Polar vortexes, bubbles freezing in mid-air, snow falling by the tens of inches – it’s all too much! Calm down, 2014! A year kicking off with such atmospheric tenacity certainly merits a bit of indulgence. Make it a steak night, why don’t ya?
Few pleasures in life quell the inner carnivore’s urges like a steakhouse dinner – thick slabs of flame-broiled beef accompanied by “creamed” this and “Frenched” that – if only it weren’t for those pesky New Year’s resolutions! Eat healthier; save time; spend less money; blah blah blah. Lucky for us all, we can have our steak and eat it too.
These paprika-dusted steaks get a punch-up from smoky, spicy paprika while staying nice and lean (and reasonably priced) thanks to common butcher cuts like flank, strip, skirt, hanger or London broil. And sure, caramelized onions are great, but this is Dinner Rush! – there’s not time! Naturally sweeter shallots cook down quickly and supercharge the deep flavors of caramelization thanks to Worcestershire and some trusty ‘ol maple syrup.
Now please, for the love of Pete, stay inside until spring. People are throwing boiling hot water into the air to watch it vaporize (and burning themselves in the process.) It’s madness out there.
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Flame-Grilled Whole Chickens. Photo: Roberto Ferdman
We’re at the height of summer and running out of time to cook up all the delicious grilled foods and serve all the ice-cold, boozy drinks we planned on enjoying before summer’s end. But we decided to put these cooking adventures on hold last weekend to try some of the best barbecue New York City has to offer.
We joined the hordes of hungry ticket-holders that flocked to Governor’s Island for Cook Out NYC, a celebration of everything and anything seared to perfection over a piping hot flame. Just as we had hoped, there was no holding back: From kimchi-topped hot dogs to grilled buffalo tongue, each kiosk did its best to separate itself from the crowd.
We made sure to keep tabs on all our favorite bites to share with you. Check out the round-up and find some inspiration for your next summer BBQ.
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Make Kevin Gillespie's Grilled Flat Iron Steak the main dish at your Father's Day cookout.
This Father’s Day, treat Dad to an afternoon of bonding over hot coals and sizzling meat — you may even be able to teach him a thing or two with these grill-master tips from Kevin Gillespie. Add a menu full of great cookout sides and a decadent chocolatey sweet, and the perfect dad date is complete. Now go get grilling!
Follow Kevin’s lead to grill the perfect steak. Kevin likes using flat iron steak because it has nice marbling, it’s flavorful and it’s less expensive than more traditional cuts. He uses a simple marinade, adds salt and pepper and throws the steak onto a super-hot grill, just like the best steakhouses.
For a different take on steak, see Mark Bittman’s tips, spice-rub ideas and marinade recipe.
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Mark Bittman's Braised Short Ribs
Until last week, I had never made short ribs at home. I order the silky soft cut as often as possible when I dine out, but braising a batch myself had always seemed out of the question — too time consuming, too intimidating.
It’s hard to say whether a lack of patience or confidence held me back, but something about leaving meat to slow cook continued to intimidate me. Until I stumbled upon Mark Bittman’s braised short rib’s recipe.
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The tax man cometh, and he cometh today (or really, April 18th for those of you who really like to procrastinate. Thanks to some fancy governmental footwork, Tax Day 2011 was extended a bit.) But whether you owe Uncle Sam, or he owes you, you still gotta’ eat. If you’re expecting a big check, hopefully you’re planning a fancy feast, but if you’re the one writing the big check, don’t worry, you won’t be stuck eating Fancy Feast; we’ve got plenty of delectable options for those looking to save and for those who want to splurge.
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Cardamom Apricot Pistachio Crostata by Faycat of *The Passionfruit*
Linkage we’re liking:
* Apricot, Pistachio, Cardamom Crostata Heaven – [*The Passionfruit*]
* Blackberry, Blueberry Port Wine Jam — Sip, Savor or Spread? – [ShowFood Chef]
* Tipsy, Vino-Loving Cows = Better Steaks??! – [The Vancouver Sun]
What are you preserving, jamming or pickling right now? Share below…
Egg and Asparagus Quiche?
We’re loving the fan photos shared on our Facebook page and this shot caught our eye today. Katalin has been sharing amazing shots (have you seen her strawberry rhubarb pie??) but this felt like a nice one for the beginning of summer…
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