Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What's at Steak ?

So I took a little blogging hiatus, hopefully you noticed ;-)  If you did, I hope you are glad that I am back!  Life has gotten in the way and unfortunately this blog here got the back burner.  I can remember a time when this little blog was always front and center.  It was a time in my life when I was newly married, living far away from family, itching to test my skills in the kitchen and impress my new husband.  I worked my day job, and then I came home to cook and then blog.  I spent hours researching recipes, photography tips and blogging how-tos.  I used to blog almost every night and it was most often the dish I had cooked only and few hours prior.  It was my biggest hobby and occupied a lot of my time when I first started. In fact, two days ago marked the five year anniversary of my blog Elizabeth's Edible Experience.  Amazing!  Five years of cooking, photographing, composing stories and blogging. April 15, 2008 was my first post and I had no idea what I was doing - both in the kitchen and on blogger. I can honestly say I never thought my blog would endure the way it has.  Even when I take a two month break like I just did, there are still visitors checking out my recipes while I am away and to this day that is still a very exciting feeling. 

Now my life is filled with so many other things that take precedent.  We are living back in my hometown with family where we always have so many things to do.  We built our first home and I am obsessed with decorating it and making it perfect.  I still work full time in a very fulfilling job.  And most importantly we have a precious little 2 1/2 year old son that occupies all of my time and energy.  And it is so worth it.  Life is super good right now!  But luckily, all of the hard work and time I put into my blog before those new developments afforded me a readership that makes coming back here worth it.  And the good news is, we always have to eat, so as long as I keep my camera close and find a few minutes to steal away to the computer to document it all I think Elizabeth's Edible Experience will remain. 

So how many of you have been around since the beginning?  Please let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from my oldest most loyal readers!


Hamburger Steak with Onion Gravy
Adapted from Cooking Light April 2013


  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted beef stock
  • Smoky Haricots Verts and Mushrooms



1. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Sprinkle patties evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

2.  Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat. Add patties; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned; remove from pan.

3. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add vertically sliced onion; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.

Sprinkle onion with flour; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add stock and remaining salt and pepper; bring to a boil.

4.  Return patties to pan; reduce heat to medium, partially cover, and cook 5 minutes or until gravy is slightly thickened.  Remove from pan and server or vegetables and mashed potatoes.  Top with gravy.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe


Woody said...

i remember that first blog being so much fun. I am a lucky man to have been able to eat so many good dishes.

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

Looks delicious!! Glad you are back!

Sometime you need a little break to come back with new ideas

Angie Schneider said...

Welcome back!
Steak and potato...a great combo and it looks terrific!

Shoe Fanatic said...

I've been following for about 4 years and you have a very special little place on the internet! Keep doing your thing!

Anonymous said...

This blog post is a testament to how well you do with the photography aspect of blogging ... you even make hamburger steak look mouth watering. Keep up the post ... and give us more stories!

Your Sister,


Dining Alone said...

Welcome back! Sounds like your hands are full but in the very best way possible.

Sush said...

Well, I was wondering what you've been up to! Glad to see you back and I've been following you pretty much from the beginning. You always brought a part of 'home' to me, here in Nawth Cackalacky! I was thrilled for you when you got to move back to NOLA...home! You were a great inspiration when I first started blogging, although I don't post about food much anymore...just the dailies of my families busy life. Our son who was living in the DC area around the time you were has moved back with his family to NC so that's been a great development! Love to see what you have cooking every. single. time.!
Congrats on your anniversary and maybe we'll see some fresh pics of your sweet bebe?

Lana F. said...

You and your wonderful blog have been missed! Thanks for the update, it sounds like you are very blessed Elizabeth! By the way, this looks wonderful and easy. Great for weeknight dinner!

teresa said...

happy bloggiversary! i've pinned a ton of your stuff, keep it coming!

sharonjo said...

Happy 5-Year Anniversary with your delightful blog! I can't say I've been reading since day one, but I have been following for several years. Glad to have you back!

Sam Francovich said...

It looks delicious, Elizabeth! Yum! Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. Now I can try something new over the weekend. What I usually do is schedule a dinner or lunch with my friends or family. Have you tried the different menus served by famous, yet affordable restaurants around?

Sam Francovich @ Grill At Quail Corners