Monthly Archives: May 2015

Best Steak Marinade Ever



We tried out a new recipe for a steak marinade this weekend. I am not usually  big fan of steak marinades or sauces, but this recipe changed my mind completely. It uses ingredients easily found in your kitchen and require no added salt. We let our New York Strips rest in this marinade for about 4 hours before we tossed them on the grill. They were sooo tender, sooo juicy, sooo delicious — what great flavor!



  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high-speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pour marinade over desired type of meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

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Watermelon Salad



Fresh, crisp and juicy — the unusual combination of watermelon and cucumber presents a wonderful choice for a summertime salad. Just dissolve the sugar into the seasoned rice vinegar to balance out the acidity. Dice a large cucumber and a slice of watermelon and toss with some chopped cilantro. Add the dressing and let the flavors blend in the refrigerator for a few hour. And there you have it. I used the cashews that I had on hand as a substitute for the dry-roasted peanuts. They have a lower fat content than most nuts . . . most of that monounsaturated fat. We had this along with grilled steak, but my guys think it would be perfect for a cold, fresh summer lunch.



  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups diced seeded watermelon
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. Stir vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl until the sugar almost dissolves. Add watermelon, cucumber and cilantro; toss gently to combine.
  2. Just before serving, sprinkle with peanuts.