Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father’s Day Menu


Our Father’s Day menu today includes many South Texas favorites:

Fajitas, Chicken, Sausage, and Pork Ribs

all cooked on my husband’s new grill

Frijoles a la Charra (pinto beans)

Don Pedro’s Tortillas de Harina (flour tortillas)


Corn Salad

Green Salad

Pico de Gallo

Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh Mango slices

Cerveza Preparada (cold beer poured over crushed ice, in a tall glass ,with fresh lime juice and a salted rim)


The ingredients for pico de gallo include onions, tomatoes, cilantro, serrano peppers, fresh lime juice, and spices.

There are as many variations for pico de gallo as there are cooks, and I have many wonderful friends who can make this far better than I can with their eyes closed.

This is my husband’s method and everything he creates is delicious.

Chop the onions and tomatoes finely. Break off a bunch of cilantro and chop it finely. The quantities here are about equal, except for the cilantro.  Use a little bit less.


Chop 2-3 serrano peppers after discarding the seeds.

Do not touch your eyes!


Toss all ingredients together and season with salt, garlic salt, and the most important ingredient of all, fresh lime juice.


My husband also adds a slight drizzle of Italian dressing at this point.  The longer this sits in the refrigerator, the better it gets.

Serve with tortilla chips or use as a topping for your fajita tacos .


I will be serving this today in this dish- one of my favorites.

All dishes from Mexico have special hallmarks, usually indicating the artist that painted it.


This dish was made in the state of Guanajuato. The artist’s mark is the sign above GTO.

I hope to share other details from our day.



JB said...

What a Feast!!! Lord knows John deserves it for all he has been through. You deserve it too for being his awesome partner, wife and nurse. Have a great you both,

Domestic Designer said...

Sounds so yummy! Your dishes are so pretty. Hope you and your husband have a wonderful day!

trash talk said...

I've never had a beer served that way, but girl I am all over trying it out! That sounded so cool and refreshing especially the lime.
Glad you mentioned not touching the eyes. Oweee for sure otherwise!
Hope your husband has a wonderful Father's Day.

Lin said...

Oh, yummy! What a feast! But did I miss where you say who's doing the cooking today??? Have a great day and dinner!

Lynn said...

What time is dinner?

candy said...

Somehow came across your blog as Ive been blog hopping :) Thought Id say Hi :)

Unknown said...

That sounds delicious! Lots and LOTS better than the stir fry in a bag that we had! Have a wonderful week.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds so good.

Jo said...

How yummy! I hope you all had a wonderful day.


Cindy said...

Oh girl! Festive Dad's Day! Thanks for the Pico de gallo recipe...very similar to mine but, the italian dressing would actually take place of a lot of little things that I put in.
We had Apple Bourbon marinated pork loins done on the grill by me, pasta salad, watermelon, new potatoes with butter and sweet onion and garlic, french bread toasted with butter and garlic, mixed greens fresh from our garden, and a big brownie cake. Mmmm!

Her Preppiness said...

What a great menu

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That sounds so good. Do you know about how much lime juice and It. Drsg. he uses? Love your Mexican dish. laurie

Anonymous said...

And when is your cookbook coming out??

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