Rita DeMontis, Toronto Sun

Rita DeMontis is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Toronto Sun for more than three decades. She is currently the senior national Lifestyle and Food Editor for the Sun Media chain, a division of Postmedia Network. She also has a weekend radio show, Dishing with DeMontis, on Sirius XM Canada Talks! Ch. 167, spent many years on Newstalk 1010, and has appeared regularly on CITY-TV'S Breakfast Television, Global TV, CTV Canada AM, CityLine and Food Network Canada. DeMontis has also been interviewed on both CNN and the BBC and hosted her own national cooking show called CUCINAetc. She has an extensive volunteer background, belongs to several professional groups and has sat on various boards. DeMontis has been a keynote speaker on many occasions and has lectured periodically for York University as well as several marketing associations. She was also honoured in a national Canadian book celebrating 32 of the most influential Canadian women of Italian origin. Before working for the Toronto Sun, DeMontis spent several years with TV Guide Magazine.

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<p><b>SOUTHWESTERN BEEF STEAK WITH SUCCOTASH SAUTE</p></b> <p>Make this recipe with your favourite grilling steak such as T-bone, porterhouse, top sirloin rib eye or rib.</p> <p>Southwest Beef Steak</p> <p>1 lb. (.45 kg) beef grilling steak, 3/4 to 1-inch thick</p> <p>1 tsp. (5 mL) Cajun spice* (recipe to follow)</p> <p>1 tsp. (5 mL) ground cumin</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) salt</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) hot pepper flakes</p> <p>Succotash Saute</p> <p>2 Tbsp. (30 mL) butter</p> <p>2 cloves garlic, minced</p> <p>1 cob corn, kernels removed from cob (or 3/4 cup (175mL) frozen corn)</p> <p>2 small zucchinis, sliced</p> <p>1 small sweet red pepper, diced</p> <p>1/3 cup (75 mL) shelled, cooked edamame</p> <p>1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh parsley or chives, minced</p> <p>*Cajun Spice</p> <p>1/4 tsp. (1 mL) EACH paprika, dried oregano, garlic powderand dried thyme</p> <p>Southwest Beef Steak: Combine Cajun spice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes in small bowl. Set aside half of mixture. Sprinkle both sides of steak with remaining mixture.</p> <p>Grill steak over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes, turning twice or more for medium-rare 145°F/63°C). Remove to plate; cover loosely with foil. Let stand for five minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Serve with Succotash Saute.</p> <p>Succotash Saute: In large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic, corn, zucchini, red pepper, shelled cooked edamame and reserved seasoning mix (Cajun spice, cumin, salt and pepper flakes). Cook, stirring occasionally until just tender, about eight minutes. Add fresh parsley or chives. </p> <p>Serves 4-6.</p>

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