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08 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Greek-style Marinade Beef Kebab

East meets West and more barbecues! This dish is a mixture of two cultures, a savor of Mediterranean and Asian palates. The Greek style marinade adds flavor to the beef which makes it tender and juicy. The sourness of the vinegar and the sweetness of oregano will surely make the taste buds go dancing.

Here is an additional recipe for the barbecue lovers out there.

Ingredients:

-   2 lbs beef suitable for cutting into 1″ cubes (London broil, chateaubriand, etc.)
-   6 TBSP red wine vinegar
-   6 TBSP olive oil
-  1/2 tsp dried oregano (Mediterranean, or Greek preferably)
-  1/2 tsp dried thyme
-  2 garlic cloves, chopped very fine or crushed
-  1/2 tsp salt
-  1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

1.  First, cut the meat in to cubes.
2.  In a bowl, mix in the vinegar, oil, oregano, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. This will serve as your marinade.
3.  Place the meat in the marinade and coat all over.
4.  Put the meat in the fridge for at least 90 minutes, and up to 4 hours for more flavor. It is best to prepare it for longer hours so that the flavor will sink into the meat.
5.  Take the meat out of the fridge 30-45 prior to grilling.
6.  Heat grill to high, clean and oil.
7.  Cook for 3-4 minutes for the first 2 opposite sides, and another 1-2 minutes for the other 2 sides.

Kalí óreksi!(Bon appétit!)

05 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Apple Cheddar Burgers

Apple Cheddar Burgers

Cook me up a hamburger. I’ll pay you Thursday. There are just a few names that I could associate with hamburgers—Wimpy, McDonald’s and Spongebob. Spongebob Squarepants is a fan of the Krabbie Pattie. Wimpy, on the other hand, is known for his love for eating hamburgers where he is usually seen carrying or eating one […]

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03 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Mushrooms a la grecque

It’s not a secret anymore that I love mushrooms that’s why I didn’t hesitate to try this delicious greek recipe full of Mediterranean flavors. The splash of wine, the lemon juice and the coriander seeds give them that delicate flavor that instantly makes one think of the sunny places of Greece. These marinated mushrooms are […]

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01 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Not your typical Macaroni and Cheese (Pates au gruyère)

Not your typical Macaroni and Cheese (Pates au gruyère)

Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that evokes strong feelings in most people: feelings of home, memories of childhood, family dinnertime. It is the very essence of comfort food. But comfort food doesn’t have to come from a box. This recipe kicks up the traditional a notch or two. So grate up your favorite cheese and sit down to a home cooked classic.

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29 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Grilled flank steak marinated in red wine and herbs

Grilled flank steak marinated in red wine and herbs

Although cliché at times, “good things come to those who wait” is absolutely true for this dish. A good steak always takes time, and this recipe for grilled flank steak is no different. Feel free to use your own preferred herbs and wine, though stick to red wines, which better compliment beef compared to the sweetness of white wine. Cook up your favorite vegetable for a side dish and enjoy.

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27 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon

Many years in the past, the Indians have discovered a way of cooking salmon. While cooking it on a damp cedar plank, they found out that the flavor of the fish was enhanced.

This special taste associated with cooking on a cedar plank has innovated different chefs on creating new styles of using this material for food other than salmon.

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25 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Grilled tuna with tomato relish

Grilled tuna with tomato relish

Grilling beef and chicken is a familiar practice for most of us. Try changing up your routine with this grilled tuna steak recipe. Popular for its Omega 3 oil and low amount of fat, tuna steak is a great grilling alternative. Tuna steak cooks quickly and can be served quite rare. So fire up the grill and enjoy!

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23 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Soft baked chewy chocolate chip cookies

Soft baked chewy chocolate chip cookies

Halloween is in the air. It’s the time for the young and the young at heart to dress up and exhibit their spooky and dashing costumes along the neighborhood.

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21 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Sole with Beurre Blanc

Sole with Beurre Blanc

Here is an excellent dish to put our beurre blanc sauce to good use. Sole is a flatfish, interestingly named after its resemblance to a sandal. Known for its mild flavor, sole is easy and quick to cook because of its thinness. Pair this with either potatoes or rice (and perhaps the leftover wine from the sauce!) and you’ve got yourself a great meal.

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15 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Beurre Blanc

Beurre Blanc

Beurre Blanc is translated from French as “white butter.” This rich, light, and tangy sauce will complement many dishes, but is most often used with seafood. Making this sauce will require your constant attention, but in the end, will be worth your time.

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