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the best steak sauce ever

i want you to know how good this is: it’s amazing. it’s tangy, a little bit sweet, spicy enough to make it interesting, and smoky. it makes any steak, burger, chicken, or tofu delicious. {just change the chicken broth to non-chicken broth to make it vegetarian.} this sauce disappears at our house because we eat it with anything off the grill and even use it for basting by diluting it with more chicken broth. some of the ingredients are not found at your average grocery store, but are worth the search; see my tips for finding these ingredients below. this recipe makes about two cups of steak sauce awesomeness.

all you'll need {plus lemon juice, who snuck in uninvited}


2 Tbsp butter
one onion {or a couple of shallots} chopped smallish
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
3 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
pinch cayenne or chipotle for more heat, if desired
3 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1/8 cup brown sugar {more if you like it sweet}
3 Tbsp molasses
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, the good stuff
1/3 cup pomegranate syrup
salt and pepper to taste
ground lapsang souchang tea, for smoky flavor

{i get my pomegranate syrup at a mediterranean market, but if you can’t find it, you could also use tamarind paste to give it the same fruity tanginess. i get the lapsang souchong tea, a smoked black tea, at a tea store, then grind it up in a coffee grinder. it’s not necessary, but it is awesome!}

  1. start by caramelizing the onions {or shallots} in the butter. {to caramelize: melt butter over low heat, add onion/shallots and cover to soften for about 5-10 minutes. then uncover and saute over low heat, stirring occasionally.} add the garlic at the end and saute for 30 seconds.
  2. add in the cumin, coriander, and ancho chile powder, adding extra spiciness if you want it {though you could always add it later}. continue to stir over low heat for about a minute to warm up the spices.
  3. stir in the tomato paste until it’s all mixed together, then add the chicken broth. increase heat and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. then reduce heat and add the brown sugar, molasses, balsamic vinegar and pomegranate syrup or tamarind paste.
  4. allow the sauce to simmer until it is reduced to about 2/3 the volume {about 30-45 minutes}, stirring occasionally. then season to taste, adding salt and pepper, adding the lapsang souchong at the end.
  5. cool and spoon into a nice manly jar.
  6. store it in the fridge and bring it out on the big day. slather it on grilled food every day!

steak sauce for father's day {or any day, really}

this sauce should last 6 weeks in the fridge. {though if you love it as much as we do, it won’t still be around in 6 weeks.} bon appetit!

June 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm 3 comments

father’s day gift wrapping ideas

okay, we’ve covered father’s day cards and decorating ideas, now: how to wrap that present? i lean towards the simple, myself, and these tie-inspired wrappings are super cute, even if your dad never puts one on. click on the images for direct links to the tutorials.

i love these cute and simple tie bags {from bliss bloom blog}

more intricate shirt & tie bags {from paper crave}

tie it up with a bowtie {from martha stewart}

make a ribbon tie {from paper crave}

whether you go for simple or intricate, it’s the thought that counts, right? you know he’ll love it if you did it. up tomorrow: my very own mouth-watering homemade steak sauce recipe.

June 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm 2 comments

father’s day decorations

continuing with our father’s day theme {yesterday was cute handmade card ideas} let’s make some fun decorations to celebrate the whole day. how about a bunting banner made from paper? a tie wreath from old or thrifted ties? and don’t forget to set the table! click the images for a direct link to the tutorials.

father's day tie bunting from me and my insanity

tie wreath from good housekeeping

decorate the table with this folded napkin idea from how about orange

no matter how you decorate {or don’t} for father’s day, do it with fun in mind. it’s supposed to be a day for celebrating what you love about the guy! coming tomorrow: ideas for wrapping that father’s day gift.

June 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm 3 comments

father’s day cards

it’s around the corner! father’s day is this sunday, june 19th so i thought i’d share some cute cards that you can make. just click on the image for a direct link to the tutorials.

last minute father's day card from little birdie secrets

shirt-cuff card from martha stewart

pocket square card from martha stewart

even if you’re not giving dad a pocket square or cufflinks, i still think these cards are super cute! tomorrow i’ll put up a few decorations that have caught my eye. thursday you’ll see some cute gift wrapping ideas. and friday i’ll share with you my very own recipe for the most amazing steak sauce ever. {evereverever.} even if your dad’s a vegetarian, you’ll want to whip this up for his tofu! plus, homemade gifts are the best, don’t you think?

June 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm 2 comments

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