Tom Colicchio ... A GREAT GRILLED STEAK DISH

The Top Chef judge and James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef serves up a classic

BEST CHEF 2010

GRILLED HANGER STEAK WITH BORDELAISE SAUCE

Serves 6

• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

• 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped

• 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped

• 1 stalk celery, chopped

• 3 cups chopped mushrooms such as cremini

• 1 cup chopped shallots

• 1 bottle dry red wine

• 3 quarts beef stock (semisolid when chilled; from butcher)

• 1 bunch thyme

• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 3 lbs. hanger steak

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms and shallots. Cook, stirring regularly, until vegetables start to brown, about 15 minutes.

2. Add wine and simmer until pan is almost dry, about 25 to 35 minutes. Add stock, reduce heat to medium and simmer, skimming often, until sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, at least 1 hour. Strain sauce; add thyme, salt and pepper. Let steep.

3. Heat a grill on high. Season both sides of steaks with salt and pepper. Grill for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Plate steaks and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Remove thyme from sauce. Warm sauce over low heat. Slice steak on the bias. Serve with sauce.

ENTERTAINING

PERFECT FOR MEMORIAL DAY!

CELEB COCKTAILS

From Madonna and Demi's coconut creation to Jessica Simpson's margarita, these drinks will add a dash of Hollywood to your holiday!

VITA COCO CAIPIRINHA

Served at Madonna and Demi's Oscar party, L.A.

• 4 wedges lime

• 2 tbsp. sugar

• 1½ oz. cachaca (Brazilian spirit)

• 3 oz. Vita Coco Tangerine Coconut water

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Squeeze lime wedges and toss into glass with sugar. Pour cachaca over the ice cubes. Top off with Vita Coco.Stir gently.

SUNBLUSH MARTINI

From Kenmare, N.Y.C., co-owned by DJ Paul Sevigny

• 1 ½ oz. Stoli Gala Applik

• ¼ oz. Campari

• 1 oz. pinkgrapefruit juice

• 1 oz. pineapple juice

• ¾ oz. simple syrup

• 3 leaves of basil

Combine ingredients and shake well (do not muddle basil). Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

BLUEBERRY POMEGRANATE MARGARITA

Jessica Simpson's fave at Dos Caminos, N.Y.C.

• 1 oz. lowland white tequila (like Herradura)

• ½ oz. triple sec

• 1 lime

• 1 oz. blueberry-pomegranate juice

• 5 fresh blueberries

Combine tequila, triple sec, juice from half a lime and pomegranate juice with ice in cocktail shaker. Shake hard; strain into glass over fresh ice. Garnish with blueberries and lime wheel.

WESTSIDE

Top Chef Masters host's pick from N.Y.C.'s Macao Trading Co.

• 2 oz. Charbay Meyer Lemon (or any lemon-flavored) vodka

• 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

• ½ oz. simple syrup

• 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint

• 1 splash club soda

Pour all ingredients except club soda into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a splash of club soda.

HOME

JONATHAN ADLER ... GET SET FOR SUMMER!

The designer's advice for the season's decor? Sea themes and color!

ADLER'S TIPS

1. Beige is dead. Color rules.

2. Nautical themes are super in. I can't get enough of anything with a rope, fish or anchor motif.

3. A home should have a bit of levity. We need bold patterns in our lives.

4. Gray is a great base for jolts of color. If you paint a wall gray and put a lemon yellow sofa in front of it, you'll be a happy person.

5. Never say no to a yellow tulip or a Shirley Temple.

For more of Adler's decorating tips, visit MSN.com.

BOX IT UP

White accents create "an instant sense of order," he says. "They're palate cleansers." Turtle Box, $110; jonathanadler.com

GO BLUE

"Turquoise is a trend I'm happy to be surfing. And fish just make you want to jump into the sea!" Neptune Dinnerware, $9-$22; jonathan adler.com

WICK PICK

Adler calls this table-topper an "irresistible giftable." Whale Candleholder, $45; jonathanadler.com

STAR TALK

We Asked ... What's Your Favorite Household Chore?

Renée Zellweger

"Laundry. I love the laundry. It's warm, it's fresh, it's an immediate thing. You get it done-fresh beginning."

DAVE ANNABLE

"I love doing the dishes. Then I have ammunition. I say (to fiancee Odette Yustman), 'Baby, I did the dishes. Didn't you see?' "

ELLEN BARKIN

"I like to clean glass surfaces, like windows. Mirrors don't interest me so much because you kind of get a little distracted."

MATT LAUER

"I'm a little anal compulsive, so I love vacuuming the carpet. When I get to see the symmetric tracks I've made, I feel good about it."

TRAVEL

HOT SPOT: NEW ORLEANS

The Big Easy is home to HBO's Treme and scenes from upcoming films like Green Lantern

OLD POINT BAR

Located just minutes by ferry from the French Quarter, this neighborhood hangout was temporarily renamed Broome's Bar for scenes from Ryan Reynolds' upcoming superhero film Green Lantern.

Info: oldpointbar.com

FUNKY MONKEY

Parker Posey, who's filming the drama Killing Karma, says some of her favorite New Orleans places are thrift stores on Magazine Street, like this vintage clothier where she got some of her character's wardrobe.

Info: 504-899-5587

TAKE NEW ORLEANS HOME

• Hurricane mix: Re-create the city's popular rum-based drink with this cocktail mix from historic Pat O'Briens bar. $4.50; patobriens.com

• Mother's mug: Get a souvenir from this Business District staple since 1938. $7.50; mothersrestau rant.net

• Beignet mix (right): Make your own French doughnuts. $2.98; cafe dumonde.com

  • Contributors:
  • CONTRIBUTORS Antoinette Y. Coulton,
  • Liza Hamm,
  • Suzanne Zuckerman,
  • with Allison Adato,
  • Reagan Alexander,
  • Mary S. Park,
  • Jeffrey Slonim.