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A Simple Marinade [Nov. 7th, 2010|02:49 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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So as I've said over the years, for one reason or another, I never did learn how to cook growing up. Yes, I can make things like spaghetti or whatnot, but I was never taught anything besides mix it up, warm it up type stuff.

I don't own an open grill, but I do still have the mini George Forman grill that my parents gave me when I moved into the dorms. This grill has made cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, salmon, steak, chicken and pork chops under my hand with varying levels of success, on the whole steadily improving over the years.

Well, I wanted to add a quite note to my journal to say that I've found a FANTASTIC way to prepare certain foods on the grill that requires damn near 0 prep time.

I've found that ground black pepper can really make a steak. I also know that an old employer or mine would mix soy sauce with some other ingredient. (I never had to mix and I never made it a point to find out what; I've wondered how vinegar would work.) Having bought some steaks the last time (prior to today) when I was at my local provider, I decided to improvise. All I put on my steak was ground black pepper and soy sauce right before I put the meant on the grill. The meat may have 90 seconds or so to marinate.

I wouldn't say that it was the best steak that I've ever had (I've had phenomenal fillet mingnon on more than one occasion) but I would go so far as to say that it was the best steak that I've ever made and that's saying a lot. But if the steak is something worth writing a post about, the use of the concoction on the last of the pork steaks I had is worth writing a book about!

The pork was frozen solid. I ran water over them and I threw them in the microwave for a single minute. But when they came off the grill, it was like I was eating pulled pork that was cooked for a competition and won first place.

Suffice it to say that when I was at the store, I picked up some more beef. This time, instead of picking up eye of round, I picked up stir-fry meat since it was thinner. I'll have to report how that works out later in the week.

Meanwhile, I need to make stew again given that I have the ingredients. The problem is trying to get everything timed just right so I'm not waiting until after 2000 to eat and clean up. I'd really like to have the stew ready in early afternoon, but given that I work full time, the math just doesn't come out right. That and I'd have to be up at like 0300 to get the time right.

[User Picture]From: reality_hammer
2010-11-07 06:38 pm (UTC)
IMO stews, chilis and soups always taste better on the second day. I've decided to just make them a day in advance while making other food and then heat it up again and serve it on the second day.

My daughter says I like to torture her with the smells for a day first but serving it ahead of its time will just lead to sorrow. :D
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-07 09:34 pm (UTC)
stews, chilis and soups always taste better on the second day.
So I'm told. Of course, I'm going to bring some of this to work for lunch on subsequent days, but there's something satisfying about dipping out of the freshly cooked stew. I like both worlds, but i think it depends on the ingredients how well the stew does as leftovers.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-11-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
Remember your crock-pot post? Use that gigantic brain of yours to piece these two posts together and see what you get.

Hint: It will solve all your timing problems.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-07 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to be intentionally thick, but you've stopped just short of writing what you're thinking.

Could you shed more light?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-11-08 12:18 am (UTC)
Make a crock-pot stew! You can start and stop it whenever. It'll be ready when *you* want it to be ready!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-08 12:20 am (UTC)
I was always going to make a crock pot stew.

Stew was an afterthought. The point of this post was to record the marinade I discovered for quick grilling.
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2010-11-08 03:13 am (UTC)
I think you deserve massive kudos for even trying to learn to cook. Like you, I never did pick up the skill - I've tried a few times but cooking + me always = disaster.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-08 03:23 am (UTC)
I've learned to avoid disaster, but I'm not ready to go toe to toe with Marco Pierre. Needless to say, every time i decide to cook, it's an adventure.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2010-11-08 11:37 am (UTC)
Cooking is awesome, isn't it!? I'm able to make a mean cajun talapia that Texas loves, but I'm always on the look out for something different to make...

...also, I'm in the philosophy of "try something once" so if I find something interesting in the kitchen that I think will go well, I throw it in! So far, so good... after my red-dyed cookies with cherries experiment that was described by my dad as "afterbirth", lol.

Good luck with your cooking adventures!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-08 11:50 am (UTC)
"Hey honey, want some afterbirth?"
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-08 11:52 am (UTC)
I'm a creature of habit. Once I find something that's a winner, I stick with it until it's no longer a winner. Sadly, this means I've missed many a great adventures in life.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-11-08 02:47 pm (UTC)

I see trees of green; red roses too...

The difficult part is usually in identifying why your life sucks. You've done that part! What's holding you back from now changing your habits so you can fulfill your life?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-11-08 02:53 pm (UTC)

Re: I see trees of green; red roses too...

Serious Answer: I don't know.

Semi-flippant answer: I don't think it's fear of the unknown as much as it is not wanting to put forth the energy of expanding the comfort zone. Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that the payoff matrix overwhelmingly suggest that I have more to lose than to gain; that is to say, I have to expend energy and could find that I don't like something.

Of course, getting out to make new friends usually means having to spend money. Also, though making new friends only requires yourself and the potential new friend, it is usually not best to do things alone; group settings are best. e.g. going to a bar by one's self vs. engaging in an activity with friends where they bring people you don't know (say bowling) or you are part of a group that meets other people, like say, going white water rafting.

Then of course, if this is event driven, there's always the possibility of not enjoying the event.
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