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Roasted sausage, potatoes and peppers

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I love to cook stuff on sheet trays in the oven. I love the concentrated, caramelized flavors that come out of a piping hot oven. I love that there are no pots and pans to wash. I love it when I line a tray with foil and all I have to do is pull the foil off and throw it away.

There are two things to remember when you make this kind of meal on a weeknight. The first thing is to have a really hot oven. If you're in the 300s, it's just not hot enough. I like to roast at 450°. The second thing to remember is to cut your ingredients thinly and uniformly. That way, the food will be cooked through as well as caramelized. On a tuesday night when you get home from work, you don't have time to roast anything nice and slow for an hour or more. 

Roasted sausage, potatoes and peppers

Weeknight fajitas

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I don't know about you, but I love Tex-Mex food! Sure, I enjoy and have appreciation for regional Mexican cuisine but there's a level of comfort in "south of the border" favorites such as burritos, ground beef tacos, a plate of nachos, and fajitas! Also, the weather was fantastic in Chicago today so I knew it was time to wake the grill out of its hibernation slumber and put it to work.   

Weeknight fajitas