Archives for August 2016

How to Make Baked BBQ Steak Fingers

The other day I was worn out, didn’t want to spend the money on delivery and had a serious craving for comfort food. I went to my fridge and noticed I had a bottle of Rudy’s BBQ sauce that was about to expire and some steaks I never used. I could make a standard steak and pour BBQ sauce on it, but I wanted comfort food. That’s when it hit me.

Let’s make steak fingers, but bake them instead of frying them to make them “healthier”. At least that’s what I’m pretending. I don’t know if this was a thing before, but they came out awesome and I’ll be making them again.

This recipe is incredible easy, quick and tastes awesome. I’ll definitely be making these baked BBQ steak fingers again for an appetizer, lunch, or a snack.  Let me know how they turn out for you.

Baked BBQ Steak Fingers

These baked not fried steak fingers make a perfect appetizer. lunch, or snack with a tangy BBQ sauce kick. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 filets sirloin
  • 4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce I used Rudy's BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and a small smear of olive oil or non stick spray. 
  • Next slice the steak into slices as shown and place the BBQ sauce in one bowl. In another bowl place the breadcrumbs with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
    recipe for bbq steak fingers
  • Now dip the steak slices into the BBQ sauce and then run them through the breadcrumbs. You'll see on some of them I did a second dip in the BBQ sauce. Either way worked because you cover them in BBQ sauce again later anyways.
    how to bake steak fingers
  • Now line them on the baking sheet and cook them for 12 to 20 minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. 
    how to make steak fingers
  • Last let them cool and plate them. Pour some extra Rudy's BBQ sauce on them (or whatever your favorite BBQ sauce is) and serve.
    steak fingers recipe


To get Rudy's BBQ Sauce by clicking here

B Side Napa Cabernet Reveiew

Here’s the thing.  I’m not paid and I don’t get paid to review wines and I don’t get free tours and tastings.  That’s what is nice about getting to review things.  You get honest feedback that isn’t restricted by a PR company, lawyers or anyone else.  I starting this post with this because I have very mixed feelings and am looking for your feedback on the B Side Napa Cabernet.

I had my first bottle of it last week and it was delicious.  I bought another bottle this week because I enjoyed it and it was the exact opposite.  For a bottle in the $15 to $25 range, that’s fine if it isn’t good, but when it’s not palatable, that’s when you need to make sure you have a back up bottle ready to go…luckily I did for tonight.

This post is broken out into three parts.  The first bottle which I enjoyed, the second bottle from today and what I recommend.

B Side Cabarnet Review

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How to Make a Cajun Shrimp Roll – Yum!!!

If you’re from the mid-Atlantic through New England, shrimp rolls, lobster rolls and crab rolls are part of summer.  They’re something you crave the minute you get to the shore and think about during the winter.  They’re light, creamy and amazingly do not have to be high in calories.

This recipe is one that came with my hello fresh subscription, but I modified it to make it taste a bit more the way I like mine.  I’ll give you a couple of the options below.

Cajun Shrimp Roll

This shrimp roll is almost as easy to make as it is delicious. It took no time, was easy to clean up and is almost guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 12 medium or large shrimp
  • 2 tbsp mayonaise low fat or reduced calorie
  • 1-2 tbsp sour cream low calorie
  • 1 tbsp butter or low calorie substitute
  • olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 bunch tarragon chopped
  • 1 lemon zested and halved
  • 2-3 radishes thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • arugula leaves washed and dried
  • 2 buns Ciabatta cut in half (bottom half thicker than the top)
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp Cajun seasoning or Old Bay seasoning
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • Gather your ingredients 
    ingredients for a shrimp roll

Make the Shrimp Roll Filling

  • Start by boiling salted water and toss in your shrimp until they're cooked. Next rinse under cold water. If you bought precooked shrimp you can skip this step. Now cut the shrimp into chunks (however large you'd like them to be).
  • Next pile on the lemon zest, scallions, 1/2 of the tarragon, juice of 1/2 of the lemon, the mayonnaise, sea salt and black pepper to taste 
    what goes into a shrimp roll
  • If you like it with a kick, the Cajun seasoning or old bay seasoning. Then mix together and set aside or in a fridge.
    shrimp roll mix

Toast Your Buns

  • Take the halves of the buns, roll or ciabatta bread and smear butter or extra virgin olive oil on them. Next place on a pan over medium heat so they toast. I prefer this to toasting them in the oven. I also like to burn mine a little bit.
    toast your buns

Make the Salad Dressing

  • Rinse your arugula and mix in the radish slices. Set this aside. Now take the sour cream, remaining tarragon, juice from the other half of the lemon, a large drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste and mix this together. Now combine this with the arugula and radishes and then plate.

Assemble, Plate, and Enjoy

  • Add the buns to the plate and then add the shrimp roll mix to the bun or whatever bread you're using. The last step is to enjoy. It's that easy to make a shrimp roll.


If you want to see other awesome recipes and variations I've made from Hello Fresh.  Click this link to see what I've tried.


Prosciutto, Peach and Fig Pizza

If you want something amazing for summer, this prosciutto, peach, and fig pizza is an amazing option. Not only does it incorporate some amazing summer flavors like California figs and white peaches, but it is sweet, light and perfect for snacking on or for lunch. It’s also super fun and easy to make.

Prosciutto, Peach and Fig Pizza

Most people will never have thought about a sweet pizza or fig pizza before, but when you get the salt from the prosciutto and the basil, the peaches and the balsamic glaze, you'll wonder why you haven't tried something like this before.  
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 pre-made pizza dough rolled out to fit your pan
  • 3-5 slices Prosciutto ripped into pieces
  • 1 ball Buffalo mozzerella shredded into chunks by hand
  • 1/2 white flesh peach sliced into wedges
  • 4-6 California figs quartered
  • 2 tbsp sweet balsamic glaze I used vanilla fig but you could use peach, nectarine, vanilla, etc...
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion or 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch Italian basil leaves stems removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat your oven to 425 and gather your ingredients. 
    ingredients for a fig, peach and procuitto pizza
  • Roll out your pre-made pizza dough on a pan or baking sheet and spread the extra virgin olive oil over it while sprinkling on a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Now add the figs, mushrooms and white peach slices to the pizza crust.
    fig peach and mushroom pizza
  • Next you'll want to add the garlic and onion and drizzle the balsamic glaze over the pizza. 
    fig peach and proscuitto pizza recipe
  • Now add the cheese over or in between everything and then top it with the basil and prosciutto. 
    how to make a summer pizza with figs
  • Then place the pizza in the oven for about 12 minutes turning it half way around half way through the cooking time. I used the top rack.


If you want the brown spots you see in pizza shops on the cheese, turn your oven up to a broil and then place the pizza back under it for about a minute or two. Watch it closely though so it doesn't burn.

And that’s it.  Making this incredible summer pizza is easy, it’s fun and everyone will love how sweet and delicious it is. Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out for you.