Mexican Corn (Elote)

Mexican Corn (Elote)

I’ve never really been a huge fan of corn, but I do love when corn is made like this. The sweetness of the corn with salty cheese and spicy hot sauce with chile adds an incredible combination that will surely satisfy your tastebuds. This is also super easy to make so it’s perfect side to any Mexican dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ears of corn – shucked, with silk removed
  • mayonnaise
  • cotija cheese, grated
  • 1 lime, juiced in a bowl
  • hot sauce
  • chili powder
  • cilantro (For garnish)

How to Make it:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add corn. Add corn to water. Cover and cook until corn is bright yellow and soft. About 4-6 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, add lime juice and hot sauce
  3. Remove corn and set aside. Once corn is cool enough. Use stalk handle and brush corn with mayonnaise until completely covered.
  4. Sprinkle cotija cheese all over the corn. Then hot sauce/lime mixture. Top with chili powder to taste
  5. Serve and garnish with Cilantro

¡Provecho!

 

Tequila Lime Shrimp Fajitas

Tequila Lime Shrimp Fajitas

Mexico is about a 3-4 hour drive from our place in Arizona, but with everything going with COVID-19, the Mexican borders are officially closed. Our dreams of going to Mexico for a month have been shattered. One of the things I love about Mexico is the food! A place in Mexico where we go has so much amazing fresh food. We definitely miss it. So I decided to cook us some shrimp fajitas.

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The last time we went to Mexico, we couldn’t find any Elote. So I decided to make some for our side dish. Here is the recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp 16/20, peeled and deveined
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 shot of tequila
  •  1 jalapeno
  • olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • flour tortillas
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges to serve

How to Make it

  1. Preheat oven to high broil
  2. In a large bowl combine shrimp, smoked paprika, cumin, tequila, lime juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder. Set aside
  3. Heat cast iron skillet (you can also use a regular skillet) and add olive oil. Once hot, add shrimp in one layer of pan.
  4. Cook shrimp until nice color.
  5. Remove from hot pan to a clean bowl or plate.
  6. Lay peppers in a tray with olive oil and broil for until skin is soft and nicely charred. Remove and set aside.
  7. Turn oven off, add the tortillas to warm them up as the oven cools.
  8. In the previous skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, once hot add garlic and onion and saute for 1 minute. Once hot and onions are slightly brown, add the bell peppers and stir for about 2 minutes
  9. Add shrimp back to pan, cook stirring until warm
  10. Season fajitas with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro
  11. Serve shrimp fajitas hot with warmed tortillas and lime wedges. IMG_1035

White Wine Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel

White Wine Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Fennel

This coronavirus has us all stuck at home trying to keep busy. To be honest, nothing has changed much for me other than the fact that I have more mouths to feed. I absolutely love cooking for people and making them food. I really think it’s my love language. My roommate / one of my best friends has been home all week, so I’ve been making us dinner and it’s been so great! Today, I found this lamb recipe.

I accidentally mixed up some of the instructions and I was so worried that it would turn out like shit, but it actually ended up being pretty fricking amazing!

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I went to Sprouts today and the entire meat aisle was basically gone. I was surprised the lamb section was also whipped out. The original recipe does call for just regular lamb chops, but unfortunately they only had these mini lamb chops available. To be quite honest, I’m kind of glad I stuck with these mini ones. They were so much easier to eat and I thought they were super cute!

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I love when parts of my lamb are crispy on the edges. In order to achieve this, I patted the lamb dry and sprinkled flour all over the lamb. I then pan fried them for about 3 minutes or until brown. I tested two types of way to cook the lamb. The first type, I pan fried then marinated. The second type, I marinated and then patted dry and sprinkled flour all over it before I fried it. After cooking everything, I realized that the best was to marinated then pat dry and fry it! It comes out so much crispier!

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This fennel salad was a total wing-it recipe. The original recipe calls for it raw and added last. I accidentally added it to the marinade. After I realized the mistake I made, I took out a small piece and tasted it. It still had it’s licorice taste. To be honest, I’m not a HUGE fan of licorice. So I decided to pan fry it with a bit of butter and olive oil. It came out soo good! I think moving forward this will be an a necessity for any red meat i cook moving forward. It just adds the perfect touch.

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 large fennel bulbs – fronds and stalks reserved

1 cup of white wine (I used Woodbridge Chardonnay)

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Zest of 1 sweet lime, peeled in strips, plus 1/2 the sweet lime juice (This lime is a bit hard to find so feel free to not include it in this recipe or just include the entire lemon’s juice)

Zest of 1 lemon, peeled in strips, plus 1/2 the lemon juice

1 teaspoon crushed pepper (I winged it and just sprinkled a bunch because I like my food spicy!)

