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Eat two steaks and call me in the morning…


It’s 63 degrees in Baltimore…and 3 days before Christmas!!!

So I know that we’ve kinda been incognito for a while, posting a few things here and there, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to “…give the people what they want…”  (insert disco funk here).  With Lindsey and I both being in academia (she works and I went back to school AND work), our schedules are kinda hectic and don’t really allow for as much blogging as we would like.  So thanks for bearing with us!

After sleeping for the past few days straight through (I had to catch up on all of that missed sleep from the semester), I decided to go out and enjoy one of these beautiful days we’ve been having all week.  Apparently everyone else in the neighborhood was out enjoying it too.  No sooner than I could get my foot out of the door, the smell of charcoal and grilling meats hit my nose.  Since school started, I’d been on a carryout kick and this was the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things and drum a good red meat meal.

*Back story…So, right before Thanksgiving I made the mistake of opening my front door right as the Capital Meat guys were going door to door.  I liken them to the vacuum cleaner salesmen of the 50’s and 60’s.  They always want to come in and set up a display and tell you why they’re cutting you a deal and why you should make a purchase.  Long story short, I bought a deep freezer’s worth of meat for $200 bucks because it was the end of the day and the guy had class at 6:30pm.*

Anyhow, I had never had NY Strip before and somehow ended up purchasing two boxes, along with some filets and porterhouses.  So I went to my tried and true Food Network website to look for some recipes on how to cook a NY Strip Steak.  The Neelys had a fairly simple recipe, but I was more interested in the sauce they had to go with it…a molasses steak sauce.  Yesssss!

They look pretty ok. Let's get them seasoned up!

Ingredients

For sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lager-style beer
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika

Directions

For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the rest of the ingredients; bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes.

Juuuuusssst about right!

I had already been out and enjoyed the air and was ready to eat, but realized when looking at the recipe that I was missing a few items, but in typical Casey fashion, I improvised.  (Disclaimer:  I substituted Moet White Star champagne for the beer and added a cup of brown sugar to make it sweeter.  I also let it cook down for about an hour which made it a bit thicker.)

Some Moet and apple cider...Not as good together as I thought.

Thank goodness I thawed two steaks because the other one was on the grill before I was finished the first.  Not only was my first time eating a NY Strip, perfect, but the steak sauce tasted magnificent!!!  A few noteworthy things though:  1) you may want to cut back on the cayenne, as it was a bit spicy for my liking and I love spice.  2) it makes a lot, so if you don’t plan to use it often, cut the recipe in half.  3) it keeps for up to a month in a tightly sealed container.

*In my Lil' Wayne voice* I'm goin' in...

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How do you end a crappy work week?


Scrap the happy hour and get Joe Squared wasted!!! Earlier this week I was checking out Food Network’s Twitter feed and saw that a local spot had received the honor of being one of the nation’s 50 best pizzas. The crazy thing is, I’d been driving past this place for years, (for as long as I was able to drive really) and never once thought to stop. And I’m not sure if the reason I didn’t stop was because this silly Baltimore geographical thing, but I’m going to attribute it to that. There’s this thing where if you’re from the West Side, you don’t really do things on the East Side and vice versa. Luckily for me, the vast majority of restaurants, chain or otherwise are located on the West Side…my side of town. Well Jesus take the wheel!  I no longer have to deal with the likings of Dominoes and Papa John’s for my pizza fix.

See this city's crazy mixed up jigsaw lines...

So anyhow, after I make my daily trek back from the DC area for work, I planned to have a date night with myself…some pizza, a few beers and Rio. “Lionel Ritchie works every time.” I get to Joe Squared and it’s a beautiful evening. They’ve expanded since the last time I drove and even noticed the place. There was a nice little outdoor patio section where people where enjoying drinks and pizza (of course). But once I got inside, this place was far from your average corner pizza joint. They serve everything from pizza to gumbo to cheesesteaks and everything in between. A gentleman was setting up in the corner to play his guitar, live. The bar was fully stocked and with what seemed like more import than domestic choices. Score!

Setting up...

Now based on Food Network’s choice, I ordered the Flag Pizza. And it doesn’t take an Einstein to realize that the pizza is an homage to the Italian flag. The red stripe was made with red sauce and five, count ‘em five cheeses (Asiago, mozzarella, Parmigiano, provolone and romano). The green stripe was a fresh and light treat, made with fresh mozzarella and pesto sauce. And my favorite out of the entire masterpiece was the white stripe. I don’t know what exactly it was, but it was divine…I plan to go back and just order a pizza made like the white stripe. It was white sauce with cheddar, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. I’m going to assume that the ricotta was seasoned a bit more than everything else, but it was perfect! I wish I hadn’t gotten a small. *sad face*  All six slices and two Stellas later, I was in heaven.

Of course I had to get it with extra cheese. Please and thank you!

Yeah…all of that said, blame it on the alcohol that this ending is a bit abruptly… I’m pregaming before I get ready to go to my friend’s 29th birthday shindig. This shall be one for the ages. And in typical fat girl fashion, I’m hoping that she has cupcakes!!! Happy birthday Quiana!

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