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Best Steak Marinade Ever

Hey Friends,

As most of you know, I LOVE TO COOK. I should have gone to culinary school, as opposed to law school, because I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. I was talking to my best friend the other day (she is in medical school)  and we spoke of dream careers, as opposed to the ones we are in right now, and hers was MAKE UP ARTIST (“MUA”)  (and boy, oh boy, is she fierce with her brushes), and mine was a mix between Food Network/ Cooking Channel Program host and some sort of part time MUA/hairstylist  (I didn’t word it this way, but I’m sure my best friend caught on).

I’ve decided to start a series on my blog where I talk about dinners I’m making while studying for the GA Bar.  I can’t post as regularly as I would like, but I will try to post once a week!

One of my favorite recipes by far is a marinade from: Sally Cooks.

This is a great marinade for any 4th of July weekend BBQ’s you may have planned. I promise – you will love this marinade  – and you will make it again and again and again.

I’ve now made this marinade twice and the portions listed work well for 2 lbs of flank steak!

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds

Sally just whisked all of this together, while on the other hand, I just threw all of the ingredients in the magic bullet. I loved putting in the magic bullet because I got a finer grain as far as a marinade goes and I smothered the meat in this marinade for approximately 24-26 hours.

A few little side notes:

I had the 2 lb flank steak cut into two 1 lb pieces, prior to putting it in the marinade.  Then I grilled it on each side for about 4 -5 minutes (medium cooked steak).

After removing the beautiful pieces of flank steak from the grill, I transferred them to a cutting board and placed a piece of aluminum foil over the meat (just place it on top) and let the meat REST for 10 minutes. You want to let the cooked meat rest, so that the flavors of the marinade settle in the meat– if you cut the meat to early, you’ll notice that all of the great flavor will just spew out of the meat.

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After 10 minutes, cut the meat against the grain! Look at the meat –see those fine little lines, you want to cut slices that are perpendicular to those little lines! Voila – you’re cutting it against the grain!

I served it with the Akhtar family’s favorite potatoes and coleslaw, corn on the cob, & (not shown-and I cheated a little bit) a Trader Joe’s frozen Mac n’ Cheese. Lets face it- a BBQ is only as good as its sides – so make your favorite sides!

ONE MORE LITTLE NOTE:

I would TOTALLY make an extra pound of meat, so that you can enjoy a skirt steak salad, or a nice sandwich (like I did).

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I hope you have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! What are you planning on grilling — I would LOVE to know (and maybe I’ll add it to my Fourth of July menu).

Bye!

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Le Petit Marche

Check out this menu: http://lepetitmarche.net/le-petit-marche-menu.pdf

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OMG. How yummy is that menu? Also, high five on it being incredibly affordable as well. I went there with a friend this Sunday, and one of my first thoughts as  I was searching for street parking was “Wow, Kirkwood is such a cute neighborhood.”

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After entering the Le Petit Marche, my next thought was — will they seat me? and the answer is “it depends” (lol – what a law school answer). It depends because if you see an open table it’s your job to grab it, but if you look confused they’ll help you out and tell you where to sit. My friend and I were seated at a square table for four, which meant that 2 random people would soon be joining us — and yup, that is exactly what happened. I wasn’t a fan of sitting with randoms, but, luckily, I was with good company, so I barely noticed them!

There were plenty of people eating alone (so don’t feel weird about coming here alone — they even have a desk  set up for someone who wants to eat alone, look outside and eat a scrumptious brunch).

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My friend enjoyed the Kirkwood. He throughly enjoyed his meal, but I feel like he wanted something more intricate, since his own, homemade, breakfasts often resemble the above!

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I got the French Toast sandwich! I LOVED IT, and seriously ate every last millimeter of it! It was AWESOME. Being Muslim, I really loved the fact that they had chicken sausage, and will sub out any bacon for chicken sausage!

What to wear: I went on Sunday, so I saw people dressed in their Sunday Best (post church crowd), I saw people in athletic gear, and jeans and t-shirts. Wear whatever you want, but please, leave your pj’s at home.

Have you been to Le Petit Marche? If so, what did you think?

Worst Pizza: Romeo’s New York Pizza (1401-A Oxford Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Wow, do I have a rant for you! Last night, after enjoying a great brunch,  I thought it would be fun to indulge myself with a slice pizza. If you don’t know me very well, just know I love food and I love pizza. Pizza is so yummy. I mean think about it has everything great going on: cheese, bread, toppings all baked into a gewy, crusty, goodness. Unfortunately, Romeo’s New York Pizza was almost as good as warming up a Totino’s Frozen pizza (which is seriously the worst frozen pizza out there).

First I’ll bash the service, prior to bashing the pizza. 

