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Memorial Day BBQ – BBQ Tri-tip on the Grill

 

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

With Memorial Day around the corner I wanted everyone to know about tri-tip, as promised in an early post.

Tri-tip is the best cut of meat to BBQ on the grill. It’s the most popular cut in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California to BBQ.

Tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. It’s a small triangle muscle and there are only one per side of beef. Weight can be 1.5 lbs to 2.5 lbs each.

It’s best not to over season a tri-tip. Salt, pepper, garlic salt and granulated garlic is all you need to season this flavorful cut of meat. BBQ correctly, indirectly over medium heat, on the grill and the flavor is amazing. I prefer to BBQ as a roast (also known as a triangle roast), but you can also cut into one inch thick steaks and BBQ on the grill. Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving or serving.
 
 

 
 
Tri-tip roast (triangle roast) is a lean cut of meat and should not be overcooked. A tri-tip roast should be cooked to medium. A thermometer can be used to check for doneness. To some people this roast at medium may seem underdone. My advice would be to grill to medium, let rest and slice then grill slices to preferred doneness.

This cut of meat has become very popular for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost. Some Costco’s and Sam Club’s around the country have started to carry it.

If you are unable to find it in any of your local stores ask a butcher for the cut. Make sure they are a member of the “North American Meat Processors Association” (NAMP).

Ask them for cut IMPS/NAMP 185C (with fat) or IMPS/NAMP 185D (without fat – This is the preferred cut).

All in all this is the best cut of meat for the grill. Find it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought.
 
 
 

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October 25 – World Pasta Day

 

Today is World Pasta Day!


 
A day dedicated to highlighting the nutritional and culinary advantages of pasta. This special day began in Rome in 1995 and is recognized around the world.

I LOVE pasta and don’t need a special day for it. I eat it at least 6 times a month, most of us don’t need a special day we just slurp it up, yummy.

Pasta is popular worldwide for Italian dishes, not to mention VERY economical when you’re on a tight budget. I’ve used it for various dishes I’ve made like cold pasta salads, various hot pasta meals, Halloween pasta dinners, you get the picture.

Just had to add one more recipe. I used to eat this a lot for breakfast, I know it says dinner but ya know, when we had leftover angel hair pasta. It’s very inexpensive to make, especially if you can get the ingredients on sale. If I made it now I would have to manipulate it to bring the sodium content down under 300. I’d probably delete the milk and used water or soy milk.

There are so many wonderful and healthy dishes you can make with pasta. It’s only left up to your imagination. So make a BIG bowl to share with someone and cozy up on the couch and watch a movie. 🙂

If you’d like post your favorite pasta dish with a recipe in the comments section.
 
 
 
 

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National Potato Month – Recipe #4 – Ham and Potato Soup

 
 

Recipe #4 – Ham and Potato Soup

 
 

Please enjoy the 4th recipe of the month for “National Potato Month”: Ham and Potato Soup

I hope you discover tasty potato recipes and learn all the ways to cook potatoes for any meal. Potatoes are both nutritious and inexpensive. They are so versatile you could fix them in a new and different way every day of the year. Enjoy what I think are some pretty tasty recipes.
 
 
 
 
 

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National Potato Month – Recipe #1 & #2 – Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

 
 

Recipe #1 & #2 – Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

 
 

Please enjoy the first recipe of the month for “National Potato Month”: Potato Lasagna & Sweet Potato Lasagna

I hope you discover tasty potato recipes and learn all the ways to cook potatoes for any meal. Potatoes are both nutritious and inexpensive. They are so versatile you could fix them in a new and different way every day of the year. Enjoy what I think are some pretty tasty recipes.
 
 
 
 
 

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July 29 – National Chicken Wing Day

 
There are over a billion chicken wings consumed each year. Yummy!!

In 1977 Chicken Wings received their own day in Buffalo, New York when then Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski proclaimed July 29 as National Chicken Wing Day. Thousands of pounds of chicken wings are consumed each week in Buffalo and around the world. [1]

Chicken Wings are prepared in a couple of different ways:

  • Hot wings are covered in a vinegar-based cayenne pepper sauce
  • Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is composed of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter
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    Both are traditionally served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

    National Chicken Wing Day even has its own Facebook page.
     
    This is the recipes I used when I made my first batch of chicken wings. Enjoy the recipe!
     
    INGREDIENTS:

    1/2 pound butter, melted
    Tabasco Sauce — see note
    salt and pepper, to taste
    chicken wings
    celery sticks
    blue cheese or ranch salad dressing

    DIRECTIONS:

    Cut off wing tips and save for stock. Combine melted butter, Tabasco and salt and pepper. Divide the mixture, one part for raw wings and the other part for cooked wings. Coat raw wings in Tabasco mixture. Deep fry until golden and crisp on the outside, then coat cooked wings in Tabasco mixture again. Serve hot with celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing.

    Note: use Tabasco sauce to taste, anywhere from 1/4 bottle to the whole bottle depending on the durability of your taste buds!
     
     
     
     
     
    Source: [1] National Chicken Wing Day (www.facebook.com)
     
     
     

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May 18 – National Cheese Souffle Day

 
Today is National Cheese Souffle Day.

Display your culinary skills today and create a fluffy delicious gourmet dish. You should not be afraid to celebrate this day, souffles are not hard to make.

