How to Grill A Perfect Steak

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Recounts, Reflections, and Other Writings

It’s March, which means multiple things. March Madness is about to begin (finally), spring break is on the horizon, and the weather is warming up. Or… staying warm since we never had a real winter this year. With warmer weather comes the inspiration to be outside with nature, and what better way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors than caking your hands in the remnants of charcoal and coating your being with the scent of smoke?

Grilling is an art and takes more than just practice to perfect. There are multiple steps that don’t even include the meat. If you want the most tender, most flavorful steak, the majority of your time will be in preparation and not in actually having the meat on the grill.

What you will need:

  • Anywhere from 2-3 hours
  • A charcoal grill
  • Woodchips (recommended, not required)
  • A bowl or plastic container
  • Gallon-sized freezer bag
  • Olive oil
  • Steak seasoning…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Here’s Ryan Gosling story & pics

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She’s at a job interview right now. Then she should be on her way back to me.

It’s the longest we spent apart since we met. Just one night.

I got so used to her. To us. That now is odd for her not to be around. And I overslept. By a lot.

Bisho took her place in bed. Hey. I love my cat. But I prefer her by a lot.

I slept all over the place. And woke up several times in the morning. Just to be like… wait… have I been dreaming for the past week or so?!

Nah. My room is extremely clean.

I don’t even remember what it used to be like. Well… it was very dirty. But I ignored the fuck out of it.


Sunday was great.

Not only is my blog infested with cheesiness. Now my Instagram story line is too. First video story…

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Happy Banana Split Day!!! – Ultimate Banana Split Recipe

Olympic Games Dishes: Feijoada, Brazilian Black Bean Stew (Go USA Go!!!)

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Feijoada, Brazilian Black Bean Stew Receipe

INGREDIENTS

1 pound (450 grams) dry black beans

4 Tbsp olive oil

1 pound (450 grams) pork shoulder, cut into chunks

2 large onions, sliced

1 head of garlic, peeled and chopped

1 pound (450 grams) carne seca or corned beef, cut into chunks 

1/2 pound (225 grams) fresh sausages, such as chorizo or Italianvsausage

1 pound (450 grams) smoked sausage, such as linguica or kielbasa

1 smoked ham hock or shank

3-4 bay leaves

Water

1 14.5 ounce can (411 grams) of crushed tomatoes

Salt

Directions

1 Pour boiling water over the black beans and let them sit while you prepare the rest of the stew.

2 Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and brown the pork shoulder. When it has browned, remove the meat from the pot, set aside and add the onions to the pot…

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National I LOVE My Feet Day! – Tips to treat your feet

Taking care of our feet is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes.

Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.

  • Make a point to wash your feet (and between your toes!) with a washcloth carefully and regularly. Yes, that means bending over in the shower to soap them up; if you can’t balance safely, use a long-handled shower brush or sit on a chair outside the tub as you wash your feet under the faucets. Be sure to dry feet completely, including between the toes. This wash-and-dry system lessens problems such as athlete’s foot, odor, bacteria and fungus. 
  • If you like to soak your feet, forget the Epsom salts—they’re too drying and don’t offer any medical benefit. Instead, just use warm (never hot) water and a little liquid soap, such as dishwashing solution, containing skin softeners.
  • Moisturize your feet after washing. During dry-skin winter months, you may want to moisturize several times a day. Nothing fancy is needed: basic lotions and creams are fine.
  • Alternate the shoes you wear each day. That may mean having two pairs of your favorite everyday style, but shoes need time to air out to avoid triggering foot odor or infections. Change socks or stockings more than once a day. If you have a problem with smelly feet, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water. 
  • Your feet should not hurt—ever. Tight shoes can worsen bunions, distort toe shape and cause painful foot growths. If you wear high heels, choose heels that are wide, stable and no higher than two inches. Toe boxes should be wide; pointed toes shouldn’t begin their narrowing shape until well past the ball of the foot. To protect your Achilles tendon from shortening, alternate heel heights regularly.
  • Flip-flops and completely flat shoes don’t provide arch support. Neither does walking barefoot. Women are especially prone to developing flat feet, which can lead to other foot problems. To keep feet strong and healthy, minimize the amount of time you wear shoes that lack supportive arches. 
  • Pregnancy, aging and diabetes all affect your feet. Pregnant women need shoes with broad heels, arch support and good shock absorbency. Added pregnancy weight may cause your shoe size to change, so get your feet measured. Older women lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of their feet; choose shoes that provide more shock protection. Diabetics can develop serious conditions related to the feet and lower legs. Check feet for any problems daily and see a podiatric physician at least annually. 
  • Be cautious about having a pedicure in a salon, where cleanliness of tubs and instruments is vital. If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor before having a pedicure.

 

Olympic Food – Feijão-Tropeiro

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Brazilian meal Feijão-Tropeiro 

Ingredients

Serves: 5 

  •          500g dried pinto beans
  •          250g smoked bacon
  •          1 onion, peeled and chopped
  •          2 garlic cloves – peeled and chopped
  •          30g butter
  •          4 eggs

                  200g toasted cassava (manioc) flour

Directions

Prep: 5min  ›  Cook: 30min  ›  Ready in: 35min 

  • Add beans to a pressure cooker and cover with water. Bring to high heat and cook the beans for about 20 minutes under pressure. Drain and set aside.
  • Chop the bacon and place it in a large frying pan over medium heat; fry until crisp (approximately 5 minutes). Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Discard 2/3 of the fat in the pan and return pan to the heat.
  • Cook onion and add garlic in the bacon fat for about 2 minutes, add the cooked beans and season with salt to…

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Olympic Food – German Schweinebraten (Bavarian Roast Pork)

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German Schweinebraten (Bavarian Roast Pork)

PREP20 mins

COOK3 hrs

READYIN 3 hrs
20 mins

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 servings


2 1/4 pounds boneless pork loin roast


1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste


1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste


1 teaspoon sweet paprika


1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds


2 teaspoons grainy mustard


1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1 large onion, quartered


2 carrots


1/8 celeriac (celery root), chopped


1 spring onion, chopped


2 cups water, or as needed – divided


2 tablespoons butter, or to taste


2 tablespoons cornstarch

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Directions

.                Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

.                Season pork loin with salt, black pepper, paprika, and caraway seeds; spread mustard over pork.

.                Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; fry pork until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer pork to a large roasting pan. Add…

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Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!!!

It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich day!!! The original ice cream sandwich sold for a penny in 1900 from a pushcart in the Bowery neighborhood of New York.  The vendor, who was never identified in the article printed in papers across the nation, sandwiched the ice cream between milk biscuits. Soon, pushcarts popped up around the city and country during the summer months selling the portable treats.

The modern version of the ice cream sandwich was invented by Jerry Newberg in 1945 when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field.   There are pictures from the early 1900s, “On the beach, Atlantic City”, that show Ice Cream Sandwiches were popular and sold for 1 cent each.

There are alternatives to the classic ice cream sandwich using chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies or a rice crispy wafer in place of the original chocolate one.

Ice cream sandwiches are known around the world by a variety of names including the Monaco Bar, Giant Sandwich, Maxibon, Cream Between, Vanilla Slice and many more.

Credit: National Day Calendar