1.5 lbs mini lamb chops

1 can of beef broth

1 tablespoon of cornstarch

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 tablespoon of greek yogurt

How to Make It

  1. Thinly slice the fennel stalks. Chop the fronds finely. In a bowl, combine the fennel, wine, broth, garlic, lemon and sweet lime zest and red pepper. Add the lamb chops and make sure that the lamb chops are submerged in the liquid. If the lamb chops are not full submerged, feel free to add a bit more wine. Keep in room temperate for 1 hour, or marinade overnight in the fridge.
  2. Remove the lambchops and place on a plate with paper towel. Pat dry. Strain about 1 cup of the marinade and separate the fennel. Some garlic and red pepper flakes will stick with the fennel. Do not wash this off. This will add flavor to the fennel when you pan fry it.
  3. Season the lamb chops and coat with flour on both sides. Set aside
  4. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the chops to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until browned. Turn the chops, reduce the heat to moderate and cook until medium-rare or however you want it done. For medium rare, the internal temperature should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer to plate and let rest. Do not cut to check the lamb. You want to let the lamb rest to keep it juicy.
  5. In the same skillet, add the reserved cup of marinade and boil over high heat. Add cornstarch. Mix well to make sure that there are no clumps. I used a whisk to scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Cook until it is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the greek yogurt and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  7. If the sauce is not as thick as you would like, add a bit more cornstarch and keep mixing. Set aside
  8. In a clean pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted add fennel remains. Pan fry until lightly brown. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Transfer chops to plates and top with roasted fennel. Spoon the sauce all over and serve.

Bon Appétit!

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My Home Desk Setup

My Home Desk Setup
More and more people are now working from home as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world. Working from home is not new to me, as I currently work remote and have been for the past two years. Working remote was a challenge at first. It was very isolating, and I felt like I constantly got distracted with household chores. It took me a couple months until I was finally able to fully concentrate without my attention diverting. What significantly helped with my concentration was having a clean and organized workspace. Here’s a list of all the stuff I use for my home office in order to keep my work environment organized and productive.

Autonomous.ai Desk:

I absolutely love this desk! I’ve always wanted a standing desk and this one was the perfect fit for me. The specific desk I have is the SmartDesk – Art Desk, which has a curved shaped top that gives it a unique look and adds a creative touch to my workspace. The desk is quite large, which makes it perfect for me to store things on my desk (i.e. my Panda Planner and books I am currently reading). It has excellent legroom, and also has the option to set 4 different standing/sitting sizes. The adjustment is automatic just with a press of a button! So high tech. 😉 I would advise that you ask someone to assist you with assembling the desk, as it is quite heavy. When my desk arrived, it came in two packages (the top part and the legs). I unwrapped both the packages and started assembling. I was a bit confused because the legs did not match the top, but then I realized that the legs were universal! Please make sure you adjust the legs, so you won’t have to call customer support like I did. 🙈
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Monitors:

Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor

I’m going to be honest, I haven’t gamed in ages. So for me to give an honest review on whether this is a good gaming monitor would be a little challenging. Let me start by saying that I love this monitor because it’s so easy to set up and never glitches. I’ve had a couple monitors that have glitched a couple times and I had to reset it by unplugging and plugging it back in. This one has been a smooth flow so far and I’ve had it for about two years.

Acer Monitor:

I’ve had this monitor for about three years. Personally, I love having two monitors. This monitor works well for me because I use it to work on daily tasks. I do have one 4k monitor, so this piece is a nice addition. I personally would not recommend this as your main monitor if you are a gamer or are very particular with your monitors. There are moments when the screen can get glitchy and the arrangement was a bit off, but works just fine after unplugging and plugging it back in. The price point on this is on the lower end, so don’t expect much.

LogiTech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo:

There are two types of people in this world, ones that can keep wires clean and organized and the others that cannot. I am the latter. I am horrible when it keeping wires clean and tidy. No matter how hard I try, my wires always end up getting tangled. This Logitech Keyboard and Mouse Combo is the perfect solution. I like the feel of Logitech better than Mac keyboards, but that is just a personal preference. This comes with a unifying receiver so you can easily switch laptops if you have a USB Hub.

LogiTech c920s PRO

I love this camera! I was hoping to start recording on Twitch and putting up tutorials on coding, which lead me to buying this camera. This camera is extremely clear, with 1080p and 30 fps! If you don’t know what that means, 1080p is a set of HDTV high-definition video modes characterized by 1920 pixels displayed across screen horizontally and 1080 pixels down the screen vertically. So, if you don’t want anyone to see your flaws in high definition DO NOT GET THIS, otherwise, I highly recommend! 😂
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Bose QuiteComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth headphones:

I’ve had these headphones for FIVE YEARS. I know they’ve come up with new models, but this has lasted me longer than my relationships and still work amazing (unlike any of my relationships but that’s for another blog so STAY TUNED LOL). 😂

Panda Planner:

In a society where the media tends to magnify the bad, it can become very hard to see the positive in the everyday moments. The Panda Planner has taught me to be grateful and to set my intention, all while focusing on my future goals. Everyday may not be a great day, but taking the appropriate steps to try and win that day is what’s most important. #selflove
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Cables:

USBC to HDMI

These are the cables I use. Since both my laptops are MacBook Pros from 2018 and 2019, they only have USB-C ports. In order for me to connect my 4K Dell monitor (as previously mentioned), you will need a USB-C to HDMI cable. I like this cable because it does come with a velcro wrap to use when you don’t need the entire 6 ft cord.

USB-C Hub

With so many different types of equipment, using a USB-C Hub can help create an easier flow to connect your other appliances with just one link. This USB-C has 3 USB ports and even has a SD Card reader!
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So there you have it! All the things that keep me organized and productive as a remote worker. Hope you all are staying healthy and positive!
Love,
Jenel Myers
#coronavirus #shitisgettingreal
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