demystifying geng & chip

The night the Chipster stood still, WwG&C # 18 by geng
June 11, 2009, 9:40 am
Filed under: Food, General, Geng's corner, Wednesdays with Geng and Chip

Picture this.  The night is silent.  You are focusing your camera on a plate of broiled flank steak topped with steaming pan seared mushrooms and a side of creamy mashed potatoes.  You are about to take photos for the blog *click… click*. Your husband is eerily quiet. In the kitchen the aroma of the evening’s feast lingers in the air. Your plate looks inviting.  Your mouth is watering.  You begin to wonder who gave you the willpower not to take a bite.  Your husband is eerily quiet.  But first things first, it is imperative to take photos now *click… click*.  Tomorrow is Thursday, you must finish taking photos for the blog *click… click*.  You think to yourself, “My, it is awfully quiet in here.”   You begin to wonder why you haven’t heard from your husband.  Not a pip *click… click*.  He is usually very vocal about his opinion on our Wednesday experiments.  The silence is deafening but you must complete the task at hand. 

Silence. *click… click*  Is that crickets you hear from your window?  *chirp… chirp*

Finally your curiosity got the better of you so you look at where he sits and you see him quietly enjoying his dinner. Your eyes meet and he smiles and closes his eyes and he says “hmmmmm… hmmmmm”.  And you have a Mikey moment. “He likes it, he really likes it!”

Grilled Flank Steak Topped With Pan Seared Mushrooms
Recipe loosely adapted from Pioneer Woman


flank steak, about 2 lbs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 lemon (zest and juice)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs minced ginger
2 Tbs sesame oil
1 cup 7-up
salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the marinade by combining all ingredients except for the flank steak. In  a ziploc bag throw in the flank steak and the marinade. Marinate inside the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. Preheat the broiler. Broil the steak at least five minutes on each side. Watch it carefully. If you prefer your steak rare, you may need to take it out of the broiler sooner. Flank steak is of course best grilled 4 minutes on each side.

Pan Seared Mushrooms
Recipe loosely adapted from Pioneer Woman


1 package mushroom (cremini is best)
2 small shallots
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbs canola oil
2 Tbs butter
salt and pepper to taste


Cut the mushrooms and mince the shallots and garlic. Heat oil in a saute pan for at least  a minute or two. When the oil is hot throw in the mushrooms. Sear the mushrooms until it releases its juices. Add the shallots, garlic, and butter saute until cooked.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of the steak.

6 Comments so far
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This is so Chip. And I’d have to say it would be hard to sit around and wait for someone to take pictures of perfectly edible and mouth watering steak.

Comment by gooseewo

I suppose you’re right :)

Comment by geng

Great post and photos, and a delicious looking recipe. I’m trying it out for Father’s Day. I never would have thought to add 7up to a marinade, but it works.

Comment by Katy

I hope I’m not too late but if you put the marinade in a saucepan, then boil and let simmer for 10 minutes it becomes a really good dip for the steak. I hope it works for you.

Comment by geng

i would just like to let you know that i made this for dinner last night and blew away my party guests. it was actually my first time cooking steak and mushrooms together and the marinate mixed with the pan seared mushrooms was out of this world! thank you!

Comment by Lady Sauce

I’m glad you liked it. This is one of our favorites. :)

Comment by geng

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