One of the worst times of year for a teacher is the two weeks before school starts. It’s not because we are dreading it, but the anticipation of the work load, and wanting to enjoy every last drop of summer–those two things form a dichotomy that keeps many a teacher up with insomnia at night and cranky during the day. I am starting to have stress school dreams and I am starting to get on my husband’s nerves. Buckle up, sweetie, we’ve only just begun.
We didn’t get the best news today either. Henry got hired at a new job and they originally wanted him to start next Wednesday. Sweet. We made camping plans for this weekend. They called today and said, actually, can you start Friday. He wasn’t in the position to say no–so I am going camping by myself. Well, not all by myself, but without Henry. Bummer. This was our last hurrah for the summer.
Our consolation prize? Fajitas for dinner. It’s not camping, but it’s something.
- 1 pound steak, sliced
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp chili powder (I used california)
- 2 tsp dried Mexican oregano
- half of an onion, sliced
- 2 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- juice from half of an extremely juicy lime
- zest of half of a lime
- half of a large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- large drizzle of garlic olive oil
Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Fry it up. Serve it up. Try to not pout about not camping with your sweetie.
I separated out the peppers and fried them first. It’s super important that you don’t overcook your steak, and if you separate out ingredients that cook at different rates, you can make sure that doesn’t happen.
I love my new old cast iron pan!
Quintessential childhood foods.
As adults looking back, we often wonder, how in the world did my folks think it was ok to feed me that? Or why did I think that tasted so good? But they did and we did and we grew up healthy and happy, right? Well adjusted adults–regardless of the fried spam sandwiches and spaghettios.
Chef Boyardee. Campbell’s. Tony the Tiger. Squeeze its and Capri Suns. Push pops. Ring pops. Pudding cups. Most of it highly processed. Loaded with sugar, salt, fat, and gimmicks.
We survived, though–and I try my hardest to give the kids wholesome foods–hoping that those recipes will be quintessential for them when they reflect as adults.
And then sometimes, like tonight, I hearken back to a simple time–a time when it was perfectly acceptable to include cheese whiz in a recipe and feed it to your family. Tonight, I make tacos à la Shiela.
Shiela is my dad’s sister–and for all intents and purposes, she is my mom. The best memories of my childhood were with her–and some of my earliest and strongest food memories are with her as well. These tacos are simple, addictive, and trashy. Cheese whiz, browned and drained hamburger, and a can of rinsed kidney beans. Mix it all together, throw into a taco shell along with your regular cast of taco characters and you’ll have something that is salty, gooey, creamy, and crunchy. The best guilty pleasure I can think of. And now I get to share it with my family. I’d have taken a picture of it cooked, but it’s equal parts brown and gloppy–not exactly the most photogenic dish.
In other news, we are making garlic and onion wine tonight. Super excited!
The husband and I just got back from grocery shopping. I’m not an Easter or Jesus-y person so I really didn’t plan on making an Easter dinner, per se, or doing anything special, but old habits die hard and I remember my mom always making an Easter dinner for us, so I caved and bought a whole chicken.
So, along with a roasted chicken, I will also make:
Swiss Chard and Caramelized Onion Tacos
Red Lentil Hummus
Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan
I’m thinking I will make the taco filling and stick it in the fridge for later in the week. It looks like a super easy and delicious vegetarian recipe–and I’m sure it will reheat nicely. We bought beets from the Saturday Market, and Jeff’s friend gave us some red chard, so I will mix the beet greens and chard for this dish.
The red lentil hummus will be good for an easy and light weeknight meal. We picked up some pita and fresh vegetables to go along with it.
Lastly, the farro salad sounds like it will accompany my chicken well. Except, I couldn’t find farro at the MoC, so I bought some wild rice instead. I bought some mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, and lion’s mane) at the market yesterday, too, so I will use those and make the salad with rice.
Let’s see…anything else? I also have some leeks and the beet root in the fridge that I will need to use as well. The leeks would go good with the chicken and the beets can be roasted in the oven, too.
Stay tuned for pictures and the process later today.