Steak Picante with Salsa Verde and… La Cense Beef New Year Giveaway!!

I was recently contacted by the lovely Susanna from the Grass-fed Party, asking if i’d like to try some La Cense beef and host a giveaway for you, my beloved readers. Needless to say, i promptly accepted. La Cense is a great company that does direct-to-home beef and supports sustainable agriculture. They let their beautiful black angus cows graze in the open pastures of Montana instead of… feeding them the kind of chemically engineered crap they sell at Walmart – the stuff that makes you glow in the dark even-though you know you’re not a Saint. La Cense does it just the way cow-boys used to… with lots of luv’.

This is what’s at stake today ladies and gentlemen, some good ol’ cow-boy loving!

I was extremely pleased with the grass-fed NY strip-steak they sent me, i marinated it with harissa and olive oil and broiled it at high temperature to seal-in the juices and create a spicy crust, and served it with a bright and ‘green’ italian salsa verde. I subcontracted a friend to try the ribeye steak for me and words praising its tenderness were heard in faraway lands. It was described as one of a kind. The ground sirloin was turned into a zenburger and was gulped down in-style by the zenman. It was everything you want a zenburger to be, juicy and flavorful.

Here’s what you can win today:

– 2 lbs La Cense ground steak
– 2 La Cense petite sirloin

All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of this post and you’re entered. Please note that this giveaway is opened to U.S residents only. I will pick a winner at random based on the amount of bribes deposited to my paypal account* and La Cense will directly ship the prize to the lucky winner. Easy as one, two, five!

*Ok, this is a joke. Unless you insist… **
**My paypal account is at: eprivatechef[at]yahoo[dot]com***
***This is a joke, yet again! Sheesh.. i’m cracking myself up ^^

You have until my return from Aspen on January 6th, 2009 at midnight (eastern time) to enter this giveaway. The winner will be announced soon after my return. People who enter several times will be spanked mercilessly with a wooden spoon, as cleverly illustrated. It’s gonna get ugly!

My posting might be erratic during this trip, so behave, don’t trash this blog and take out the garbage!

Sayonara and good luck!
La Cense Steak Picante w/ Salsa Verde
(Serves 4)

For the steak:

  • 4 NY strip steaks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon harissa (blended in 1/4 cup olive oil)

For the Italian salsa verde:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovies, mashed into a paste
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 basil, chopped
  • 1 egg, hard boiled, and finely chopped
  • salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar

For the salsa verde:

  • Combine the capers, mustard, anchovy paste, garlic, shallots, olive oil, parsley and basil. Add the chopped egg. Season to taste with pinches of salt, pepper and sugar. Serve at room temperature. The flavor should be very ‘green’.

  • Season the steaks on both sides with salt and marinade in the harissa mixture for at least 30 minutes on the countertop.
  • Preheat the broiler or grill. When ready, broil or grill until the marinade has caramelized and forms a crust. Turn the steaks and continue to cook until desired doneness, medium-rare that is.
  • Let the steaks rest a few minutes before slicing them. Serve with salsa verde. Enjoy!
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  • Chicken And Waffles

    Slap my ass and call me sally. I mean sally-sa..uh..verde.

    Oh, slap my ass anyway. A girl takes her pleasures where she can.

  • Maria Gilmore

    Is it ladylike to growl at the steak! Enjoy the white powder while the rest of us are skiing on ice. Love your site

  • jesse

    Hmm, I think I’ll enter several times, just to get a taste of that wooden spoon… =P

  • The Short (dis)Order Cook

    Love that marinade.

    Multiple commenters receive multiple spanks? I just might like that. Maybe I’ll leave another comment.

    Hope you had a great trip!

  • Hola!

    I’ll have to prepare your salsa verde recipe as it beats my chimichurri sauce.

  • John Regnery

    Mmm that looks delicious! Hope you have a great New Year.

  • Katharine

    I’m not a spicy person, but I like me a good steak. Thanks!

  • Jen

    that’s all great and everything but will you cook it and send it to me in LA piping hot???? :)

  • Crystal

    I love trying new steak!


  • Ellie from Kitchen Caravan

    mmmm….I’m making this for New Year’s dinner.

  • Dan

    I’m new to the blog… found you on Photograzing. Looks great!

  • Cindy. Lo.

