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by Sarah Steimer

Grilled skirt steak with tomatoes

Bill and I had one of those great, lazy Sundays where we just wandered around a few Chicago neighborhoods until we were ready to eat dinner. He decided on this recipe and we had a little kitchen/grill collaboration on a gorgeous late afternoon — complete with some hoppy brews from Ohio left by a friend.

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by Sarah Steimer

Beef banh mi tacos

I really love that this dish is a combination of two stellar street foods: banh mi and tacos. As far as I can tell, you can’t go wrong with some really powerful flavors all wrapped up to go. I’ll have to brainstorm some other street food hybrids. Pad thai sliders?

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mama Kim's is another $6 Snack mecca — almost everything on the menu is less than $6. Joel and I met up on a recent weekday for lunch in Kennedy Plaza, which is in downtown Providence. We ordered a beef bulgogi slider, kimchi mandu, veggie panjun and Korean sweet  ma-tang fries.

Mama Kim’s is another $6 Snack mecca — almost everything on the menu is less than $6. Joel and I met up on a recent weekday for lunch in Kennedy Plaza, which is in downtown Providence. We ordered a beef bulgogi slider ($4), kimchi mandu ($3), veggie panjun ($5) and Korean sweet ma-tang fries ($2).

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by Sarah Steimer

Simple beef meatballs with a white wine and chive tomato sauce

This is the meatball recipe my mom has always used. It’s simple enough to whip together in a hurry — and one of the first meals I think I remember mom letting me “make” (i.e. mush the ingredients together and roll into balls). I probably also made these meatballs for all of my roommates. The only difference today? I created a new sauce.

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by Caitlin Saniga

This is one of the only recipes I've ever posted but not been able to vouch for how it tastes. But judging by the way my dog Sage reacts whenever I pull out the jar of treats — almost instant waterfalls of drool at the corners of his mouth — I'd say they're pretty good.

I can’t personally vouch for how these taste. 😉 But judging by the way my dog Sage reacts whenever I pull out the jar of treats — conjuring almost instant waterfalls of drool at the corners of his mouth — I’d say they’re pretty good.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Stuffed cabbage

Stuffed cabbage was another one of Baboo’s signature dishes. She called it “pigs in a blanket.” She’d prepare a big batch and serve it with mashed potatoes and, if we were lucky, some apple crisp with French vanilla ice cream for dessert. Even though this isn’t Baboo’s recipe (I actually called my Great Aunt Martha, Baboo’s sister-in-law, for some tips.) I still felt so close to her while I was making this.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Carne asada lettuce wraps with guacamole and red cabbage

There’s a little Mexican restaurant in downtown Roanoke called Alejandro’s that serves what the menu calls “Shorty Tacos” (Stay tuned. There may be a $6 Snack review of those delicious tacos yet!), which are tiny corn tortillas filled with chili-lime marinated steak, pico de gallo and guacamole. It’s one of mine and Eddie’s favorite dishes in Roanoke. So for his birthday, I decided to do a spin on our beloved shorty tacos by making them fresh at home — and turning them into lettuce wraps! I set out all of the ingredients in separate bowls, and we had so much fun trying different variations at the table. What a happy memory!

Carne asada:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 or 4 small limes)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sweet onion cut into small chunks
  • 1 2-pound beef rump roast
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Lettuce wraps:

  • 1 large head Bibb or Boston lettuce, leaves removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • chopped Roma tomatoes
  • shredded red cabbage
  • chopped cilantro
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • lime wedges, for garnish

In small bowl, beat lime juice, oil, vinegar, cumin, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Place the chopped onion in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place the beef over onion. Pour the lime juice mixture over the beef. Sprinkle the garlic over top.

Cover and cook on Low heat for 8 to 9 hours.

Using 2 forks, shred the beef. Stir well to mix the beef with the sauce.

Place all lettuce wrap ingredients on separate serving dishes so everyone can customize their wraps. Generally, though, place a small amount of beef in the center of a lettuce leaf. Add various toppings, roll the leaf around the toppings and eat.

Serves 8.

Carne asada recipe adapted from: Betty Crocker

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