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Chimichurri livens up grilled skirt steak.

Chimichurri livens up grilled skirt steak.

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Updated: May 9, 2012 9:44AM

With Labor Day weekend approaching, Allison Fishman, author of the recently released You Can Trust a Skinny Cook (Wiley Hardcover, $29.95), and contributor to the best-selling Cook Yourself Thin, delivers recipes using sauces as requested by S.W. of Chicago.

Fishman's Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce - among the 140 recipes in her new cookbook - have what it takes to fill a holiday weekend. They are simple, the sauces can be prepared in advance and the results are so tasty, your guests won't believe they also are healthy and nutritious.

One tip: Fishman is correct in recommending the skirt steak be prepared on a grill rather than a stovetop because the well-marbled meat spatters. But, she adds, "Happily, all that spattering means you end up with less fat (and calories) in the meat."


Back in the '60s, my mom used to make a Jewish angel food cake that contained cherries and nuts. Mom passed away four years ago, and I can't find this recipe in her cookbooks. Can anyone help?

P.K., La Grange

Is anyone willing to share a recipe for cranberry scones?

L.H., Chicago

I would appreciate a recipe for black bottom pie made with rum.

G.T., Naperville

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