Honey~Chipotle Grilled Steak with Avocado Black Bean Salsa

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It’s Cinco de Mayo and a beautiful night to eat under the stars.  Not being a seasoned cook of Mexican dishes, I turned to one of my trusted sources for enticing recipes, The Frugal Housefrau, who from the name of her blog you would not suspect her to be a master of Fiesta Cuisine. Trust me, she is!  This recipe is great with a cheaper cut of beef because it is tenderized with a marinade.  It is ideal with flank steak, top round or New York strip.  One large steak is grilled then sliced for the table.  Wih a double layering of flavors from first the marinade then a glaze, this steak packs a powerhouse of seasoning.  Ours was served with a Mexican rice with corn and cilantro and a salsa of black beans, tomatoes and avocado(recipe follows). Continue reading

Rhubarb~Yogurt Pound Cake with Rhubarb Glaze

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“Never rub another man’s rhubarb.”

Jack Nicholson, The Joker, Batman, 1989

It’s rhubarb season and everywhere in farmers’ markets the gorgeous stalks are awaiting transformation in the kitchen.  This pound cake showcases tart slices of the fruit encased in a batter made with olive oil, yogurt and scented with aromatic cardamom and orange zest.  Each bite still lets the beloved tartness of rhubarb shine.  The result is a moist delectable cake with a gorgeous pink rhubarb glaze. Continue reading