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This blog is inspired by all those who love to cook, whether experienced or not, and who continue to experiment with new ideas & ingredients, and best of all, share their passion with others.

The first entries are recipes prepared by the students of Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy in Oakland, CA. Fifteen students with varying cooking experience participated in my weekly workshop (via Tutorpedia), and successfully prepared various meals, snacks, and baked goods as part of an after-school program.

Along with the recipes from that class, I will continue to add new seasonal items, spanning every genre of the culinary world, as well as a helpful list of links to recipes, instructional videos, and places to shop and volunteer in your area.

Feel free to ask me questions and share your recipes and ideas as well. I look forward to cooking with you.

August 17, 2012

It's Summer. Chimi Some Steak!

Simple, balanced flavors of lemon, garlic, chilies, vinegar, and fresh herbs are all you need to make an irresistible marinade & sauce for steaks, poultry, fish, or vegetables. 

Baja steaks from our own local United Markets are a great value at under $6/pound. Tender cuts averaging under a pound each, these are ideal for dinner parties small or large. Although they have little fat, they are tender as a filet, without the crazy price. 


4 cloves garlic 
1t kosher salt; more as needed 
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stemmed and chopped (about 1-1/2 cups, lightly packed) 
1t dried oregano 
1 small carrot, finely grated 
1/2t freshly ground black pepper 
1/2t dried red chile flakes 
1/2t grated lemon zest 
5T white-wine vinegar or distilled white vinegar; more to taste 
5T cold water; more as needed 
1C extra-virgin olive oil  (use less if you prefer)

Finely chop the garlic on a cutting board. Sprinkle the salt over it and repeatedly scrape the flat side of the knife over the garlic to mash it to a paste. Scrape the garlic paste into a medium bowl. Add the parsley, oregano, carrot, pepper, chile flakes, and lemon zest and mix. Add the vinegar and water and mix again. Whisk in the oil. Taste and correct the seasonings, adding salt, vinegar, water, or chile flakes: the sauce should be highly seasoned.

Place the steaks in a dish, and liberally coat with some of the chimichurri, reserving the rest for after grilling. Marinade for at least 1 hour, or overnight. Flank steak or skirt steak are also ideal choices for this treatment. 

Grill steaks over coals to preferred doneness. Baja steaks are ideally cooked medium-rare since they have little fat. Remove steaks from the grill, coat with more chimichurri, and let rest loosely tented with foil for 5-10 minutes before slicing. 

Excellent with summer squash, potatoes, atop a salad, or as the showstopper in your quesadillas or tacos. 

Store leftover steak in your belly. 

Recipe courtesy of Fine Cooking Magazine

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