Beef & Lamb

Balsamic Molasses Skirt Steak

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Grills have been working overtime this summer, offering a break from my usual post in front of a hot oven. I don’t need to explain how cooking on those sizzling grates adds depth of flavor to the final dish. Last week, you may have caught the recipe for lamb steaks cooked on a grill. Well, now you have steak of anther kind–skirt steak. This quick cooking, fairly inexpensive cut of beef takes on marinades easily, making it a great choice for your favorite flavors. Here’s a skirt steak recipe that’s sweet, tangy and slightly spicy. The marinade, sweetened with molasses, transforms into a sauce, so nothing goes to waste.

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Yogurt Marinated Lamb Steaks

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Firing up the grill is one of those favored pastimes during the summer. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, fish, vegetables…all good ones. And let’s not forget steak. A good friend hosted a gathering, and I poked around the kitchen musing over what to bring. My freezer was a treasure trove of grill-able goods, including a couple of lamb steaks. You’ll often find lamb paired with yogurt sauce, so with that in mind, I decided to use some of those same ingredients in a marinade. Whisk it together in less than 5 minutes, and you’re ready to go.

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Braised Tri-Tip Noodle Bowl

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There are always ingredients to play around with when I’m ready to get in the kitchen. After taking another peek, it was time to get to business with all of the frozen meat in my freezer. My line of work means I’m constantly bringing home leftovers–some cooked, much of it raw. Late last year, I packed up chunks of tri-tip that I knew would make for good eating. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out with an idea for a big bowl that would hit the spot.

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Flank Steak with Blueberry Sauce

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Whenever I reminisce about my favorite meat and fruit combinations, I think about a few different dishes I’ve had over the years. Apricot-glazed grilled pork loin. A Moroccan tagine with chicken thighs and prunes. Lebanese beef kabobs with sour cherry sauce. Beef short ribs and blueberry bbq sauce. East coast Chinese takeout boxes with chunks of fried chicken drenched in a spicy orange sauce. I constantly rave about my love for sweet and savory dishes, so it makes sense that I would probably dig fruit and protein. The former can truly highlight and elevate the earthy tones of various cooked meats, while also providing bright flavor, color and texture to a dish. With a gorgeous flank steak and a bunch of blueberries on hand, I put the two together in a summer perfect meal.

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Winter’s Best One-Pot Meals

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When it comes to cooking, the less clean up, the better. Outside of blogging, I work on various television and online projects that center around food–cooking shows, live chef demos, talk shows with chef guests, commercials, etc. Sometimes, we have someone on our team who handles all of the dishes. It’s the biggest saving grace you’ll ever know! There’s nothing like cooking when you don’t have much to clean. Perhaps, at your house, you have a trade off with the voracious eaters at the table. You cook, they clean. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have anyone to scrub my plates and bowls–hired or otherwise–so a one-pot meal makes my life that much easier. And with less clean up, the meal somehow tastes better. Here are a few one-pot meal ideas that would be great for you to try this winter.

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Braised Brisket and Asian Slaw Tacos

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 When life hands you brisket, you gotta braise it. That’s the only option. It’s a tough cut of meat, and what better way to take care of it other than a slow, simmering bath in a Dutch oven or Crock-Pot. It will be some of the best meat you’ve eaten in your life, and thanks to braising, you don’t have to do a lot of work. Everything happens over the course of a few hours, and your responsibility is just to enjoy. The last slow cooker recipe on the blog was an ode to North Carolina-style pulled pork, and this dish also gives a nod to the South…by way of Kentucky. Let’s give a shout out to Texas as well because we all know brisket is king around those parts. This recipe brings together several influences, creating a fusion of flavors perfect for a cool evening meal.

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Spicy Braised Lamb Shanks and A Taste of Malaysia

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A few weeks ago, several bloggers and writers attended a dinner at Koreatown’s Pappa Rich, which served as an introduction to the world of Malaysian food, as well as Chef Christina Arokiasamy. The Seattle-based chef was recently named the Malaysian Food Ambassador to the U.S., and now she’s working hand in hand with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation to give everyone a “taste of Malaysia”. She is the face of a cuisine that has made its way up to the top of popular food trends as determined by a survey of 1,200 chefs under the National Restaurant Association. And so, there we were–entranced by Chef Christina’s silky sweet personality and her ability to tell entrancing stories about her lifelong experiences with food, including a family lineage in the spice trade. She, and the dishes served during that evening, were the inspiration for a braised lamb shank dish with a foundation of Malaysian flavors and spice.

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