Category Archives: Steak

Cooking Scrapbook – Mexican Flank Steak

Can you believe today is the last day of May?  This year is flying by!

I don’t know if its the crummy weather this week or what but I have been feeling really tired lately.  So tired, in fact, that I was too lazy for anything other than cereal last night for dinner and I fell asleep on the couch at 8:30.  Yep, I’m a party animal.

honey nut medley crunch

Side note – have you tried this new cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch?  It tastes like a combination of Honey Bunches of Oats and obviously Honey Nut Cheerios.  Very good!

Cooking Scrapbook Recipe


Last weekend, Dave and I grilled flank steak on the grill using a favorite family recipe for the marinade, which I included in my mom’s cooking scrapbook.

cooking scrapbook flank steak recipe

I’m sure this marinade would work well on just about any cut of steak or perhaps another type of meat, but I just love the way this tastes using the flank steak.

Mexican Flank Steak


2 lb flank steak

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbls vinegar

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce (or more to taste)

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp chili powder

1 garlic clove, minced


1.  Combine all ingredients (except steak) into a ziplog bag.  (I used a bowl to help keep the bag open.)

flank steak marinade

2.  Add flank steak and make sure the marinade gets evenly distributed over the entire steak.  Let marinade for about 2 hours on the counter to bring the meat to room temperature.

flank steak marinating

3.  Cook on the grill until meat is at desired ‘doneness’.  Let steak rest for about 10-15 minutes before slicing on a diagonal.

flank steakA couple of things to note:

  • I recommend the steak to be cut at a sharper angle than what the above picture shows. This was my first time slicing it since my dad wasn’t here to do it for me. 😉
  • After only 2 hours of marinating, the steak is chocked full of flavor.  According to my mom, I would highly suggest not letting it marinade overnight as the flavor ends up almost too powerful.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!


They Grow Like Weeds

What a great weekend!  Full of friends, family, food, relaxing…. and weeding!

weeds 4

Admittedly, this overgrowth of weeds is a little embarrassing.  There were some spots where the weeds climbed about 3 feet high!

weeds 5

AND to make matters worse, they were the prickly kind!  But in our defense, the majority of these things popped up in a matter of about 2 weeks and we finally took care of them so I’m not feeling too bad anymore.  😉

Here’s a few before and after shots to get a visual of how wild these weeds were:

before and after weeds 1a


before and after weeds 2a


before and after weeds 3a

Crazy, right?  I now have a full appreciation for the expression, “Kids grow like weeds!”  I mean, one second they’re tiny (or non-existent) and then before you know it, they’re 3 feet tall!

mac kong

Mac kept himself occupied with his kong for part of the afternoon.

mac kong lick

Unfortunately, he had to stay on a leash so we didn’t have another MIA episode like last time.  But hopefully very soon, we’ll have a brand new fence put up so he can roam free in the backyard!

Despite many hours of back-aching work, we still need to get our hands on the weeds on the side of our house.  Dave and I were both really sore, so we finally called it a day once the main back patio area was finished.

Once the weeds are good as gone, project #2: mulch!  Exciting stuff, I know.  The perks (?) of owning a home…


In other news, Dave and I grilled an amazing dinner this weekend.


Zucchini, sweet & regular potatoes, and Mexican Flank Steak.  This meal was absolutely delicious and the marinade for the flank steak is TO DIE FOR.  (Recipe coming soon! 🙂 )

kitchenaid cookie dough

I also baked a rather large batch of cookies, which lasted all of about 24 hours or less.  I mean, they were just THAT good and no one could stop eating them until they were completely gone.  (Yet another recipe coming your way!)


Hope you had a fantastic long weekend!  I’m looking forward to a short week ahead of us!

Steakhouse Caesar Salad

TGIF!  Thank God It’s Saturday, I am beyond thrilled it’s finally the weekend!

Steakhouse Salad 3

I’m pretty sure I dreamt about the salad I had for dinner last night, prepared by yours truly, but not without the help of Ruth and Chris.  😉

BUT, I’ll get to that in a minute.  Let’s first recap Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day

The morning started out fantastic!

reese's at work

I was greeted with a boatload of Reese’s Hearts, both big and small.  My favorite candy, by far, is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  I love them in any shape, size, wrapper, season, you name it.  BUT the large seasonal peanut butter cups (i.e. hearts, pumpkins, trees, eggs, etc.) take the cake!  They have THE PERFECT peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio.  Yum, I just love them!

About an hour later, I got a call from the front desk to come down for a delivery.

edible arrangement2

And I came back upstairs with this beauty!  Dave has been sending me an edible arrangement at work for Valentine’s Day for the last several years and I absolutely love it!  And since I share, so does everyone else at work. 😉

edible arrangement3

Basket full of skewered fruit: heart-shaped pineapples, red grapes, and tons of chocolate covered strawberries.  This company has definitely figure it out!  The fruit is always so fresh and the strawberries have the perfect amount of chocolate.  Delish!

I didn’t notice it till now but check out my blue desk manager in the background on the right-hand side.  He sits on a toilet filled with paperclips with a roll of toilet paper (tape) in his hand and holds my business cards in the back.  I got this through a work holiday grab bag game.  Too funny!

dave and i 2

The very best part of the day was our dinner date at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  We both ordered a salad to start (Caesar for him, the harvest salad for me) and then each feasted on our own filet with asparagus and hollandaise sauce as a side.  Outstanding dinner!

Steakhouse Caesar Salad

I ended up wrapping up a small piece of my filet to take home so I didn’t feel overstuffed.  I’m so glad I did too because it was fantastic on top of my salad last night.

Steakhouse Salad

I sliced up the steak nice and thin and served it atop baby romaine salad mix.  I think you all know how to make a salad but here’s what went into the bowl.

steakhouse caesar salad

Steakhouse Caesar Salad

Servings: you choose the amounts based on how many people


Baby romaine salad mix

Filet mignon (or other steak), sliced thin

Grape tomatoes, halved


Parmesan cheese, shredded

Caesar dressing


Toss lettuce and Caesar dressing until well coated and pour into a bowl.  Sprinkle tomatoes, walnuts and Parmesan cheese over the top.  Lay steak over the top and serve!

Steakhouse Salad 2