Summer STEAK- How to?

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.
— Julia Child

How to cook a Juicy Tri-tip Steak

Driving home in the snow in a beat up old car that you bought for $600 wasn't a good idea at sixteen but you make your way to the mountains no matter the consequences of the weather. I would leave at the end of the day and know I had to go slow.    I loved the wetness of the big flakes falling.  My windshield wipers were strong but sometimes the snow collected on them so thick I thought I wouldn't make it home.  And yet I still went because it was the best days ever when I was there.  I know this sounds like the song but it is true. I would come home tired, super hungry, and invigorated that I drove home alone in that weather.  I felt like a superwoman.  Proud of my abilities.

I had a ski trip this year for a first time in a long time.  My body was tired, I felt the ache in my legs that I didn't remember but the pain wasn't much because in my mind all I could go back to was those good memories. Those times when I skied for days at a time.  Where the snow was beautiful as I creeped on home.  Sometimes taking two maybe three hours but the next weekend I would be there again.  I was patient for my love of the white stuff.

 It's often the same story when you go to a restaurant and order a steak.  You wait for it.  Why do you go back?  Because it's good because it's memories  in your mind of that juicy, salty and flavorful chunk of meat.  In fact it's so good I wondered how do they do it?

 I want to do that at home.  I wanted that memory in my own kitchen.

Was it was possible?

I always figured I would have to have a special pan or grill or something to make a steak taste like a restaurant.  But, as it turns out that is not the case.  After much practice and youtubing I finally realized like anything steaks can be fantastic made at home but it is all about patience.

 Hmm that is not always the easiest quality for anyone and especially when you want to just have dinner quick on the table.

 It's funny though because part of why we go to a restaurant is to have that time to sit and wait for our meal. It is forced patience. My mind started whirring.  What if I applied this same idea to cooking steak?

 If I went to a restaurant I might start with a glass of wine to linger and maybe some nibbles...and I would wait.

 So here it is:

the secret to cooking a great steak😋:

Prep time and Rest.

 I know you are in shock. 😱

How to cook a Steak

But no worries it is simple.

The hard work includes: removing from the fridge give it a little TLC or in this case,

OSPOOlive oil, Salt and Pepper, and Open up your bottle of wine. 🍷

Now I got ya hooked, huh?!  

Oh and while you drink that wine let me know what were you nibbling on?

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  • 1/2 pound boneless Tri-tip Steak

  • Kosher salt and Black Pepper

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil


Step 1

Take steak out of refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.  If no bone in steak and it is thick, pound out the steak between two pieces of parchment paper using a mallet.  

Step 2

Coat steak with Olive Oil on both sides and then Salt and Pepper steak on both sides as well.  Rest steak (NOT IN REFRIGERATOR) on a plate on the countertop.  

Step 3

Heat Grill to a very hot temperature. If cooking inside heat oven to 450 degrees.  

Step 4

Once your oven is hot heat pan that can go in the oven until almost smoking when a drop of oil is added.  Lay steak in pan ending with the steak away from you.  Do not move steak around in pan.  It is ready to flip when it moves away from pan easily.  Flip and take off stove top and finish in oven. Cook 4-5 minutes or less. You want the steak just underdone as it will continue cooking on the counter.  You can check it with a thermometer and if you like it medium remove it at 155 degrees F internal temperature.  Remove steak from pan and allow to rest 5-10 minutes until reaches a temp of 160 degrees.  If you like your steak medium rare remove it at 140 degrees F and allow to rest same amount of time to reach 145 degrees F.  Using a thermometer is a good indicator when new at cooking steak to tell it's doneness.  As you cook more you will be able to tell by the touch.  So when it comes out touch the steak and then touch again when it is done resting to see what "done" feels like.  Do this each time you make steak until you can tell without the thermometer.

Step 5

If cooking on the grill it is the same technique except you do not need to place it in a pan.  You still need to remove it and let it rest.  The resting is IMPORTANT!

Step 6

Slice steak across the grain if slicing for the plate or for saving for another meal. You can finish with some finishing salt such as Smoked Paprika Salt or Spicy Salt if you want to kick it up a notch.


  • REST, REST, REST😴😴😴 the STEAK -this allows the cooking to be completed and assures that the steak comes to the perfect temperature. If you have hungry folks slowly plate any other food or ask them to pour the wine etc until time to plate the steak

  • If you buy meat that is meant to be cooked for a long time such as rump or shoulder it will not taste good cooked fast. A good way to remember is if it is a muscle in YOUR BODY that works hard or is big, it is a muscle IN THE ANIMAL that wants to be cooked long. Such as- shoulders, rumps, or shanks. Easy muscles include tri-tips and sirloins are not working too hard and are kind of the lazy muscles just chillin' 😎

  • Purchase extra steak and have leftover steak salads, steak tacos, quesadillas, or steak sandwiches

  • Serve with spinach or other leafy greens for extra iron and plate the steak over them and let the juices run into the greens for extra saucy greens.

  • A good steak made well starts at home...Don't feel like you have to go to a fancy restaurant to have a great steak, the best ones start at home with quality meat.


