This is a common view from my kitchen window.
Mourning Dove feasting on sunflower seeds
It totally amazes me that the Scrub Jays are completely intimidated by these docile doves. The dove just puffs himself up and the jays won't bother him. It's not like the jays aren't bigger, noisier, and usually much more daring. There must be some sort of history between the two breeds of birds. One little tidbit on this bird that I found interesting is that the oldest documented wild Mourning Dove was just over 19 years ago. I never stop to think that these were once only a domesticated bird.
Today I am sharing a recipe that is especially good for warm summer evenings. It doesn't heat up the kitchen and doesn't take much prep time.
"Lime, vinegar and Italian salad dressing mix offer an alternative to the usual Mexican-spiced chicken, onion and bell pepper saute. Serve in the traditional manner with a tortilla"
TANGY CHICKEN FAJITAS
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 (.7 ounce) packages dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
2 sweet bell peppers, sliced
1. In a large glass bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, lime juice, and dry salad dressing mix. Mix together. Add chicken strips, onion and bell peppers. Cover dish and refrigerate. Marinate for 3 to 6 hours.
2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Remove chicken, onion and bell pepper from marinade and saute in oil until chicken is cooked through (juices run clear) and onion is translucent, about 20 minutes.
1. The original recipe calls for green bell pepper, but I use just about any color but green
2. This can marinate all day - I have marinated it for up to 12 hours.
3. I usually have to strain off more of the marinade after it has been sauteing for about 10 minutes.
4. Serve on warm tortillas.
5. Makes 4 to 6 servings
Chicken and onions in marinade mixture
Sliced red and orange bell pepper
All mixed up and ready to hit the 'fridge
Serving on a warm tortilla
Served with fresh corn on the cob dripping in butter!
As I previously stated, this is so easy and so good. I was pleasantly surprised that the onion was not overpowering, even with the wider strips, it just added a nice flavor. This dish also reheats well. I can't wait to have it for lunch on Friday.
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That's about it for today. I'm off to lunch later - after all it is Thursday - I can hear the Village Grill calling! I hope to complete a couple more squares on the blue and brown quilt I have been working on for months. Take care and have a thoroughly thoughtful Thursday!