Souffles and meringues are related. Not only do both use a lot of eggs, they both rely on the cook to whip the right amount of air into the eggs. Souffles can be sweet dishes for dessert or more savory, like the cheese souffle. The cheese souffle is usually flavored with a distinct cheese like Swiss or Parmesan. It’s common to use earthy spices like nutmeg and paprika in cheese souffle.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Souffle Cookbook
 
 
 

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National Salsa Month – Recipe #10 – Minty Green Olive-Celery Salsa

 

 
 
 
Please enjoy the tenth recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Minty Green Olive-Celery Salsa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
300 Best Taco Recipes: From Tantalizing Tacos to Authentic Tortillas, Sauces, Cocktails and Salsas
 
 

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National Prime Rib Day!

 
Happy National Prime Rib Day!
 
 
There’s only one way to celebrate National Prime Rib Day, eat a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib.

Prime Rib, a very popular cut of meat for Christmas and major holidays, is graded as a USDA Prime cut of meat. Most beef offered for sale in supermarkets is graded US Choice or Select. US Prime beef is sold to hotels and upscale restaurants.

Prime Rib comes from the section right behind the shoulder and is one of the priciest cuts of meat. If you can’t find Prime only substitute with Choice.
 
 
Strip House Prime Rib
Courtesy of Chef John Schenk
Serves 10-12
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
 
 
Ingredients
· 14-16 Lbs 30 Day Dry Aged Bone in Prime Rib
· 1 1/2 Cups Dijon Mustard
· 1 head of garlic
· 1/4 Cup Rosemary, chopped
· 1/4 Cup Thyme, chopped
· 1/2 Cup Kosher salt
· 1/2 Cup Cracked Black Pepper
 
 
Tips on Prime Rib Purchasing and Preparation:

· At Strip House we buy our Prime Rib Dry aged with the fat cap intact. In order to make this dish at home, we suggest that you ask your butcher to remove the fat cap, tie the roast and french the bones down 1 inch.

· It goes without saying that for a quality Prime Rib, buy the best possible product you can afford.

· If you’re looking for another option instead of Prime rib you can always use this rub and slow cook Brisket or Top Round.

Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil. Place in preheating oven and allow garlic to roast for 30 minutes.

3. While the oven is heating pull the roast out of the refrigerator (should be about 30 minutes before you are going to cook it). *Meat that roasts at room temperature will cook more evenly.

4. Season the roast with the salt and pepper making sure you really work the seasoning with your hands all over the flesh of the meat.

5. Remove the garlic from the oven. With a spoon remove garlic cloves from head of garlic and place into a food processor. Puree garlic until smooth.

6. In a medium bowl whisk together the Dijon mustard, roasted garlic and herbs.

7. Take the garlic mustard rub and coat the rib in a thin layer all over the roast.

8. Place large rack insert into a large roasting pan and lay the meat bone side down. Carefully place pan into the bottom rack of the oven and let the Prime Rib roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Lower the temperature to 300 degrees and allow to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Test internal temperature of the meat after two hours. When prime rib is done it should read 120 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.

9. Once the roast comes out of the oven cover it with foil and let it rest for a solid 20 minutes before slicing.
 
 
 

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Get Your Cleaning On

 
*****I posted this during the holidays and was asked to re-post to share the earth friendly cleaning supplies recipes below. We all should be conscience of what we are doing to the earth*****
 
 
 
I really didn’t want to write this because I hate cleaning, I know it has to be done, and I do it, but I hate it.

I thought my cleaning recipes might help everyone get their house ready for their Holiday guests.

Recently I have started to use homemade products to clean. It’s much cheaper than store-bought and they do just as good of a job and sometime even a better job.

Some of these recipes may not smell nice all the time but will dissipate when they dry. I’m writing this in hopes that you all will feel better knowing you did something good for the environment.

The environment is really the reason I started making my own cleaning products. I hear all the talk on the news and talk radio about how we need to take care of our environment. All that made me think about what my niece and nephew and their kids and so on, will have to look forward to in later years. Will they be able to pack a lunch of tuna sandwich’s and grape soda, like my mom and dad did for my family and go to the lake for the day and spend quality time together? Will there be water in the lake for them to even enjoy? Will gas be $8.00 a gallon?

It all starts with us and trickles down to the generations. If our kids see us trying to be green and recycle they will too and so on.

These are my favor recipes.  I use them weekly, if not daily.

All-Purpose cleaner – dissolve ½ cup washing soda in a bucket of warm water.
USE: Kitchen/Bathroom – wash surface, then rinse. Not recommended for aluminum surfaces or no-wax floors. Cleans walls, counter tops, refrigerators, appliances, tiles, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet bowls.

Baby clothes – Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle.
USE: Baby clothes – Helps break down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes soft and fresh.

Bathroom mold cleaner – Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and 2 parts water.
USE: Spray on areas with mold; wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
Warning: Be careful with hydrogen peroxide; it can take the color out of fabrics

Dishwasher Detergent – mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup borax (use sparingly). You can use 2 packs of sugar-free lemonade, if desired, for scent.
USE: 2 – 4 Tbsp per load, dependent on how big the load.

Floor Cleaner – Add ½ cup vinegar to ½ gallon warm water & mop. No need to rinse!
USE:To clean no-wax floors.

Multi-Purpose “Greener” Cleaner – Add the following ingredients to a 16-oz spray bottle, shake well: soap (flakes, powder, or liquid), 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 16 ounces (2 cups) water.
USE: Multi-Purpose

**DISCLAIMER: PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP ALL CLEANERS, EVEN GREEN,  AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS**

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National Soyfoods Month- Recipe #11 – Buffalo Tofu Wrap

 
 

 

 

Please enjoy the eleventh recipe of the month for National Soyfoods Month:Buffalo Tofu Wrap
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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