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Archive for March, 2012

Brisket Taco’s & Fresh Roasted Salsa

Brisket … our  favorite new recipe to share with our friends in Panama.  The grass-fed beef here is called Faldo and we buy 10 pounds at a time to prepare.  First, we marinate in Coke over night or up to 48 hours.  The Coke will tenderize the meat since the beef in Panama has very little fat.  I  make my own dry rub of chile powder, cayenne, sea salt, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder,  cajun seasoning and any other favorite spices that I have on hand. Drain the coke and rub the meat with olive oil and the dry rub mix and let set overnight.  Byron always chars the meat on the grill  before putting it in the crock pot for 10 – 15 hours along with white wine, jalapeno, onions and fresh grated ginger.  Shred the beef,  heat up the flour tortillas, saute onions & peppers, and serve with mixed greens  and fresh roasted salsa.

The roasted salsa recipe is easy and so much better than the jar kind you can purchase.  Since everyone keeps asking for the recipe, I thought I would just post in the LTDED blog.  I use 2 lbs of roma tomatoes, sliced in half, 1 large onion quartered, 1 whole garlic clove peeled and 4 jalapeno’s sliced.  Place all on a cookie sheet and toss with olive oil, salt & pepper.  Roast at 425-450 for about 30 minutes.  Let cool.  Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  If it is too thick add a little water.  I add one jalapeno at a time and taste to check for the degree of spicy heat.  A couple of times it has been very spicy.  I love it that way, but a lot of our friends prefer a milder version.  Just before serving, chop fresh cilantro and squeeze a  lime over the salsa for the extra burst of flavor.  The salsa is fabulous with your favorite chips and beverages.  Roasted tomatoes are so versatile , you can use this as a base for marinara or spaghetti sauce.  Just leave out the jalapeno’s and add crushed red pepper, oregano and italian spices.  YUM… Let me know how your tacos or salsa turns out.  Cheers to living, loving and cooking with passion !

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We love Panama City…

Panama City skyline and the magnificent Trump Towers shaped like a giant sail is a sight to behold.  Many of you do not realize how cosmopolitan Panama City is.   The Trump Tower is the tallest building in Latin America and is one of the most impressive buildings we have seen.   We were in Panama City a few weeks ago and decided to check it out for drinks and dinner on the Ocean Club Deck, an open air restaurant and bar overlooking part of the city skyline and Pacific Ocean.  We were most impressed with the surroundings, service and the prices were not bad either.  A vodka & club soda was $5.00 and the house red wine was $7.00 per glass.  The tuna appetizers were $9.00 each and the tempura veggies were $7.00.   The Ocean Club Deck is great for people watching, admiring the sunset and watching the city lights come on.  This is the view from the Deck looking straight up.  How cool is this?  And yes, that is Byron in the wine cellar at another bar located in Trump Towers.  We will certainly visit again on our next trip to the city and perhaps stay a night or two in the hotel.

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