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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Melt in your mouth Steak!

I LOVE a good steak!  Not just any old steak, but the kind you get at a steakhouse that is perfectly cooked and tender and melts like butter in your mouth.  Unfortunately, my household budget doesn't allow for me to go out and get a steak dinner every week so we've just been doing without.  Sure, we splurge on special occasions but sometimes, you just want a steak.  Needless to say, I wanted a steak this past weekend and my budget said "no you don't."  My budget and palate don't always see eye to eye.  So, I decided to try and make a steakhouse steak at home.  I know, that's a recipe for disaster but I have a secret.  His name is Henry Stone and he owns Stone's Meats and Catering here in Chipley.  Not only does he sell the best meat around (it's cut and processed right in his store) but he gave me some easy tips to make a melt in your mouth steak.  His first tip is to start with high quality meat (you can't make a great steak if you don't have really good, well marbled meat).  I used rib eye, mmm, mmm, good!  Second tip, DO NOT poke holes or cut into the meat to see if it's done.  (Yes, I've done that if you must know, but how was I supposed to know if it's done.)  To check on doneness (is that a word?), the firmer the steak is, the more done it is.  Who knew?  I aimed for a Medium Rare - Medium and I hit the jackpot!  Let me tell you, Outback Steakhouse ain't got nothin' on this chick!  Anyway, I completed the meal with the traditional baked potato and I cheated and bought a frozen key lime pie (less room for error that way).  I only have one problem now.  My husband knows that I can make a great steak, so how am I supposed to get taken out for dinner because I can't make it the same as the restaurant?  Maybe I should have accidentally (on purpose) messed up - 'cause now I have to do the dishes!  Darn it!  Why didn't I think of that sooner?  

Ribeye steak and baked potato = YUM!!!
Henry's Great Steak Tips
Cooking on the Grill

  1. Get the grill HOT, HOT!
  2. Rub oil on the rack to avoid sticking (do this with a towel to avoid too much smoke.)
  3. Henry does not recommend salting before cooking because the salt pulls moisture out of the meat.  Marinade is fine.  Let meat marinate for about an hour or so.  
  4. Use tongs to place meat on the grill, not a fork, because the fork will punch holes in the steak for the juice to run out.
  5. Place steak on grill (using tongs) for about 4-5 minutes on each side, cook with lid of grill down.  Try to flip steak only one time.  Check for doneness by pressing on steak.  The firmer it is, the more done it is.
  6. Remove steak from grill, cover with tinfoil and let rest for about 5 minutes or so. 
  7. Season if needed and enjoy!