A couple weeks back, Jason and I attended our second Bourbon Dinner at Harvest.

The dinner, which is held every year right around Jason’s birthday, is comprised of four to five courses each expertly paired with a different bourbon (this year’s distillery was Redemption Rye). At the end of dinner, guests are given the option to purchase the bourbons that were served as individual bottles or as a family, all for the same cost that the restaurant would get it (in other words, cheap). Needless to say, we purchase the family every year, which means that we’re pretty much stocked up on brown liquor for the year.

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

Other than just simply drinking the bourbon, I’ve been experimenting with working it into dinner. And with my total lack of ability for cooking meat, this extremely simple bourbon sugar steak recipe seemed like a perfect thing to try.

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

The marinate is exactly as it sounds: bourbon and brown sugar, with just a little bit of red pepper flakes thrown in for good measure. Let that sit for a couple hours, then throw the meat under the broiler, and you’ll be ready for dinner in under 15 minutes.

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

Bourbon Sugar Steak | Things I Made Today

If I can make this and not screw it up, you know it’s fool proof.

Bourbon Sugar Steak
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1½ lb flank steak
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine flank steak, brown sugar, bourbon, and red pepper flakes. Rub the sugar and red pepper into the steak. Transfer the steak and marinade into a 1 gallon plastic bag and let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  2. Turn the broiler on high with the top rack 4-6 inches from the flame. Lay the steak on a baking sheet (it will warp, so don’t use your best one) and generously season the steak with salt. Place the steak under the broiler and cook for 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove the steak from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice into ¼ inch pieces to serve.

Recipe from Food52.

This weekend, Theo turns two months.

Two months! Obligatory parent statement: I cannot believe it. It feels like just a couple weeks ago I was reflecting on his one month birthday, which makes sense because it was only a couple weeks ago. Life with babies is both absurd and wonderful.

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This month, Theo learned a couple new tricks, the best of which is sleeping through the night, which he does inconsistently, but when it happens it’s pretty glorious. He’s also gotten into a bedtime routine which means that we can feed him, read to him, and then put him down in his crib while he’s still awake and he usually goes to sleep without a fuss. Then there’s sticking out his tongue and giving us lots and lots of smiles. These are the the things I look forward to each day. read the rest »

This past weekend, my former college roommates threw us a post-birth baby shower.

We couldn’t settle on what name was more appropriate: Welcome To The World Party or the Baby Reveal Party. Regardless, the six of them (all with their husbands/finances/boyfriends in tow) traveled back to Madison from various cities in the US and gave Theo quite the royal treatment.

Asparagus with Poached Egg | Things I Made Today

At seven weeks old, I can pretty much tell that this kid is going to be an extrovert. He got passed around and around between everyone and behaved like a gentleman—he looked straight into their eyes and didn’t cry once. I’m guessing he was thinking something along the lines of, “I don’t know who all these pretty ladies are, but this is allllright.” read the rest »