Steak & Peppers with Chimichurri

The secret to this recipe from BHG Magazine is the Chimichurri sauce.  It gives that extra kick to a delicious steak. I didn’t have a yellow sweet pepper so I used a green bell pepper.

1 ½ to 1 ¾ lb. Beef flank steak
2 Tbsp. Plus 2 tsp. Olive oil
2 pablano peppers, stemmed & seeded
1 lg. Red onion, cut into 1/2” wedges
1 med. Yellow sweet pepper
1 c. cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Lime juice
1 tsp. Dried oregano, crushed
1 clove garlic, minced

Season steak with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper; set aside. Cut pablano & sweet peppers into 3/4″ strips. Heat a heavy 12” skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, onion and a large pinch of salt. Cook 5 minutes without stirring. Cook 5 minutes more, stirring once, or until vegetables are lightly charred and tender. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

Add remaining oil to the skillet. Add steak. Cook 12 to 15 minutes or until medium-rare (145F), turning once halfway through. Transfer steak to a cutting board. Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Slice steak; serve with pepper-onion mixture and chimichurri.

FOR CHIMICHURRI: In a small bowl, combine cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, oregano, garlic and a pinch of salt. Stir in 2 teaspoon oil.


National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Just started my new driving job today.  The ideal job – work 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, then have 5 days off. Money is good and it is driving locally. This means my weekend posts will be done late in the day or maybe even skipped if I don’t get home in time.

Since today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, I thought I would share this picture of a zucchini from our garden.  Bigger than a steak knife and tastes delicious.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Valentines Pic (5)Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I was looking through my Valentine’s stuff and realized that I must get Mac special boxers as a gift quite often. Not this year though. Can’t share right now as he has not seen his gift yet. Since I have to work, we aren’t doing anything big. We’ll probably run to the store & get shrimp for me and steak for Mac.



Valentines Pic (3)


This year I did get this new kitchen towel just because. Unfortunately I did not finish my flag but at least it is a good start for next year. I’ll just go ahead and get it done as soon as I can so it will be completed.  Enjoy your day with that special someone!





* Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.





Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was my wedding anniversary. No I’m not joking. Actually no one showed up at our wedding because it was April Fools Day. We found two witnesses and have been happily married ever since.

Money’s a little tight so we didn’t do anything spectacular but a good meal and a glass of champagne was a good way to celebrate. We had steak, swordfish (it was on sale) and German potato salad for dinner. I made Champagne Margaritas to drink while preparing dinner. Everything was yummy.

German potato salad is very simple to make. Take some potatoes, peel them and cube them. Throw them into a large pot of salted water and boil until tender. Also boil a couple of eggs in a smaller pot of water. After a low boil for 2 minutes, remove eggs from heat and run under cold water until cool enough to peel. After peeling cut into small pieces and set aside until potatoes are done. When potatoes are tender drain off the water and keep in same pot. Add hard boiled cut-up eggs and Italian salad dressing. Pour as much Italian dressing as you need to make the salad moist. I enjoy this salad warm so it is ready as soon as you complete it. Refrigerate leftover salad.

Champagne Margarita

Grated zest from 1 lime
1 c. fresh lime juice
½ c. Contreau or orange liquor
½ c. silver tequila
Superfine sugar, if needed for added sweetness
1 lime, cut in half, for serving
Coarse (Kosher) salt, for serving
1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine

In a pitcher, combine lime zest, lime juice, Contreau, tequila and sugar. Cover and refrigerate until old, at least 1 hour. Just before serving, strain the mixture to remove the zest and pour enough salt into a saucer to cover the bottom. Rub a lime half over the rim of each champagne glass and upend into the salt to crust it lightly. Pout about 3 ounces of the tequila mixture into each glass, fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine and hand to one of your lucky guests.

Note: If serving all at once, just pour champagne or sparkling wine directly into pitcher with lime mixture and serve in prepared glasses.

Lady in Red for Valentine’s Day

What is your plan for Valentine’s Day this year? As I am on a budget, it is important to find something special to do for my sweetheart that won’t break the bank. I remember several years ago, my son was still living at home and we had recently moved to California. As you can imagine, funds were tight but I still wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day.

On my way home from work, I stopped and picked up fast food, I think it was chicken. I also stopped and picked up two videos, one for my son and one that my husband had been wanting to see. I made a small bag of goodies for my son. My theory was that if he was occupied, me and my sweetie could have a little privacy. When I got home, my plan went into action and it was a wonderful and inexpensive Valentine’s Day.

As I always have some holiday décor around the house (I’ll have to do a blog about holiday decorations and reusing them), I will pull out my heart candle holders and Valentine’s napkins to make it a special occasion.

Sometimes you have to do a holiday dinner on a day that works with schedules. This year Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday and my husband is out of town that day. This means I will be having a special dinner and movie on Sunday. This year I’m thinking of starting with Avocado & Shrimp Hearts* as an appetizer and a special drink called Lady in Red*. We will have steak for dinner (if it is on sale) as that is one of my husband’s favorite meals. No matter what the main course it will be accompanied with baked potatoes and a salad. This will be served with candles for that festive feel.

*Recipes will follow