Grilled Teriyaki Flank Steak

Sep 30, 09 Grilled Teriyaki Flank Steak

Posted by in Grilling, Weeknight dinner

This weeknight grilling recipe is Teriyaki Flank Steak, a variation on my Flank Steak with Chimichurri recipe that I posted a few months ago. While I prefer ribeye steaks, I don’t think of ribeyes as a weeknight meal. They’re more of a special occasion meal for me, due to the price, and how rich they are.*I already...

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Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

Sep 29, 09 Grilled Thin Pork Chops, Quick Brinerated

Posted by in Grilling, Weeknight dinner

Thin pork chops are an idea I learned from from John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger in Gourmet magazine. They suggest you think thin, crispy and flavorful, instead of the usual thick and juicy. For a quick weeknight meal on the grill, thin is good – it cooks quickly, and gets dinner on the table that much faster. Even...

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Weeknight Grilling on DadCooksDinner

Sep 28, 09 Weeknight Grilling on DadCooksDinner

Posted by in Basic technique, Ramblings

*Wherein we discuss Dad Cooking Dinner when the chips are down. I’ve mentioned this scenario before: It’s been a long day at work, the kids are ricocheting off the walls (and each other), and the wife has left for evening classes.  You’re tired, and not motivated to cook.  The siren song of pizza...

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Rotisserie Beef Ribs

Sep 24, 09 Rotisserie Beef Ribs

Posted by in Rotisserie, Sunday dinner

I’m a fan of beef ribs cut off of a rib roast; I eat them as my cook’s treat when I make a rib roast.  I’m also a big fan of pork ribs, cooked low and slow.  So, whenever I made beef ribs on their own, without the roast, I would cook them low and slow.  The beef ribs were good, but not great; I...

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Jane Snow’s Cookbook is finally coming out!

Sep 24, 09 Jane Snow’s Cookbook is finally coming out!

Posted by in Ramblings

I’m so excited – Jane Snow’s cookbook is finally coming out! Jane Snow was the food editor in my local paper, the Akron Beacon Journal.  My interest in home cooking took off after we moved to Akron, a little over ten years ago, and I immediately found out what a treasure we had in our local paper.  I always looked...

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Zucchini Pickles, Zuni style

Sep 23, 09 Zucchini Pickles, Zuni style

Posted by in Side dish

As I was finishing up pickle week, I stumbled across this recipe for zucchini pickles from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco.  I’m embarrassed that I didn’t find it earlier.  Zuni is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, and I’ve talked before about how influential the Zuni Cafe Cookbook has been on...

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Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a Recipe Oversharer

Sep 22, 09 Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a Recipe Oversharer

Posted by in Ramblings

Lisa Abraham, Akron Beacon Journal food writer, wrote a recent article on sharing recipes.  In it, she says that her job is getting people to share their recipes with her.  But she also has a couple of family recipes that she won’t share.* *Her mother gave them to her, with threat of excommunication from the family if she...

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Grilled Corn

Sep 17, 09 Grilled Corn

Posted by in Grilling, Side dish

Grilled Corn is my favorite grilled side dish – it’s quick and easy, and grilling brings out the sweet taste of the corn. The only reason I haven’t posted it before this is…I thought I already HAD posted it.*Oops. It’s a perfect recipe for September, when you can still get wonderfully sweet corn straight...

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Poll: Commenting or Blog Flogging?

Or, how do you promote a blog without looking like an infomercial pitchman?[h/t Daniel at Casual Kitchen for suggesting this topic] I have a question for you, readers:What is an acceptable level of promoting your blog in the comments of another blog?  Where’s the line between linking back to your blog in the...

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Road Trip: Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm

Sep 15, 09 Road Trip: Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm

Posted by in Road trip

Szalay’s Sweet Corn Farm is my favorite place in Akron, when late summer comes and the sweet corn starts rolling in.  Located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, they specialize in sweet corn, but have a ton of other vegetables.* *Some of their vegetables are locally grown, and some aren’t any different from what...

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It grills, it makes music…

I have a follow-up to my Why Weber post from the other day.  And boy, is it a doozy. A dobro is a resonant instrument, similar to a slide guitar.  A DobroQue is…well, just watch: My hero, Alton Brown, has always said that there’s no room for a unitasker in the kitchen….but this is ridiculous. [h/t...

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Rotisserie Pan Soup, Barbacoa style

Sep 10, 09 Rotisserie Pan Soup, Barbacoa style

Posted by in Rotisserie, Side dish, Sunday dinner

Enough teasing.  Here is my favorite sentence in the instructions of a recipe: With the precision of a steady-handed circus performer, carefully remove the pan of soup from the bottom of the grill. [Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen] That sentence has everything – specific instructions, a colorful allegory that...

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Rotisserie Beef Chuck Roast Barbacoa

Sep 08, 09 Rotisserie Beef Chuck Roast Barbacoa

Posted by in Rotisserie, Sunday dinner

I’m a big fan of beef*, but not beef prices.*I don’t think any of my blog readers would confuse me with a vegetarian. Beef rib roast is my favorite, but it can be very expensive.   What do I do when I want a beef roast, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg?  I cook a chuck roast, from the...

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What does “Season to Taste” mean, exactly?

Sep 07, 09 What does “Season to Taste” mean, exactly?

Posted by in Basic technique, Ramblings

The Kitchn has a great post on how to properly season a dish.  When a recipe says “season to taste”, what do they mean? I tried to cover this in my Turkey Noodle Soup post, but after reading their version…boy, did I ever Fail. They explain the thought process I go through when I’m...

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Vietnamese Sandwich (Bahn Mi) with Chicken

Sep 03, 09 Vietnamese Sandwich (Bahn Mi) with Chicken

Posted by in Weeknight dinner

Now we’re down to brass tacks. This is why I showed you the butterflied asian chicken, and had you make extra. I just wanted you to have the ingredients for this recipe. Vietnamese Sandwich, or Bahn Mi, was a flavor revelation to me earlier this year, when I went for dinner at Superior Pho in Cleveland. *I know, I know...

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Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken

Sep 02, 09 Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken

Posted by in Weeknight dinner

Time to use some leftover chicken! If you’re following along, you have some grilled asian chicken in your refrigerator, and (hopefully) some of the dipping sauce.*If not, that’s OK – I’ve made this salad with “plain” leftover chicken, and made the dressing on the fly. Or, a la minute in French. I...

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Why Weber?

Sep 01, 09 Why Weber?

Posted by in Ramblings

Why Weber? When we moved into our house, the first thing I wanted was a Weber kettle for my back yard.  Why?  I’m not sure, exactly, but that was one of the best gut feelings I’ve ever had.To paraphrase “High Fidelity” – normally, when I trust my gut, it has rocks for brains.  But not...

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