• Asian,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Meat,  Proteins,  Recipes

    Sheet Pan Wasabi Flank Steak

    This meal idea originally began life as a grill recipe, but when you look outside and see your grill literally in flames – it needed to be completely cleaned – a fast pivot was necessary. Thank goodness for sheet pans! And a sheet pan with aluminum foil? That’s complete no-dishes-to-wash heaven! Back to the recipe…I had some leftover wasabi sauce that I wanted to use and I thought it could be perfect on the side of an Asian flavored flank steak. This marinade could not be simpler, it’s TWO ingredients, and the kids really enjoyed it. We are mostly a chicken and pork family, but when we do eat red…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Meat,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Roasted Meatballs

    I have never been one for frying meatballs (too messy!), so I am constantly tinkering around with baking meatballs instead. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s new cookbook. I have always baked my meatballs, but usually at a low temperature. I still make meatballs that way from time to time, but I really appreciate the speed with which these meatballs come together. The additional breadcrumbs and higher heat help the meatballs keep their shape and cooks them all the way through…then all you need is a quick simmer in the sauce and dinner is ready! Have a few extra minutes? Make my delicious marinara sauce! Marinara Sauce Print Roasted…

  • Asian,  Meat,  Recipes,  Sauces

    Korean Steak Tacos

    Delicious sauces are one of my favorite things to play around with…I just love experimenting with different flavors and seeing the finished result. I have to say this sauce is one of Jeff and my stand-outs – it is soooo good and tastes healthy and clean (which of course it is)! People don’t often think of flank steak as a leftover dinner candidate, but with a little planning you can make two amazing dinners. The key is to make sure you cook your back-up flank steak more rare, it will cook in the microwave when you are re-heating your dinner plates and you don’t want it too well done. Print…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Meat,  Recipes

    Indonesian-Style Beef Lettuce Wraps

    Asian food is a personal favorite of mine, and in particular the region of Southeast Asia. I love exploring new flavor profiles, and the taste of red curry paste, with notes of nutmeg and clove, along with the hint of coconut milk…this sauce has such a fresh yet complex taste. Making Asian meals for my family is always a success because it’s a make-your-own-meal adventure. I set out bowls with the protein, rice, sauce and lots of vegetables – that way my children have a healthy meal and get to choose exactly what’s on their plate. Print Indonesian-Style Beef Lettuce Wraps Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 4   This sauce is so good,…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Meat,  Recipes

    Beer-Braised Brisket

    Nothing could make me happier than to share my new favorite brisket recipe! I love brisket and really prefer to smoke it, but I got started too late, and knew I was going to have to go with a braise. I even had to skip the season, wrap and chill it in the fridge for 1 – 2 days step. I was originally just cooking pulled pork and then when I realized how many hungry kids were going to be here, I added the brisket to double the amount of slider sandwiches. I served this as part of a big football spread for all Jeff’s boys and their friends home…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Grilling,  Meat,  Recipes

    Classic Hamburgers

    When Jeff saw me writing down my hamburger recipe, he asked why I would write a recipe for this because, “They’re just hamburgers”. I completely disagree, because simple recipes of classic dishes you’ll make over and over, those recipes are the most important to nail down and perfect. So, this isn’t a jazzy restaurant burger with all types of fillings and ingredients, this is simply a classic hamburger that everyone in our house loves. We like to add cheddar cheese to the burgers that are being eaten that night, and then add the slice of cheddar when we microwave the leftover burgers, one at a time. Offered at our house…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Meat,  Recipes

    Classic Meatloaf

    When I was simply a mom of 3, I never would have considered making meatloaf in warm weather. In my mind, I very clearly delineate food into seasons, and it’s not for a noble reason like what produce is fresh for that time of year. It’s simply that when it’s warm outside I want salads, I want to grill…then I became the cook for our blended family of 10. Well, my perspective changed and while I still love grilling, sometimes I don’t feel like dealing with 10 chicken breasts on the grill, I just want to make something and throw it in the oven. Enter meatloaf. The inspiration for this…

  • Dinner,  Meat,  Mexican,  Recipes

    Flank Steak Fajitas

    One of my new favorite dinners with a completely delicious marinade! A recent cookbook discovery, Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert inspired me to re-think all the work involved with making fajitas on a grill pan – how could I simplify things for a weeknight dinner? Cook the fajitas and veggies on a sheet pan! If you are looking for new dinner inspiration definitely check out this cookbook – if you kids are like mine, they don’t like foods mixed together – so roasting on trays is big in our house already. A huge bonus was making dinner on ONE foil-lined sheet pan…the fewer dishes to clean up equals a…

  • Dinner,  Grilling,  Meat,  Recipes

    Thai Steak Salad

    This salad was my first foray into Thai cooking, and it remains close to my heart. Inspired by a recipe from the ultimate grilling book, Webers Big Book of Grilling, this super-easy marinade creates a mouthwatering flank steak. But the star of the show is vinaigrette – lots of fresh cilantro and mint with notes of rice vinegar, fresh lime, ginger and garlic. Print Thai Steak Salad Author: Kate Wagner Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Asian Serves: 4-6   I love this meal, it might be my favorite warm weather dinner salad. It's filling but tastes so clean and healthy! It also has lots of make-ahead steps. Happy cooking! Ingredients 1 – about 1 ½…