Vegetarians, look away.

In several Magazine Mondays posts I’ve mentioned what a wonderful article that appeared in the March 2009 Food & Wine issue called “How to Cook Like you Own an Italian Villa“.

I’ve tried pretty much all the recipes from that article and loved them all. I would have to say that by far, the family favourite, is the Balsamic and Rosemary-Marinated Florentine Steak. One of Tuscany’s most famous “dishes” is the Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

In North America, steak is a way of life in some parts but I know that when I’ve been in Italy, there doesn’t seem to be the same focus on barbecuing meat (at least not among my family). However, I have had many people in Italy tell me that if I’m ever in Tuscany, I should take the time to try the authentic Bistecca alla Fiorentina. My understanding is that what makes this particular steak so special is the meat, which comes from the Chianina breed of cattle.

The first time that I tried the recipe I was a bit intimidated because I’ve never cooked a steak this large (three pounds). But I gamely made the trek to my butcher and lugged my three-pound porterhouse home. After marinating it overnight, we grilled it up and finished it in the oven.

Needless to say we were in carnivore heaven! I cannot recommend this recipe highly enough!

It being another edition of Magazine Mondays, I’m happy to be joined by the following people who tackled a recipe in their magazine pile:

Tamy of 3 Sides of Crazy made Watermelon Lemonade, Carrot Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Frosting and New Potatoes with Peas and Romaine Lettuce.

Margaret of Tea and Scones made Apple Blueberry Cake Cups for Two from Taste of Home.

Wandering Coyote of ReTorte made Sour Cream Ice Cream from Gourmet.

Elizabeth of Musings of The Waspy Redhead made Bulgur Salad from Cooking Light.

Have a great week, everyone!