What to Cook with a Dutch Oven? Lamb!

What do you mean you don’t eat no meat? ….. That’s OK, I’ll make lamb
— Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Lamb with  an Herb Salad

Patience is a quality that I have over time been learning to develop.  Maybe it's my age, yes I am getting older...😉😉...maybe it's the ups and downs of life, but the more I discover about this quality the more I have learned that putting it into practice makemy life  better. 

Think about it... you're stuck at the airport🛩 for 8 hours and want to get home but the weather or something else has made it impossible. 

Option 1 : I could become impatient and get angry😡 at the people working, or be furious😡 inside myself that I have to sit around, tired and exhausted, and wanting to go home. 

Option 2: I sit and have a glass of wine🍷 and some snacks and be thankful that I have time to work if that's what I want to do, or, read a book📚 (me time) or sit around surfing pinterest. My options are limitless.   After all, how often would I take 8 hours and do any of those things for that long and not feel like I had been wasting time.  Never, until now! I have the excuse I can give to my brain.  Hmm...Option 2 is looking pretty darn good.

I am beginning to think getting stuck at the airport isn't so bad. What about you?

 See what I mean,  patience has turned my thoughts around.  

Will I be tired tomorrow at work? Yeah....  But wouldn't I have probably been tired anyway? Yeah, for sure. Just being honest.   I probably would have stayed up late goofing around on Pinterest or reading that mystery novel into the wee hours, right?  You and I both know it's true...😉

The saying that "patience is a virtue" I haven't always understood, but I am starting to "get it".

 I usually relate these little aah haa moments in life to cooking and that's what making this Lamb is all about.  I have spoken to many about the fact that they don't like cooking and I keep hearing "I don't have time."  I get that. No one has the time. In fact those 24 hours in a day go so fast that they seem to vanish before we get started.  

But that's what we all have, right?

 24 hours.


 Patience is what we do with that time.

 It's what we make of it...

 It's the laughter from that hilarious SNL skit that you watched in the morning.

 It's the little hummingbirds that you saw flit around drinking nectar that made you smile.

 It's the lamb you cooked, filling the house with smells of spices of the mediterranean.

Patience my friends builds character, builds strength and makes you some darn good Lamb.

Be Happy. Start Cooking. 

Lamb and Herbs getting ready to carve

Adapted Slightly from Food and Wine


  • 1/2 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 jalapeños, seeded and quartered
  • One 2-pound boneless leg of lamb, tied
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Herb Salad Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed parsley leaves chopped (1/2 bunch)
  • 3/4 cup packed cilantro leaves chopped (1/2 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup packed tarragon leaves chopped 
  • 1/2 cup snipped chives
  • 1 jalapeño—halved, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Lemon Juice for Lamb

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425  degrees F. In a Dutch Oven* the size of your lamb  place chicken stock,wine, lemon juice, honey, allspice, cloves, coriander,paprika, thyme, oregano, and peppercorns. Next add onions,jalapeno and garlic. Season Lamb with Salt and Pepper and place on top of onions etc fattier side facing up. Making sure the liquid does not completely cover the lamb. If it does remove some liquid. You want to have about 2 inches not covered. More is okay as long as pot is not completely dry.

Braising Preparation for Lamb

Step 2

Braise* the lamb uncovered for 45 minutes until it starts to brown on top. After browning drop oven temperature to 325 degrees F and put a lid on the dutch oven and continue braising about 2 more hours until lamb meat starts to pull apart easily, if you stick a fork in it and tug a little. Not much tugging should be needed that will help you know it is done.  You can check it after an hour to see how tough the meat is at that time so you know what falling apart means.  Also make sure that the liquid is not completely gone from the pot.  If so add more broth and wine if you have it.Once braised remove from oven and allow to cool on a cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing.

Lamb and Herbs

Step 3

While letting the meat rest you can strain out the large pieces of the braising liquid and put the liquid back in the pot and taste.  Add salt and pepper to your taste and slowly cook the liquid until reduced about 10 minutes to a thicker sauce consistency. It will not be thick like gravy more like an au jus with lots of flavor.  If you don't have much liquid don't cook it all down to nothing just briefly heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4

Make herb salad to go on top of meat. Mix chopped parsley, cilantro, chives,tarragon and jalapeno.  Cover onions with Lemon juice and leave for a few minutes to decrease the bite in the red onions.  Then add olive oil and mix in a jar and shake.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour dressing over salad and allow to rest for about 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

Step 5

Slice lamb and serve with herb salad on top and some store-bought or homemade tzatziki. You can also serve lamb over rice or couscous or with Delicious Pita Bread!



  • *Braising Definition: to cook slowly in fat and little moisture in a closed pot- A WEEKEND ESSENTIAL WAY TO COOK! 
  • *Dutch Ovens are great because you can use them on the stovetop and then place them in the oven and they keep the heat! A 5 1/2 quart is a good size for family of 4 or for two people and then leftovers.
  • Any dry white wine will do for the lamb braising sauce. Even better if you like the taste so you can have some with the lamb later.