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The weather is simply glorious! 80-degree temperatures. Not a cloud in the sky. Dinner on the deck three nights in a row!

This morning I put together a yummy marinade/salad dressing for a skirt steak. I whirled one cup fresh cilantro leaves, 1 jalapeno pepper, 3 cloves of garlic, 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon ground cumin together in my little mini-chopper. I reserved ¼ cup of the sauce to dress a corn  salad (I was inventing in my mind) and poured the rest of the cilantro mixture over a 3/4-pound skirt steak - which I left to marinate all day in the fridge.

4th of July dinner, ½ cup finely minced red bell pepper and ¼ cup finely minced red onion. The reserved marinade/salad dressing was poured over the corn salad. (NOTE: do not use the marinade from the steak as salad dressing!)

While DT was grilling the steak, we had a visitor in the tree next to our deck.

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