Monday, August 29, 2016

Chicken Fajitas and On High Alert

Chicken Fajitas
Cook's notes: It's not even Thursday and I am firing up the grill on a hot muggy night. This meal is perfect to keep the heat outside rather than indoors.   The meal was served with fresh ears of corn. The recipe was adapted from

  • 1 pound chicken breasts about 3 large pieces
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 lime (~2 tablespoons of juice and zest)
  • 1/2 TB. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin (toasted and ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped in slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 TB. cilantro,chopped
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas
  • Marinate the chicken in the oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in the fridge for 30 minutes to a few hours. Drain and grill the chicken over medium-high heat until cooked, about 20 minutes.
  • On a sheet of foil add onions and peppers and tent the foil. Grill with chicken last 5 minutes of cooking time. 
  • Remove from heat and mix in the cilantro.
  • Assemble fajitas with favorite fillings like salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, etc.
Grilling Corn in the Husks
Submerge the husks in water for 45 minutes. Shake excess water off, place the corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 20-25 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
Cook's additional notes: So while I was putting this meal together I left my husband on bat alert. 
Unfortunately we recently discovered bat droppings on the porch. In 2004 we had our first encounter with bats. I called Rollie the Bat King (recommended by neighbors). I inquired how do we know we really have bats? His exact words were, "Tell you husband to get a beer, sit outside at dusk and see what happens." So it's 2016 and that's just what my husband did.  
In 2004 Rollie the Bat King showed up one day in his batmobile. He had to drive some 50 miles to reach our house and he guarantees his work 100%.
In 2011 he made a return visit. This is what I wrote at that time...
After several sightings at dusk and in the wee hours of the morning we knew it was time to get Bat Man back. No, I am not referring to the caped crusader from the 1989 movie but the real bat man who drives a bat mobile. His job is to eradicate bats from homes. Bat Man had visited us seven years ago and true to his word, my work is guaranteed, our call for help was answered promptly. We knew of at least three bats who had taken up residence in the soffits near the roof line.
Now it's 2016 and perhaps it is time to make another call.  Here's his website in case you might need some help too.

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry to hear you have a bat problem. But I like Rollie and his advice and his guarantee. We had bat problems about 20 years ago and also had to call in a pest control guy. He, too, guaranteed his work. But only for a year. However, we have not had a bat issue after that first return visit.