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Nick's Plates Presents "Life In 'Cruces" – My Birthday Week is the week of August 3rd - 8th – My Birthday Week. I am taking off starting Thursday and I am so excited. I need this break so much! I have worked myself silly this year. Rona did not give me a break – I still had to work through all of the shutdowns, change in hours, and other drama. I work for a private agency that stayed open. I am glad the agency stayed open, but it has been hard.

I am going to Las Cruces for my birthday and start getting ready for my 2021 move. I am going to check out areas to live, check out retail space for my future projects, and check out restaurants to blog about. I am going to take plenty of pictures and of course blog everything. I am also going to rest and reset my mind and soul.

I only have two more days to work and I can't wait to be free from the job and from ABQ for a few days.

As I write this tonight...I am listening to The Motels and sipping red wine. A cool breeze is coming in my window. I love August nights – some are cool and some are…

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Lazy Day Oh So Good Meal

3 lbs ground chuck or beef – shredded into chunks
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
2 tbsp garlic powder
Large bowl
3 eggs
2 cups roasted almonds
1 cup cranberries – frozen
1 cup sweet wine
Baking dish – greased with olive oil
Favorite hamburger buns – toasted
Favorite beer
Oh So Good...
To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ground chuck or beef, black pepper, parsley flakes, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Use your hands to work the ingredients until well blended. Next, add 3 eggs, roasted almonds, frozen cranberries, and sweet wine to the mixture. Use a large spoon to work the ingredients for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the hamburger mixture into a prepared baking dish and cook for 45 minutes.Serving Tip: Serve this lazy day meal with plenty of toasted hamburger buns and your favorite beer.

Nick's Kicking Salad

1 lb fried bacon - grease patted out
2 bags of salad mix
4 Tbsp red wine
½ Tbsp of mustard
1 tsp pepper
1 cup cooked mushrooms
1 cup boiled eggs
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 cup green olives
1 cup black olivesIn a large bowl, combine the fried bacon, salad mix, and red wine. Toss the ingredients thoroughly and then blend in the mustard, pepper, mushrooms and boiled eggs. Toss again. Blend in the yellow onions and olives. Continue tossing the salad until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.Cooking Tip: Chill the salad for one hour before serving. This salad pairs well with red or white wine.

Summer Whip Down Dijon Dip

Large plastic container
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup fresh rosemary – chopped
½ cup white wine
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp black pepper
2 cups sour cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 pinch salt
Favorite chips
Favorite beer

In a large plastic container, combine chicken breasts, olive oil, rosemary, and white wine. Next, stir the ingredients for 2 minutes and then add Dijon mustard, black pepper, sour cream, and heavy whipping cream to the mixture. Stir the mixture until well blended and then add a pinch of salt to the dip. Lastly, refrigerate the dip for 30 minutes. Serve this cool dip with your favorite chips and beer.


Nick's Mix It Up Salad

1 large bowl
1 bag salad mix – washed and dried
2 cans mixed vegetables – drained and dried
2 cups chickpeas
3 Tbsp black pepper
3 cups roasted red peppers
3 cups lettuce – washed, dried and chopped
Favorite dressing
Red wineIn a large bowl, combine salad mix, mixed vegetables, chickpeas, black pepper, and roasted red peppers. Next, toss the mixture thoroughly and then blend lettuce into the salad. Lastly, pour your favorite dressing over the salad and toss until well blended. Enjoy this salad with your favorite red wine!Enjoy!

Nick's Summer Mix

1 large bowl
2 bags salad mix – washed and dried
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups radishes – chopped
3 Tbsp black pepper
3 cups spinach – washed, dried and chopped
3 cups arugula – washed, dried and chopped
2 cups chicken breast – cooked and cubed
Favorite dressing
White wine
Welcome to Summer!In a large bowl, combine salad mix, apple cider vinegar, radishes, black pepper, and spinach. Next, toss the mixture thoroughly and then blend arugula and chicken breast into the salad. Lastly, pour your favorite dressing over the salad and toss until well blended. Enjoy this salad with your favorite white wine!Enjoy!