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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Meeting Melissa d'Arabian

The Mr and I watch a lot of Food Network shows.  One of our favorites is "The Next Food Network Star".  We started watching the second season, when Guy Fieri (our #1 pick!) won.  Love Guy - he was a fantastic choice.

Another of our favorites was season four, when we watched Melissa d'Arabian battle it out with Geoffrey for the winning television show.  My personal favorite episode was one in which Melissa was given a bunch of different hot peppers, with which she was unfamiliar, as her ingredient (imagine, hot pepper episode being my favorite...) and Bobby Flay was impressed because she took the time to taste each individual pepper.  I always wish she would have posted that recipe.

Maybe the next best thing though, is being able to see her at a book signing last weekend.  Here we all are:

Her book, Ten Dollar Dinners, is fantastic!  And since we had the chance to meet her this weekend, I made a recipe out of the book to show you all here:

French Cut Steak with Carmelized Onions


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (1 pound) skirt steak, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 medium sweet onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup beef stock or broth


  1. In a small bowl, combine spices and salt and pepper. Liberally season the steak with the rub and let rest 15 minutes on the counter.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter over low heat. Add onions, season and cook until soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a large saute pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon butter over high heat. Place steaks in the pan and sear until nicely browned, about 3 minute per side for medium-rare. Remove pan to plate to rest 10 minutes.
  4. Place the saute pan over high heat and deglaze with wine and vinegar until reduced by 1/2. Add onions to the pan with beef broth and reduce by half. Salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Slice steak and fan to serve. Top with sauce.

This was easy, fast and really tasty!  We always watch Melissa's show and enjoyed chatting with her too.  Her book is wonderful, with lots of great tips for saving while still having great food.  Check it out - you'll be glad you did!

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  1. Mrs, Zent,
    Thanks for coming by. This recipe looks yummy. I seldom watch the food channel, but it sounds wonderful to get a chance to meet one of their celebs and to pick up some good cooking recipes as well.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  2. How cool to meet melissa!! That recipe looks yummy too!!

  3. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about skirt steak, but I've never had the nerve to buy a cut and experiment. Well, here's my chance....I'm pinning this! This is perfect to share with Foodie Friends Friday. Thank you!

  4. This looks great. I just saw another blog that made one of her recipes. I am going to have to read up on her recipes. Our family loves Master Chef and Hell's Kitchen!

    I am now following you and will pin your recipe for a later time! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Susan,
    This is an awesome steak, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I can just about taste this... Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and hope to see you back this week with more great recipes.