Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub. This throwback is Fathers Day approved. Turn a simple steak dinner into something extraordinary for dinner this week. Now usually my go-to recipe is “Pan Steaks” from my cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” but every once in a while I like to change it up. I love that you can mix and match different seasonings to your liking in this rub. No marinating required it adds an extra punch of flavor to your steak. You could also use this on chicken and pork. Just throw the “rub” ingredients into a mason jar give it a shake and voila dinner is just minutes away. I hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Xo- Ayesha


Smoky Wet Rub

Smoky Wet Rub

1/2 cup olive oil
One tablespoon smoky paprika.
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
One teaspoon dry mustard
One tablespoon brown sugar
One teaspoon cayenne pepper

**Before using rub make sure to season your meat with salt and pepper to your liking.**

Place all of the ingredients into a mason jar. Close the lid and shake until well combined. Rub evenly over meat before grilling. Enjoy!

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob. A recipe for all of my steak lovers out there. The marinade is put together with honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a little red pepper flake for heat. Probably all the things that you already have in your kitchen. And in just twenty minutes your ready to go. Just thread your meat onto a skewer and grill to perfection. Perfect for grilling indoors or outdoors. It can also be assembled in advance to save time. And I have both served this as an appetizer and a main dish alongside some rice and a quick salad. Nothing says “fun dinner” like eating yummy grilled kabobs. Your family will love this easy and delicious marinade. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Xo- Ayesha


Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

1 1/2- 2 pounds ribeye or sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
One tablespoon Dijon
Two tablespoons honey
Two cloves garlic, minced.
1-inch ginger, minced.
One tablespoon shallot, minced.
Pinch red pepper flakes
Pinch black pepper
wooden or metal skewers

In a bowl or sizeable glad bag combine the soy, oil, garlic, ginger, dijon, shallot, honey, and peppers into a bowl/bag and mix well. Add meat and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Assemble kabobs by threading the meat onto the skewers and grill about 3-4 minutes per side or until you’ve reached the desired doneness. Allow your kabobs to rest before serving. Enjoy!

Romance With Butter

Valentine’s day is swiftly approaching so I wanted to share a few ideas to impress your loved ones. Butter! Who doesn’t love it? It adds nutty delicious flavor to almost any dish. And contains healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids. While also being rich in vitamins like A, D, E, and B-12. Not saying by any means that butter is healthy for you. But everything in moderation is fine. And if I had to splurge on a guilty pleasure this Valentine’s day it would be on a really delicious compound butter. Sliced and added to the top of a sizzling steak! Perfection. And a sure way to impress your loved one. Give it a try and mix it up with your favorite ingredients. You really can’t go wrong. The perfect accompaniment to go with my “Pan Steak” recipe from my book “The Seasoned Life“. Be sure to get a copy this Valentine’s day to create some super simple and delicious recipes at home!

Compound Butter- 3 Ways

Garlic Herb Butter
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1 Tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped.
1 Teaspoon thyme, finely chopped.
2 cloves garlic, finely minced. (Microplane works great.)
Glad plastic wrap.

Smoky Butter
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika.
1 Tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped. (Any Type.)
Pinch salt and pepper.
1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped.
2 cloves garlic, finely minced.
Glad plastic wrap.

Blue Cheese Butter
1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese.
1 Tablespoon thyme, finely chopped.
Pinch salt and pepper.
Glad plastic wrap.

In a large bowl, combine butter, and all ingredients for each recipe. Use a spatula to combine all of the ingredients well. Scoop the mixture onto a sheet of Glad plastic wrap. Roll into a log and twist the ends shut. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the butter is firm. You can serve melted on top of your steak or serve it unmelted and just let them see the magic happen!

*Quick tip*
These can also be used for a quick and flavorful chicken dish! Just carefully lift up the skin on the breast of your chicken and place slices of compound butter between the meat and the skin. Bake in preheated oven (375) until chicken meat is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear 45 to 60 minutes.

Your leftovers can be wrapped in Glad freezer wrap and saved for another dish. Hope that everyone enjoys making these!

XO Ayesha


Perfect Pan Steaks !

This is my recipe for what I consider to be the perfect pan steak! It’s quick, easy and doesn’t require a grill. My steaks always come out tender, juicy and cooked to perfection with this recipe. Try it and let me know what you think!

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3 Tablespoons of butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

coarse sea salt and pepper to taste

2 8 oz filets (or any cut of beef you like)

Preheat your oven to 450. In an oven safe skillet/pan heat your butter and olive oil on the stove on a med high heat. Add in the sprigs of rosemary as your pan is heating. Salt and pepper the meat to your liking (I recommend a generous pinch of each, which is a THREE finger pinch 🙂 ). When the butter has melted and the oil is heated add your steaks into the pan to get a nice golden brown sear on them. This should take about 2 mins on each side. Then place your pan in the oven for about 7-9 mins until the steaks are cooked to your preference ( 8 mins makes a perfect medium, my favorite!). These rosemary infused steaks are nothing short of delicious. Enjoy!

Allow the meat to rest 5 minutes before serving

I served my steaks with quick pan potatoes and a caesar salad!

Note*- Allow 2 mins extra oven time for bone in steaks 🙂

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