Ten Spots For Kids? Done.

A few years ago, the family was at the dinner table and NBC news had on a story about the top 10 spots every kids should see. As they went through them, we realized that we had fulfilled most of the list. This summer, we will scratch the last one off the list.

  • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, New York City – New York is an eight hour drive from Cleveland, so we went on a long Easter weekend. The trip to the statue was impressive, but the stories of Ellis Island are what really stuck. This is best for teens who can better appreciate the stories.
  • Fenway Park Baseball Game, Boston – OK. We didn’t technically fulfill this. We did take a tour of the stadium on a non-game day. No matter what you do as a parent sometimes your children take wrong turns; my eldest is a Yankees fan. He proudly wore his Yankees cap through the entire tour receiving a barrage of good-natured insults from the tour guide along the way.
  • Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska – We were very lucky to be able to take a cruise into Glacier Bay. Normally talkative boys were awestruck by the glaciers and whales.
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – Such a beautiful place. My boys, who abhor getting up early, said that watching the sun rise over the canyon was the best part of the trip.
  • Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral – This was a day trip over from Orlando and taking the entire tour was well worth it.
  • San Diego Zoo, San Diego – So much about this zoo is great, but the Great Apes really stood out. They came right up to the glass to watch us watch them.
  • The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. – A marathon couple of days through Washington D.C. took us through many of the Smithsonian buildings. The Air and Space museum was a standout.
  • Walt Disney World, Orlando – This was one of the first on the list we had done. From Pirates of the Caribbean to Epcot’s Test Track, there are so many opportunities to have fun.
  • Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago – It was the Sears Tower when we went. Even the son with a healthy fear of heights went to the top.
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming – Yellowstone, here we come!

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The shallots bring full flavor to this dish.

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I did by already but strips but sliced them in half.

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Cooking the meat.

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Boiling the noodles.

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Frying the shallots.

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Putting it all together.

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Such an earthy dish.

Beef with Caramelized Shallots

Prep Time: 20 Min | Cook Time: 20 Min | Makes: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (1 pound) boneless beef sirloin steak, 3/4-inch thick, cut into thin strips
  • 6 medium shallots, cut in quarters
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 packets Swanson® Flavor Boost™ Concentrated Beef Broth
  • 1/3 (12 ounce) package medium egg noodles, cooked and drained


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned, stirring often. Remove the beef from the skillet. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir the wine and vinegar in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture is reduced by half. Stir in the mustard and concentrated broth. Return the beef to the skillet and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Serve the beef mixture with the noodles.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 424 | Total Fat: 17.6g | Cholesterol: 84mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Beef-with-Caramelized-Shallots/Detail.aspx?ms=1&prop25=79380644&prop26=DailyDish&prop27=2012-03-14&prop28=RecipeOption&prop29=FullRecipe&me=1

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Categories: Beef, kosher, Pasta, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at rantingchef.com

6 Comments on “Ten Spots For Kids? Done.”

  1. June 14, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Have done all but 1 with my girls and am starting over with their kids!


  2. June 14, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Yellowstone is great. If you are in Cody, check out the Buffalo Bill Museum.
    And I think there’s a local restaurant called Grannies which has great pie!


  3. June 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    The beef and onions looks amazing.


  4. June 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Check out Nashville TN and DollyWorld…fun for all ages..love the recipe thank you for sharing with your readers.


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