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Eat for Eight Bucks: Broiled Hanger Steak

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger]

I have written here before about how great it is to broil a yummy cheap steak, and late summer is the best time of year to do it--with so many wonderful vegetables around, the sides make themselves. Sliced tomatoes are good all on their own or with just a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt, and I cook corn by throwing it unhusked into a hot oven (450) for about 20 minutes. It doesn't even need butter. With so little to do I decided I'd better make biscuits, but even that is not much trouble when you have a good recipe.

A few notes on accounting: The pound of potatoes that appears in the shopping list but not the picture is to make a vinaigrette-dressed potato salad to eat with your leftover steak (or to stretch the meal to feed four, if you plan to eat the entire thing at once). I don't usually marinate this type of steak but was inspired to do so by this month's Martha Stewart Living. You can skip it if you don't want to use up so much vinegar and oil; just lightly oil and season the steak before broiling. If you use organic butter and King Arthur flour then the total cost of making biscuits will pull about $2.75 from your pantry, pushing the cost-per-meal-for-two just above eight dollars. I'd rather have hot biscuits than cable television and professionally manicured nails, but everyone must spend her extra pennies as she sees fit!

About the author: Robin Bellinger is a freelance editor and shameless cookie addict. She lives in San Francisco and blogs about what she feeds her husband and her daughter at home*economics.

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