Category Archives: Steak

TS Deal of the Day: Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Tastefully Simple is offering another deal today. This time it’s the Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Drizzle it over fruit, mixed greens and feta cheese. Works well with grilled meats too.

 

For today only it’s $6.00 off. So be sure to grab it before it’s all gone.

 

 


Foodie Friday: Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

 

Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients
1/2 cup A.1. Teriyaki Steak Sauce
1/2 cup  orange juice
2 tsp. sesame oil
1   beef flank steak or beef top sirloin steak (1 lb.)
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1 cup  each: shredded carrots and red cabbage
1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
1 can  (14 oz.) bean sprouts, drained

Directions
1. Mix steak sauce, orange juice and sesame oil until well blended. Remove 1/4 cup of the steak sauce mixture for later use.2. Pour remaining steak – sauce mixture over steak in large resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat steak.3. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
4. Preheat grill to medium heat.
5. Remove steak from bag; discard bag and marinade.
6. Grill steak 13 to 16 min. for medium-rare to medium, turning occasionally.
7. Remove from grill; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 10 min.
8. Cut steak across the grain into thin strips.
9. Place evenly in centers of lettuce leaves; top with vegetables and bean sprouts.
10. Roll up. Serve with the reserved 1/4 cup steak sauce mixture.

***Special Extra***Prepare as directed, adding 1/4 cup chopped Peanuts and/or chopped cilantro along with the vegetables.Variation Substitute 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts for the steak. Marinate as directed, then grill 5-7 min. on each side or until cooked through (165°F). Cut into strips, then continue as directed.


Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt

 

After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.


Foodie Friday: ‘Cantina Bell’ the Gourmet Menu from Taco Bell

Happy Friday Everyone!! Today’s edition of Foodie Friday is going to be a little different. We usually give you a few of our favorite recipes and ideas for menu planning, but not today. On Wednesday Taco Bell made an announcement that they are going to launch a gourmet menu in their restaurants. We know what you are thinking, ‘gourmet’ and ‘Taco Bell’ just don’t seem to mix, but wait until you see the menu and it just might win you over.

The Cantina Bell menu will feature a line of bowls and burritos inspired by Chef Lorena Garcia; from NBC’s show America’s Next Great Restaurant. All items are guaranteed to be under $5.00 and will launch nationwide on July 5th.

 

The new menu promotes eight ingredients including cilantro rice, whole black beans, all white meat chicken marinated in citrus and herbs, fire-roasted corn salsa, guacamole made from Hass avocados, a creamy cilantro dressing, romaine lettuce, and pico de gallo.

Side dishes are also an option which will feature chips and pico de gallo or the fire-roasted corn salsa, chips and guacamole, black beans and cilantro rice; each will be $1.49.

Pricing is below for the two main items the Cantina Bowl and the Cantina Burrito.

Cantina Bowl: Chicken ($4.79), Veggie ($4.79), Steak ($4.99)
Cantino Burrito: Chicken ($4.79), Veggie ($4.79), Steak ($4.99)

Here is the breakdown of the new menu, provided by Taco Bell:

  • Black Beans: We use black beans, not refried, and add a Latin Spice Blend of onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, with other ingredients
  • Cilantro Rice: Rice cooked in a cilantro seasoning that features onion, garlic, cilantro and parsley
  • Citrus and Herb Marinated Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinade that features garlic, onion, lemon, cilantro and tomatillo
  • New Guacamole: Lorena-inspired guacamole made with Hass avocados, and blended with tomato, jalapeno, onion, cilantro and lemon juice and other ingredients
  • Fire-Roasted Corn Salsa: Super Sweet yellow corn and fresh red and green bell peppers, fire roasted, with our Latin Spice Blend
  • Creamy Cilantro Dressing: Lorena-inspired Creamy Cilantro dressing features cilantro blended with oil, lemon juice, vinegar and garlic, and other ingredients
  • Pico de Gallo: Diced tomatoes and onions blended with fresh chopped cilantro and a tangy dressing made with lemon juice and vinegar

Be sure to check out the the ‘Cantina Bell‘ menu from Taco Bell starting July 5th.

As always we appreciate your support and any feedback you may have.


Taste Test Tuesday: Kraft Sizzling Salads

Good day, good day. I hope every one’s week is starting off on a good note. Last Friday I did a post for Foodie Friday on quick salad ideas. While researching salad ideas I figured I would share this wonderful salad idea from Kraft Foods. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday post is all about Kraft’s Sizzling Salad.

No more bland salads with cut up pieces of chicken. Grab yourself some boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders. Season them and cook evenly on both sides. Then saute the chicken in the sauce until coated and heated through. Mix your salad, add the dressing and your chicken. Lunch/Dinner is served! Yes, I know that was the short version, but I just wanted you to see how easy it is.

Each kit has about 4 servings and you don’t always have to use chicken, be creative, add shrimp, skirt steak, pork chops, scallops, etc. Don’t want to make a salad, no problem, just add some vegetables and make it a stir fry. Your possibilities are endless. The four flavor kits are:

  • Asian Chicken
  • Chicken Caesar
  • Southwestern Chicken
  • Tuscan Chicken

Pick up a sizzling salad kit in your grocers salad aisle and enjoy a quick and easy meal.

As always feel free to leave a comment on the blog, send us a tweet or find us on Facebook.