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7 tips to cooking the PERFECT steak everytime, #Grilling, #BBQ, #TIPS, #Steak, #HowToCookSteak, #Beef

7 Quick and Easy Tips How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Summer is here which makes my brain think BBQ and GRILLING season is here.  It helps keep the kitchen cool and food over an open fire is just AMAZING when cooked right. Steak is tricky to make just right, but it can be done. Here are my tips and tricks on how to cook the perfect steak every time! Learn from my errors because steak mistakes don’t come cheap!

1. Season,season,season: Add salt before cooking to add flavor and draw out water so you get a super crispy crust. I personally really enjoy the McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning, and some lemon pepper seasoning.  Hold off on adding additional pepper or fresh herbs until just before serving to prevent burning.

2. Sear: In order to get that crunchy crust on the outside of your steak, you need to sear the meat. Heat vegetable or canola oil in a pan until it just begins to smoke. Then add your meat. If you hear a loud sizzle you’re doing it right!

3. Cook: After you sear each side for 3-4 minutes cook to your desired level of doneness. The total cooking time depends on the size and cut of your steak.

4. Temperature: The easier way to tell whether your steak is done to your liking is to use a meat thermometer.

Rare Steak:120 degrees Fahrenheit

Medium Rare: 130 F

Medium:140

Medium Well: 150

Well Done: 160

5. Reduce heat and add butter: Just before your steak is done, reduce the heat to medium add 2-3 tablespoons of butter, freshly ground black pepper, and any fresh herbs you’d like. Constantly spoon butter over your steak. Switch sides and repeat.

6. Let your meat rest. Never cut your meat immediately after it’s done cooking. By letting it rest you will keep all those delicious juices inside which will make the meat moist.

7. Cut against the grain. Your knife should be at a right angle (L shape) to the grain(lines on the meat).

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Almond grape chicken salad recipeThis is one of my families favorites.   I made it last night for dinner with the grapes I got for only $1.29 per lb at Albertsons.  I also made some Grape Salsa.

Almond Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe

  • 1 pound Diced Cooked Chicken Breast
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 cup red or green grapes halved
  • 3 stalks of celery diced small
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Combine, salt and pepper to taste, best if it has a few hours to chill, for the flavors to blend.  Keep in refrigerator and serve on a roll, tortilla wrap, bagel…. or just plain bread.  Either way it is fabulous. This my personal favorite, hope you enjoy it too.

You can cook the chicken breast any way you want.  But I prefer to roast it in the oven or do a quick boil…. but if I boil it I always add a little onion, celery, and garlic to the water.  Gives it a much better flavor.

Once the chicken is cooked thru, cooking time will vary on size of breast. I normally cook them 25-35 minutes.  Take them out, and let them rest on a cutting board to cool.

Once they have cooled down some (normally 10 minutes) chop them into small bite sized pieces. Put them into the refrigerator to cool even more.

Chop your veggies, add all the ingredients in a bowl.

Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

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Creamy Zucchini Casserole

 

Creamy Zucchini Casserole, great way to use up the zucchini from your garden. The whole family loved it

 

Good old family recipes are the BEST kind.  My Mother in-law makes this Creamy Zucchini Casserole every summer and it is one of our favorites.

You will need:

  • 1 7oz package of Pepperidge Farm Herb Dressing
  • 1/2 cube butter (1/4 of a cup)
  • 6 cups peeled and sliced zucchini (steamed or cooked in boiling water for 5 mins)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • salt and pepper to season

Melt butter and mix with dressing, put half the dressing on the bottom of a lasagna pan. Cook your zucchini for 5 minutes steam or boil then drain.  Mix the cooked zucchini, cream of chicken soup, cheese and sour cream together.  Once mixed spread over the top of the dressing in the bottom of the pan.  Top with the other half of the dressing.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Makes a great side dish or even works as a main course.

Creamy Zucchini Casserole, great way to use up the zucchini from your garden. The whole family loved it

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Orange Dreamsicle Jello Squares, COOL summer treats #Recipe, #Food, #Fanta, #BlueBell, #summerOrange Dreamsicle Jello Squares

Looking for a cool summer treat, this is one you have got to try and perfect for a large family dinner or picnic!
Ingredients

  • 6 Envelopes Knox Gelatin
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
  • ½ Cup Boiling water with ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 ½ Cups Orange Soda
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream, melted

Orange Dreamcicle jello Squraes, #Fanta, #BlueBell, #CoolTreat
Instructions
Orange Cubes
Dissolve 3 envelopes of gelatin in ½ Cup cold water stir and let set 1 minute.
Pour the ½ Cup Boiling water with ¼ cup sugar dissolved in it over gelatin and stir at least 2 minutes ensuring it is completely dissolved.
Pour in Orange Soda, stir to combine and add to 13×9 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Orange Dream Jello Squares
Cream Filler
At about the 3 ½ hour mark start the Cream portion.
Dissolve 3 envelopes of gelatin in ½ Cup cold water stir and let set 1 minute.Pour ½ Cup Boiling water over the gelatin and stir at least 2 minutes ensuring it is completely dissolved.
Add the completely melted Ice Cream Stir to combine. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
Remove the orange gelatin and cut into ¼ x ½ inch rectangles and put in sprayed 8×8 inch pan spreading them out randomly.
Pour the Ice Cream mixture over the orange and refrigerate at least another 4 hours.
Cut into squares and serve.
Keep in airtight container in the refrigerator.Orange Dreamsicle Jello Squares, COOL summer treats #Recipe, #Food, #Fanta, #BlueBell

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