    Wow steak for new years dinner!!!
    Forgot you’re in Aspen,
    Awww so JEALOUS here!!!
    Have fun there ok (duh I’m sure you will!)
    Happy belated Xmas and Happy New Year!!!

  • Giff

    That salsa verde looks delicious. And who am I to resist beef that comes recommended by the Zenman

  • Anonymous

    Im trying this again! Enjoy skiing! Beef send it this way

  • Carol

    Oh Zen, it’s bad enough to taunt us with the steak. Letting us know you are in Aspen is pure cruelty! Hugs for the new year! Groupie Carol @

  • Tia

    Can I move into your kitchen (I'm small and will fit into the pantry) and eat the leftover? Drools. >.<

  • Olga

    That looks like a spectacular meal!
    I so hope to win some beef :) That would just make my year!

    And I still have some wontons leftover….I could stuff them w/beef :)

    Hope you are having an awesome time in Colorado.

  • maeling

    Free steak? Who am I to turn that down. Can wait to try your recipe.

  • reading

    I Want! I Want!

  • kellypea

    Loving the Italian salsa verde — YUM! Especially with the beef. Total carnivore. Yep.

  • chris.trauzzi

    I just came across your site and love the recipes… Happy New Year!

  • Mudpies and Mary Janes

    The salsa verde looks great. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the cool giveaway and have fun in Aspen!

  • CheffJonny

    Yay! Lets trash the joint cuz Zen is gone! Free Spankings and free Beef! What’s better than that?!!

  • Pamela

    Wow, gotta love a New year giveaway !!
    If I were to win, I will be looking forward to firing up the grill even if the snow is deep hahah

  • Rajee

    I love to win. Let me have beef as a wonderful gift for New Year. Wish u and your family a very Happy New Year.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds delicious!
    sgiraffe at

  • glamah16

    Happy New Year. Hope all is well and all the best for 2009. I would so much want to win that beef.

  • Chicopea

    Happy New Year Z! mmm yummy- I always crave more meat in the winter for some reason. Hope you are enjoying some ski/snowboard time.

  • Cynthia

    Happy New Year!

  • Alexis

    enter me, please! :)

  • Missy Allets

    I hail from Australia, so I’m obviously not getting a cut today.

    But can I just say, your steak makes me crave for some tender lurvin’! – The tummy-growling-gimme-some-steak kinda lurvin’

  • Sarah

    Last year on husband’s birthday I made him your recipe Seared Ribeye steak with Chimichurri or The Making of a Damn Good Steak. OMG, he loved it. He’s originally from a ranch in WY and trying to figure out if he should take his artistic self back out there and raise beef again. It’s almost his 30th birthday and, again, OMG, these steaks would be totally delic for his meal.

  • Michelle

    I can’t believe I didn’t miss the deadline for this giveaway! Hope your time away was enjoyable!

  • Ingrid

    I hope you’ve enjoyed your vacation. I would love to win some beef!

  • Mom24

    Obviously this would be completely awesome to win. Thanks for the chance.

    I love your blog.

  • carogonza

    That salsa verde looks incredible. I need to make it!

  • JD

    Man…your blog has grown since the last give-a-way…Keep up the great job!!! Now give me my beef!

  • Maria Gilmore

    nice pics of Aspen, I’m ready for the wooden spoon!

  • One Food Guy

    Mmmm, grass-fed beef! Hope you had fun in Aspen! Happy New Year!

  • zees5

    Drool. That is looking good! Beef has been prohibitively expensive for a family of 5 around here especially when the 4 year old eats more than mom! This is a great giveaway. Thanks!!! izazbz at yahoo dot com

  • ChefBrat

    Hi Zen –

    Happy New Year! Loved the pics, and wondered if you could ask Big Bossman if he might let you invite a few of your bloggers to win a weekend trip to his place in Aspen to have a weekend cheffing experience with the Zen Chef himself, live and in person! I would even make you a customized wooden spoon to use at your discretion! Ha! Wait, does he know about your blog? OMG! I gotta go check my er… pizza!

  • dawnielle

    I think you should always have to say ANGUS with an Irish accent. Prerequisite. Oh, I love the beef.

  • Tom

    My cardiologist says otherwise but i want beef.

    I also want that “stove”

  • Anonymous

    Beeeeeef….. Goooooood.

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  • Cesar K. Burton

    Beeeeeef!! Me Gusta!! -_-

    Cesar K. Burton
    Vet Specialist in Suffolk County