Monthly Archives: January 2011

Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Dressing

I love Costco. Many of my friends blatantly JUDGE me for hoarding and buying everything in bulk, but I don’t care. I like knowing I’ll have toilet paper through the apocalypse, and I always find fun treats there, like these yummy cashew clusters we picked up yesterday. Already addicted. Anyway, this recipe is neither here nor there, but I won a little war when we bought this flank steak at $4/pound at Costco, and had some in the freezer from Stop & Shop for $8/pound. Bam.

On to the steak. This recipe was found in Ellie Krieger’s new cookbook, So Easy, which I received as a Christmas gift. The steak was delicious, and while I was a little apprehensive that the blue cheese sauce would overwhelm the flavor of the meat (I tend to be a steak purist), I ended up really liking it together with the bed of radicchio. We served it with faux-fried onion rings from Now Eat This, which unfortunately, you won’t see posted here yet because I don’t think I seasoned them enough and they were a little bland.

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Serious Football Food: Buffalo Chicken Dip

I am writing this to entertain myself while Brian watches a Very Important Patriots Game. My mouth is on fire, yet I can’t stop eating this dip.  That’s all.

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Baked Eggs & Za’atar-Spiced Spinach

More eggs! What can I say? It’s a long weekend…perfect for some yummy egg dishes 🙂

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Green Huevos Rancheros (sort of)

I say “sort of” because I know this probably isn’t authentic in the least. But do you know what it is? Delicious. Period.

This was served up in our “Breakfast for Dinner Fridays” series, which I have to say, I love and look forward to. Hooray for eggs and yummy, low-key food on the best day of the week.

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Cuban Sandwiches

Since I work a little later on Thursdays, I thought a slow cooker meal would be a great idea. I’ve been wanting to make pernil for a while (Puerto Rican roast pork shoulder) and I love the idea of cooking it in a slow cooker. We planned on just eating the meat for one meal, and then using the leftovers for cubanos, but we couldn’t wait.

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Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

According to our weekly meal plan (yes, I take joy in planning in such a way), tonight we were eating asian style lettuce wraps. After two feet of snow, there was no way we were eating lettuce. Two feet of snow definitely calls for some comfort food. This is pretty much my standard way of making any mac & cheese, but tonight I threw in some pureed pumpkin and it was a really good idea. Yum.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto

This recipe is why I quit weight watchers. After one day. I had been looking forward to making this dish for about a week, wherein I foolishly joined that fat-hating regime.  One serving of this dish, which is decidedly wholesome, would be half of my daily allotted food because of the [healthy] fat found in the nuts and olive oil. Funk that. I just can’t give up real food and replace it with food-like-substances like fat-free cheese, so I quit. And this was delicious!

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon

For some reason, fish and pasta together always freaked me out a little. Until now. This is so good! We try to eat fish at least once a week, and everyone knows that fish must be fresh in order for it to be good. It’s best to cook fish the same day you buy it, but we squeak in a few extra hours and have been having fish every Monday after our Sunday shopping trip. This dish is so light and healthy, a great Fishy Monday recipe.

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Avocado and Sardine Toasts

This is SO up my alley. I adore fat and this is chock-full of healthy and delicious fat. Yesterday, hypnotized by Jennifer Hudson’s airbrushing weight loss ads, I paid for a 3-month membership to a diet plan that hates fat. I am of course regretting this, so now I rebel.  Diet schmiet.

And if you’ve never had sardines, don’t fear — they’re very similar (though a bit richer) to tuna.

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Open-Faced Egg Sandwich with Thyme Pesto and Lemon Cream

Brian and I have a new Friday night tradition: Breakfast for Dinner. Come Friday, we’re usually both so pooped and it’s a strained effort whenever we plan anything social. So, instead, we typically snug on the couch, watch Mad Men reruns, and eat amazing comfort food like this. If this makes us lame, I’m ok with it. 🙂

This meal is perfect after a long week. Not only is it delicious, much of it can be made in advance. I made the pesto earlier in the week (I made another batch after the first one I mentioned as it was a wee too garlicky. This one was delectable), and the lemon cream takes seconds to put together (although 30 minutes for the flavors to “mesh”), so it’s pretty much toasting bread and frying eggs. I can handle that, even after a long day/week.

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Mixed Greens with Grilled Salmon, Avocado, Egg

This salad is perfect in every way. Easy to make, beautiful, delicious, simple, healthy and hearty. This year, skip the resolutions and make more food like this.

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Creamy Pesto Pasta

This has been on the docket for a while now. Love the idea of a creamy pasta that is actually pretty darn healthy. This recipe relies on the magical greek yogurt for its creaminess. I used some nice thyme pesto that I made for another dish later in the week (recipe soon!), but a store-bought pesto would be perfect for this too. Yummers.

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