Chorizo Dinner While Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville

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Yes, we had a chorizo dinner while we were wasted away again in Margaritaville.

We were living in Mexico in a town called Chapala. A really nice area on Lake Chapala which is about an hour south of Guadalajara .

A few times a year we would take the 3 hour drive over to the coast with our super good friends, Butch and Janie, to a little town called Melaque.

Butch and Janie were the reason we were living in Mexico. They had moved down there years before us. We visited them and fell in love with the area and all of the things about it.

Butch was pretty careful with a dollar so he would make all the arrangements with his favorite family owned hotel that was right on the beach just south of melaque central.

He always managed to get us a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite (kinda) that would have a kitchen and a living area. Plus a balcony that looked out on the beach where we could watch the sunset as we sipped our Margaritas. All for about $35 a night.

Janie and Gammy would put breakfast together and Butch and I would stumble through Margaritaville while getting supper on the table.

One day the Jersey Italian side of me surfaced and I said, “I’m gonna make sausage and peppers tonight”

Butch said, “Jack, there isn’t any Italian sausage here. The only sausage here is chorizo.”

“So, it’ll be our Mexican version of sausage and peppers.”

We bought all of the ingredients for the “chorizo and peppers”. And also the margaritas – of course.

As soon as we got back to the hotel Butch put together a big pitcher of margaritas. We all knocked it off while I was getting the chorizo dinner ready.

Then we went through another pitcher. While we dined on our chorizo dinner.

We were pretty far into Margaritaville and our third pitcher while we were playing “trivial pursuit.”

It was Butch’s turn to ask and my turn to answer.

He read the question and slurred out, “Doesh Uranus have an aroma?”

It took a second for us to realize what he should have said but messed up and we all burst out laughing nearly falling off our chairs.

When I had recovered I answered the question stating that, “yesh my anus doesh have (hic) an aroma.”

I hope that my recollection of that great time with our super good friends Butch and Janie hasn’t ruined your appetite for this one pot chorizo dinner.

Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

Trim one end of the casing off of the chorizo and squeeze it into the skillet.

Let the chorizo cook as you peel and thinly slice up the potato.

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Push the chorizo off to the side and put in the potato slices. 

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Cut up the peppers, onions and the garlic.

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When the potato slices are starting to look a little wimpy and the chorizo is wanting to break up add in the rest of the veggies. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and cumin.

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Stir or toss it all together a few times as it sizzles and…….

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1…..when everything is cooked – about 6-8 more minutes – dish out and enjoy your Chorizo Dinner.

I couldn’t stop myself from garnishing with some grated parmesan but I did use cilantro instead of parsley.

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  1. Trim one end of the casing off of the chorizo and squeeze it into the skillet.Let the chorizo cook as you peel and thinly slice up the potato. Push the chorizo off to the side and put in the potato slices.
  2. Cut up the peppers, onions and the garlic. When the potato slices are starting to look a little wimpy and the chorizo is wanting to break up add in the rest of the veggies. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and cumin. Stir or toss it all together a few times as it sizzles and when everything is cooked - about 6-8 more minutes - dish out and enjoy your Chorizo Dinner.
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Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner – Gluten Free – 25 Minutes

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If you like your weeknight dinners to be Quick and Easy but still real tasty, like we do, then this one will definitely the bill. 

I timed it and it took 25 minutes. And that was starting with frozen chicken tenders.

So let’s get our Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner going.

Put the chicken in the microwave to thaw out.  Cut the potato into bite size pieces.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

When the chicken tenders have thawed put them in the skillet and add the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last.

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So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.

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Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off towards the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot  left in the middle. 

Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top.

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Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together.

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Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.

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Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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We had a bottle of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti with ours and it hit the spot. 

(It was on sale!)

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  1. Put the chicken in the microwave to thaw out. Cut the potato into bite size pieces. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. When the chicken tenders have thawed put them in the skillet and add the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last. So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.
  3. Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot left in the middle. Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top. Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together. Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.
  4. Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.
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Simple Garlic Shrimp – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes

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Talk about Quick and Easy!  This Simple Garlic Shrimp is that and more, like, delicious, crowd pleaser, good for a weeknight after a hectic day and even for a Sunday sit down.

It is one of our favorites.

Along the lines of of our Pan Seared Scallops have the rest of the meal ready before you put the shrimp into the skillet.

Let’s get  the pasta going and throw together a caprese salad or…..

……any other kind of salad or veggie that YOU want to go along with your simple garlic shrimp.

Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter.

Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.  

Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional).

Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine. Give the shrimp about a minute a side.

When the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped – or dried – parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted…..

……..serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp. 

A nice white wine like a french Muscadet or an Italian Pinot Grigio pairs up real well with this Simple Garlic Shrimp.

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter. Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.
  2. Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine on top.
  3. Give them about a minute a side and when the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped - or dried - parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted.....
  4. ......serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp.
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Philly Cheesesteak From Leftovers – 15 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Philly Cheesesteak from Leftovers isn’t….

….just for those weeknights when you want to put together a no effort no brainer supper. It’s a real good meal that can be put together very Quick and Easy.

We had some leftover London Broil that I had

done pizzaiola style so…

….I rinsed off the slices and cut them into strips. You could get some thin sliced chuck or round beefsteaks or go to the deli section and get some roast beef sliced thin or even use some leftover rotisserie chicken.

Cut some onion into strips and slice or chop some cloves of garlic.

Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

Put the beef, onions and garlic into the skillet. Sprinkle  with some salt and pepper.

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Stir or toss it all a few times as it cooks. When it all is almost cooked to how you want it to be, when served, spread it all out and lay the slices of cheese on top.

When the cheese has melted put your philly cheesesteak onto some Italian bread or rolls. Or, just serve it with the bread on the side and let your tribe put it together any way that they want.

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Now, how was that for Quick and Easy?

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  1. Cut some onions into strips and slice or chop some cloves of garlic. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the beef, onions and garlic into the skillet. Sprinkle some salt and pepper.
  2. Stir or toss it all a few times as it cooks. When it all is almost cooked to how you want it to be, when served, spread it all out and lay the slices of cheese on top.
  3. When the cheese has melted put your philly cheesesteak onto some Italian bread or rolls. Or, just serve it with the bread on the side and let your tribe put it together any way that they want.
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