Hello and happy Sunday! Hope you have been enjoying a fabulous weekend.
I may be back in Chicago now, but the last few days at home with my family in Arizona were packed with excitement. It all started with a Saturday morning hike up Pinnacle Peak, complete with a self-timed photo at the highest point on the trail.
We also snapped a few shots of the pairs — Papa B. and Eric, then me and Eric, respectively. I think I can officially say that I am SHRINKING. When was my brother allowed to get so tall?
After our hike, we came back to a delicious lunch spread prepared by Mama B.
There was a plate of assorted meats and cheeses (cheddar, pepper jack and my favorite, GOUDA)…
…plus some absolutely delicious smoked salmon…
…and crackers! Half of them were topped with cream cheese for the salmon.
I had a sampling of everything, topping the salmon crackers with capers, too. Muy delicioso!
Mama B. also made us a batch of berry smoothies with Jay Robb Tropical Dreamsicle.
The rest of our Saturday was spent watching the U.S. Open. Then it was time for an old favorite.
Papa B. fajitas! Only this time, instead of chicken and shrimp, we threw calamari steaks into the mix.
The result was absolutely superb. Calamari makes a GREAT fajita! Especially with plenty of veggies.
We can’t forget the margaritas, either. Mama B. makes the very best.
Speaking of Mama Bender, she was on fire in the kitchen again on Sunday night.
Do you remember her earlier kitchen domination? This one was equally amazing: blue cheese stuffed pork chops served with Parmesan-crusted asparagus and potatoes!
The pork chops were cut to make pockets, then stuffed with cheese and sealed up with toothpicks. Mama B. grilled them for 10-15 minutes, then baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. She basted them in BBQ sauce for extra flavor. The result was out-of-this-world good!
The asparagus was topped with Parmesan cheese and olive oil, then grilled in aluminum foil.
It was truly a treat to see Mama B. so excited about cooking while I was home. She has recently been educating herself on all the benefits of grass-fed beef and has been enjoying the preparation and new recipe process. I’m very proud of her.
Looking forward to trying her recipes out myself here in Chicago!
If you eat meat, do you pay attention to the type of meat you buy? Why or why not?