Marinated Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This recipe for Marinated Flank Steak is such a perfect dish for grilling on the 4th of July!  It is healthy, flavorful and takes no time at all to make!  Which leaves you more time to enjoy the holiday instead of slaving over the grill all day long.  Pair it with your favorite sauce and you're ready to go.  My favorite sauce with this is a Chimichurri!  Recipe to follow, so enjoy! … [Read more...]

Roasted Strawberry Basil Sauce

Strawberries arriving at the farmers market signal the arrival of summer and all the glorious fresh fruit waiting just around the corner. The simplest and often tastiest way to enjoy them is to pluck the stems from the top, and pop them in your mouth. Every now and then, I get fooled by a batch of berries that smell intoxicatingly sweet, only to bite into them and find my taste buds crestfallen. When that happens, there are a few things you can do to coax some flavor from your berries — jam and pie are usually at the top of my list. A more hands-off approach is roasting them. The oven does most of the work. The sauce can then be used as syrup for pancakes or a topping for sundaes, stirred into some plain yogurt for an inexpensive and healthier fruit-flavored version, or my other favorite — stirred into some sparkling water or seltzer for a summer spritzer. Roasted Strawberry-Basil Sauce 1 pound (454 grams) strawberries, stems removed and sliced 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated, natural … [Read more...]

How To Build A Better Hot Dog

Ketchup, mustard, maybe some relish and sweet, saucy onions. These classic toppings surely get the job done when it comes to making an everyday hot dog, but for a next-level cookout, try dressing up your favorite franks with nontraditional fixings. On this morning’s episode of The Kitchen, Katie, Marcela and Jeff introduced their creative takes on hot dogs with their West Virginia-Style Hot Dog, Mexican-Style Hot Dog and Depression Dog with peppers, respectively. This summer, follow the co-hosts’ leads by experimenting with unexpected toppings; just stick with your favorite ingredients and try to choose flavors that you know complement one another. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite ways to build a better dog below, then browse Food Network Magazine’s roundup of 50 All-Purpose Condiments complete with must-see ideas for adding finishing touches to your grilled greats. While Jeff’s Depression Dog from The Kitchen may have been … [Read more...]

8 Festive Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Even though it's the 11th hour, here are some amazing, yet simple, recipes & drinks to make for Cinco de Mayo.  Just in case you're like me and got too busy, you can grab these ingredients on the way home from work. At heart, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of small victories. It might not have the grand, patriotic trappings of Independence Day or the saturnalian frenzy of Carnival season. In Mexico, it might not even be widely observed outside the state of Puebla, where said victory once took place. But let’s be honest -- we never need much of a reason for a fiesta. On May 5th, some of us will remember General Zaragoza’s unlikely triumph over the French army. And some of us will just be looking for an excuse to eat more tacos. However you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up a bright, festive menu that straddles both sides of the border. Start off with a fresh batch of homemade corn tortillas -- and don’t forget a sunny margarita to wash it all … [Read more...]

Shrimp & Grits with Heirloom Tomato Jam

Shrimp & Grits with Heirloom Tomato Jam is probably one of the most amazing dishes I have ever prepared.  It has such a depth of flavor and is so rewarding to eat, I guarantee you will have nothing but silence at the table and rave reviews after!  Feel free to switch out some of the cheeses, vinegar or other ingredients to your liking.  Visit Food Network for the original recipe. … [Read more...]