July 28th, 2008

Steak is #1!

Self.com has a new article out that discusses the top 20 “superfoods” for weight loss. Want to know food #1?

Yeah, you guessed it. Steak!

I’m so proud I feel a tear coming to my eye. Sniff, sniff.

So, basically the protein in steak helps you retain muscle mass needed for weight loss. And it’s very satisfying.

Check out the article here. And then try to make a steak dinner that includes all of the foods listed. Now THAT would be a supermeal!

July 25th, 2008

Let Your Hand Be Your Guide

Check out this great technique for testing the doneness of your steak. All you need is your hand!

This comes to us from the guys over at MensHealth.com . . .

Cooked to perfection

Check doneness by pressing a steak in the center, says Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible. Then use your thumb, fingers, and the varying firmness of the base of your thumb as your guide.


Internal temp: 125F
Soft and squishy, like a pink sponge




Internal temp: 145F
Firm but yielding, like a Nerf football 



Internal temp: 160F
Barely yielding, like a racquetball



Internal temp: 170F
Hard yet springy, like a tennis ball

Get other great tips in the entire article here. And have a great weekend grilling up those steaks!!!!

July 24th, 2008

Have a Coke and a Smile

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Coca-Cola fan. I’m trying to do something about that but that’s another story for another day.

It’s fizzy. It’s sugary. It’s absolutely divine.

So . . . even I never thought of using good ‘ol Coke as a steak marinade. Who wouldda thunk?

Check this out from our friends at Chow.com:

HOME COOKING: Wacky but Wonderful Marinade for Steaks

From the sounds-awful-but-is-really-good files: [one reader] loves to marinate tougher cuts of steak in equal parts Italian salad dressing, ketchup, and Coca-Cola. He lets the steak soak in this mixture all day before grilling. [Another reader] tried it out, and says it’s both delicious and helps tenderize the meat (the latter’s due to the phosphoric acid in the Coke). She likes a little less Coke relative to the dressing and ketchup, and the addition of some Tabasco.

You can take a look at the entire article here. And have a Coke for me!

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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

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