Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beef and Broccoli

I am a big fan of Beef and Broccoli but not the nasty, soggy, goopy stuff that most Chinese take-out places serve.  I like crispy broccoli and beef in a salty sauce that doesn't turn into a gelatinous mess.  So anyway, I was in the mood for some yumminess last night and this is what I made.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to photography anything (because I ate it to quickly) but I will share the recipe with all of you anyway.  Do yourself a favor and make this...soon.  I am sure you will love it and your family will not know what hit them.


2 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 lbs. lean sirloin beef, trimmed, thinly sliced
2 tsp. oil
1 c. chicken broth, divided
5 c. broccoli, florets
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 Tbsp. ginger, minced
2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 c. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 c. water

On a plate, combine 2 Tbsp. cornstarch and salt; add beef and toss to coat.

Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat.  Add beef and stir-fry until lightly browned, about 4 minutes; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Add 1/2 cup broth to same pan; stir to loosen any bits on food on bottom of pan.  Add broccoli and onion; cover and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.  Uncover pan and add ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minutes.

In a cup, stir together soy sauce, remaining 1/2 cup broth, remaining 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch and water until blended; stir into pan.  Reduce heat to medium low and bring to a simmer; simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. 

Return beef and accumulated juices to pan; toss to coat.  Serve with rice or noodles (or eat it plain like i do).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Peanut Butter Brownies

A few weeks ago my sister and I went to What's Cooking Detroit to see Anne Thornton do a cooking demo.  I hadn't hear of her before that show but she was great.  She made Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies for us.  The demo was live (obviously) and while things didn't go perfect for her (missing bowls, fussy stoves, etc.) I found her to be real, charming and a really good cook.  This weekend I had the perfect opportunity for some baking and so I made the Brownies and Coconut Cream Cake.  The brownies were a hit and while the cake didn't go as fast as I thought it would, I thought it was super tasty, moist and delicious.  The one change I made was to the Coconut Cream Cake.  Rather then adding Coco Lopez to the frosting, I pierced the cake many times and poured it on the layers.  The cake soaked it right up and added more moisture to the cake.  The frosting was the perfect consistency.  I will definitely make this cake again and make the same change.  
Sorry for the gross picture.

So Food Network fans, if you haven't seen Anne in action yet, check her out.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.