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New York Strip Steak with Asparagus

I am such a mess sometimes.

Yesterday I treated myself to a steak.  This was the first steak I’d ever made for myself, so I spent the morning looking online and through several of my cookbooks, hoping to get my steak just right.  I wanted to learn the perfect marinade, the precise cooking time, and how to get the steak done at the ideal temperature.

The best steak, I learned, should be cooked until medium-rare.  According to the finger-method,this happens when the feel of the steak approximates the feel of your index finger pressed into your slightly clenched palm.  According to the meat thermometer, this happens anywhere from 145 degrees to 125 degrees — depending on whom you ask.  Cooking Light’s Grilling, and Steven Raichlen’s How to Grill call medium-rare at 145 degrees.  But in James Patterson’s Cooking, it’s 125 degrees, while an online source says it is between 130 and 135 degrees.  For what it’s worth, the U.S.D.A. recommends that steaks be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.  The lower temperatures may reflect the willingness to sacrifice absolute food safety in the name of greater flavor and tenderness.  Fortunately, Peterson and Raichlen both ascribe to the finger-poke method, so I may try to become comfortable with that method.

But for my first grilled steak, I decided that I should play it by the numbers, and settled on 145.

I grabbed the steak, a little oil Continue reading


Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of those perfect dishes with which to experiment.  From chicken broth to mushroom soup, the short-grain rice is eager to absorb whatever liquid you throw at it.  At the same time, it’s creamy color and texture make colors and crunch a welcome addition.  Pairings range from smoked trout and roasted butternut squash, to the ever-popular asparagus spears and mushrooms.  Even cold leftovers provide a reason to rejoice, with warm suppli just around the corner!

Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

Having recently made roasted asparagus, I decided Continue reading

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Roasting is one of the best ways to enhance both the color and flavor of an item.  In this case, just a little time and olive oil brings out the crisp crunch and sharp green of asparagus spears.  These roasted asparagus spears can be served in their own right, or Continue reading

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad
As I’ve mentioned previously, chicken salad is one of my lunch-time staples.  Almost without fail, Sunday nights are devoted to preparing my tried-and-true chicken salad for the work week ahead.  That said, everyone can use some amount of variety.  So, in the spirit of variety, I decided to try a different type of chicken salad.  My sense of lunch-time adventure obviously knows no bounds.

This recipe, like the other chicken salad, comes together very quickly, and is perfect served cold.  But unlike the other recipe, this Asian version has a little more punch to it Continue reading