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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

OK what do you want?

I said I was holding off for a while on the cooking posts, but I can't stand it any longer. I must cook something delicious and share it, not the food that is all mine, but the pictures which while not nearly as tasty I enjoy sharing them.

So what will it be? I will pick a winner and they will win a "themaninthekitchen" tee shirt if there is ever such a thing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Microwave cleaning tip

Well trying to get the house in selling condition takes up a lot of time, so probably no food posts up in the near future. So I decided to go with a tip that helps me a lot.

I don't know if everyone else's microwave gets as nasty as mine does, but it helps to have a method that makes cleaning it a breeze.

What I do is take your standard kitchen cleaner and throughly spray the interior of the microwave including the inside of the door until it is dripping. Then place a microwave safe bowl half filled with water inside. Set it for about 4 minutes on high and let it go. After the timer goes off let it sit for 5 minutes or so, then open and carefully remove the water bowl, it will be very hot.

Then just wipe the muck up with a rag, it comes off real easy, for me anyway.

Hope this helps, and until next time...

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Mexican Spiced Steak with Chipotle con Queso Sauce

As I sit here eating my Big Mac and contemplating what I have just cooked, I realize I should have ate what I cooked. Oh well such is life.

Whew, this one took a while to prepare and get photographed, I hope you appreciate it and show that appreciation with many checks in the mail.

OK to start out I couldn't find the type of steak I needed anywhere, and after visiting 3 stores I settled on a chuck steak about 2 inches thick and weighing in at over 2 pounds, this was going to take some disassembling.

And now rub them babies down with the following dry rub.

2 TBS grill seasoning
Grated zest of two limes
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder

Yummy, but I will wait until it is cooked.

Melt 2 TSP of butter in a medium saucepan and them add 2 TSP of flour.

Make a paste a cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes stirring constantly, then add 1 1/2 cups of milk.

OK you have made a simple white sauce, yay! Now just cook over medium/high heat until it is thick and bubbly. Then add 1 1/2 cups of shredded smoked cheddar cheese 2 TBSP of finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in abodo sauce, salt to taste. Stir and put heat on lowest setting to just keep warm. This is your queso sauce.

OK now the meat, alright. *grunts and does manly things*

Preheat your oven to 500º F. Take you favorite cast iron skillet and coat it with extra virgin olive oil. Put it in the oven to heat up as the oven is preheating. Now 500º is as Alton Brown might say, "Rocket hot".

When oven lets you know it has reached approximately the temperature of the sun carefully remove the skillet from the oven and place on burner that has been set to high. Add seasoned meat.

And let cook for about 1 minute. When that minute has expired, flip over and repeat.

Then return pan with meat to rocket oven and set a timer for 4 minutes, flip and repeat 4 minute timer. At that time remove from oven and and transfer to cutting board. cut meat against the grain on the bias in strips as thin as you can. The thinner the better, since this meat isn't the most tender, the shorter the grain fibers the more tender it will seem.

And the scene of the crime. Isn't it lovely? I don't like my meat rare but I must admit I immediately partook of the bounty.

OK also by request I made another sauce to go along with this delicious meat. It is chimichurri, sound like the name of a song from some musical about a car that I saw a lifetime ago. It turned out lovely. It is a sauce from Argentina that is very good I was eating it just by itself all night long, yummy.

Alright so a quick rundown.

1/2 cup EVOO

1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 medium onion finely chopped.

You need one of these chopper babies. Very nice.

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped. (I cheat on this)

1/2 red peper finely chopped

1 small tomato seeded and finely chopped.

1 TBSP of dried oregano and 1 TBSP of dried paprika (for the love of God I don't know why but when I was making it I read parsley, which is what I used.)

1 tsp course salt

1 tsp ground black pepper and chili flakes to taste (used chili powder even though I specifically bought chili flakes for this recipe, GRRRR!)

Stir to bring together, and let sit for 30 minutes minimum.

And now let the mouthwatering commence. Steak with Queso sauce.

And with the Chimichurri sauce.

I suppose I should give credit where credit is due, this recipe was losely based upon Rachael Ray's Recipe found here.

OK kiddies I am pooped, this was a long one. And until next time...Good night.