Beef & Lamb

Balsamic Molasses Skirt Steak

Balsamic Molasses Skirt Steak 1 - The Duo Dishes

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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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Flank Steak with Blueberry Sauce

Broiled Flank Steak Sliced - The Duo Dishes

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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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Beef & Lamb

Orange You Glad

Orange Beef and Peppers-The Duo Dishes

It was Sunday. Time for the usual–relaxation, wine and three hours of ABC’s killer line up. Oh, and dinner too. It is nice to have a good meal while you’re doing all of the above, right? We set about to whip up a little something zesty–a main dish and dessert that would be pretty quick and most definitely tasty. The star in both dishes is orange. Oh how we love citrus! It’s been said time and time again, but it can’t be said enough: We love citrus. We drop the flavor of lemon into savory and sweet platters often enough, but orange is another one that really holds its own in a dish, so we gave him another chance to do his thing. In less than an hour, we were sipping on a glass of red, forking up a good meal and watching the absolutely preposterous and very desperate housewives on Wisteria Lane. And yes, we were glad. Glad to enjoy a few more hours before another manic Monday.

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