Primo's Fajitas

"Fajitas from Primo's Mexican Restaurant were judged tops overall of the 12 restaurant entries in the Houston Restaurant Associations Fajita Meet in 1986. We were already fans of the restaurant, so when the Houston Chronicle printed the recipe, I clipped it and have been pulling out the yellowed copy ever since. Now that my daughter is heading out on her own, it's time to send the family treasure with her."
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  • If necessary, peel off membrane on skirt steak and slice lengthwise so it will be no more than 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 6-ounce serving portions.
  • For basting: Combine equal parts of soy sauce and Worcestershire with pineapple juice, lime juice and pinch of salt. Mix well. Dip steak in mixture.
  • Grill over very high heat to sear, then grill until cooked to your taste, turning occasionally, about 6-8 minutes, brushing with basting mixture several times.
  • Slice in thin strips.
  • Wrap in flour tortilla and serve with pico de gallo, beans and rick. Makes enough basting mixture for 4 steaks.

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Thirty some years ago, mom published the first Hawman Family Cookbook to give each of her three daughters a way to carry our favorite recipes from childhood off into the next phase of our lives. I still have the original pages, straight from the typewriter, with traces of whited-out type showing through the corrected lines, and with drips and grease stains highlighting my favorite recipes. With my own daughter now ready to head out on her own, it's time for an updated version complete with her favorites as well. I'm starting this project in January 2010, with a goal of completing the "new expanded edition" in time for Christmas presents in December. I'll be using Recipezaar to collect the recipes, but my hope is to publish my final book complete with the stories and pictures evoked by this memory book of family food. For that, I'm looking forward to countless conversations with my 81-year-old mother, sisters, and children as well as others in my extended family. Let the fun begin! Noelle
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