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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Skirt Steak with Mustard Sauce

Easy recipe with great results.


2 lb skirt steak (obviously adjust to the number of people but 1/4-1/3 lb meat per person)
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil
2 large shallots chopped fine
2 tsp fresh thyme


2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbl butter
2 Tbs parsley

Steak:  Trim skirt steak so there is little fat.  Rub steak with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Prepare grill so it is sizzling hot.  (Note:  This is a fast cooking steak so be sure to have everything else ready to go when you put it on the grill.)  Grill steak for about 5-7 minutes each side until a meat thermometer registers about 130' depending on how rare you want it cook more or less.  Let it rest for about 5 minutes and then slice thin on the diagonal.

Sauce:  Bring chicken stock to a light boil.  Whisk in Dijon.  Return to light boil for about 1 minute.  Add butter stirring constantly until melted.  Add parsley.  Set aside.

To serve you can put the steak on a bed of greens (Italian or Arugula are both nice) or over rice (I change the sauce to a cracked peppercorn if I do rice).  Sprinkle on the shallots and thyme over steak and drizzle mustard sauce on top or serve on the side.

Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin

This serves 8 to 12 on slider buns. Amended from Fine Cooking 2013

1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thin
2 garlic cloves, mashed and sprinkled with salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
12 oz can tomato sauce
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1 cup cilantro leaves - be sure to remove all of the stems
2 Tbs lime juice; more to taste
Slider buns

Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Add onion, stirring frequently, until soft about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium and add garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add turkey stirring constantly.  Break up into small pieces.  Cook until lightly browned about 5 minutes.  Stir in tomato sauce and hoisin sauce.  Cook until sauce is thickened about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.  Adjust lime juice to taste.

Condiments:  Fresh cilantro, Asian slaw (vinegar based), lettuce, tomatoes (fat heirloom are nice), dill pickles and very thin slice granny smith apples.

This keeps well in a slow cooker on WARM.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

We Are Our Father's Children

Do you remember growing up that every New Year's Day - or the nearest Sunday - we would all sit down and make goals?  Sometimes Dad would write them on the chalkboard.  Sometimes we would write them out on our own and help our younger siblings.  I can remember writing on Keira's goal list one year, "Get rid of warts!".  (She had warty fingers.  Seriously.)

I have read and heard repeatedly that you are more likely to keep a goal if you share and have to give updates on said goals.  So, here's the challenge:  Please share up to 3 goals that you are striving for this year.

Some ideas for goal success are;  1) Be specific.  If you want to lose weight make a specific attainable goal (5 to 10 lbs) so if you exceed it you are happy(ier) about the results.  2) Be accountable.  Find a buddy (i.e. sister!) to check in with on a scheduled/regular basis.  3) Talk about what is working and what isn't and make sub-goals to reach main goal.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fun With Food!

Let's do something fun this week.  Let's find one new recipe and give it a go.  I won't even count the soft pumpkin sugar cookies I made today thanks to Suzanne's Pin.

Post a pic, recipe and any notes! 

Extra points for Thanksgiving sides.... just sayin'!