A Classic Steak Dinner


I’ve been making steak dinners for Chris for over two years, and the main thing I’ve discovered is the only thing you need is salt, pepper, butter, and a good cast iron skillet. Without a grill, the meat makes more even contact and gets a much better crust. I also prefer to serve steak with mashed potatoes since they soak up resting juices or pan sauce better than just about anything. The steak itself also doesn’t need to be an expensive cut as long as it is cooked and cut correctly to avoid chewiness. This dinner all together cost less than ten dollars for 2 hungry people.
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Arancini (Risotto Balls)


In Italian, this recipe is called “little oranges,” since the balls resemble oranges once fried. All I can say is that this is the ultimate way to make leftover risotto totally new again. Most of the recipes I saw used a cube of cheese in the center to make these even more decadent. The cheese isn’t totally needed because I left it out and it was still delicious. I got reminded of hushpuppies by the smell of these babies frying. My advice is to not make them too big, large golf balls is what you’re aiming for. And definitely don’t skip any of the coating steps. I rolled one is breadcrumbs without egg and flour for experimentation and it totally fell apart in the frying pan.

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Easy Homemade Pizza


Good homemade pizza is all about the crust. I made my own pizza crust for the first time as a teenager, but it never seemed as good as the store bought or fast food version. I think it was because I was trying to make “American style” pizza crust. And unless you have a lab in your kitchen filled with industrial chemicals, chances are no pizza you make at home will ever taste like dominos or pizza hut. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make pizza that tastes even better. The best pizza I ever tasted was on a beach in Italy about two years ago. It was there where I realized what pizza SHOULD taste like. Pizza should not have thick bready crust. It should be thin and chewy and crispy. To make authentic Italian pizza crust, all you need is flour, salt, water, yeast, and a touch of olive oil. NO SUGAR, don’t even think about it. It doesn’t need it. Save the sugar for the tiramisu.

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