Sunday, June 15, 2008


"Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name."
~William Wordsworth

~ Dearest Father

4 (8-10 oz) beef New York strip or ribeye steaks
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp. fresh marjoram
1 Tbsp. freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 - 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. dry mustard
juice of 1 lemon and zest
splash Tabasco sauce
  • Combine fresh herbs, garlic and pepper. Sprinkle over massage into steaks.
  • Combine olive oil, wine, soy sauce, dry mustard, lemon juice, zest, and Tabasco. Pour over steaks and marinate at least 4 hours.
  • Remove steaks from marinade (reserve) and grill to personal taste. While steaks are cooking, reduce marinade. Allow steak to rest and serve sauce over steaks. (If desired, top with crumbled Gorgonzola)
Suggested Michigan Wine: Chateau Grand Traverse 2004 Merlot Reserve

~ Adapted from treasured 1992 issue of Bon Appetit.
1 1/2 cups finely crushed Ritz crackers
6 Tbsp. room temperature unsalted butter
2 cups thinly sliced Vidalia onions
3/4 cup whole milk or sour cream
2 organic large eggs
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
1 to 1 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar or Colby
Hungarian sweet paprika
Chopped fresh parsley
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Mix cracker crumbs and 4 Tbsp. butter until blended. Press into 8-inch pie plate.
  • Melt remaining butter and saute onions until tender and opaque. Sprinkle with cracked pepper. Plunk evenly over crust.
  • Whisk milk or sour cream, eggs, salt & pepper. Pour over onions and top with cheese. Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley.
  • Bake about 35 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. (Serves 6)

Toss asparagus spears with olive oil and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper. Grill until slightly caramelized.


bg_garden said...

I am using your veggie recipe today on the grill. Thanks for sharing. Happy Fathers Day to you - Wonderful memorial to a wonderful Dad.
Hugs from my Garden to yours!

beckie said...

Vidalia Onion Pie sounds heavenly! Can't wait to try it. A handsome man, your father. I had been wondering about you-glad to know you are still around.

beckie said...

The Vidalia Onion pie sounds heavenly. Can't wait to try iy. Your father is a handsome man. I had been wondering about you-glad to know you are still around.

Anonymous said...

I know this is a weird thing for a 50 year old woman to say to another woman...but your daddy is soooooo gooooood looooking!!!!

Happy Fathers Day!

Sheila from west Michigan

Jane O' said...

I saw the title and went straight to the vidalia pie. I never heard of anythign like that before but it sure sounds good. That a must for my recipe box.

joey said...

Dear Bren ... enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh asparagus (we cook extra since all nibble before dinner). You are a dear and so enjoyed your lovely tribute to your father. I cooked ... my husband, sons, and grandsons went to the Tiger game ... photos on the field with players and coach. It was a Father's Day day as good as it gets!

Too cute, Sheila. You are not alone ... indeed my father was a handsome man as was my mother (check her out on my Mother's Day post). Besides giving me the 'greatest gift', 'the moon', he left me with his sense of humor that I pray lives within me.

Beckie, you are a dear. The week was heavy dealing with power outages and appointments with my ailing sister. Blessed with my beautiful family, we dined on this feast tonight, including Honey-Sesame Grilled Shrimp and Strawberry Shortcake. I made 2 Vidalia Onion pies and only 1/2 of one is left. Considering the hefty fare, I was shocked! Needless to say, all 'rolled' out the door ... Give it a try!

joey said...

Tuck it away, Janie Marie, for a 'let's not count calorie' day ;)

Anonymous said...

The old photo pictures are great! Nice to see you're still blogging.

Catherine said...

Hi Joey!
What a wonderful tribute to your the second picture of him ~very handsome, & love the pose! The Vidalia onion pie sounds really yummy!! ~A must try! ;)
Thanks again for the email~:)

joey said...

Thanks Jill. Good to hear from you again. I must pop over for visit and see your lovely photography.

My father was quite 'dapper', Cat. Do believe that was a honeymoon photo taken on Mackinac Island. The first was a wedding photo ... he was 29. Though much fairer, my sons resemble him.