Ancho Chile Surf & Turf

Ancho Chile Surf & Turf

Well hello!

How are you all on this Wednesday morning?

I am tiiirrreeedddd.

Bikram kicked my butt and then I got up before 5am to do my morning work out, so I am draggin’ today.

There was some serious storm moving through last night though, some tree branches and things were down on the raods this morning on the commute into work.

My prayers are with the family and friends of those in the Midwest that had the storms come through and caused significant damage.

Those big storms are so unexpected most of the time and cause so much damage, it is really scary. Stay safe everyone!

In other brighter news…

Patrick and I have picked our wedding date!

10/25/2014Β β™₯

As well as our wedding venue, our photographer, the colors, AND our wedding party!

WHEW! We have been busy! πŸ™‚

We are so excited about it and everything already seems to be happening so fast it is cra cra!

I am most excited this week because all the girls I asked to be my bridesmaids said yes, that is a very new development.

Each one of the girls that I asked to be in my wedding party I wanted to do something special for. I didn’t want to just call them up and say, “hey, wanna be in my wedding?”…which is exactly what Patrick did with his groomsman haha

I sent them each a package with a picture of them and I, a couple homemade chocolate cookies with a recipe in case they wanted to make them at home, lots of flowers that are the colors we plan to use for the wedding, and an individual note telling them how special they are in their own way πŸ™‚

You can see one of the packages that I sent to the left…This was Kait’s. She was the first one to get back to me. “I will, I will, I will, I will…” haha

I am really glad I did that. All 5 of them seemed to really enjoy the packages and that is really what I was going for.

Putting a smile on their faces was my goal and I think I accomplished that.

I know that your wedding is supposed to be all about you, but honestly I want my friends and family to have a role too.

They are important and honestly, I don’t like when things are all about me. Well, sometimes I do…but most of the time I would much rather have other people be the center focus.

I like making people happy.

I also like filling their bellies!

hehe πŸ˜‰

This recipe today is one that is going to be great for summer.

It doesn’t heat up the house because you use the grill, gotta love that! Plus it is so easy and simple.

I really like recipes where I can throw a whole bunch of ingredients together and have it come out tasting amazing.

I especially like recipes where you can marinate and then just cook. So simple for the busy days of summer, especially when you just don’t feel like cooking.

Can’t get much easier than just throwing a whole bunch of stuff in a bowl and then cooking it πŸ˜‰


Ancho Chile Surf & Turf
Recipe Type: Main
Author: RavieNomNoms
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Serves: 4
A summer dish that is quick, fun and full of flavor!
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  1. Combine salt, sugar, chile powder, cumin, pepper, garlic and olive oil. Rub evenly over the steak and the shrimp.
  2. Place your shrimp on skewers and then grill your steak and shrimp.
  3. Depending on how you like your flank steak cooked with determine how long you cook it. It only takes about 4 minutes on each side if you want it pink in the middle.
  4. Cook shrimp until they turn pink OR until you just heat them (depending on if you use raw or cooked to begin with)
  5. Served steak with [url href=””]pineapple salsa[/url], queso fresco, and a flour tortilla.
Serving size: 3 oz steak 1 shrimp skewer Calories: 200 Fat: 9 Saturated fat: 2.6 Sodium: 286 Protein: 25.8
Original recipe from [i]Cooking Light[/i] can be found [url href=””]here[/url].


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  1. Congrats on the wedding date! That is so exciting, and It’ll come up faster than you can imagine.

  2. WE ARE!! I am sooo excited that I have met a fellow Penn State Food Blogger, that is so exciting. What year did you graduate?? I finished my first degree in Saxophone Performance in 2008, so we probably had some similar stomping grounds since you were in dance as well. Congrats on the engagement and best of luck with all the plans, my fiance and I are getting hitched on July 27th and we are so excited that all of our hard work will be over with soon. I loved your little bridesmaid care packages, I ended up just calling and/or texting (I guess that’s what us guys do,haha). Great job, the recipe sounds fantastic!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      PENN STATE!!! Yay for Penn Staters.

      I graduated in 2007, so I am sure we had some of the same stomping grounds. What a small world!!! πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much! We are really excited, nervous, but excited! haha…congrats to you as well!! That is coming up quickly!

      Come back soon!

      • I never ventured into the Theatre building very much, just because I was mainly stuck in a practice rooms in the basement of Music Building II. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if we passed each other at some point going to Otto’s at some point, which is being taken away πŸ™ haha

  3. What an exciting news! Congratulations!!!!
    Surf and turf looks delish!

  4. You are SO creative! I know your wedding will be fabulous!

    PS…your surf and turf looks amazing! xo

  5. Yeah… my anniversary is October too. πŸ™‚ It’s a great time to get married with all the fall foliage. πŸ™‚ Congratulations on getting so much done already. I love how you asked your bridesmaids to be in your wedding…. So sweet, sentimental and yummy!! I can’t wait to see all the photos of the two of you dressed up in your wedding clothes and having a blast.

    Now… until then enjoy the summer and this yummy dinner. What a fantastic surf and turf menu.

  6. I was just sharing our Strawberry-Ancho-Asian Plum Sauce! I guess great mind think alike πŸ˜€ This looks delicious!

  7. Ah! I’m so excited that you picked a wedding date. I always wanted to get married in the fall (and October is just a lovely month!) I can’t wait to watch all of this wedding excitement progress. You are going to make such a lovely bride! As for this meal? DELICIOUS. I had a huge dinner, but I’m already hungry again. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thank you so much Monet!! I just love the Fall, it has always been my favorite. I am glad we could make it work!

      Have a great weekend Monet!

  8. Congrats on choosing a date!!! I love fall weddings. πŸ™‚

  9. Yay for your date!! I’m a little partial to October! Love it. And this dinner, girl, hot!

  10. Now this is my kind of meal! My mouth is watering right now.:) Congratulations on all the exciting weeding plans. xx

  11. Hey Raven, I so hear you on the tired. I canned 50 jars of jam the last couple of days. Congrats on all the wedding plans, I’m sure you will be even crazier by the time it is all over with. I’m sure this meal gave you a nice energy boost. I hope you guys have a nice rest of the weekend.