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Tips & Tricks | Fajita Peppers and Onions

Just about everyone I know loves the taste of caramelized onions, but no one likes to take the time to cook them. That is where your tried and true crock pot comes to the rescue. I made fajitas this weekend and wanted to make a large batch of peppers and onions. There was not one pot large enough for me to cook them in and I did not want to get stuck stirring them for over an hour. So I thought I would try a recipe I saw on Pinterest for fajitas – but I just cooked the veggies and left out the chicken. It was a success!

To give the peppers and onions some moisture, i started with three roma tomatoes that I chopped up and put on the bottom. This helped to prevent the peppers and onions from burning in the crockpot. I have learned over the years that a slow cooker needs some moisture to work well.

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 Then I chopped up five peppers, using an assortment of red, yellow and green. My tip for cutting peppers is to cut a hole in the top, mostly because that helps you end up with the most pepper possible (money saving tip right there!).
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 From there, I cut the pepper into thirds, which allowed me to cut out the white, pithy part which does not taste good at all. Then I cut them all into slices, trying to keep them in an even width so they cooked evenly.
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 You need onions to call the fajita mixture peppers and onions – so I chopped up three onions. These ones were fighters – let me tell you. Many tears were shed and angry thoughts occurred in my head as I chopped them up. Why do I willingly put myself through torture every time I cut onions? Oh, right…because I love caramelized onions. So much.
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 From there, I stirred in three teaspoons of a fajita spice mix I already had on hand. Feel free to use whatever combination you want. I put the peppers on high for about three hours and stirred about every hour or so. They came out soft and delicious! This was so much easier than standing by a stove waiting for them to soften. The only downside is that I was so preoccupied with serving them I forgot to take a picture of the final product. Believe me, they were good.

That’s all for this installment of my tips and tricks. Moral of the story – a crockpot is your friend. If it is only an acquaintance in your kitchen, I suggest you pull it out of the cabinet this week and let it work its magic!

-Samantha

 

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Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks | Setting the Table

All of us at one point in life have struggled with setting the table. Whether it be when you were a young child learning to do it for the first time or when you are having your significant other over for dinner and you are stressed over all of the little details…we have all been there. Over the summer I learned a great trick to help you to remember how to set the table. The acronym is F.O.R.K.S or really FOrKS.

When you spell out the word “forks” it shows you the order of where your cutlery and plate should go. Pretty easy, right?

Another easy to remember trick is if you shape your hands into a “b” and “d” with your left hand making the “b” and your right hand making the “d” that will remind you that your bread plate is to the left of you and your drink is to your right. This is especially helpful when you are at a catered meal and there are a lot of plate and drinks all around you.

These two tips have helped me countless times during business meals and when I have had friends over for dinner. Hope they help!

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