 5 minutes. Place each steak on a serving dish, add beans, spoon avocado salsa over the steak, and black bean side, and a heated flour tortilla. Serve extra salsa in a bowl for dipping.
Well here I am at the laundromat. This location is clearly not one of my great vacation ideas. It has been many years since my last visit to a laundromat. The triggering event for the return was prompted by the request of She Who Must Be Obeyed to get our son’s bedspread washed in an industrial size washer. Seems Sue could not do it in our residential washer. So here I am.
In law school I found the perfect laundromat. It was perfect not because of the machines. Nope, it was perfect because of its location. And, the location was perfect because the laundromat was next door to a bar that had pool tables.
I have mentioned in prior And Stuff stories that I am teachable. Perhaps a better description would be adaptable. I needed clean clothes and I liked beer. After some experimentation, I adapted and was able to take full advantage of the bar adjacent to the laundromat. With a little determination, and the willingness to practice, I was able to get the timing down so that the wash cycle and first beer were done at the same time. Further trial and error produced similar results for the drying cycle. The only problem was the freezing cold walk between the two venues in those long winter months in the Great Plains.
It was not long until my friends joined in the arduous laundry ritual and pool tournament.
So here I am, years later at a laundromat. This time there is no convenient bar with a pool table to help me pass the time. I am adaptable though, and after a quick look around, I discovered a nice chair in the shade next to the back door of the laundromat. So sitting in the shade, maybe 3 blocks from the ocean on a 75 degree day is not so bad. Heck, I bet if I could move my easy chair a few feet toward the sidewalk I would have a sliver view of the ocean.
After about a half hour of taking it easy in the shade, the manager was kind enough to come out and tell me the washing cycle was done. Sweet, I will not have to time cycles, and thus can avoid interrupting my kick back daydreaming. So it was time to throw the bedspread into the drier, but this had do be done quickly so as not to lose my great chair. I scurried back to the chair in the shade before anyone else had discovered my perfect spot.
With the bedspread safely in the drier and me reclining in the chair once again, I began surfing the Internet. After awhile I wondered, if I took a little nap would the manager wake me at the end of the dry cycle? I decided not to push my luck, and fought to stay awake sitting in the shade. As it turned out, this was the best located laundromat yet.
I think I will suggest to She Who Must Be Obeyed that I should take other over sized items to the laundromat. Yeh, that’s it, and next time I will bring a little cooler with cheese and fruit to enjoy while relaxing in the shade. Work, work, work.
Good Eating and Table Talk,
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