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Beef Really Was What's For Dinner. 
Aug. 31, 2013 2:46 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 6:12 pm

I'm not a red meat eater.  I eat it very rarely.  I'd never even cooked it myself other than making corned beef at St Patricks Day.  

I stopped eating it when I was an early teen.  It just started becoming unappetizing to me.  I didn't like the taste of it or the look of it.  Then I took a few nutrition classes and watched documentaries such as Food, Inc. and was even less interested in beef.

But recently a Philly Cheesesteak Wrap at the local delicatessen tickled my fancy.  I tried a bite of my husband's lunch one day it and enjoyed it, ordering it for myself the next time we ate there.  I thought maybe I'd like to try cooking a steak and if I actually really liked it, perhaps I'd make it once in a great while.  So I bought some steak and tried a couple of recipes.

First I tried Grilled Steak and Asian Noodle Salad.  This was my very first time cooking steak and that said, I was really relying on the directions to help me cook a good steak.  Unfortunately the time indicated in the recipe yielded a well-done steak, which detracted from my abilities to thoroughly enjoy it, but it was still good.  For the marinade, I made my own sesame ginger dressing by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, and a drop of sesame oil.  Reviewer Bibi left some great advice in her review: she advises to omit the sugar snap peas and use snow peas in their place.  I wish I'd had done so because the sugar snaps were too sweet.  I did, however, follow her advice to top with peanuts and serve with sriracha.  I added sliced celery to the veggies as well.  I would definitely make this again with more of a rare cook on the steak and using snow peas.

The second recipe I tried was Beefy Sweet Potato Hash.  This was also tasty.  I decided to serve this for lunch in tortillas.  I reversed the beginning directions because I thought the potatoes would brown better dry, before being cooked in water.  I started with a saute, then added water and cooked till the potatoes were soft.  I cubed a cooked steak and added it at the end, just to warm it up.  Along with the sour cream mix, I also served these with thin slices of avocado.  This is a great way to make a quick lunch using leftover steak and i think it would be good with plain potatoes as well.

While I can't say I will be serving beef often, I will say that I don't mind cooking it up on occasion.  I enjoyed these recipes and it was nice to make and eat something different for once, and end the no-beef streak I'd been on for more than half my life.

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for my experienced-based reviews. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]

Aug. 31, 2013 2:55 pm
Hey, thanks for the call-out, girl! Glad you liked the salad. And glad to hear you are expanding your culinary horizons, too! After all, you have to have something with those lovely California reds!
Aug. 31, 2013 3:11 pm
That Asian noodle salad sounds like something we would love. I am glad that you found a couple of good recipes to try. Oh and that Philly Cheesesteak Wrap sounds like something I would love!
Aug. 31, 2013 3:20 pm
Nice blog Lissa. My missus isn't a huge red meat eater. She eats beef, but doesn't care for it a lot. I do. Two recipes that I make often that she will gobble up are Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches and Slow Cooker Pot Roasts.
Aug. 31, 2013 3:35 pm
I could give up all beef except ground beef made into hamburgers (turkey burgers just don't do it for me) and pot roast. My fav recipe here is Spiced Pot Roast. So comforting on a chilly day.
Aug. 31, 2013 3:41 pm
Aug. 31, 2013 3:42 pm
Here^^^^ is the link. For some reason it doesn't appear when you search for it.
Aug. 31, 2013 4:03 pm
So have you tried beef tacos, fajitas or nachos? I think you'll fall in love...
Aug. 31, 2013 4:05 pm
Nice and honest blog about meat! I can't quite identify with it, but I can certainly appreciate what you are saying! Every once in a while we all have to try something that we thought we didn't like!
Aug. 31, 2013 6:14 pm
What a great and up front blog not to mention that you have become quit the photographer.
Aug. 31, 2013 8:26 pm
Very nice, Lissa - I'm a diehard meateater - but wouldn't have tried the Sweet Potato Hash (call me a wienie). If you're in, I'm in. Saved!
Aug. 31, 2013 8:28 pm
Hi ~Lissa~, great blog about your new adventures with beef! I LOVE your pics too! You are a good photographer. I so relate to your story about finding beef unappetizing. I never liked blueberries....ever. Then my husband planted 8 blueberry bushes. I began cautiously experimenting with them. Now, I am an eater of all things blueberry. Watch put, you may become a beefeater. LOL!
Sep. 1, 2013 10:32 am
I love your beautiful photos, Lissa. I live in Colorado and I buy the beef from a cattle rancher. There is a big difference in the taste of beef. So if you ever come to Colorado try the beef.
Sep. 7, 2013 11:23 am
Nice pictures. You're making me hungry!
Sep. 9, 2013 8:30 pm
Sure think, Bibi. It's advice worth sharing!
Sep. 9, 2013 8:31 pm
Baking Nana, the wrap is very tasty. Served with a horseradish mayo sauce and jus for dipping. Yum.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:32 pm
duboo, I like pork roasts, and am pretty sure I'd enjoy a pot roast too. I shall have to give it a whirl some time.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:33 pm
Thanks Mog, I'll check it out. I use ground turkey for everything. I find it you add soy sauce, steak sauce, or Worcestershire it gives it a deeper flavor so the ground turkey blahness isn't as noticeable.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:34 pm
those sound great scooter. I'll put them on my list.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:35 pm
Yes Marianne, I've been trying to expand my repertoire lately. Chicken and pork can get boring.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:36 pm
thank you bd.weld. I've been trying to improve my photo skills.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:36 pm
I was apprehensive too, Staci, but it was good. I was impressed.
Sep. 9, 2013 8:38 pm
Candice, lol! I love blueberries. I'd very much like to have some bushes on our property. I'd can jam, pie filling, blueberry sauce, freese mini hand pies (way better than those pies I used to eat all the time as a kid-the ones wrapped in wax paper, ya know?)...
Sep. 9, 2013 8:40 pm
Hi Lela. I tried local farm beef when I took a Farm to Fork class at the college about a year go. Big difference in taste isn't there!
Sep. 9, 2013 8:40 pm
thank you Cynthia, I appreciate it!
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Sep. 10, 2013 6:12 pm
its the Mediterranean diet....Beef once a month, fish once a week, and the three sisters everyday. The grain the legume and the vegetable. I can only hope to try that diet. I work in the industry and the amount of pork, every day, made the same way, my nose is tired and ready for something new. simple potato tomato soft taco with green pea guaka mole. maybe tapatio'd soaked toasted cashews.
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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