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Latin Spice Steak Rub

Having an extra day off was just so lovely, wasn’t it?  It was also my birthday weekend (woo!), and we celebrated mainly by doing a lot of work–but with Fritz’s dad and sister, whom we never see enough of!  We went up to Westchester county to do some work on Fritz’s parents’ house, brought some fun stuff home that their ex-tenants left there, hung out, ate breakfast at my favorite place ever, drove to the city, did some shopping, and organized and glamorized the apartment today.

Maybe not the most exciting birthday weekend ever, but definitely one that has left me feeling very peaceful and ready to take on my last semester of school.  Also, a weekend that didn’t allow for much cooking.  Gotta make up for that this week!


I’ve made this recipe on the blog before, and totally forgot about it.  Since I only cooked one thing this entire weekend, and this was it, you still get to see it (it’s good enough for a repeat). Here’s the link to the original post, if you’d like to have a little giggle at what my photography looked like just a little less than a year ago and see how Henry was already the world’s worst cat (sadly, this was one of the better posts from that time).

Latin Spice Steak Rub (I halved a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)

  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1/2 T coriander
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t salt

Combine the spices in a jar.  That’s it for the recipe–this makes enough spice rub for a couple meals, so use what you need and be careful not to contaminate the rest with raw meat.

Check out those steaks.  Hello, handsome.

Use a tablespoon or so for each serving of meat.  Rub the dry rub (hence the name) into the steak on all sides.

Preheat the grill (don’t skip preheating it) on a high temperature.  Start the meat on the hottest part of the grill for five minutes or so, then turn it down and let them continue cooking until they reach the doneness you are looking for.

Fritz and I both like our medium-well, leaning towards the well side.

Let them rest for a few minutes before slicin’ them up.

I don’t often crave red meat (ever, really) but when I do get a chance to eat a nice, high-quality steak (thanks, Dad!), I understand why Fritz wants beef more often.

One of the great treasures I got to bring home from the house was an old wooden encyclopedia box I salvaged from the junk the tenants left behind in the garage.  Super cute, and perfect for containing a cat:

Or cookbooks on top of the fridge.

We also snagged the wooden table that the pictures were taken on, and are using it for some extra counter space under our too-high-to-be-actually-used-as-a-bar bar that houses the ridiculous amount of cooking supplies I have.  I love going shopping in peoples’ old stuff.  Fun and free and new to me!  This table was also a perfect cat-holder.

I think I may have managed to push aside the crazy urge I’ve had lately to move to a new apartment.  We love our apartment, but I’ve been wanting a change.  This might have been enough!  Now we still need to find that fluffy orange kitten…

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