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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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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.