Grilled Balsamic-and-Garlic Flank Steak



2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar



2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil



1 large garlic clove



1/2 tsp. thyme leaves



1 (2 1/2 lb.) flank steak



Salt



Freshly ground pepper



In a blender, combine the vinegar, oil, garlic and thyme and puree until smooth. In a large glass or ceramic dish, pour the marinade over the steak. Let stand for 5 minutes.



Heat a grill pan. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until medium, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer the steak to a board and let stand for 10 minutes. Slice the steak, transfer to plates and serve. Serves 8.



Potatoes and Peppers



1/3 cup olive oil



6 potatoes, sliced



2 large red bell peppers, sliced into rings



1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped



Salt and pepper to taste



Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.



Fry the potatoes for 5 minutes, then add the peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper.



Cook for at least 15 minutes, turning potatoes frequently, or until potatoes start to look mushy. Makes 4 servings.



Nectarine and Berry Salad



3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice



2 Tbsp. finely chopped crystallized ginger



1 Tbsp. sugar



2 lbs. (6 medium) nectarines, pitted and chopped



2 half-pints blackberries



In large bowl, stir lime juice, ginger, and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add nectarines and berries, and toss until coated.



Spoon into storage container with tight-fitting lid. Can be refrigerated up to 4 hours. Makes 8 1/2 cups.



Five ingredients do not count salt, pepper, butter, oil and optional ingredients.