When I walked into the Romeo’s the guy behind the counter was HIGH OR DRUNK, (probably high)  and told me about the LUNCH SPECIALS  (mind you I went at 9 pm!!!!) . Then he slurred a few words together and called the guy behind me in line my LOVER. Next, the other guy behind the counter making or food or assembling it or shall I say taking it out of a freezer and deep frying it (since we ordered mozzarella sticks) was wearing head phones (just plain rude and weird to do on the job).

Now, I’ll bash the Pizza.

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(okay i’m going to type this in call caps to purposefully emphasize the screaming) OKAY THIS IS NOT PIZZA YOU IDIOT. THIS IS A SLICE OF TOTINO’S WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH ON TOP, REHEATED WITH 8 SHREDS OF MOZZARELLA CHEESE. ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?

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Then the crust was burnt (the least of my problems).  I AM SO PISSED that I didn’t go to Slice and Pint. It was right across the street. On another note, the HORRIBLE YELP review are on point with this joint. I know the lunch special is appetizing, but I am serious — wjhy would you waste your calories on this? Why not just drop by Publix and eat a frozen Totino’s or a Tony’s or a Red Baron (it will probably be better and cheaper!).

Restaurant Impossible, if you’re reading this — this HORRIBLE chain needs your help.

Holy Taco: 1314 GLENWOOD AVENUE EAST ATLANTA GA. 30316

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Wow, this is my 2nd post where I say i thought the food was okay. I went for a birthday party a while back — the place was okay. I was happy to be celebrating my friends birthday, enjoying the weather & sitting outside. I did NOT enjoy the people buying and selling drugs across the street. I did enjoy the kindness of the staff and that they brought out plates for us to cut a store bought cookie cake that I brought to the venue! Have you been to Holy Taco? I honestly cannot remember what I ordered, but the birthday boy, LOVES this place, along with my foodie boss from over the summer — I’m apparently the only one that thought it was okay….

Bye!

Hot Dogs: An Easy Dinner or Lunch Idea!

Okay — I love hot dogs! I know I LOVE a lot of things — but that’s because I really do!  Hot dogs are no exception! They’re so good, incredibly easy to make, and easy to jazz up! One day 2 weeks ago a friend and I were searching for easy dinner ideas, since I was getting done with class late, and he had a long day at work. Voila. Ball Park turkey dogs (45 calories each) were in my fridge just starring at me and ready for me to open up and attack. I told my friend to drop by Publix after work and to pick up WHOLE WHEAT buns (120 calories per bun)  and some of Publix’s homemade chili (which is in the Deli section)!  I had some red onions in my fridge and some kettle baked bbq chips in my pantry.  The end result after pooling our goods was pure satisfaction.

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Paired it with some traditional yellow mustard

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He thought he could finish three since the turkey dogs were 45 calories each (guess what — he was full by two!)

Do you love hot dogs? How do you make yours? Living in the south we have the good fortune of being able to grill a meal during any season — so we grilled them. But sometimes, when I’m lazy or busy — I’ll microwave them. Growing up we religiously boiled them!

Comment below on your favorite ways to eat hot dogs!

Makeshift Jaeger Schnitzel

One of my friends  loves schnitzel, so this past Thursday and I told him to pop on by for a quick dinner — and guess what I made? Jaeger Schnitzel.

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Ladies and Lovers — if you’re having family over, cooking for a best friend or a date and you’re not very good at cooking this is  A GREAT recipe for you! It seriously takes 15 mins from start to finish, and if you don’t have time to marinate just fire up the pan & cook away!

Ingredients:

  1. Package of sliced mushrooms (you can slice them yourself if you want)
  2. olive oil
  3. half spoon of butter
  4. one large egg
  5. italian bread crumbs
  6. parmesan cheese
  7. two chicken breasts
  8. red chili flakes
  9. garlic powder
  10. light brown gravy mix
  11. mashed potatoes (i cheated and bought the kind that you heat up)

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. sauté the mushrooms in olive oil on low heat and make sure each slice of the mushroom is directly touching the pan (do this until you see that they’re soft and tender – low heat)
  2. make the gravy mix according to the packet
  3. heat or make mashed potatoes
  4. THE FUN PART: take on chicken breast and put it between two big pieces of parchment paper and flatten it out using a a pan or use a rolling pin, get it SUPER thin!
  5. then take out to plates
  6. on the first place just break an egg and whisk it
  7. on the second plate take all of your dry ingredients and mix it. use half a spoon of the chili flakes and garlic powder (you can skip this if you want) but you definitely need to mix the bread crumbs and parm!
  8. Pat dry the breast, then dip it in the egg wash, and then drench it in the bread crumb mixture
  9. make sure your pan is medium hot and warm olive oil  (enough oil to coat the pan and place the half teaspoon of butter) once melted put one of your chicken breasts in the pan and pan fry away (should take 3 mins on each side)
  10. after your done pan frying it just assemble everything on to a plate

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I promise— you can muck up this recipe, the only way you could do that is by burning the chicken or any of the ingredients — and hopefully you’ll love this recipe as much as I did!