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Garlic Steak Foil Dinner

It’s so funny, I always receive requests for recipes for steak dinners. I guess there really is nothing like a good juicy steak from time to time. I received this Garlic Steak Foil Dinner recipe in my inbox and thought it was the perfect post for this week. There are many benefits to wrapping the steak and potatoes in tin foil (this is usually called campfire style!). The foil really seals in the moisture and the result is fluffy potatoes and an extra juicy steak. Give it a try!!! Bon Appetit!

adapted from Cooking Professional

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• 2-2 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak, trimmed of fat and cut into two 1/2-inch pieces

• 1 pound baby yellow potatoes, quartered

• 3 tablespoons olive oil

• salt, to taste• pepper, to taste

• 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

• 1 teaspoon dried oregano

• 1 teaspoon dried parsley

• 1 teaspoon dried thyme

• fresh thyme or parsley, to taste, optional, for topping

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F or preheat the grill on high heat.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the steak, potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, and dried thyme until well combined.

Step 3

Divide the steak and potato mixture between four 12×12-inch sheets of foil and wrap the foil around the mixture to form packets.

Step 4

Grill the foil packets until the steak and potatoes are cooked through, about 10 minutes per side. Alternatively, bake until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

Step 5

Garnish with the fresh thyme or parsley and serve!

Super Bowl Carbonara

I love all the Super Bowl food that I see everyone posting on Social Media but we thought this year we would serve one of my husband’s favorite dishes, Carbonara pasta. It’s so easy to make and very filling on its own so you do not need much else. Plus let keeps you away from all the chicken wings and chips!!!! Bon Appetit!!!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 pound pancetta  diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced, about 1 teaspoon
  • 3-4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 1 pound spaghetti (or bucatini or fettuccine)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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  1. Fill a large pot of salted water put it on to boil
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook slowly until crispy.Add the garlic and cook another minute, then turn off the heat and put the pancetta and garlic into a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.
  4. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the dry pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil.
  5. When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the bacon and garlic. Let it be dripping wet. Reserve some of the pasta water. Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce.Toss everything to combine, allowing the pasta to cool just enough so that it doesn’t make the eggs curdle when you mix them in.
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6. Add the beaten egg mixture: Add the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt to taste. Add some pasta water back to the pasta to keep it from drying out.

Serve at once with the rest of the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

Have You Tried An Espresso Martini?

I have been here in Florida visiting my family and working on blog projects and the biggest trend lately is everyone ordering an Espresso Martini. The idea of a martini combined with coffee isn’t what you would think of right away when you ask for a drink at a bar or restaurant. However, the Espresso Martini has become particularly popular among the young set who want to enjoy a drink but also something with enough of a kick to wake a person up as well. And, historically, that’s how the drink was rumored to have been created; essentially, someone walked into a club in the 1980s and specifically asked for something that would open one’s eyes and ultimately get them drunk as well. Whether the story is true or not, the drink exists and it definitely does include an extract of coffee bean in it. 

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Coffee and Liquor Have an Old Partnership

The combination of drinks and coffee has not been a new idea. The two types of beverages have been served next to each other for years in European cafes and similar. In the U.S. the distinction between a bar and a café has been far more clear and separated, generally due to alcohol consumption laws and a long history of Christian influence regarding ungodly behavior, namely getting drunk, being kept out of the public’s sight. This is obvious in the fact that American bars for years were built with no street windows that could see in while in Europe the same venues are wide open community establishments. 

Overall, the two main ingredients for an espresso martini are, no surprise, vodka, and ground coffee. Many tend to focus on Kahlua or optionally Tia Maria for mixtures. The overall drink will require about 1.5 ounces of vodka, another ounce of espresso made hot and ready, and then another two-thirds of an ounce of coffee liqueur, ergo Kahlua or similar. If, by this point, a reader is thinking that there’s a darn whole lot of caffeine in that mix, he or she would be correct. 

How the Drink is Made

Of course, a martini isn’t served hot with steam smoking out of it. Instead, the whole mix of ingredients is put into a shaker with cold ice. Then the combination is properly shaken so the ice cools and melts into the drink, the contents are poured through a strainer, and the resulting drink is served in a martini glass that is also kept cold until used. People vary in terms of how they garnish the drink, but the above is the basic process of preparation. 

The general drink ingredients include:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 0.75 hot espresso
  • 0.75 coffee liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 coffee beans (not ground), garnish

Remember, the goal of the drink creation process is to have all the ingredients prepped and portioned first. Then the exact parts go into the shaker at the same time as ice. This creates an instant combination effect that produces the strongest taste of coffee in the vodka base. The ice melts and dilutes the mixture a bit, but since the entire mix is then strained, nothing but the fine drink is served cold in the martini glass. Some will argue that espresso should be made prior and then chilled to reduce the ice melting effect. Since this part has the greatest variation of dilution, it will ultimately end up becoming a matter of personal taste how strong or diluted one wants their drink. 

When shaking the mix, the idea is to properly combine all the ingredients, not pound it to death with the ice cubes. The shaking phase shouldn’t take that long. It should be just enough to create a froth which becomes part of the drink’s end product once poured and strained.

Corn Casserole A Readers’ Favorite Thanksgiving Side

I had to post this recipe again this year…it has been a reader’s favorite for the past few years. Every time I serve it on Thanksgiving it is the only thing that has no LEFTOVERS!!! NONE!!! I just bought the ingredients to make it again next week. It’s starting to become a tradition!! I hope you try it too!!


Slow Cooker Creamed Corn:

adapted by all recipes


  • 1 ¼ (16 ounces) packages frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter 
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • In a slow cooker, combine corn, cream cheese, butter, milk, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook on High for 2 to 4 hours, or on Low for 4 to 6 hours.

Salmon with Strawberry Kiwi Relish

I had this dish at one of Park City’s most popular restaurants Riverhorse on Main, actually Park City’s top-rated restaurant right now. If you are a salmon lover, I would definitely give this version a try. It will give your salmon a zesty, sweet twist! Bon Appetit

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3–4 kiwis, cubed
  • ¾ cup strawberries, cubed
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
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Rub salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on grill, skin side down, over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Mix remaining ingredients and spoon over salmon.

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6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Soups are a huge favorite in my house. And Tortilla Soup is no exception. I have printed a few recipes in the past but this 6 can version really caught my attention. I have previously made Tortilla Soup in the crockpot that took most of the day to finish. However, this could not be easier…25 minutes and done!!! I also like to serve this with a spoonful of greek yogurt on top.

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Adapted from Cooking Professionally


• 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

• 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed

• 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite diced tomatoes

• 1 can (15 ounces) sweet corn, drained

• 1 large can (28 ounces) green enchilada sauce (less if you want it less spicy)

• 1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth

• 1 1/2 pound shredded chicken breast

• 1 packet taco seasoning

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Toppings:• Shredded cheese• Tortilla chips• Lime wedges

Combine all the ingredients into a large pot and boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce the heat and let simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Serve warm with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, and lime wedges, if desired.