Thursday, May 24, 2012

BBQ Tri-tip on the Grill

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
With Memorial around the corner I wanted everyone to know about tri-tip, as promised in an early post.

Tri-tip is the best cut of meat to BBQ on the grill. It's the most popular cut in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California to BBQ.

Tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. It's a small triangle muscle and there are only one per side of beef. Weight can be 1.5 lbs to 2.5 lbs each.

It's best not to over season a tri-tip. Salt, pepper, garlic salt and granulated garlic is all you need to season this flavorful cut of meat. BBQ correctly, indirectly over medium heat, on the grill and the flavor is amazing. I prefer to BBQ as a roast (also known as a triangle roast), but you can also cut into one inch thick steaks and BBQ on the grill. Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving or serving.


Tri-tip roast (triangle roast) is a lean cut of meat and should not be overcooked. A tri-tip roast should be cooked to medium. A thermometer can be used to check for doneness. To some people this roast at medium may seem underdone. My advice would be to grill to medium, let rest and slice then grill slices to preferred doneness.

This cut of meat has become very popular for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost. Some Costco's and Sam Club's around the country have started to carry it.

If you are unable to find it in any of your local stores ask a butcher for the cut. Make sure they are a member of the "North American Meat Processors Association" (NAMP).

Ask them for cut IMPS/NAMP 185C (with fat) or IMPS/NAMP 185D (without fat - This is the preferred cut).

All in all this is the best cut of meat for the grill. Find it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought.

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18 - Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life - Inspirational Quotes

Live Your Own Life

You are special, so act like it. You are unique, so make the most of that uniqueness.

There’s something you can contribute to this moment that no one else has to offer. There is a perspective from which you can experience this day that is unlike any other.

Don’t settle for merely doing the same thing as anyone else, or mimicking the opinions, desires and dreams of others. Live your own life, and explore the unique beauty of your very own dreams, thoughts, opinions and interests.

Your greatest value comes from being who you truly are. Let your beautiful, unique, fascinating and authentic self come fully to life.

Instead of spinning your wheels and striving to be someone you’re not, enjoy the sweet fulfillment of being who you really want to be. Instead of trying in vain to please others with who you think they think you should be, impress them with who you really are.

Know the true joy of being your true self. Honor and appreciate all of life by fully and authentically living the one very special life that is yours.

— Ralph Marston

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May 18 - National Cheese Souffle Day


Today is National Cheese Souffle Day.

Display your culinary skills today and create a fluffy delicious gourmet dish. You should not be afraid to celebrate this day, souffles are not hard to make.
Souffles and meringues are related. Not only do both use a lot of eggs, they both rely on the cook to whip the right amount of air into the eggs. Souffles can be sweet dishes for dessert or more savory, like the cheese souffle. The cheese souffle is usually flavored with a distinct cheese like Swiss or Parmesan. It's common to use earthy spices like nutmeg and paprika in cheese souffle.

The Souffle Cookbook

May 18 - Visit Your Relatives Day

Today is Visit Your Relatives Day!

Today it's easy to lose touch with our relatives. A lot of us only get to see our relatives around the holidays or maybe not at all if you live far away.

Either way, we need our families and they need us. They are our support system through hard times. They are there for celebrations and to create family memories during the important milestones.

Celebrate this day by sending a relative a free ecard, calling a relative who lives far away or stop by and visit a relative you haven't seen for a while.

May 18 - NASCAR Day - Get your pin and Pin It Forward℠!

Logo Courtesy of NASCAR

NASCAR Day is an annual celebration in honor of the spirit, charities and fans of NASCAR.

Since 2004, this day has been celebrated annually on the third Friday in May to coincide with the annual NASCAR All-Star weekend.

NASCAR fans are encouraged to purchase a collectible Limited Edition Lapel Pin for yourself and a friend. Head over to the NASCAR Foundation's facebook page to Get your pin and Pin It Forward℠! Follow the Pin It Forward℠ challenge instructions and upload your photo.

The proceeds from NASCAR Day, which has raised over $1 million each year since 2005, benefits dozens of charities, some of which are:
  • Victory Junction Gang Camp
  • Speedway Children's Charities
  • The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
  • Hendrick Marrow Program

Enjoy NASCAR Day everyone!

National Salsa Month - Recipe #12 - Simple Salsa


Please enjoy the twelfth recipe of the month for National Salsa Month: Simple Salsa

Salsa Recipe Book

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17th - National Cherry Cobbler Day

Cherry Cobbler is my idea of a summertime dessert.

The first cobblers weren’t desserts at all. The early American settlers were forced to improvise their recipes from home and “cobbled” together other dishes with whatever ingredients they could find.

Cherries were plentiful in the summer months. Cherries soon became an ingredient which found their way into cobblers. Later, cherry cobbler became the perfect name for a bungled cherry pie. Try the cobbler recipe below.

Cobbler Recipe:
Cheery Cherry-Peach Cobbler

Try this additional cobbler recipe.
Vegan Cherry Cobbler

Ascension Day

Ascension Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the 40th day of Easter. The New Testament states during the 40 days after his resurrection Jesus Christ met with his disciples instructing them how to carry on his teachings.

It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven. [1]

Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Penecost is a prominent feast in the calendar of Ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ (Judas had hanged himself), included in the 12 Disciples in the Upper Room, after the Resurrection of Jesus. [2]

Depending upon the phases of the moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday. However, some churches, particularly in the United States, celebrate it on the following Sunday. [3]

[1] [3]Ascension Day in United States

[2] Pentecost

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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May 16 - National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

Coquilles Saint-Jacques is translated as Saint James’s scallops, a rich mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese, baked in a scallop shell.

The scallop shell is the emblem of Saint James the Greater. The saint’s association with the scallop shell is based on a legend that he once rescued a knight covered in scallops; a variation on the tale is that, while his remains were being transported to Spain from Jerusalem, the horse of a knight fell into the water and emerged covered in scallop shells. As a result, Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, often wore a scallop shell symbol on their clothing.

And so, this delicious dish in a wine-flavored cream sauce is served in a scallop shell and named after Saint Jacques. Consider serving it on March 12, National Baked Scallops Day; and on May 16th, National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day.

You can buy the scallop shells in any cookware store (including chain stores), and they’re useful for serving other foods, from hors d’oeuvres (olives, for example) to desserts. And of course, you can serve the recipe on any plate—scallop shells are not required!

Also try Crabe En Coquille, crab in a cream sauce with Cognac, also served in coquille shells.
Coquilles Saint Jacques History