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What is your favorite cooking show? A couple at the top of my list are The Barefoot Contessa and Giada at Home. I love the way they’re taped. The food is always gorgeous, and the girls seem so relaxed. They talk as if you’re their friend, standing there across the island keeping them company in the kitchen.

I prefer them to other cooking shows where it feels like the star is in a studio, talking loudly to the viewers, trying to convince them of how easy something is to cook, like a commercial.

That said, my favorite cooking shows are anything with Nigella Lawson. That woman just inspires me. She is casual, but every word that spills out of her mouth is like prose, never leaning on catch phrases to get a point across. I love her. She is the ultimate domestic goddess.

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One time, Nigella made a steak that she grilled first, and then dipped in a lemon marinade. I thought that would be a perfect once saw a recipe on a cooking show where someone made a marinade for a steak, but didn’t put the steak in it until after it was cooked. It still had all the flavor of a marinated steak, but it was ready in a fraction of the time. It was such a great idea, I thought I could even make it even easier by using one of Newman’s Own salad dressings*.

last minute marinated steak

2 sirloin steaks
olive oil
salt and pepper
Newman’s Own Lighten Up! Light Balsamic Dressing

1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Drizzle steaks with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear the steaks on all sides, about two minutes on each side. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the steaks cook a minute or two more, depending on your preference for doneness.

2. Pour Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Dressing in a shallow dish. Remove the hot steaks, and place in the dressing, for 5-10 minutes. Slice and serve.

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*As a Martha’s Circle blogger, I have been commissioned by Newman’s Own to create this recipe, photograph it, and post it. Although I am being compensated for this post, the opinions I have expressed are my own.