Homemade steak sauce and the government shutdown

Homemade steak sauce with flat iron steak

So it appears the United States is broke. I can relate to that. In fact, I’ve never felt closer to the United States than I do right now. I think my electric bill is pretty high. Just imagine what the United States pays. Poor United States. And gas prices. All those government vehicles can’t run on corn oil. Which the United States can’t afford, either.

As I understand it, the only reason the poor United States has run out of money is that Congress doesn’t know how to pass a budget. If I could afford the airfare to Washington, I’d just pack up my calculator and a legal-sized notepad and sit down with those folks to figure a budget out. I’m pretty good at cyphering. Maybe I’ll give ole’ John Boehner a ring tonight – after I’ve had a couple of glasses of Chardonnay – and offer him my services. That poor man just seems a little out of his element. And the crying isn’t helping, either.

In the meantime, I’m doing my bit by trying to save as much money as I can so that maybe I can make the United States a little loan just to get it through the next few days. I know you see that steak in the photo and you’re thinking, “That woman doesn’t have any money troubles.” Hey, I bought that steak a month ago and put it in the freezer because I could feel the bad times coming. When I saw the United States standing at the corner of Old Hickory and Franklin Road with a bucket, begging for donations, I knew something was up.

So instead of spending $3 or $4 on steak sauce, I made my own from ingredients I already had. Waste not, want not. I think I’ll tell Boehner that when I see him.

Homemade steak sauce
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  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Dash hot sauce
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine.


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