Thursday, December 8, 2011

Yankee Belle Welcomes Glynna Kaye to the Cafe!

Good morning, Yankee Belle!  I’m Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye here to share a favorite holiday recipe! 

When I lived in Missouri ( a part of the state where it was pronounced Meh-zur-UH  NOT  Meh-zur-EE ), my first real job was at a school district board of education office housed in a charming old two-story house. That office had a long-time tradition of hosting a holiday open house for the district’s Board members, principals/vice-principals, secretaries, counselors, program directors/supervisors, and department chairs. A lot of people, considering that at the time we had 16 elementary schools, 3 junior highs and 2 mega-size high schools.

We decorated the Board room with beautiful table cloths and festive centerpieces. The scent of pine filled the air, lights turned low, candlelight flickered. Tables were laden with goodies. We’re talking amazing food, y’all. Cookies. Candies. Cheesecakes. Tiny sandwiches. Appetizers. All of it homemade. So, it’s not surprising, I collected a mouth-watering array of recipes! This Steak Salad was a district-wide favorite--men who turned up their noses at the sweet ‘girly” edibles raved about this one!

Now please note that the recipe title calls this a SALAD. I suppose you could put a spoonful or two on lettuce and eat it like that, but it was served at our open house in a decorative bowl next to a small glass up of colored toothpicks.

I wish I had step-by-step photos to share with you, but I won’t be fixing this until I make my book deadline this month and have time to whip up some New Year’s Day treats! I’ve always made this the day before I plan to serve it or at least early enough in the day prior to an evening event for the seasonings to mellow and work their magic!

STEAK  SALAD  ( “Chicago Union Stockyard” )

2-3  lbs sirloin  steak, cut in bite-size julienne strips
Salt & pepper to taste
Garlic salt to taste

1  16-oz carton of dairy sour cream
A few drops of Tabasco sauce
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
¼ to ½ cup sugar
1  large Bermuda or sweet onion, thinly sliced

Broil steak strips w/salt, pepper, garlic salt (don’t overcook)

Mix together in bowl: steak, sour cream, Tabasco, vinegar, sugar, onion

Refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving in a decorative, lettuce-lined bowl.

Provide toothpicks or forks for serving.


  1. Glynna, can't wait to try this. Of course Dave will love anything with the five-letter-word STEAK in it.

    Such a guy. ;)

    I love that this is just different enough to make it stand out on a table. We are STAND OUT WOMEN 'round here!

  2. Good morning, Ruthy! I think Dave will definitely go for this one. It's been a favorite at church, work & family get-togethers for years!

  3. Glynna, this may be a salad I can get my meat-atarian sons to try - except for the onion.

    (I did say they are meat-atarians, right? Or carnivores, if you prefer.)

    The dressing sounds like it makes this dish totally scrumptious!

    And when we lived in the Kansas City area, we always said you could tell if someone was really a Missourian or a transplant by how they pronounced "Missouri" (Meh-zur-UH was the native way).

    Same goes for Louisville - a transplant pronounces it like the sportscasters during the Kentucky Derby, but a native says "Loo-uh-vuhl", kind of swallowing the second syllable.

  4. Glynna, thanks so much for sharing! This sounds so good! I'm with Jan's kids--a definite carnivore. :)

    Jan, I'm from KY and say Loo'-uh-vuhl as well. :) I actually grew up closer to Nashville--pronounced Nash'-vuhl. :)

  5. Glynna, this recipe sounds delicious, but it makes me aware of how much I cater to needs. My meat-eating daughter would love the sirloin, but she won't touch anything that's mixed with anything (unless it's mac and cheese).
    My vegetarian would love the sour cream and onions, but steak??? Horrors!
    And the husband - don't dare ruin his steak with ...SAUCE... ACK!

    Think I've spoiled them too much?

    So who's making this? I'll be over for dinner.

  6. And to think this Canuck always thought it was Meh-ZUR-ee. I have now been corrected.

    This sounds like it would be a great addition to my family's hors d'oeuvres get-together, as I shared here:

    Definitely going to give this a try!

  7. Mary, you must go crazy trying to feed them. :) I've learned (when possible) to separate the items. Noodles, sauce, toppings get chosen and put together by the individuals. :) That way one son can have it all, one can have his plain noodles, and my daughter can pick and choose over a mixture of items. Hubby, too, can be extra-healthy and leave off high fat items.

    Other times I just threaten them to eat it or else. LOL

  8. JAN -- If they don't like some onions, use a mild sweet onion -- like Vidalia. Those aren't strong oniony scented or flavored.

    Oh, it's SO SWEET to meet someone else who knows how to pronounce Missouri & Louisville!! Do you know how to pronounce Louisiana & New Orleans, too!!???

  9. YAY, Missy, for knowing how to pronounce Nashville and Louisville, too! Looks like we definitely have some here who hale from south of the Mason-Dixon. :) Missouri was a border state and I'm half Texan, too, so I was brought up to pronounce things "right." :)

  10. MARY C -- You remind me of a friend who always said she wanted to throttle her mother-in-law for bringing up her son as a meat and potatoes eater only. Not meat mixed with potatoes. But separate. Not touching. So no casseroles or quick, fix-ahead meals. You have my greatest sympathy!

  11. VALERIE -- I love to hear about Christmas traditions. That looks like quite a spread you all put on!!

  12. Glynna, just because I know how to pronounce things the way natives do, doesn't mean that I'm pronouncing them "right"! :)

    Blame living in West Texas for three years and Kentucky for five years.

    But I'm a Yankee, deep down, born and bred. I just love my southern friends!

    And their food...

    And yes, Louisiana is pronounced "Loo-zya-nah", and New Orleans is pronounced "N'orlins". Just sayin'

    And your suggestions about the onions won't help - it's a texture thing, not a taste thing. Blame their father. I do.

    They'll just have to pick around them, as usual.

    Thanks anyway!

  13. Jan, my family is like that with celery. They hate the texture. I have to chop it so fine that they can't fine it. :)

    Glynna, I actually pronounce Missouri wrong! And I even lived there while my dad was in graduate school. I guess I was too young to pick up the pronunciation. I'm pretty sure my parents say it like locals, though. :)