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 

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                    Lime-Cilantro Rice

                    Lime-Cilantro Rice

                    What you’ll need :
                    1 cup of long grain white rice
                    1 tablespoon of butter
                    1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
                    2 tablespoons of lime juice
                    1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
                    1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
                    2 cups of water

                    1. Bring water to a boil. Add rice and butter, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

                    2. Stir the remaining ingredients together in a bowl. Add to freshly cooked rice prior to serving.

                    Creole Cajun Blackened Tilapia

                    This is the perfect creole inspired dish! You can add as much heat as you want! Enjoy this Blackened Tilapia with Lime-Cilantro rice and fresh steamed broccoli!

                    Blackened Tilapia

                    Prep Time: 30 minutes

                    Cook Time: 10-13 minutes

                    1 lb of fresh tilapia

                    1 teaspoon of garlic powder

                    1 teaspoon of onion

                    1 teaspoon of white pepper

                    1 teaspoon of black pepper

                    1 teaspoon of sea salt

                    1 teaspoon of dry thyme

                    1 teaspoon of dry oregano

                    2 tablespoons of smoked paprika

                    2 teaspoons of dried parsley

                    2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper

                    olive oil for brushing

                    1. Line a baking sheet with foil and add about 2 tablespoon of olive oil.

                    2. In a small bowl mix the spices together.

                    3. Dry tilapia with a paper towel. Lightly brush the fish with olive oil.

                    4. Pat the seasoning mix onto every inch of your tilapia. Let fish sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.

                    5. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350º F) for about 11-12 minutes.

                    6. ENJOY!!!!

                    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! ☺