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Steak Marinade

No more relegating steak to special occasion status! Even inexpensive cuts of beef will satisfy when you use my Steak Marinade. Fire up your grill, STAT!=The Best Steak Marinade  Whenever I experience some life event that calls for an extravagant culinary celebration, maybe a graduation, anniversary, or even a cheat meal after two hours of successful dieting, I usually opt for a big steak dinner.  That’s the time to pull out all the stops with an expensive cut of beef – maybe a prime ribeye, with a little butter melting on top, surrounded by a monster baked potato and some after-thought of a green vegetable (if only to alleviate the guilt from having such a decadent meal.) There’s usually a nice bottle of red wine thrown into the mix too. Mmmm. Heaven. I can honestly say I’ve never met a steak I didn’t like, but I have met some that could do with a few hours in a well-constructed marinade. The beauty of the whole marinating process is that you can turn even an inexpensive cut of beef into something worthy of a special occasion, and I’m all for having a little extra “special” in our lives! Marinating is one of those processes that makes you realize just how much science magic happens in the kitchen. The right marinade can make an impenetrable cut of meat sponge-up loads of...

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Szechuan Beef

Craving Chinese takeout but don’t feel like venturing out of your pajamas? Use this recipe and it’s just 30 minutes to Szechuan Beef satisfaction! Dust off your chopsticks, and let’s talk takeout! Everyone loves those cute little boxes with the metal handles. They’re happy little baskets filled with kung pao chicken or sweet and sour pork, uniquely Asian vegetables like bok choy, snow pea leaves, and Japanese eggplant . . . very particular flavors and textures that temporarily transport us to an exotic culinary destination. The only thing better is getting to make it at home (and, pssst, it’ll...

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Vegetable Beef Soup

This Hearty, Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup has an incredibly rich broth and is loaded with tender chunks of beef, and all the right veggies!  Oh my, oh my. Is there anything as classic, as heartwarmingly nostalgic, as Vegetable Beef Soup? It’s got to be right up there with chocolate chip cookies and apple pie in the list of “things that make us think of childhood.”  Every winter I sift through my soup recipes and pick a few that I can make in big batches and freeze, to make sure I’ve got family-sized meals ready to go anytime. It’s...

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Cranberry Meatballs

Nothing says “winter” quite like cranberry sauce. I have such great memories of my mother concocting awesome dishes from regular old cranberry sauce when I was younger. Now that I have a kitchen of my own, making up holiday cranberry sauce dishes is a great joy. I feel like cranberry sauce is sort of like if “warm and cozy” became a food. This winter, I want to share a great way I’ve found to serve cranberry sauce: cranberry meatballs. This is the best cocktail meatball recipe I have found. These cranberry meatballs are always a huge hit when I...

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PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

PF Changs Lettuce Wraps~this super easy copycat recipe is unbelievably delicious, healthy and ready in 20 minutes!  I love Copycat recipes. They’re seriously one of my favorite things out there. They do so much good for a family. They reduce the cost of eating out, and allow you to make a restaurant dish healthier and oftentimes tastier. This copycat recipe for PF Chang’s lettuce wraps is one of the best I’ve found out there. It accomplishes the goal of tasting just like the original, restaurant version, while simultaneously allowing you to experiment and make the dish fresher, healthier, cheaper for...

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