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Tex-Mex Fajitas

I love dinners that you and your guests have to build yourself.  It is fun adding your own flavors to your meal.  I made fresh guacamole, and fresh salsa as a condiment.  I marinated both chicken and flank steak for this recipe so my guests had a choice.  I also sauteed onion slices and red pepper strips.

This recipe was taken from The Best of Bridge – The Best of the Best and more.

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2 lbs flank steak (1 lb serves 3 people) or 3 chicken breasts, skinned, boned and halved

Fajita Marinade
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup red wine vinegar (eliminate for chicken)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 large flour tortillas

Toppings
Onion slices, sauteed
Green and red pepper strips, sauteed
Shredded lettuce
Guacamole, sour cream and salsa

1. Combine marinade ingredients in shallow casserole. Score both sides of steak. Add meat. Cover and refrigerate several hours. Remove from marinade and BBQ. Slice in thin strips across the grain. Wrap in warm tortillas with onions and peppers and any or all of the other toppings.
SERVES 6

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

I found this recipe on http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com.  I really like this muffin recipe and I love how the outside of the muffin gets crispy like a cookie.

I baked my muffins for about 23 minutes instead of the 30 minutes, since the outside were getting nicely browned.  I used mini chocolate chips since I had some and they really fill up every bite with chocolate goodness!

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1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) white whole wheat flour or all-purpose floor
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
coarse sugar, for topping

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then stir in the milk. Mix in the flour just until combined, then the chocolate chips.
3. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Sprinkle with a little coarse sugar. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes, or until cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

World’s Best Lasagna

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com.  It got rave reviews!! Make sure you give yourself time to make this one, since you have to simmer the sauce for 1 1/2 hours.
I used about 17 noodles and I also used grated mozzarella cheese. My lasagna started to spill over slightly during cooking, so you may want to put a cookie sheet under your lasagna to avoid a mess.

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1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles, lenghthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

MAKES: 12 servings
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 2 hours 30 minutes
READY IN: 3 hours 15 minutes

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love the crunchy texture of the chicken with the crispy lettuce. This recipe was taken from The Best of Bridge “The Rest of the Best and More”. I have been making this recipe for years. I always dice chicken breast, but in the pictures posted I used equal parts ground chicken thigh with diced chicken breast.

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SAUCE
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp liquid honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp freshly grated ginger

WRAPS
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup grated carrot
2 green onions, diagonally sliced
1 cup dry steam-fried noodles
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1 head iceberg lettuce, separated into whole leaves, core removed

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1. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, blend sauce ingredients. Set aside to cool. Poach chicken in a small amount of water until no longer pink. Cool. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then dice to about 1/4″ (6 mm). In medium bowl, toss chicken, carrots and onion with enough sauce to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Add noodles and peanuts, gently toss with more sauce to coat.

TO SERVE: Set out lettuce and chicken mixture. Let guests wrap their own. Serve extra sauce on the side.

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