The PERFECT steak! 

Do you want the perfect steak?! Try some Steak Aromatherapy….Follow these steps to produce a delicious, juicy steak!

No need to buy steak rubs, liberally season steak with kosher salt and course ground black pepper (I like to use a little garlic powder too).

RULE NUMBER ONE: Chill Out

    Take your steaks out 20-30 minutes BEFORE you plan to cook them! A cold steak will cook unevenly.

    RULE NUMBER TWO: HOT PAN!

      Turn your cast iron pan on HIGH!

        Once the pan begins to smoke, add olive oil!

          Place the steaks in there  pan, searing it for 30seconds on each side.

          Now for the aromatics…….

            Add crushed garlic (no need to peel)

              Add thyme sprigs

                Begin to add dabs of butter…..

                RULE NUMBER THREE: GIVE IT SOME BASTE!

                  Use a spoon to baste the steaks frequently!

                    Flip the steaks every MINUTE in order to create even browning and cooking.

                    *Be sure to render any fat on your steak.
                    Not sure if your steak is done to your likeness?! Check this out 

                    Lump Crab Cakes w/ Homemade Remoulade Sauce

                    The5786se crab cakes are a perfect, minimal filling and maximum crustacean, can be served with a side salad or french fries. The prep time is only about 10-12 minutes and cook time is only about 7-9!!! The remoulade sauce is the perfect complement!

                     

                     

                    What you will need:

                    1 can of premium LUMP crab meat (most cans are 16 ounces)
                    onion
                    1/3 cup of red bell peppers
                    1/3 cup of green peppers
                    2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
                    1 teaspoon of salt
                    1 teaspoon of pepper
                    1 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
                    1 teaspoon of paprika
                    1 egg, beaten
                    1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
                    3 tablespoons of spicy mustard
                    1 tablespoon of lime juice
                    1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
                    2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

                    1. Mix all ingredients lightly. Try not to break the crabmeat up too much. Lightly fold the ingredients together. Form “cakes”, size according to preference.

                    2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, cook crab cakes for 4 minutes on each side.

                    Remoulade Sauce

                    1/2 cup of mayonnaise
                    4 tablespoons of whole grain or horseradish mustard
                    2 teaspoons of tabasco sauce
                    Salt and Pepper
                    1 teaspoon of lemon juice
                    1 scallion minced

                    Mix well. Chill for about an hour.

                    Molto Buono – Shrimp Fra Diavolo

                     

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                    This is the ultimate 25-30 minute meal! Full of flavor with little effort. I’m not a measuring cup kinda girl but here’s what you’ll need.

                    2lbs or raw shrimp. (peeled, deveined, tail-on)

                    Two cloves of garlic minced (about a tablespoon and a half)

                    1 medium onion (chopped)

                    1/4 cup of Italian parsley

                    1/4 cup of basil

                    3 tablespoons of oregano

                    3 tablespoons of olive oil

                    1 cup of white wine

                    1 1/2 tomato diced or can of diced tomatoes (will not effect the taste)

                    Red pepper flakes (to taste)

                    Salt

                    Pasta of your choice (Linguini, Angel Hair, etc. )

                    1. Boil water in a deep pot for pasta.

                    2. Toss shrimp with salt, red pepper flakes. Heat oil in large skillet. Add shrimp. Toss once. When done (1-2 minites) set aside on a plate. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or more red pepper flakes, if desired.

                    3. Add onions, tomatoes, wine and oregano. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic.

                    4. Water should be boiling, add salt (if desired) and a drop of olive oil. Cook pasta al dente and plate.

                    5. Add shrimp back to sauce and let it thicken. About 2 minutes. Turn the skillet off. Add basil and parsley. Serve over pasta.

                    Presto! Little Italy in you’re dining room! Or sofa! ☺