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I got the cutest Hanukkah gifts for the bf's little cousins today and totally on a budget too, which is great since the bf and I are still seeking full time employment. I forgot how much fun little girls are to shop for, and I am very excited that I purchased a few of their gifts at Dollar Tree, which had great art supplies (hello glitter crayons and glitter construction paper) and dress up clothes (I got the cutest fairy princess costume complete with fairy wings).
On another note, I made a super quick steak house style dinner tonight. I've been buying larger cuts of top sirloin at Costco and cutting them into smaller portions myself at home. This is a great alternative to buying more expensive cuts of steak at the supermarket. I usually will cut the meat into meal size portions and then cook that portion and slice it on a bias and serve the slices. It looks totally fancy and makes the meat more tender.
I marinated the meat and served it with garlicky green beans and roasted Parmesan potatoes.
Coffee Marinated Steak
1 large piece of top sirloin steak
1/4 cup coffee
2 tablespoons each: cooking oil, Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon steak seasoning
1 teaspoon of each: Italian seasoning, cinnamon, Emeril's essence, cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic, pepper
Mix all spices, oil, coffee and Worcestershire sauce in either a shallow baking dish or a gallon size food storage bag. Add the steak. Marinate for at least 2 hours.
Cook on an outdoor grill or a tabletop grill for 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from grill and let rest for an additional 5 minutes. Slice against the grain of the meat into thin pieces. Serve with potatoes and green beans.
1/2 to 1 lb small red potatoes, larger ones cut in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons each: salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, Emeril's Essence, granulated garlic, Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Place potatoes on a cookie sheet. Drizzle oil over potatoes. Add the spices and cheese. Mix together with your hands so that the potatoes are well covered with the spices, cheese and oil. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes to 1 hour until potatoes are crispy on the outside.
Garlicky Green Beans
1/2 lb fresh green beans trimmed
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon + 2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons of each: pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
In a medium size skillet add the water and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Add the green beans. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and return beans to skillet
Add the oil, garlic, cheese and spices to the green beans. Toss well to coat and saute over med. low heat.