Being “Foodies,” we love to celebrate with food.  We are a family of home cooks who have delighted in watching and learning from mom, gram, great gram, aunts and uncles. We watched and assisted as they created many delicious dishes over the years.  Many of the original dishes we learned were from our Slovenian heritage, but over the years we’ve explored many cultural cuisines and now enjoy an amazing variety of wonderful ethnic foods. 

Celebrating Life is what it is all about!  Being together is special!  Be it…a birthday (which we tend to celebrate for days), a movie night, various calendar holidays, international soccer watching, Super Bowl, sport tailgating, a picnic, baptism, bridal / baby shower or just family &/or friends stopping by.  Any or all of those occasions call for a celebration of just being together and enjoying some great food! 

Then, the real conversation begins…what are we hungry for?  A Salad? Soup & sandwich?  Perhaps an ethnic favorite?  Slovenian? An Italian Antipasto? Chinese? Filipino? Mexican?  North African…Tunisian?

Having some extra time at home during 2020, I used some of it to go through recipes and update our Family Cookbook!

When the girls got married (both over 10 years ago now), they received the first Family Cookbook edition. I decided, that now, in 2021, that Family Cookbook is in need of an update. It now needs to include the various “exploration” of food we have experienced during in the past decade.  Restaurant favorites, cookbook favorites, cooking classes, party favorites, entertaining specialties explored and enjoyed with friends….. Wonderful, Celebrations of Our Life! Celebrating with family & friends… having fun! You will come to understand us a tad better through this Adult Adventure – Food section! We Love to Celebrate! Have Fun and Enjoy some of our favorites!

I will be sharing some recipes with you to try! Be assured, they have been tested by us on many occasions and we give them high marks! They are “favorites” in our book!

MARINATED STEAK SALAD
Our family has enjoyed this salad since April, 1993. Mary Ann adapted it from The Silver Palate Cookbook

Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce

2 pounds London Broil, 2″ thick

Garlic Dressing:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup olive oil, extra virgin

2/3 cup sweet peppers, half red and half green (important for color) – diced
1/3 cup purple / red onions, chopped
1 scallion, thinly sliced, diagonally
2/3 cup garlic dressing*
1/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped
Romaine lettuce, washed – dried – chopped
Lemon / Orange rind, grated for garnish

Instructions:
Marinade:
Combine the first three ingredients into a rectangular dish.
Mix well.

Place the London Broil into this mixture and marinate overnight/for at least 3 hours.

Garlic Dressing:
Combine the red wine vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor.
Process briefly. With the motor running, slowly dribble in the olive oil.
Taste – – adjust as needed.
Transfer to a bowl for use later.

Pat the beef dry and pan fry it over the highest possible heat for about 5 – 7 minutes per side (to your preference). Let the meat to rest for a few minutes. 

Julienne the beef into thick, bite-sized pieces and combine with the peppers, red onions and scallion in a large bowl.

Pour on the prepared garlic dressing and toss thoroughly.
Add the parsley and toss again.

Arrange romaine lettuce leaves on a serving platter.
Top with the prepared steak.
Garnish with the lemon / orange rind.

Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap.
If refrigerated, let salad return to room temperature before serving.

This is truly a family favorite.

Traditionally, much of the “garlic dressed” steak is consumed before reaching the table!
We have served this salad at a variety of family/social occasions – at dinners, covered dishes, picnic/outdoor affairs. Whenever we serve it… Everyone loves it!

Enjoy this fabulous Lipsky family favorite! We always do!
As Julia would say… Bon Appetite!

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