Ducking for Steak

Sometimes it’s good to duck. Other times, it’s not.

Back in college, the guy I was dating and one of our friends used to argue over who could land a better punch.  Apparently this was big bragging rights. Hockey player versus farm boy, city boy versus country boy, you get the idea.

That meant that they would try to punch each other randomly, and it also was a big deal if you were able to duck and miss it.

One time, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We were in, of all places, an elevator. I was standing next to the wall, next to my friend, with the guy I was dating on the other side.  The guy I was dating decided that this was the perfect opportunity to slug the mutual friend in the shoulder.

Now, I should take a quick break and mention that these two boys were approximately six feet, and I, on a good day, am 5 feet and 2.5 inches.

You can probably see where this is going. Guy I was dating let the fist fly, mutual friend ducked, and the fist instead connected with my head and slammed it into the elevator wall.

The best part was that, instead of apologizing, the guy I was dating decided to yell at the mutual friend for ducking and “making” him punch me in the head.

Needless to say, the punching game ended after that.

No Beatings Required Marinated Flank Steak


  • 1 flank steak, approximately 1 inch thick (if using thinner, see note below)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c red wine
  • 1/4 c worchestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp spicy steak seasoning (like McCormick’s)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Mix together garlic, red wine, worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, and steak seasoning in a large bowl or baking dish (preferably glass or plastic).
  2. Prick both sides of the flank steak with a fork, and soak in marinade at room temperature for at least 15 minutes per side. Occasionally baste top side with marinade.  If desired, soak in a ziplock bag overnight for an extra-tender steak.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place an oven-safe pan (preferably cast iron) over high heat to get hot.
  4. Remove steak from marinade and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Turn burner to medium and sear steak on each side for 2 minutes.
  6. Place pan with steak into oven and cook for approximately 6 minutes for medium rare.
  7. Removed steak from oven and pan and let rest for approximately 10-15 minutes before cutting against the grain.

Note: if you are using a thinner steak, sear for only 1 minute per side and bake for only 4-5 minutes for medium rare.

Note #2: feel free to eat on its own, with mushroom sauce, topped with goat cheese and my cranberry sauce, or sliced thin on sandwiches or tacos!