Friday, May 7, 2010

New York Strip Steaks with Mushroom Sauce and Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings

        Friday night has been Steak night at our house for a long time. New York Strip is right up there with our favorites.  It’s easy to cook on the stove top and the chewier texture of the steak appeals to the meat-eater extinct.  You can be a purist and simply salt and pepper the steak vigorously, put it into a very hot pan with a tablespoon of peanut oil and one of butter and you’ve got a beautiful steak in about 8 minutes.  But occasionally we like to try it with a sauce to give it another dimension.  This mushroom sauce is both easy and delicious, a take on one we say Tyler Florence making on Tyler’s Ultimate, his terrific show on Food Network. And along with it, nothing goes better than Ina Garten’s Cornmeal Crusted Onion Rings and some simple sautéed spinach.  So on to the recipes.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Jorge Cruise’s Carne Asada Tacos

Here we are, two days away from Cinco de Mayo and if you're looking for a way to celebrate, dig into Jorge's Carne Asada Tacos and feel positively sanctimonious about it.      Jorge Cruise is the author of 11 books, almost all of which promise stupendous results in weight loss and body shaping in no time at all.  There’s a “12 Second Sequence” book, 4 “8 Minute” Exercise books, 4 “3-Hour” Diet books, and most recently “The Belly Fat Cure”.   While Jorge has upped the time it will take to see results from 3 hours to a whole week, “The Belly Fat Cure” certainly caught my eye.  Especially after my most recent profile pictures looked more and more like the late Alfred Hitchcock and less and less like I want to look.  A promise of a 4 to 9 lb. weight loss in a week was virtually irresistible.