Courteney Cox Has a Secret Ingredient for Steaks, and I Wish I’d Known About It Sooner

published Mar 15, 2022
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I find the grocery orders and online shopping carts of other people endlessly fascinating. I especially enjoy peeping at the must-haves of celebrities and influencers with good taste. It’s fun and voyeuristic, of course — but more than that, I find cart-creeping to be a source of inspiration. Some of my favorite kitchen goodies have been discovered from celeb tips, after all. So when I saw that Courteney Cox spilled her must-haves to The Strategist, I was super curious. The Friends actress is also a home goods guru, with the launch of her own brand, Homecourt.

After browsing through the article, I *need* Cox’s pick for the softest nightshirt in the world, and I can’t stop thinking about her favorite all-purpose surface cleaner (Monica would be proud that a cleaning product made the list). But the standouts for me were definitely the food. They’re proof that Cox is totally relatable and has excellent taste.

Her first must-have is Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packets. “I’m kind of known for my love of Hidden Valley Ranch,” she says. Talk about goals — I wish I was known for my condiment obsessions! She’s definitely a fan of the bottled stuff, but says that nothing can compare to a homemade version with mayo and milk. That, however, doesn’t change the fact that Cox doesn’t vibe with DIY ranch at restaurants. “I need to know it’s Hidden Valley. Nothing else compares.”

Cox’s second grocery must-buy is Susie Q’s Original Santa Maria Style Seasoning — she considers it a key ingredient for grilled steaks. After letting the steaks come to room temperature, she drizzles them with olive oil and liberally shakes the seasoning over all sides. The ingredient list is pretty simple (there’s garlic, black pepper, salt, parsley, sugar, and — surprise! — MSG), but I’m betting it’s the ratios that make all the difference. Cox also cites a screaming-hot grill as crucial to a perfectly cooked steak. 

Perfectly-cooked steak and ranch dip are serving up some serious summertime vibes, and now I’m not only excited for my next grocery delivery … I’m so ready for grilling season.