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So, as you all know by now, we made fajitas (or as I like to call them, delicious pieces of heaven) – of the steak variety- the other night. I think this is probably one of the most simple home-cooked meals ever, but not many people make them.

This is how it goes down in the Martin house:
You’ll need some kind of Mexican seasonings…whatever you like will do. We use a few Cholula products: the chili garlic powder for the veggies and the original hot sauce for the meat only. Those plus a little salt and pepper will probably do you good. You can also buy a jarred fajita marinade that works just as good.

Cut one or two (based on how many veggies you like in your fajitas) bell peppers into fairly thin, long strips. Cut one onion in half, then slice it into strips of about the same thickness. Try to separate all the layers of onion before you put them in the pan (it won’t ruin anything if you don’t do this, I promise). Cut your meat into, you guessed it, strips. If you’re using steak, cut against the grain so that the meat isn’t chewy when you’re biting into it.

Next, heat some oil – a couple tablespoons – in a heavy-bottomed pan, such as a wok, over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, drop the onions. Cook them until they’re tender, but not all the way cooked (you can do this based on the way you like to eat onions). Season the onions with salt, pepper, and whatever Mexican spices you’re using. Next, add the bell peppers. Cook them until they’ve become tender, but still have a bite to them. Season the peppers with the same spices. By this time, the onions will be all the way cooked. Now, make a hole in the center of the pan by pushing all of the veggies to the sides. Drop the meat here and leave it alone (except for seasoning, of course). At this point, add whatever liquid marinade or chili sauce you’re using. Give the meat at least two minutes to cook, then flip it over. After the meat has cooked for about five to seven minutes, mix everything together and cook for a minute or two more, adding more spices or sauces if desired.

And…that’s it! My favorite way to eat fajitas is to make a burrito – starting with mashed avocado and sour cream, then cheese, and finally the meat and veggies. Wrap it up and you’re good to go!

I hope you all enjoy making, and eating, fajitas as much as I do. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Until next time, happy eating!

Homemade fajitas are probably one of my favorite meals ever. They’re nothing special. They’re just simple, delicious pieces of heaven entering my mouth.

More on my favorite way of making fajitas later. :)

In an effort to save money and eat healthier, Billy and I decided to make a weekly dinner menu each Sunday. While we don’t stick to the menu to a T every week, it seems to help us buy only the veggies we plan on using that week and we actually know what we’re cooking each day instead of scrounging around for food to cook.

This weeks dinners are:
– BBQ Chicken with Spinach and Pasta Salad
– Fajitas
– Steak and Lobster Tail, Mashed Taters, and Asparagus
– Risotto and Bread
– Salmon, Rice, and Brussels Sprouts

This weeks menu is short because we’re leaving for Colorado on Friday night, so Friday and Saturday’s meals are probably out. Good news is, we get to see the kiddos, and we’re probably going to Water World on Saturday!

I’ll report back on the weeks menu sometime during the week. Until next time, happy eating!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. In school, I wasn’t like most kids because I’d rather write a million essays than read a book or take a test. It really didn’t (and still doesn’t) matter what I was writing about, as long as I was writing. As an adult, writing has served two purposes – a career and an outlet.

Also for as long as I can remember, food has been the center of attention in my family. (I’m Italian, what can I say?) As a child, I remember sitting in the kitchen watching my mom and my great-grandmother cook. It hasn’t been until lately that I’ve dug my hands into the classic Italian dishes (as well as some creations of my own) they continue to make.

So, here I am, a 20-something Italian living in desolate Rio Rancho, N.M. starting my very own food blog. I have ideas of where I want this blog to go, but nothing concrete. For now, my hope is that I have enough topics to keep my readers entertained. I’ll share recipes, restaurant “reviews” (quotes because I’m not sure that I can call myself a reviewer) and stories of myself, my family and the journey’s we share through cooking.

By the way…. While I’m introducing my blog, I might as well introduce myself. I’m Stephanie. On September 20, 2008, I married the love of my life and my best friend, Billy. We bought a house a little over a year ago, and we’re proud parents of a four-legged child named Kramer. Billy and I spend our days behind desks plugging away on computers. Me at a engineering, science and technology research firm in the marketing department, him at the local university and as an intern at Sandia National Labs. Our nights revolve around food and Kramer.

And…that’s about it. Until next time, happy eating!