Friday, August 29, 2008


"Heaven is under our feet
as well as over our heads."
- Henry David Thoreau
~ August 'All-Stars'

~ Savory flavor for a simple holiday dinner adapted from Bon Appetit (July 1991)
8 1 1/2-inch thick Porterhouse, New York Strips, or T-bone
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice and zest
1/3 cup dry vermouth
4 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (2 Tbsp. dried)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (1 Tbsp. dried)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Combine all ingredients and pour over steaks. Marinate several hours.
  • Prepare grill. Allow steaks to rest 30 minutes at room temperature before grilling.
  • Remove steaks from marinade. Sprinkle with a bit of coarse salt & freshly ground pepper to taste. Place marinade in saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  • Grill steaks to desired donenesss, about 5-7 minutes per side for rare. Allow to rest before serving. Serve with remaining sauce.
~ Perfect companion for grilled steak (the sumptuous flavor will haunt you) from Simply Perfect Grilling (1996)
8 medium large sweet onions
2 Tbsp. melted butter
3 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Peel onions and cut almost through forming 8 wedges. Place onion on a square piece of heavy duty foil.
  • Combine butter, mustard, and Tabasco sauce. Drizzle mixture over onions. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bring up 2 opposite sides of foil and seal. Fold remaining ends to enclose each onion, leaving space for steam to build.
  • Arrange on medium-high grill, cover and grill 25 minutes or till onions are nearly tender. Make a 2-inch slit in top of each packet. Cover and grill 10 minutes more or till onions are lightly browned. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve in packet or remove. (8 servings)

"God give me work, till my life shall end

And life, till my work is done."

~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby


beckie said...

Just in time for Labor Day cookouts! While we are not having steak ;( we are having brats and the Onion Blosoms will make a great side dish. Your collage is wonderful, Joey. The very essence of summer blooms. Have a good holiday!

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Joey, let me say first that I love your Hydrangea pics from the below of my favorite flowers. Also love your beutiful Hibiscus from this post...I have the same color in my garden.


joey said...

Oh Beckie ... think of me eating this onion blossom, one of my favorites! Happy holiday (I'm at the lake and cooking Hubbard Lake Breakfast on Sunday, a must post, for 20)

Hello Ruth ... great minds think alike :) Anxious to visit and see what your talented hand has created.

Meems said...

joey, those onions sound superb... definitely one I will try at a family gathering next. Always love your photos... enjoy the lake this weekend... must be a very special place there for you and your family.

GMG said...

Hi Joey! First of all many thanks for your comment on my post of 08.08.08 at 08h08 at Blogtrotter, now in Kos, Greece! It was great to read you there. Second, sorry for the long delay to come here, but August was a terribly busy month, as everybody else seems to be in vacation… ;))
Anyhow, I found sometime now to land here and enjoy your blog.
Great treat!
Wish you a great weekend!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous August 'All~Stars' bloggin Sis!:) And I'm not a big steak eater, But your girlled lemon herb steak recipe sounds perfect for when I am in the mood for steak~my hubby is a big steak eater,so next time he wants steak, grilled lemon herb steaks it will be!:) And onion blossoms are a fav here, both hubby and son will love this!
Big Hugs!

joey said...

Thanks Meems, this lake has been a 'piece of paradise' since I was a child. The holiday weekend has been spectacular for entertaining, sunsets, and viewing the awesome (light polutant-free) northern sky. The onion blossoms are easy, perfect fare for company. Do hope your holiday weekend was wonderful also.

Here you are and there you go Blogtrotter! Will bloghop over for visit soon.

Thanks dear Cat! Less and less to photograph in my September garden but will be visiting Michigan wine country, a treat each year. Loved your garden critter post! Hope your guys like the steak (and you the onions);)

christina said...

This quote is truly incredible! Thank you for introducing it to me. : )

joey said...

You are most kind to comment, Christina. The words touch my soul also.

Jane O' said...

I missed this post somehow and I love grilled onions so I'm sure glad I noticed the oversite. Those steaks sound fantastic too. I'm not done grilling yet, so there's still time to try it out.
I'll have to keep a closer watch next time :)

joey said...

With this HOT weather lurking, Jane Marie, there is plenty of time. Actually, I grill all year long.