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Monday, April 13, 2015

Lemon Lime Shrimp Fajitas

Fajitas are a quick and easy meal to prepare, especially on a busy weeknight, and Chicken Fajitas are a family favorite at our house.  But this time, we wanted to try something a bit different and make seafood fajitas.

Using sliced green peppers and onions and a little cilantro, all we needed was a simple marinade for the shrimp and we were ready to cook.  And get this, the cooking time was only about 7 minutes!

For the marinade we combined a lemon ponzu sauce, which is actually an Asian lemon-accented soy sauce, and lime juice to create a simple citrus mix that was a bit salty, sweet and tangy all at the same time.

Once the fajita mixture was ready to serve we tried several different toppings to find the ones we liked the most.  By far the overall favorite was the addition of crumbled queso fresco cheese, with the  salty cheese really adding a nice texture to the shrimp and vegetables.  We also liked sour cream and Homemade Guacamole on the fajitas, both of which can be added to the fajitas or served on the side.

However you choose to build your own favorite Shrimp Fajita, it will quickly become you favorite quick and easy weeknight meal.  Enjoy!!

2 lbs  Medium Raw Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 TB  Minced Garlic
1 large  Onion, thinly sliced
2 large  Green Peppers, thinly sliced
2 TB  Canola Oil
1 cup lightly packed  Cilantro Leaves
1 cup  Lemon Ponzu Sauce
2/3 cup  Lime Juice
12  Flour Tortillas
Garnishes:  Queso Fresco Cheese, Sour Cream, Guacamole

In a medium glass bowl combine the shrimp, garlic, Ponzu and lime juice.  Stir to combine and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and peppers to the skillet and saute for 4 minutes, or until tender.  Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are pink.  Add the cilantro and stir, then spoon the mixture into warm tortillas.

Garnish with crumbled queso fresco cheese, sour cream or guacamole.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Banana Mama Cocktail

If you've ever been to the Caribbean, you probably know that pretty pastel-colored cocktails with little umbrellas are quite popular, and nearly impossible to resist.  So while many people are still recovering from a very cold and snowy winter, here is a tropical treat to get you in the mood for those warm summer days ahead.

This tasty cocktail was inspired by the classic Bahama Mama.  With two varieties of rum, plus pineapple and orange juice, the final touch is a dash of banana liqueur and some grenadine for that tropical color.  Happy Weekend ... Enjoy!!

2 oz  Pineapple Juice
2 oz  Orange Juice
1-1/4 oz  Malibu Coconut Rum
1 oz  Bacardi White Rum
1/2 oz  Jacquin's Banana Liqueur
1/2 oz  Grenadine Syrup

Fill a tall glass with ice and add all ingredients.  Shake or stir and serve.