Skirt Steak with Italian Chimichurri and Tomato Salad

Where do my recipe ideas come from?  Sometimes I’m inspired by reading cookbooks and magazines, or watching food shows on Netflix or Food Network.  Sometimes I wake up having dreamt something delicious.  And sometimes inspiration strikes when one of my daughters comes for a visit and bombards me with all the foods she wants to eat! We had just eaten a fantastic tomato salad with fresh ricotta on semolina toast and had some leftovers.  The next day, I asked my daughter what she wanted to have with the leftover toast and tomatoes, and she suggested steak with chimichurri and I thought “maybe I can make it Italian!” I looked on the Interwebs, but couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I created my own!

Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian condiment made with parsley, vinegar, and garlic. It is usually served with beef, and is a staple on most family dinner tables in South America.  I wanted something with that fresh brightness, but with Italian flavors to compliment a tender grilled steak and the vibrant tomatoes.  Utilizing Italian herbs, and Calabrian chilis, this is a new take on a classic (Read More…)

Coconut and Lemon Curd Cake

I grew up in The South (capitalization on purpose). I was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, lived most of my life in South Texas, and often visited my Grandma Olga Mae in Noxubee County, Mississippi. The South. One of my fondest memories is sitting on the screen porch of my Dad’s house on Broad Street during a summer rainstorm. I remember listening to the sound of the rain and feeling the light spray of mist coming through the screen. I remember watching the lightning flash and counting down the thunder.  I remember playing board games, drinking sweet tea, and eating coconut cake. This is my taste of The South.  (Read more…)