Cooking 101 and Girl’s Night

Last night was girls night at my house. Mike, my husband had to work so it was a perfect night to have some girls over. Some of my friends have asked me to teach them to cook so I set up stations with written instructions and all items needed to complete there task. It didn’t work out as well as planned because they all got there at different times. My friend Maggie who knows how to cook got to make salad:


Maggie picked lettuce from my garden and threw a salad together in minutes.  “Master Chopper” is her new kitchen name!

Emily was helping with the sweet potato wedges. A pinterest recipe I found. Thank you Amy!


Grilled Cilantro-Lime Sweet Potatoes
3 sweet potatoes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tsp finely grated lime zest
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup canola oil {I used extra virgin olive oil}
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Place the potatoes in a large pot of boiling water and cook until fork tender.  Let cool, then slice each potato into eights lengthwise.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix 1 tablespoon salt, lime zest, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
Brush the potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place on the grill and grill on all sides until golden brown and cooked through {about 3-4 minutes each side including the skin.  You may need to cook shorter or longer on each side depending on your grill, but just make sure the potatoes are fully cooked through}.
Transfer to a plate or platter and sprinkle with lime-salt mixture and chopped cilantro.
**you can also do this on a cast iron grill pan.
I had a bread station also but I did that one myself. I took bread and sliced it added butter to both sides and garlic salt. Then I grilled it.
Before the girls got there I had marinated 2 Flank Steaks.

Spicy Flank Steak

One 2 to 3 lb. Flank Steak

½ cup soy sauce

½ cup brown sugar

2 TBS of spicy sesame oil

4 good size fresh garlic cloves minced

2 TBS of fresh ginger peeled and shredded with lemon zester or cheese shredder

1 TBS of red pepper flakes (use less if you want it less hot)

Use a small bowl and add all ingredients together to make marinate. Use a 9×13 dish for the meat and cover with marinate. Marinate for at least 3 hours. You can even mix this up a day before and marinate the meat overnight in the refrigerator. After removing the meat save marinate.

Grill on each side 6 to 7 minutes for medium and longer for well done.

When you bring the meat in from the grill, let it rest for about 5 minutes.

Slice thin and cut against the grain of the meat.

Cook marinate in a small sauce pan. Boil on low for 5-7 minutes and serve as a dipping sauce of pour over the steak and serve.  Serves 4 to 6 people depending on steak size.

We also had Goat Cheese Bacon Brussels Sprouts


From what some of the girls said my 101 class was not basic. I heard questions like…”what is parboiled? It should be called half-boiled. What’s in that? Why do you do that? Do you chop the stems too?” It was fun! The meal I made was basic to me but not to them. Their basic is “cooking 3 turkey sasuages in olive oil (said with a very southern accent) and a can of green beans”. Wow! I really need to figure out basic!

Our dinner was awesome! I learned that Emily is not a fan of steak…..


 Needless to say we had a blast of a night! This one kept us all laughing the entire night with her comment and southern accent! I laughed so hard I cried and my stomach hurt. Sometimes I couldn’t breath from the laughter!
Thank you girls for so much laughter! I will work on the “basic” cooking for next time and if you ever go to London and your stomach is weak….don’t eat the curry chicken!

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