How to make Smoked Bass

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Learn How to make Smoked Bass at home with just fish, salt and smoke! You can substitute salmon (cook it skin side down and don’t flip it) or trout ( just adjust the cooking time). (more…)

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Let’s go outside and have a PARTY! I love entertaining outside when the weather warms up, firing up the grill and inviting friends and family to hang out (more…)


How to make Paella the right way and how the HexxCooker can Upgrade your Grill Game

HexxCooker with perforated wok and wok ring
HexxCooker with perforated wok and wok ring. Our Host Luchi Palermo roasted Roma tomatoes, jalapenos and scallions to make the most delicious salsa. After roasting she blended it all up and served it warm. Delicious!

When I (along with other members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society) was invited by Ray and Luchi Palermo, creators of the QuadCooker,  to check out a demonstration of their new creation the HexxCooker    (more…)


Flank Steak Recipe – Marinated, Grilled and DELICIOUS


Flank steaks on the grill


It’s grilling season y’all!…well in the south its almost always grilling season, especially this past winter which was really no winter at all, but I digress.  Yesterday we put the grill to good use by cooking up some flank steak and some squash ( yes, squash again. When I told you yesterday that there was a ton of squash at the farmers market I was not kidding).

The flank steak was marinated for two days in the fridge, which was overkill but we had a huge electrical storm roll through on the original day I was going to cook it.  The extra day didn’t hurt it at all, but I wouldn’t go longer than that.  You don’t want your meat to break down in the marinade before you cook it. Here’s the recipe:
Marinated Flank Steak
1 flank steak
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup canola ( or vegetable) oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Score the flank steak on both sides. Put all the other ingredients into a ziplock bag and mix. Put the flank steak into the bag. Seal and refrigerate for  4 to 8  hours.

Remove the flank steak from the fridge and get your grill going. Build the fire to one side of the grill creating a hot zone and a cool zone. Remove the flank steak from the marinade a pat the steak dry. Cook the flank steak on the cool side of the grill for about five miunites on each side. The time depends on how hot your grill is so just watch it so it doesn’t over cook.  This will slowly bring your meat to the desired temperature. I like my flank steak cooked to medium, so when it gets close to medium I move it to the hot side of the grill, directly over the fire an let it brown for just a minute on each side.

here’s a quick snack to make with flank steak

I sliced the flank steak thin,  made a quick guacamole and served it as an open faced little sandwich with some serrano pepper, cilantro, red onion and sour cream.  The flank steak would be great in a lettuce wrap with white rice or as a taco with some slaw….I’m gettin’ hungry again just thinkin’ about it.

When the flank steak was done the fire was still roaring so why let it go to waste.  I took some of the squash from the farmer’s market, sliced it about 1/3 inch thick, drizzled it with olive oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  Over direct heat it only takes a few minutes for it to soften and it was delicious.

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