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Korean BBQ Beef

koreanIt’s quite a feather in my cap when I’m able to please the picky taste buds of seven people … at the same time. So when I venture out with a new recipe it’s with held breath and searching eyes, watching what they’re doing as their jaws flap up and down. Do they like it? Will I be making an emergency hot hog or frying an egg sandwich for the disgruntled ones? Will I be filling the dog’s bowls with cuisine from a failed attempt? (Poor guys)

This dish last night was a huge success. I’ll ignore my daughter’s comment that it tasted fine but was a little weird.

My best friend throughout my childhood was Korean. Her mother owned a grocery store in the neighborhood and was very new to America. It was ultra cool in sharing snacks with my bestie at school. I couldn’t read one label on those tasty little gems, but I loved it all. It was like I was visiting another country when I went to her house. From decorations to the smells of what was cooking in the kitchen. I definitely couldn’t hang with the spicy, though. Peppers? My eyes watered just imagining them beside my lips. But she and her family could drink the spicy:)

When I ran on to this recipe it made me think fondly on my childhood memories with her. We have since moved on and don’t keep up with each other. But memories are forever.

This concoction was so easy I felt guilty allowing my peeps to think I’d worked on it for longer than twenty minutes. Really … twenty. So this is what you do:

Take this ingredients and mix together in a Ziplock bag:

  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Then I sliced 2 pounds of boneless top sirloin in to 1/4 inch slices (although the recipe called for boneless ribeye steak) and smooshed it in the bag with all the lovely sauces. I massaged it a few times then set it in the fridge for 25 minutes.

After which time I put my skillet on high heat and began adding the marinated slivers, heating each side for 3 minutes, or until cooked through. I placed the delectable treat next to a bed of yellow rice and rolled my eyes backward while eating it. The flavor was robust and pleasing. Extremely satisfying. As though dinner was fully engaged:) I served cold pear halves on the side and it was all super easy to clean up. (Important fact!)

I got five thumbs up and one on the half-way mark. My pickiest eater will never admit to liking anything, but the proof was in his empty plate.

I hope you try it and have similar results. And I hope I don’t forget this one myself, when next month I’m banging my head on the counter wondering what to fix for dinner! It happens:)

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Quick Dinner

BraisedNoPeakSteakTips2So, I came home from a very busy work day yesterday, which began at 5 a.m. and I wanted something good to eat, but which required very little effort. I was tired, but not stop-by-McDonalds-to-eat-junk tired! Thinking back to some super easy meals, I remembered this No-Peek Beef dish. It takes minimal effort and the flavor is tasty. I thought I’d share it, in case, you’d forgotten about it or never heard of it. There are variations, I’m sure, but this is the one I was told about.

Quite simple:

I buy a large, 2 1/2 pound piece of chuck roast and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place it in a Dutch oven. Then you mix together in a small bowl:

  • 1 1/4 cup of ginger ale
  • 1 envelope of Lipton onion soup (in a blue box)
  • 1 can of mushroom soup

Pour over meat, give it a quick stir, then cover and bake at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. I place a sheet of foil between my lid and the pot for extra coverage. Do NOT check it. The whole no-peek thing is for a reason. One I’m not too sure what it is, but I’m guessing there is one! At the end of the time, take it out and serve it with buttered noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes. It’s a super easy dish for a comfort taste. And, did I mention how effortless it was?

Today, I didn’t have to wake up so early. I’m at my other job, but of course, my internal body alarm woke me up anyway:(  Sweet and sour chicken is on the menu for this evening. Who else out there gets a little drug out trying to think of menus for the week? I think when there’s no more children in the house, I’ll just grab a bowl of cereal for dinner and eat it in bed while watching a movie. A romance flick, for sure:)