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Flip Steak

2018 brings a new food challenge! I’m going to try to make 52 recipes I remember having as dinners or dishes growing up. I’ve brainstormed lots of options (our family had more variety in dining than I would have expected!) and am excited to this. It’s already been fun thinking of ideas with my family and bugging my parents for recipes. Expect some to be fancy and others to be quite casual. There will be Cleveland-area influences and signs of the times (80s and 90s) as well.

I’m kicking this off with flip steak. This falls into the category of weird Cleveland dinners that was a mainstay in our household but isn’t something people really have heard of when I mentioned it. This is what they called a particular cut of meat in grocery stores, and it’s also a reference to the fact that the preparation is basically a quick pan fry, frequently flipping the meat. We called a local butcher to get some intel, and he said that the meat is usually thin-cut sirloin, but sometimes can be top round or London broil. I’ve found very little online about this particular cut, but this internet piece also has seen it labeled braciole, which my mother recalls as well. As a kid, this wasn’t really one of my favorite meals (though I started enjoying it more when my parents started melting cheese over the pieces of meat). But John and I quite enjoyed it when I attempted to recreate it last night, and it couldn’t be easier. I bought sirloin tip steaks because it seemed to be the closest approximation at the store, but I pounded them a little thinner.

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Retro Curry

I am approximately eleven recipes behind on updating the site, so bear with me. This is one of two (new!) Japanese curry recipes I made for our annual holiday potluck. This beef one was thinner than some we’ve made before, but had a nice depth of flavor. From my “Japanese Soul Cooking” cookbook. I doubled this recipe with no issues.

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Japanese Mapo Tofu

I knew I wanted to make this when I saw it on Japanese Mini Kitchen. I love traditional mapo tofu. This was really good and easy to make, but less spicy than I am used to. More subtle.

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Matsutake Sukiyaki

Yum! What a fun new Japanese recipe to put into the rotation. And a good use for matsutakes which were again available at the market.

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Beef Pot Roast

Terrific CL recipe! John was over the moon about it. And it went particularly well with some of our friend Amy’s leftover homemade bread.

I used a two-pound bottom roast instead of a three-pound chuck roast and it still worked out great.

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Lighter Stroganoff

I wanted to have a lighter stroganoff recipe in my arsenal. This one was pretty good, though I think if I made it again, I’d use slightly less sour cream and tomato paste.

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Beef and Eggplant with Miso

I nerdily tape (among other things on NHK) “Your Japanese Kitchen Mini,” these little five minute cooking segments on the Japanese channel. I basically want to make practically every recipe Harumi makes on it. And this was a great one – a lovely sweet/salty balance and a good way to use up in-season eggplant.

The instructions given are a little on the vague side, but I made it work. The fry step is a bit of a hassle, but the texture of the eggplants was really nice, and I’m guessing that had something to do with it. I’d totally make this again, as I have trouble thinking of things to do with eggplant that get me excited.

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