This is almost too silly easy to post. But since I’ve eaten it twice in the past three days and could have it again for dinner tonight, I thought it may be worthwhile to at least someone out there 😛

3 Simple Ingredients.

1:  Beef. Grass-fed and hormone-free.

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And TWO DOLLARS. Whoever says that eating healthfully & ethically is “too expensive”… anyways 😉

You just gotta get creative!!

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Chuck shoulder steak. Which, unless cooking low and slow, needs to be marinated for at least 12 hours before a quick sear.

No one wants shoe leather served up on their dinner plate now do they? 😉 

2:  San-J Tamari Sesame dressing. I seriously can’t rave about this stuff enough. I’ve gone through mayyyyybe 2 bottles in the past week or so? Don’t judge.

3. Sambal Oelek. Sriracha’s purer cousin and probably one of my favorite things everrrrrrr. And the only time I say byebyebye to garlic.

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I marinated this steak for a day the first time around. And 12 hours the next time around. Both led to steak perfection!

The steak took a mere 30 seconds on each side to cook, with just a bit of olive oil in a medium-high pan. You want that pink in the middle!! 

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Seriously still don’t know why I can’t get enough of this. Maybe the simplicity of just some truly amazing flavors. Who knows – who cares – I’m gonna grab a knife and fork and enjoy (maybe for the third time this week??!!)

Hey, we don’t judge here :)

 

Well it appears as though summer has made herself an early appearance this year! :)

In the form of much welcomed 80 degree weather after snow storms just a short yet distant memory ago…?

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Can we just talk about how much I adore hot summer weather too by the way?!

Ok good. Glad we’re all on the same page here :)

So to welcome in the gloriously warm temps this week I threw together what just may be deemed the CookinFanatic summer pasta salad for the season!!

This one far surpassed my taste-pectations and also comes Fanatic Mom and Lil Sis approved…

I WILL be making this again. Many times if I know myself well enough 😉 It was just so good!

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Ignore the soy sauce. It didn’t make the cut.

Not only is it super fresh. Super healthy. And super delicious. But also super economical, veggie-fied and bikini-season-friendly! :)

I mean. What more can you want from a warm weather basically no-cook recipe… right?

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Bright summer veggies. 

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Combined with hearty whole wheat pasta elbows.

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Creamy delicious chickpeas, which are such a staple in summer salads around this kitchen!

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Fresh cilantro. Just probably my favorite fresh herb of all time. Adore it.

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And topped with the most flavorfully easy Asian inspired dressings yet! :)

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Fresh ginger. Sweet white balsamic vinegar. Spicy sambal oelek*. Toasty sesame oil. Salt. Pepper. Done.

* You can find sambal oelek at the Asian market or Asian foods aisle of most grocery stores. Substitute sriracha if you prefer, although this will add a hint of garlic flavor to the pasta salad.

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You can’t tell me that you wouldn’t want to dig into that too?! :)

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Refreshing & light. Perfect served alone or atop a bed of greens with some additional dressing.

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Or even with topped with salad shrimp or chopped grilled chicken to please any meat-eater that might be dining as well!

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I think this is a recipe that you will enjoy as much as we did :)

This corn soup-chowdah-whatevah. Bulked up with frozen peas plus some egg whites whipped in, egg drop soup style.

Can’t.get.enough. As in “eat for two meals in a row” can’t get enough… 😉

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Especially when topped with hot sauce, always hot sauce

Speaking of hot….

This dry-fried eggplant from award winning Peter Chang China Cafe

Finding a place on Bon Appetit’s top 50 Best New Restaurants. And well deserved at that.

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Spicy! And a perfect dinner out with friends, sharing family style :)

And then there was…

This shirt. Just this shirt.

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Mr. Steal Your Girl.

Day-trips down to Williamsburg to browse (buy?) the outlets. So many cute finds! Fortunately, this was not one of them. Although I may be having some regrets, #stylin’ (?)… 😉

This at home surf n’ turf dinner for some fabulous dinner guests.

Steaks. Crabcakes. Potatoes. Pea/Carrot/Mushroom veggie blend.

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Plus wine. Always wine.

By the way. Fresh Market’s crab cakes baked in the oven for a simple 15 minutes with a flip. Perfection. The end.

This night out with friends. Complete with Avalon’s extra dirty martinis, which had me at hello just a few weeks back and we’re still goin’ strong… just too good!! 😉

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This lil’ kitchen experiment. With a fabulous product that I picked up at World Market a few weeks back.

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And yes. That’s a new recipe for ya’ll in the background there 😀

A simple summer salad that will be perfect for all those warm weather events in the near future. Light, refreshing and healthy with hints of basil & lemon stirred right in. Plus easy. So easy.

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Stay tuned…!