My friends, Zac and Erica, just left from what I shall refer to as one of the greatest dinner night/get-together/game night that I’ve had in quite some time!

Aaron and I cooked Peppered Steak, warmed up some garlic bread, and made a super easy desert! Zac and Erica brought over their dog, Monty, to play with Merlot. They became fast friends and were SO cute playing together!  We’ve decided they’re a couple now. haha!

So if you want to have your own dinner night with a great home-cooked meal, here’s the process to make Peppered Steak – one of my grandmother’s recipes and one of my favorites/specialities!


First you’ll need a pound or so of Round Steak – and I buy it already tenderized. After cutting it into bite-sized pieces, liberally sprinkle some salt and pepper on it and brown it in a dutch oven or large pan with 1/2c of vegetable oil and 2 cloves of minced garlic. At this point, it’ll begin to look all strange and kinda gross – but that’s perfectly natural, you’re just getting rid of all the fat in the meat. You’ll cook it until the garlic has turned a golden color and a lot of the fat seems to have bubbled away. Then add 1/2 cup water and 1/4c soy sauce. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes. This is the part of the process that really tenderizes the meat and makes it delicious!



Next, you’ll need 2 onions, 2 green bell peppers, 1 yellow bell pepper, and 1 red bell pepper (super one had a special on red bell peppers, so I got 2 just cause!), 2 tomatoes and a few cloves of garlic (used above).


Next cut those vegetables into bite-sized pieces like so:


Then you’re going to pour the vegetables (notice you haven’t cut up the tomatoes yet!!!) into the pot with the meat + a little bit of water:


You’re going to need to cover this and cook it until the vegetables begin to “sweat”/get soft (10-15 minutes). Then you will add in the tomatoes along with 1c of water mixed with 1.5T of corn starch to thicken the broth- Let cook for ~10 minutes, serve hot over rice with fresh garlic bread, and BON APPETIT!


For desert, I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures, but I simply took a bag of frozen mixed berries, melted them just a tad in the microwave (via 20 seconds), poured white chocolate (melted in a double boiler) over them, and served them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Easier than pie, I’d say.

So here’s what we so adoringly referred to as the family portrait:


(Monty, Zac, Erica, Me, Aaron, & Merlot)





  • Comment by Randi — September 27, 2009 @ 14:05

    Dude- you totally need to update.

  • Comment by Randi — September 27, 2009 @ 14:06

    …however, these are great pictures. :)

  • Comment by Amanda — September 27, 2009 @ 16:26

    These pictures look great and the steak looks delicious.

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