About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Pan-Broiled Steaks with Marsala and Chili Pepper

I am very impressed by my cohorts on this project - by the knowledge they bring to these recipes, their culinary skill, very good photography, and by many of their narratives, with an especial nod in the direction of Jerry's contribution on October 30. I don't have a lot to say about many of the recipes I've prepared. I try to follow the directions as close as possible and I am candid in my comments, but I don't bring much extra to each recipe. I don't have much experience with Italian cooking - in fact the novelty of almost all of these recipes is the best part of the project from my perspective.

Today is a good example of my difficulty in expanding on the basic narrative. The title pretty well says everything you need to know.

The ingredients: sirloin steaks, olive oil, salt, pepper, Marsala wine, red wine, garlic, fennel seeds, diluted tomato paste, hot red chili pepper, parsley.


I cannot remember the last time I pan-broiled steaks. Got some steaks to cook? That's what barbecues are for, isn't it?

The directions are pretty specific and easy to follow. The only tricky part for me came when I had to keep the steaks warm while a couple of other dishes were being prepared. I should have had everything else ready before starting to cook the steaks.

The final result, with potatoes & carrots from the garden::


What I liked about this recipe:

Quick and easy.

What I didn't I like about this recipe:

No issues for me.

Would I make it again?

Ah, there's the rub. We don't eat steak very often. I might use this recipe again, but likely not very often.

Comments (3)

Marcella Hazan:

Thank you for giving it the old college try, Doug. Victor and I don't cook steak very often either any longer, but we are much older than you. Your meat looks very red, no marbling, too little fat. In meat as in practically everything else including lettuce leaves, fat is essential to flavor, and in steaks, to tenderness as well. Incidentally, I think you do very well with the photographs and arrangements of ingredients.

Doug, I enjoy the way you report your results. I especially like the What, What, Would questions at the end of each post. And your photos are always great!


The ingredients of this recipe (except perhaps for the chili pepper) sound like those of a pork-chop recipe that was in Marcella's first book (or was it the second?).

If you prefer pork chops to steak, you might try it. The major difference, as far as I can tell, was that the meat simmered for a fairly long time in the sauce, until it was very tender. Which would also eliminate the timing problem.

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