Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

This weekend was so good. Nothing special but it was full of much needed time with the family doing normal and relaxing activities together. Walking and cooking were highlights.  We spent some time planting gardens.  Surprisingly there were some herb plants from last year that survived. The parsley plant was booming with growth.  We left a majority but some of the offsprouts were removed for more room.  All of this parsley left of thinking of how we could use it in our 

We routinely use parsley in many of our potato recipes but this was a lot of parsley.  Cups and cups of parsley. Mr. J immediately wanted to make chimichurri sauce. We don't ever make this at home (probably due to the amount of parsley needed) but he likes to order it when we are out at restaurants. His favorite dishes at some of our brunch favorites are with chimichurri sauce. 

So on Sunday we set out on an epic culinary experience.  As I was meal prepping for the week Mr. J tackled this steak marinade dish and chimichurri sauce. It kind of felt like we were in the kitchen all day long. Not a bad thing in our book.  We laughed, Miss O pointed and talked, we drank wine.  For real though, the prep was done early in the day and come dinner time there was very little effort. 

The meal came together so easily in the end.  A good thing because I was already in the go, go, go mode to get all of the little things done for the week that somehow slip through the cracks on Saturday and Sunday during the day. Mr. J manned the grill. I tended the broccoli and potatoes in the kitchen.  In about 20 minutes we came back together and had a wonderful meal.  

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: grill entree sauce summer
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
    For the steak:
    • 2 skirt steaks (about 2 pounds total)
    • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
    • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    • 2/3 cup olive oil
    For the Chimichurri Sauce:
    • 2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
    • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
    • 3 green onions
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • kosher salt
    Place the meat in a resealable plastic bag and add the garlic, salt, oregano, vinegar, and olive oil. Seal the bag and mix well. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 8 hours.

    To make the chimichurri sauce:
    Finely mince the parsley, oregano, green onions, and garlic. Combine them in a medium bowl with the red pepper flakes, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and season with salt. This can made up to a day ahead of time.

    Preheat the grill to high. Pull the steaks from the marinade and place them on the grill. 
    Grill the steaks for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for 10 minutes.

    Slice the steak across the grain. Serve with a generous amount of chimichurri sauce.
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    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips

    Just like going through vacation withdraw this past week I dealt with a bit of sugar withdraw.  When we were at Disney we were on the meal plan.  The meal plan comes with dessert for lunch and dinner.  A sugar lovers dream.  It was a lot but I quickly got accustomed to sweet treats twice a day.  Sometimes even more because it was hot.  And the best way to deal with the heat is ice cream.  Miss O approved.

    We got back and all of a sudden there were limited sweet treat options. After each meal I found myself seeking out any thing that would satisfy my craving.  Finally I broke down and FOUND time to make cookies.  

    I opted for peanut butter because... 

    I wanted peanut butter cookies. 

    Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination ever.

    Peanut butter is protein and thus a step in the right healthy direction transition.

    These cookies have no flour and are technically gluten free. My husband's comment is "these are the best gluten free cookies ever."  They are easy to put together but do require a bit a chill time so they don't spread everywhere.  Plan ahead.  They cook really quickly, no more than 10 minutes and remain gooey in the middle. Almost fudge like.  A good thing in my book.

    A cookie a day is a motto I think will be helpful after each vacation and heck really just every day :)

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips

    by Emily Morris
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Keywords: bake dessert chocolate peanut butter cookie
    Ingredients (16 cookies)
    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 6 oz chocolate chips
    • 6 oz peanut butter chips
    To the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Beat on medium-high speed until well-combined.

    Add the chocolate and peanut butter chips and beat to just incorporated.

    Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form two-tablespoon mounds. If chocolate is falling out of dough since there is an abundance, roll ball between palms to encourage it to stay in the dough. Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.

    Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are set and tops are barely set, even if slightly underbaked in the center.

    Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.

    Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Vacation to Disney

    I haven't posted in forever because we have been busy on vacation. First it was prepping for vacation then it was the vacation and finally it was catching up from vacation. Seriously I need a week before and after just to get it all straight again. 

    It was well worth the effort though. The fam and I went to Disney. This was a our first real on our own vacation with Miss O. I had some serious anxiety leading up to our departure but in the end it all worked out wonderfully. 

    Although I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I wanted to, here are a few of the highlights.

    We might have had just as much fun in the hotel as in the parks. 

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