Saturday, August 13, 2016

Carne Asada Fries/35 Recipes Down

I came across this recipe last night. I was making the Honey Garlic Spareribs, from one of Sam's books, and watching a rerun of his show on Cox 11. I might be going into Sam-overload here!

The theme of the show as fair foods that he was remaking at home. One of the recipes was Carne Asada Fries.

Normally, I don't post Sam's recipes here, unless they come from his website. That's the case with this one.

Serves 4-6

A Southern California classic…never had em? You are in for a treat.


  • 1 bunch cilantro (no stems) chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin (I used coriander, because I didn't have, and don't like, cumin.)
  • 1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Zest & juice of one lime (You know how I've said I don't like lime? It's so good in this recipe. Sam has converted me!)
  • One flank steak – about 1.5 pounds
  • 1-28 ounce bag frozen French fries
  • About 2 cups shredded colby/jack cheese
  • Guacamole, and sour cream for garnish (I mashed up two avocados instead of making full on guac. I thought the flavors of the guac would override the steak and cheese.)


  1. Combine cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt & pepper, olive oil, lime juice and zest – mix well
  2. Put flank and marinade into a large Ziploc bag, zip shut and squish around to make sure flank is well covered
  3. Refrigerate 1-4 hours (I let mine marinate for an hour.)
  4. Heat grill to high and grill flank about 5 minutes each side
  5. Meanwhile, cook french fries according to package directions
  6. Slice flank into thins strips then rough chop into smaller pieces
  7. Put on top of cooked fries and top with cheese
  8. Microwave 30-60 seconds or until cheese melts
  9. Garnish with guacamole and sour cream
What did I learn from this recipe? 
The main thing I learned was that I didn't want to microwave the shredded cheese on top of the finished fries. I figured it would just make the fries soggy. Instead, I decided to make a cheese sauce, just because when Sam was filming at his local fair, he got these fries with cheese sauce.

I actually had to look up how to make a Velveeta cheese sauce, because I've never done it before. I added a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese to it.

While we were plating up this evening, I told my husband that if this alone wasn't enough for supper, to let me know and I'd make something more. This was very filling and enough on it's own. But even though it's fair food (and completely awesome), it's kind of heavy and probably not something I'll make on a regular basis.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Honey Garlic Spareribs/34 Recipes Down

As I try to keep myself busy tonight (one week sans-Cujo and a stop by the vet's office to pick up his little tin after work), tonight's supper, that I didn't really even want (because of a lack of appetite), is Honey Garlic Spareribs, and it comes from Just a Bunch of Recipes.

What did I learn from this recipe? 
There were a few things tonight. One is that the ribs I bought (beef, not pork) didn't need the full two hours to cook as this recipe requested. I could have gotten by with half that time. I actually tried cooking these for 1 hour 20 minutes and even that was too long.

Also, I guess I got some cheap, gristly ribs from my Harris Teeter. I hadn't realized that when I bought them, because they looked pretty damn good. But once they cooked up, that fat became more apparent.

The third thing I learned is that these shouldn't be cooked in the oven. Put these suckers on the grill! 

All that being said, the honey and soy combination is just about pure magic. I stuck a spoon in the mixture to taste it once it was all good!!

BTW, I'd like to remind everyone that if there's a special dog in your life, no matter who it belongs to, give that good boy/girl a rub on the head. I was outside tonight after supper, and a neighborhood couple came walking past.

I figured something was off with them. They have two dogs, and they were walking without them tonight. The wife didn't look happy. They stopped and we talked. She told me about their collie, who was going to be put to sleep tomorrow. She was the first person I told about Cujo that I'm not close to, so it was hard, but it was kind of freeing for me, in a way.

She described her dog as Lassie, and it reminded me of Cujo being my bear.

Love on the dogs you know while you can.