Brian’s Cranberry Relish

Serves 4 to 6S n p logo
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 10-to-15 minutes


  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. fresh cranberries
  • ½ -to-1 cup sugar (or to desired sweetness)
  • ½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup water
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • ¼ cup brandy (or to taste)


  1. In medium saucepan; add ingredients; heat over medium-high heat while stirring occasionally until cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl.
  3. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Chef Tee’s Steak & Wild Mushrooms

Serves 2Steak and mushrooms
Prep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 5-to-10 minutes

  • 2 NY strip steaks
  • Merlot sea salt (available at Whole Foods Market®)
  • Pepper
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup French onion soup
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch mixed w/2 Tbsps. water
  • 4 Tbsps. butter (optional)
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Garnish — Merlot salt


  1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Season both sides of steak w/Merlot salt, pepper.
  3. Put steaks in heated skillet; cook 3-to-4 minutes per side or until golden brown if want medium rare (if want well done, cook uncovered in a 450° F heated oven an additional 4-to-6 minutes); set steaks aside.
  4. Use paper towel to carefully remove excess pan drippings from hot skillet; add 2 Tbsps. oil; heat oil over medium-high heat; add shallots, soup.
  5. Stir in cornstarch/water mixture to soup, shallots.
  6. Season to taste w/Merlot salt, pepper.
  7. Turn off heat; stir in butter until melted.
  8. Top steaks w/pan sauce, little Merlot salt; serve w/Wild Mushrooms.


Chef Tee’s Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate

Serves 4 to 6Strawberries dipped in choco
Prep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 5-to-10 minutes

  • 12 large strawberries
  • 1 (12 ounce) bags semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Rinse strawberries under cool water; pat dry w/paper towel; let air dry completely.
  2. Melt chocolate in double boiler over medium-heat (use heat resistant spatula or wooden spoon to stir chocolate every minute or so while it melts).
  3. When melted, remove bowl filled w/chocolate from heat; stir chocolate every minute or so to lower chocolate temperature to warm (when bowl feels warm when you touch it w/hand, chocolate is done).
  4. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate, then set them on wax paper lined baking sheet; let sit at room temperature until chocolate is set (about 15-to-20 minutes).