As close as you can get to Chipotle

2 visitors Sunday, January 4
I made fajitas with fresh salsa and cilantro rice last night and it was excellent!! If you're looking for something new to try, give these easy recipes a chance.

Marinate strips of chicken breast or flank steak for 2-5 hours:
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
Stir-fry chicken/steak, then add green peppers and onions until cooked. Serve over steamed white cilantro rice with fresh salsa (below) and sour cream.

Roasted Tomato Salsa
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

  • 12 roma (plum) tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. In a medium baking dish, place tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeno pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Checking often, boil 5-10 minutes or until the outside of vegetables is charred.
  4. Remove vegetables from heat. Remove and discard tomato cores, jalapeno stem, and garlic skins.
  5. In a food processor, coarsely chop the charred vegetables. Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in cumin, salt, lime juice, and cilantro.
Nutritional information:
  • Servings per recipe: 24
  • Calories per serving: 17
  • Total fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 28mg
  • Dietary fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • 1 pkg flat tortillas
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • seasoned salt
  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangles, like a pizza.
  3. Arrange on cookie sheet or in baking dish.
  4. Combine 3 parts olive oil with 1 part lime juice in small bowl.
  5. Brush oil/juice mixture on both sides of tortilla wedges.
  6. Sprinkle seasoned salt on one side.
  7. Checking often, bake until light brown. Chips will be crispy on one side and softer on the other side.
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Happy Niu Year 新牛年快乐!

2 visitors Saturday, January 3
I'll take a cue from my students and say that my new year's resolution is 1600x1200.

Continuing tradition, here are the books I read this year. I wouldn't recommend all of them, so don't read anything just because it made the list!
  1. The Lexus and the Olive Tree (Thomas L. Friedman)
  2. Be Intolerant (Ryan Dobson)
  3. The Faith of George W. Bush (Stephen Mansfield)
  4. Gathering Blue (Lois Lowry)
  5. The Peacemaker (Ken Sande)
  6. Sarah (Kaylene Johnson)
  7. Why We're Not Emergent (Kevin Deyoung, Ted Kluck)
  8. The Shack (William P. Young)
  9. Holes (Louis Sachar)
  10. Under The Overpass (Mike Yankoski)
  11. What Went Wrong? (Bernard Lewis)
  12. Faith of Our Fathers (Chan Kei Thong)
  13. Forever In Blue (Ann Brashares)
  14. Girls In Pants (Ann Brashares)
  15. The Partner (John Grisham)
  16. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (Kim Edwards)
  17. Get Off Your Knees And "Think" (Sheila Walsh)
  18. Lies Women Believe (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)
  19. The Blue Castle (L. M. Montgomery)
  20. Get Married (Candice Watters)
  21. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J. K. Rowling)
  22. Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (J. K. Rowling)
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling)
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J. K. Rowling)
  26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J. K. Rowling)
  27. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J. K. Rowling)
  28. The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
  29. The Christmas Promise (Donna VanLiere)
  30. The Heavenly Man (Brother Yun)
  31. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  32. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  33. A Painted House (John Grisham)
  34. The Runaway Jury (John Grisham)
  35. The Summons (John Grisham)
Here are the first in order on my bookshelf for 2009:
  1. The Beach (Alex Garland)
  2. Prince Caspian (C. S. Lewis)
  3. The Brethren (John Grisham)
  4. Improving Your Serve (Charles Swindoll)
  5. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
  6. The Story of English (Robert McCrum)
  7. The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonoeffer)
  8. Modern Leadership Strategies From Ancient Chinese Wisdom (Robert Foster)
  9. Three Cups Of Tea (Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin)
  10. China's Ascendancy: An Opportunity Or Threat? (Sheng-Wei Wang)
  11. The King Of Torts (John Grisham)
  12. God at The Dock (C. S. Lewis)
My goal is to read a book a week, at the minimum. What are your suggestions?
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