So everyone, let’s go around the room. I want you to say your name, where you’re from, something interesting that you did this weekend, and then list seven personality traits that you feel describe yourself.

This is where everyone yields a collective, “Huh?”

Interesting thing I did this weekend. Ran to New Jersey. And back. As part of my training, we ran over the George Washington Bridge and through the Palisades, turned back a little over 9 miles in and then ran home. By home I mean 178th Street and Cabrini. And even though I don’t think I’ve ever been that far uptown, after 18.5 miles of running, returning to our meeting spot felt very much like coming home again. Trust me. I did all of the run with a fellow TNT-er, Alan, and honestly I am 100% sure I could not have done it without him. There is just something about having someone running alongside you that keeps you going. I am definitely going to miss him and my other TNT friends (Cindy, Barb, Elkin – this means YOU) when this is all over. I’m already planning the reunions.

Next order of business – seven personality traits. You see, the lovely Chaya of Sweet and Savory Says It All tagged me for a MEME award that requires me to pass it on to 7 other bloggers as well as to list seven characteristics that describe me. Chaya’s blog has so much good food on it – you should definitely check it out!

1. Easygoing – it takes a lot to get me irritated. I am a pretty go-with-the-flow kind of person (in most but not all situations) and can be happy doing just about anything as long as I’m in good company.

2. Driven – I always have some kind of goal that I’m working towards. I.e. marathon training, spending the next 7-8 years getting my MD/PhD, etc.

3. Hopeless Romantic – I want to be swept off my feet. Then again, who doesn’t.

4. Athletic – it’s crazy to me that this is now a part of who I am. Four years ago I had never voluntarily set foot in a gym or even broken a sweat. Now I crave getting my heart rate up. It’s strange how much a person can change in such a short period of time.

5. Empathetic/caring – my friends and family are the most important things in the world to me and I will drop anything if they are in need.

6. Critical – This is something that I don’t necessarily love about myself, but I form opinions about people pretty quickly. I maintain that I can know within twenty minutes of meeting someone whether or not they are worth my time. I like to think that this is not SUCH a bad thing because it means I don’t litter my life with mediocre individuals but I probably also write off people who I would otherwise really get along with. I need to work on giving people more of a chance.

7. Confident – it has taken me a long time to get here but I think I am finally at the point where I can say that I am proud of who I am. That is not to say that I don’t need improvement (everyone does) but when I walk into a room I don’t immediately feel that I am inferior to everyone around me. I have a lot going for me, and I think I actually realize that now.

I would like to pass this on to: Kristin of Sogkonnite Living, Sophia of Burp and Slurp, Mari of Namaste, Jen of Pieces of Me, Katherine of Smoky Mountain Cafe, Shannon of Tri 2 Cook, and Denise of Keeper Worthy Recipes.

Onward. What does one crave after running 18.5 miles? Red meat. And salt. This recipe from Bon Appetit’s Fast/Easy/Fresh delivers both of these things. Absolutely delicious.

And then there are the sweet potatoes. They were intensely sweet from the roasting, and tasted amazing when doused in the marinade from the beef. The sweet and salty combo never fails to please me, and the overabundance of fresh ginger didn’t hurt either.
Ginger-Soy “Grilled” Steak
Serves 4, adapted from Bon Appetit’s Fast/Easy/Fresh

1 1/2 lb beef sirloin
6 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
4 scallions

1. Blend all of the marinade ingredients together in a food processor until smooth (everything except the beef and the scallions). Pour into a 9×13 dish. Mix the scallions (chopped) into the marinade. Add the steak and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to one day, turning semi-frequently.

2. Preheat the broiler. Pour the marinade into a small pan and boil. Simmer until reduced slightly. Broil the steak for 5 minutes/side if you want your steak medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak and serve with the marinade poured over the top.

Lemon-Ginger Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4, adapted from Seasonal Ontario

2 lb sweet potatoes
2 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 40. Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds. Mix them in a bowl with the lemon zest, ginger, and melted butter. Place on a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir the sweet potatoes and pour the lemon juice over them. Bake for another 20 minutes until tender and slightly browned.

