Friday, May 25, 2012

Grilled steaks for the weekend

With Memorial Day three days away, I thought I would post a favorite grilling recipe to share. Second in popularity only to the Don Farris marinade (a terrific two day marinade for London broil), this is the way my dad usually grilled rib-eyes when I was a child.

You’ll need:
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper

I used New York strips for this recipe, but my favorite steak is a rib-eye. This marinade will make anything taste good. Mix all the ingredients in a glass dish, then add the steaks and turn to coat.

Let the steaks marinate for a couple of hours or overnight, refrigerated.

Grill them to desired doneness – we love ours about medium, which takes about 5-6 minutes per side. Practice makes perfect, so get cracking!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

They had the skills to pay the bills

Simply put, the Beastie Boys are one of my all-time favorite groups, and I have been torn up over the death last week  of Adam Yauch (MCA, at right above). I remember the rush of excitement my friends and I felt over the "Ill Communication" album (1986) and dancing to Brass Monkey at one of the first big, high school parties my parents let me attend. I can’t begin to name a favorite song – I love them all and can probably sing or rap the lines to any of them. Sabotage; Hey Ladies; Paul Revere, Hold it now, hit it; Shake your rump; No Sleep Til Brooklyn; Girls; Sure Shot, Body Movin’…. The list goes on and on. The Beasties were funny and smart, a fact that always set them apart to me. (Remember Boomin' Granny?)

If you are a fan, you will love this:

Yes, along with T-shirts, albums, mugs and stickers, you can buy a set of poseable dolls of the group. Sure, the price is steep ($750) but the money goes to charity. Looking at photos and listening to various songs has made me smile – this post about the dolls literally made me laugh out loud. This group’s music has always made me feel happy -- when I was 16 and today, as a mother of two teens!

Here is a great take on Yauch's life from Rolling Stone: It explains how the band evolved, their lifetime friendship, efforts to raise awareness about social problems, and all the fun they had along the way.