Skirt Steak For Coffee Lovers

It's like being on the range without having to use an outdoor potty. Plus prepping this steak takes about 5 minutes. No more than 5 minutes per side on the grill (medium or coals) and it's a centerpiece dish.

Bon Appetit was just one of the magazines offering up coffee as a marinade ingredient, so I was inspired. (Click here for recipe) I gave it a taste and threw it a bit of cocoa powder and maple syrup, but I was also making up for a brown sugar deficit. Molasses and sugar could have filled the gap as well.

Whatever you do, save some marinade for glazing. More flavor. And don't forget to dry off the meat before grilling.

Steak knives optional – B


Every (any?) Day Hash

So I got two new boy dogs (see photo, below) and I have had less cooking time lately. Not to worry. Necessity being the mother of invention, I threw everything together in a hash this week that I think came out pretty well.

Start with leftover potatoes – if I steam them for anything, I always make extra for a frittata…or in this case, hash. Start crisping them in a tablespoon or two of veg oil.

Add leftover caramelized cumin & garlic peppers and onions (I always make extras of these, try them on grilled cheese!). Then chop and add leftover vegetables like asparagus or green squash. Add the week's steak, or chicken or pork or sausage or tasty tofu.

Let everything meld & get some crunch. Stir in scrambled eggs if desired.

Dinner is done-B



Weeknight Steak

Since the charcoal takes time and the new dogs take watching (when outside with the existing dog), I have no time for prepping dinner. But that's fine. This steak is big on flavor and low on effort. Ditto for grilled asparagus and chived potatoes.

Btw I used to be an “I only use fresh garlic” snot. So glad the world's top BBQ chefs educated me about powdered garlic!

Steak ingredients

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon olive oil

1–2 lb flank steak

Get coals going, or heat grill to medium. Rub steak with olive oil. Mix salt & spices. Rub into steak, both sides. Let set 10-5 minutes. Swipe grill with olive oil. Cook about 5-6 minutes per side depending on thickness for medium. Also, it's an uneven cut, some will be more rare. Watch for flames against he spice rub.


Peel and steam russets or Yukon gold, any amount. Add a glug of olive oil, salt and as much chopped chive as you like. Lemon juice is nice too.


Add olive oil, salt & grill.

Eat, enjoy – B