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20 Responses to Ginger-Soy "Grilled" Steak and Lemon-Ginger Sweet Potatoes

  1. mmm, I wouldn’t have to run 18.5 miles to crave this! The whole meal sounds wonderful, I am bookmarking it now. (and I actually do make bookmarked recipes 🙂

  2. Mari says:

    OMG you ran to NJ?!?! That is great!!!!!!!!

    Wow that looks like a great dish, but I would make my Steak well done =)

    Thanks for the MEME award!!!!

  3. Congrats on the run. Way to go! It way fun reading about you.

    Your steak sounds good with the ginger and garlic and other yummy things! :p

  4. Kim says:

    oh my – 18.5 miles! That sure is a lot of calories you burned! Think of all the yummy food you can eat to get those calories back : ) This sounds great and I love it served on a bed of sweet potatoes. I can be critical in the same way you mentioned. I know pretty much right away if I want to invest time in someone. Wonder why that is?? Maybe it’s not such a bad thing.

  5. Palidor says:

    Holy. Crap. 18.5 miles? I’m in complete awe…

    The steak looks perfectly medium rare, just the way I love it! It’s nice to read more about you too. I’m also very critical… I don’t think it’s a bad thing either. No sense wasting your time on people who are flakes, right? 😉

  6. You are a great example of someone who sets a goal and then works on it and actually completes it. That is one of the most admirable traits. Too many people give up too quickly and I am not referring to running, particularly….anything in life.

    I love what you did with the sweet potatoes. We are cutting back on meat so I am not looking at your steak (well, I peeked) but I plan to try this seasoning on the sweet potatoes.

    Just to prove I also set goals and act on them. We have really cut down on meat tremendously. We have never wanted to become vegetarians, just to eat less meat. As a result, we are eating so many more veggies and liking them. I never knew vegetables could taste great.

  7. You are so amazing! Great run. This is delicious nourishment! And it was so nice getting to know you better. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Amy says:

    I’d say those are 7 excellent traits to have!

  9. Debinhawaii says:

    Amazing run and wonderful-looking and well deserved dinner–Yum!

  10. Pam says:

    That steak looks perfect!

  11. Kerstin says:

    18.5 miles – wow, that’s awesome that your training is going so well! I’m happy when I do 3 miles!

    Your steak looks perfectly cooked and the lemon-ginger sweet potatoes sound fantastic!

  12. Daniel says:

    “Onward. What does one crave after running 18.5 miles? Red meat. And salt.”

    So true. In years when I’ve been doing marathon training I would crave salt so badly that my wife would joke about putting a salt lick out on the counter–it would be irresistible bait for me after a long run like that!

    And of course after a run like that you can eat whatever you want. Might as well make it something really good, right?

    Casual Kitchen

  13. Your dinner looks fantastic. Just what a runner needs to keep up her strength!
    I love how intensely you are cooking this book.

  14. biz319 says:

    Great job on the run! And love that the steak is rare!

  15. Mmm, that steaks looks delicious!

  16. Megan says:

    I am always amazed at your endurance and tenacity with the marathon training.

    You definitely deserve that delicious looking steak!

  17. burpandslurp says:

    Aw, thanks for choosing me. I definitely KNOW that you are an empathetic and caring person. And your confidence really attracted me when I met you. I never knew you were critical, though. I suppose I am like that, too.

    One thing you forgot to add: CRAZY. OMG, that run you did…you’re IMPRESSIVE! I would have fainted with foam in my mouth half-way there.

  18. Jamie says:

    Wow that is great that you ran all that distance! Yay! And I love reading what people tell about themselves, I love getting to know “inside” someone. This steak with sweet potatoes looks so fantastic, perfectly cooked and love the flavors. Reminds me of home only better and more flavorful!

  19. Jen says:

    Thanks for the award!

    That meal looks awesome!


    you rock….
    oh, by the way, do you live in Washington Hgts?
    That is where I grew up.

    see ya soon

  20. Elra says:

    Oh my goodness, this steak look so everly perfect Joanne!

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