~ Another pretty face 'Sunray' (Lilium)
"In June and July, just when the sun would have its day without a border, out come these bright yellow mimics, faces jubilantly upturned, eight to twenty to a 2-foot stem. A very few dark spots mark the center of the flower, and its petal edges have a random curl. 'Sunray' produces numerous secondary buds, which extend its blooming season considerably."
A BOOK of LILIES (Mark Smith)
GRILLED FLANK STEAK with MORAN SAUCE
~ Steak, one of the ultimate staples for summer, comes flavorful and succulent when prepared properly. This 40 year old recipe will fill the bill for fun summer dining.
1 1/2 lb. flank steak
1/2 cup chopped red or sweet onion
4 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup red wine
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. fresh minced ginger (1/2 tsp. ground)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Combine onions, garlic, wine, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, olive oil and black pepper. Pour marinade over steak (in large sealable bag or small container). Marinate 24 hours.
- Let stand at room temperature. Remove steak from marinade.
- Grill on high, covered, for 3 minutes per side (rare) or 4 minutes per side (medium rare). Remove and let rest 5-7 minutes. Good alone or prepare Moran Sauce to spoon over meat.
MORAN STEAK SAUCE
~ Retro and wonderful (if not watching weight)
1/4 lb. butter
2 heaping Tbsp. Heinz 57 sauce
1 Tbsp. chopped chives
1 tsp. chopped parsley
(sauteed mushrooms, optional if not making Mushroom Pie)
MUSHROOM PIE with SOUR CREAM CRUST
~ A delicious side for steak (don't count the calories)
from a clipped November 2006 Bon Appetit
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp. butter
2 1/2 cup chopped onions
8 cups coarsely chopped mushrooms (1 1/2 - 1 3/4 lbs.)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 8-oz. package (room temperature) cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 Tbsp. milk (for glaze)
- Crust: Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add butter and cut in with fork until it looks like coarse meal. Add sour cream and stir until dough comes together. Shape dough into disk; dived into 2 pieces (1 about 2/3 of dough) and (1 about 2/3 of dough). Roll larger piece on lightly floured surface to 14-inch round. Transfer to 10-inch glass pie dish and trim overhang. Roll remaining to 12-inch round and place onto baking sheet. Cut into 1-inch wide strips for top lattice. Chill crust at least 30 minutes.
- Filling: Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add onions and saute until soft and golden, about 6 minutes. Add mushrooms and thyme. Saute until mushrooms are tender and release juices, abut 6 minutes. (Can be made ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm over medium heat before continuing). Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
- Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Spoon filling into crust. Top pie with strips in lattice pattern. Fold strip ends and overhang under. Crimp edge decoratively. Brush lattice with glaze.
- Bake pie until crust is golden brown and filling is heated through, about 45 minutes. Cool pie 30 minutes before serving.