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Nick's ABQ Sirloin

Slow cooker
3 cups chopped yellow onions
3 lbs boneless beef sirloin steak
2 tsp coarse salt
2 Tbsp black pepper
3 tsp garlic powder
1 lb chopped potatoes
1 bottle New Mexico red wine or any red wine
½ cup parsley leaves
In a slow cooker, combine onions, sirloin steak, coarse salt, and black pepper. Next, add garlic powder, chopped potatoes, and New Mexico red wine to the appliance. Stir the ingredients gently to mix the salt, pepper, and garlic powder together. Lastly, add parsley leaves to the mixture. Cook on “Low” for 4 hours and then serve with your favorite side dishes, bread, and red wine.

September's Dipping Sauce

Large Bowl
3 cups mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
2 cups bacon crumbles
1 Tbsp red chilli peppers – chopped
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup Italian sausage links – chopped
In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, black pepper, and smoked paprika. Stir the mixture until well blended and then add bacon crumbles, chilli peppers, and tomatoes. Next, stir the mixture slowly for a minute and then blend sausage links into the sauce. Lastly, stir the sauce for until very well blended – about 3 minutes.

Serve this sauce as a side for chips, chicken wings, beef strips, or any other finger food.

Nick's September Bake

Cooking spray
1 large baking dish
4 cups bread crumbs
Large bowl
6 tomatoes – chopped
1 tsp coarse salt
7 large eggs – stirred
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 cup melted butter
2 cups white onions – chopped
2 lbs regular sausage – crumbled
4 cups bread crumbs
To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Next, spray an even coat of cooking spray onto a large baking dish, and then coat the bottom of the dish with an even layer of bread crumbs. Next, in a large bowl, combine tomatoes, coarse salt, eggs, and black pepper. Stir the ingredients until well blended and then add melted butter, white onions, and crumbled sausage to the bowl. Stir the mixture until well blended. Lastly, pour the mixture into the baking dish and then cover the mixture with an even layer of bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.Enjoy!

That’s Lemon Rice – Don’t Play

Large baking dish
4 cups cooked rice
½ cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp lemon pepper
2 Tbsp cilantro paste
1 Bay leaf – diced

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large baking dish, combine cooked rice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and black pepper. Stir the ingredients until well blended, and then add lemon pepper and cilantro paste to the dish. Next, stir the rice until the cilantro paste is well blended into the rice. Lastly, pat the rice down evenly in the bowl and then top the dish with one diced Bay leaf. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top of the rice is starting to brown.

Serve this dish with your favorite meat and wine.


That’s a Porterhouse – Don’t Play

Large baking dish
1 large porterhouse steak
2 cups red wine
Small bowl
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp lemon pepper
½ cup horseradish sauce
2 Tbsp cilantro paste
Large platter
To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large baking dish, lay the steak in the middle of the dish and then top the meat with red wine. Next, place the dish in the oven and cook the steak for 20 minutes. Do not exceed this baking time. While the steak is baking, in a small bowl, combine black pepper, lemon pepper, horseradish sauce, and cilantro paste. Stir the mixture until well blended. Once the steak’s cooking time is complete, remove the dish from your oven and transfer the steak to a large platter. Next, spread the paste mixture over the top of the steak.Let the porterhouse steak rest for 20 minutes before serving.

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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