Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers

Ahhh long time, no blog! Somehow July has almost passed me by without getting in a post but here I am with a simple, versatile marinade recipe.  This marinade stars some of my favorite ingredients, garlic and ginger.  Don’t worry about mincing either too finely and you don’t need to scrape the bits off before cooking.  You’ll want to keep them from burning by adding enough olive oil … Continue reading Ginger and Garlic-Marinated Steak with Pickled Cucumbers

Triple Mustard Roasted Beef Tenderloin

This recipe uses three kinds of mustard: dijon, yellow mustard, and course-ground seeded mustard, to create a flavorful rub for beef tenderloin. This is a recipe where having a thermometer really comes in handy so you can check the internal temperature without having to cut into the center.  Try to resist the urge to slice the tenderloin as soon as you take it out and … Continue reading Triple Mustard Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee and Spice Seared Pot Roast

In this recipe coffee and cocoa pair with cinnamon, garlic, chili, oregano, cumin and mustard for delicious and aromatic results.  The spice rub also adds a subtle texture to the meat.  I made the mistake of adding the rub in the dish where I mixed my spices so I wasn’t able to use the leftover rub again.  Instead I recommend you keep them separate and … Continue reading Coffee and Spice Seared Pot Roast

Sloppy Tacos {part of the 2013 Cover to Cover Challenge with The Bitten Word!}

Zach and Clay at The Bitten Word are hosting their annual Cover to Cover challenge this week, recruiting bloggers and readers to cook every recipe from bon appetit’s September 2013 issue.   In last week’s “recipe roulette” for the challenge, I drew Sloppy Tacos, a taco and sloppy joe hybrid.  I was relieved not to draw Lamb Tartare or Skate Wing Schnitzel,  also recipes from the September issue.  I’ll … Continue reading Sloppy Tacos {part of the 2013 Cover to Cover Challenge with The Bitten Word!}

Cheesy Baked Beefy Squash Boats with Honey Sriracha Sauce

How about that for a long recipe name? I suppose I could just call this Beefy Squash Boats or even simpler Squash Boats but I don’t want to leave out what takes this dish over the top: the spicy-sweet honey sriracha sauce that you can put together in minutes.  This is a great way to use your summer squash and if you want to double … Continue reading Cheesy Baked Beefy Squash Boats with Honey Sriracha Sauce

Spicy Mint Beef

Do you know about the wonders of fish sauce? If you’re new to this essential of Thai cooking, fish sauce is an amber-colored liquid extracted from the fermentation of small saltwater fish with sea salt.  Some sauces contain only fish and salt, others add herbs and spices. Fish sauce that has been only briefly fermented has a pronounced fishy taste, while extended fermentation gives it … Continue reading Spicy Mint Beef

Marinated Steak Tacos Bowls

This is an easy weeknight, one skillet dinner that will put your Chipotle takeout to shame.  The meat becomes very tender sitting in the marinade and there is the perfect amount of spice from the jalapeno, cayenne and chili pepper and smoke from the cinnamon and cumin. You can dish this up in bowls, serve over rice or warm some tortillas and you’ve got fajitas. In the summer I … Continue reading Marinated Steak Tacos Bowls

Braised Pot Roast with Burrata

This recipe was inspired by Heather Christo’s Braised Greek Pot Roast and Spaghetti.  I eliminated the pasta but serve over pasta or rice if you so desire.  The finished product picture doesn’t do justice to how tender and richly flavored the beef becomes after stewing in the tomatoes and red wine for a few hours. I also added one of my favorite cheeses to this dish. … Continue reading Braised Pot Roast with Burrata

Pasta with a Meaty Red Sauce

I think one of the easiest dinners to throw together is pasta with a meaty red sauce.  It is filling and delicious and oh so easy! Sure, you can pick up a jar of sauce but if I have a little extra time, I like to make my own. This delicious red sauce is packed with lycopene, a carotenoid believed to reduce the incidence of cancer, cardiovascular … Continue reading Pasta with a Meaty Red Sauce