One of my favorite events of this summer was reconnecting with my cousins at the Henderson family reunion. I’m pictured here with my cousin Diane. LOVE HER!! Anyway, we talked at length about the past and she brought up “The Green Bean Incident.” I am posting this link for Diane:-) I love our reunion picnics as everyone brings their best “go to” dish to share. The food was amazing! This got me thinking that since I haven’t posted recipes in awhile, I thought I might repost a few of my fav’s. Comfort foods come to mind when the days start getting shorter and it is getting pleasantly cooler.
I serve pasta at least once a week. My kids LOVE it! So easy to prepare and when I make the sauce, I always make extra for the freezer. It is awesome to have a sauce stashed away in the freezer to use when you’re pinched for time. Try changing up the shapes of the noodles too. It all tastes the same but to a kid, new and interesting shapes make for a more enjoyable dinner. Pictured here,
Rigatoni with Meat Sauce.
There is still plenty of time left for grilling. I do this so simply. I toss whole mushrooms and quartered onions into a bowl and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Skewer them each on their own skewers. (onions take much longer to grill, cook them first then the mushrooms) Personally, I do not think a good steak needs much more seasoning than good ole kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Flank steak doesn’t need to be marinated to oblivion. Cooked to medium (a 1″ thick steak should be grilled about 6 minutes per side and turned only once) and thinly sliced on the diagonal is all you need for a flavorful and simple supper. If you’re ever in doubt as to whether your steak is done the way you want, use an instant read thermometer and follow the guidelines below.
*Internal temperatures for different degrees of doneness:
Rare-120′ to 130′
Medium rare- 130′ to 140′
Medium- 140′ to 150′
Medium well- 150′ to 160′
Oh…and potato. Noting like a killer potato with a great piece of steak, right? If you love twice baked potatoes, you must try my
Twice Baked Potato Casserole. Perfectly sized or shaped potatoes are not needed for this recipe.
I hope you had a restful weekend!