Thursday, October 21, 2010

London Broil Marinade

For dinner tonight we had London Broil Steak, Baked Potatoes and a salad. I think it was my first time making a London Broil. I bought it at the grocery store at half off then stuck it in the freezer until I figured out what I was going to do with it.

Since it is a tougher cut of meat, I knew it was going to need to marinade for a while. I found this marinade over at allrecipes then had to make a few changes to make it my own.

London Broil I

By: Char Finamore
"'London broil' most often refers to a thick flank steak, broiled and thinly sliced, but can also refer to thick cuts of sirloin or top round."


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (2 pound) flank steak or round steak
These are the changes that I made to it:

I used 3 teaspoons of Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic in lieu of the minced cloves.

I used 1/4 cup of Soy Sauce and 1/4 cup of Worcestershire Sauce vs all Soy Sauce

I also added 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar. You could also use Lemon Juice.

Since I pulled the meat from the freezer, I let the meat sit in the marinade in the refrigerator for 3 days. It took at least a day and a half or longer for the meat to thaw out.

After the steak was marinated, I needed to know how to cook it.

I found this link on eHow.

I let it cook a little over 10 minutes on each side on Medium High heat on the grill.

While the steak was cooking, I brought the marinade to a boil on the stove top and let it cook/bubble until the steak was done. It thickened up the marinade a bit to a steak sauce consistency. You have got to do this with the marinade. I would hate to have you throw it away. This adds an excellent taste to the steak. I could eat it on other things also.

My hubby took the leftovers to work to the next day. Hubby let other guys he work with try it and everyone loved the sauce! They were trying to guess what was in it. It kind of taste like an A-1 sauce, but much better.

I forgot to take a picture of it once it came off the grill. This is what it looked like after we had ate about half of it. It ended up being Medium Rare which is a bit on the rare side for me but it still tasted good!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

ASU Homecoming Weekend

For those that may be out of state reading this, that is Appalachian State University. You may have heard of us.

We upset Michigan a few years ago on their turf! I found this blog that tells all about it.

I was excited about getting up to our homecoming game this year. I haven't made it to a football game there in a while. I'm hoping to make it there to a game now at least once a year. It was a HOT day though. Can you believe I got sunburned through my jeans? How does that happen? My leg was just blotchy. The next day after putting lotion on my leg, it had pretty much went away though.

Snips and Myself pregame

Just had to paint the nails black and gold!

ASU marching band

After each touchdown, the cheerleaders ran across the field with the APP STATE flags.

The sun finally went behind the trees. I put on my glasses and now I can see! :)

Yosef, our mascot

It was the largest Homecoming crowd at Kidd Brewer Stadium to date.

Final score ASU 34 Elon 31

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Tacos

Chicken Bacon and Ranch Tacos

I started off with the notion that I was going to have beef tacos for dinner tonight. I bought a 5 lb value pack of beef on Sunday and forgot to divide it and freeze it. I got it out tonight and it had already turned brown. Yuck! So, off to the trash it went. Luckily I had chicken so I just used that instead.

For this dish I used:

Approximately 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt
Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix
Tastefully Simple Bacon Ranch Dip Mix
12 pack Taco Shells
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, diced
Sour cream

In a pan heat some olive oil over Medium heat. When the pan gets hot, add your chicken. While your chicken is cooking throw in some Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt. If you don't have any Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt, use what you have. Also add your Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix. This is what you will use in place of a Taco Seasoning Mix. Very little of this goes a long way so it is a much better value then buying those taco seasoning packs in the grocery store. I probably only used about 1/2 Tbsp of it. I then added Tastefully Simple Bacon Ranch Dip Mix. Since this was a seasonal item we no longer have it available unless it is on limited supply. You could also use those packages of ranch mix and some Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon or some other type of bacon bits. Cook your chicken until the juices run clear. Be sure not to over cook or your chicken will become tough.

While your chicken is cooking heat your taco shells and get all your desired toppings together. Like I said in previous post, I prefer to shred my own cheese from the blocks. It always taste much fresher to me. Sometimes you can get the cheese blocks for less expensive then the pre-shredded cheese but a lot of the times it is about the same cost.

When your chicken is done cooking, top your taco as you wish.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Favorite Friday

Welcome to Favorite Friday #3!

So, on my favorite Friday's I'm going to list a favorite of mine. It could be a product, place, really anything. I'm then going to link to a favorite that someone else has created that I want to show off.

I would also love for you to comment with a favorite of yours.

Today I'm listing my favorite Seasoned Salt.

Tastefully Simple Seasoned Salt

Ok, maybe I'm a little biased because I sell the stuff. It is awesome though. I use it more then any other products that we have.

Who doesn't like a good seasoning salt? It's made with an All-natural blend of sea salt, bell peppers, garlic, onion, celery and spices. It is so versatile, sprinkle it on almost anything. I also like to add it to some melted butter or olive oil and use it as a bread dipper. Yumm!

I just had to add some cute ideas on my website for Halloween.

A favorite post that I'm going to share this week is Family Fun Magazine's Mini Caramel Apples.

Photo from Family Fun

I've seen lot's of variations of these floating around in blog land and plan on making some of my own. Aren't they just the cutest things? You use a melon baller to get the mini apple shape.

Thanks for checking out Favorite Friday! Everyone have a fab weekend. I plan on attending a local festival tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be great for it.