Chili Pepper Madness

A recipe for tender flank steak with a flank steak marinade grilled to perfection, served with a quick and easy homemade chimichurri sauce. While Patty and I were visiting Anna Maria Island in February - getting away from the cold winter, yo! - we met a really cool local named Brittnie who loves to cook. We struck up a conversation about food, something we obviously love. It is so fun when you meet someone new and the conversation turns to food and then you just can't stop talking about food because you're obsessed. At least we are. Obviously! It's why we have a fun food blog. So! As we were talking, Brittnie mentioned her grilled flank steak recipe that was to-die for, so of course, we had to try it. It is simple, really, but simple is often best, especially when it comes to flavorful stars like flank steak. She…
Published in Beef
Where we live it is cold. I mean COLD. It was in the negative digits last night, bottoming out around -8 degrees, and that is without the wind chill factor. No good! What is a person to do on a cold night? Make chili. Chili is such a wonderful comfort food. Don't you think? One major thing we both love about chili is that it can be made in so many different ways. It can be hearty, it can be healthy, it can be decadent, it can certainly be flavorful. You can play around with flavors and the chili pot is usually very forgiving. AND...it's just so good. There is nothing like curling up near the fire with a big bowl of satisfying chili to warm the bones. This particular recipe brings in a Chuck Roast I picked up recently. The roast breaks apart nicely in the slow cooker and…
Published in Chili
A spicy Argentinian chimichurri sauce recipe made with plenty of jalapeno peppers, fresh olive oil, garden herbs and more. Chimichurri sauce is originally from Agentina, and makes for an excellent rub for grilled meats, especially steak. I personally use chimichurri for a grilled filet mignon, but it also serves perfectly as a bed for root vegetables. Try it as a bed for grilled sweet potatoes, as a simple dipper, or as a spread. It has many uses. Chimichurri Sauce - Madness Style - Recipe Ingredients 3 small jalapeno peppers, chopped 1 cup chopped parsely 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup chopped oregano 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar Salt and pepper to taste Cooking Directions Add all ingredients except olive oil to a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to combine. Add olive oil in a steady stream while processing slowly, until the chimichurri becomes…
Published in Sauces
In a recent post I detailed how to make chimichurri sauce, that wonderful Argentinian dish that is typically served as a condiment. It is also often served over fish and meats, and believe me, I’ve tried it on many dishes. It works great with a nice grilled filet mignon, and especially over a flaky white fish. It has a lot of pop and zing. I had some leftover and decided to incorporate it into a typical potato mash recipe in lieu of my normal ingredients. I was very happy with results. I think it’s a great thing to have a bit of leftover chimichurri sitting in the fridge. It can have a number of applications and makes for a quick side dish addition. Potato Mash with Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients 3-4 medium yellow potatoes Pinch of salt 1/4 cup chimichurri sauce (see recipe below) Cooking Directions Simply boil the potatoes about…
Published in Side Dishes
A recipe for the timeless Argentinian green chimichurri sauce, which can also be used as a marinade, made with plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and spicy jalapeno pepper. Whip this together in minutes to add depth and sophistication to many meals. Some sauces take time to prepare. Ingredients need to be broken down, combined, flavors coaxed and developed, heat and/or time applied. Great sauces sometimes require a bit of effort and that effort is rewarded with big flavors and, hopefully, pure satisfaction. Chimichurri, on the other hand, rewards you with such satisfaction in practically no time at all. This is not an exaggeration. Chimichurri is one of those timeless recipe combinations that is simple for a reason. I imagine ancient man toiling away in the fields, combining herbs and other fresh ingredients available to them, finally realizing that this particular combination is something perfect, and here it…
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A red version of the timeless Argentinian chimichurri sauce recipe, which can also be used as a marinade, made with plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, and red bell pepper. Whip this together in minutes to add depth and sophistication to many meals. Most of us have heard of chimichurri, that wonderfully bright and herbacious concoction from South America. It's a hard thing to categorize, as it can be used as a condiment, a dipping sauce, a salsa, even a marinade. Variations abound, but it is typically characterized by its vibrant green color.  However! Did you realize there is a RED version of the recipe? Yes there is. May I present to you - Chimichurri Rojo, aka "Red Chimichurri". Such a wonderful thing, isn't it? Just as vibrant and flavorful as its green chimichurri counterpart, Chimichurri Rojo can be added to numerous meals to add an entirely new…
Published in Sauces
A recipe for tender London Broil, marinated in a homemade spicy steak marinade with chili paste, then grilled to perfection. Slice against the grain and serve it with chimichurri. Absolutely mouthwatering on the grill. I am totally digging this time of year so I can grill like crazy. You name it, I like to grill it - burgers, brats, sausages, wings, and especially STEAK. Give me a good steak and I will go to town with it on the grill. I had purchased a couple London Broil steaks from the butcher for the "Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook" I've been writing. My goal was to make several spicy jerkies, which I did, but wound up with an extra London Broil. Poor me, right? London Broil is ideal for making jerky because it is a leaner cut of steak. Also known as Top Round, it is cut from the rear and has a…
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