February 8th, 2008

It’s Here!

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Look what appeared on my doorstep today!

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It’s my order of lobster tails and top sirloin steaks that I’m going to prepare for my special Valentine!

I decided to mix it up a little and go for the sirloin. Gotta keep him guessing.

Here’s what it looked like when I opened it up. . .

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That dry ice rocks! Everything was still really cold so I put the two boxes of meat directly in the freezer.

I like the reusable styrofoam cooler, too. It’ll come in handy the next time I brine a turkey.

I am excited to make this meal for Valentine’s Day next week. The only problem will be the waiting!

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February 7th, 2008

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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My neighborhood is filled with very colorful, friendly people. But my favorite has to be our next-door neighbor Eddie.

Eddie grew up in the Bronx in an Italian-American family. His father ran a butcher shop. And his mom was/is an amazing cook. So you know he grew up on great food made with incredible family recipes.

Whenever we get together with Eddie and his family we always end up talking about food. Eddie’s the cook in his house and he’s always making something really yummy.

Lately, he’s been calling us to meet him out by the back fence we share. It reminds me of the neighbor on the TV show “Home Improvement.” You never saw the neighbor’s face on that show — only his eyes. Eddie then hands over a steaming Pyrex dish of something delectable and we go inside and devour it.

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Where the “drop-offs” occur 

A couple of weeks ago our treat was his homemade spaghetti with meat sauce made with sausage and tender ground beef.

We acted like animals at the zoo at feeding time. We had to hold ourselves back from licking the dish.

Then yesterday, right at dinnertime, he filled that dish again with rigatoni in a creamy vodka sauce. It was like Christmas had come early.

My next mission? Getting him to make Steak Pizzaiola.

Check out the Steak Recipes tab to the right here. There’s a yummy recipe for Steak Pizzaiola there.

I’m interested to see what Eddie’s will taste like. That fence is looking lonely. . .

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February 6th, 2008

Roses and Ribeye. . .Perfect

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To me, this photo is the perfect Valentine’s dinner. I’m a simple gal.

But my husband likes things a little fancier. He’s a fantastic gift-giver and he’d put a fourth mortgage on the house just to buy me something sparkly for V-Day.

He’s a sweet man. But that puts a lot of pressure on a girl to come up with something nice to give him on special occasions.

This year, though, I’ve got it all worked out.

We went to visit some dear friends in Boston this fall. Our trip was amazing. They actually live in a seaside town right on the water and the fall colors were beginning to pop around their property.

We watched the Red Sox win the World Series on TV during our stay and almost every night we went to a new place for steak and lobster. It doesn’t get much better than that.

You’d think we’d tire of the same meal, but we couldn’t get enough.

Sadly, we haven’t had lobster since.

So. . . this Valentine’s Day, I have ordered this steak and lobster tail combo. Since we can’t go to the lobster, I’m bringing the lobster to us.

My husband will be thrilled and I get to pat myself on the back. Finally.

My order should arrive tomorrow (or is it Friday?) So I’ll just have to enforce the “no peeking” rule when going in the freezer.

I’ll let you know how it works out!

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February 5th, 2008

Mix It Up With Something Different

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What’s not to love about a recipe that mixes margaritas, GARLIC and steak? My friends, I cannot think of a thing.

So try this one the next time you’re feeling spicy!

From Loanne in Texas
Margaritas Chipotle Steak with Grilled Avocadoes
Enough for 2 lbs. Sirloin or London Broil Steak

Ingredients for Marinade:
¼ C. Soy Sauce
¼ C. Frozen Concentrated Margarita Mix, thawed
2 T. Tequila
1 T. Grated Garlic Cloves
1 tsp. Ground Chipotle Pepper

8 Dinner flour tortillas
4 Large Hass avocadoes

Mix all ingredients for marinade.  Marinate steaks in this mixture for 30 – 45 minutes. 

Grill steak just 5 – 7 minutes per side or to desired doneness. 

Let rest, then slice into thin slices, against the grain. 

Warm tortillas on periphery of grill. 

Cut avocadoes in half and remove pit, but don’t peel. 

Brush avocado with oil and place cut side down on grill until barbecue marks appear. 

Scoop out avocado flesh and divide over tortillas. 

Divide steak slices over tortillas and wrap with avocado into a cone. 

Eat warm.

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February 4th, 2008

Super Bowl = Garlic Fest

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Every year, my father, my brother and my husband go to Las Vegas for Super Bowl festivities. And this year was no different.

Meanwhile, the ladies take full advantage of the weekend, doing things together that our guys do not enjoy.

My father has a “thing” against garlic. We don’t know why. We don’t understand it. We just accept it.

So, when the cats are away, the mice will play. . .

We had a “Garlic Fest.”

Mushrooms stuffed with spinach, onions and garlic. Chicken parmesan made with boneless chicken breasts and bread crumbs sauteed in roasted garlic olive oil and a rich tomato sauce swimming in garlic.

And, of course, garlic bread.

The house smelled heavenly. And still does, I might add.

Garlic Fest had to be held at my house so that my father will not see or smell a trace of it. We think he might be a vampire, but we’re not sure.

The Giants won the Super Bowl — an incredible feat. But I’m still not sure it was as big a victory as pulling off Garlic Fest.

Why didn’t I grill some garlicky steaks, you may ask?

‘Cause my husband would kill me. He would feel so betrayed if I made a great steak meal without him.

Oh, the sacrifices I make . . .

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February 1st, 2008

I Got “Lost” in my Smothered Steak

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If you’re like my husband and me, you’ve been waiting for months for the season premiere of “Lost.” And last night the wait was over.

I had been feeling kind of puny for the last few days so dinner this week was basically whatever one could rummage from the fridge.

Good times.

So I decided last night since I was feeling better and it was a “special occasion” (yeah, it’s sad that a TV show is a special occasion) that I would make a tried and true favorite for dinner — what we call Smothered Steak.

You may know it by a different name. But my mother taught me this one and that’s what she calls it.

Here’s how it goes:

Sprinkle flour on 4 cube steaks

Pound with meat tenderizer until pretty flat

Brown meat in vegetable oil (just brown both sides, do not cook all the way through)

Set meat aside

Clean out oil from pan

Heat 2 cans of mushroom soup, one can of water, salt and pepper

When that is bubbling and well mixed, return meat to gravy-filled pan

Turn down heat and cover

Let simmer for about 20 min. or until meat is cooked to your preference

I like to serve this with mashed potatoes since the gravy is a wonderful complement. Sometimes we do rice instead. Choose a vegetable and a bread and you’ve got yourself a meal!

We paused “Lost” on the Tivo, put our kids to bed, and sat down to watch our show while we ate. 

“Ozzie and Harriet” we aren’t, but it was a banner night at our house.

Enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend if you’re a football fan. We’ll be watching . . . and enjoying some great food. I hope you do, too!  

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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

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