Sunday Dinner: Angus Chuck Steak and salad

So the steaks – I seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Into a 140F sous vide bath for 1.5 hours.

When it got down to 30 minutes I washed some romaine lettuce and tomatoes, then chopped them up and cut some black olives in half. The dressing for the salad was Russian – all it is is mayonaise, ketchup, sweet relish, and a teaspoon of so of horseradish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now when you sous vide one thing you get is about 1 cup of juices from the steaks. So I put a little avocado oil and 2 or 3 tbsp of unsalted butter in the pan over medium heat and seared off the steaks. When that was done I added a tablespoon of flour to the pan for about 30 seconds and then theĀ  juices from the bag plus whatever ran off onto the plate where the finished steaks were resting. Makes a nice sauce for the steak.

Plate the steaks, spoon a little of that sauce on the steaks. Put the salad on the plate and top with the Russian dressing. It was fantastic. The dressing was even good on the steaks.

House Music

Oh this is good – I recognize a lot of the songs they used in this set.

I’ve followed the channel for some time. It usually has a playlist attached

Adventures in Baking

So when it comes down to cooking my favorites are to bake or roast things. Something about applying several hundred degrees of heat to cook things.

So lately I’ve baked 3 loaves of Amish Bread. Here’s the latest with some changes.

  1. Instead of granulated sugar I used the same amount of Agave. The yeast doesn’t seem to mind at all in fact I think it prefers the Agava syrup to the granulated sugar.
  2. Instead of baking it in the big oven – I brought the convection toaster oven up to 350F and slid the loaf pan in there. When I baked in the big oven I had to brown it with a Searzall tool. Not so in the toaster oven:20180709_214824

    That’s a beauty right there. It’s cooling in the pan right now.

    Big difference using the convection oven though. That’ll be my go-to for breads from this point on. Speaking of which need to get more bread flour.

Programming a TYT MD-380 from the keypad

It can be done. You just need to know the passcode to get into programming.

Press the green key on the left. Press the down arrow twice to get to Utilities.

Press the green key again to Confirm.

Press down arrow twice to get to Program Radio.

Press the green key again to Confirm

The passcode is 00000000 – that’s eight zeroes.

Now keep in mind you’re modifying the memory channel you were on when you first went to program the radio. Everything is pretty self explanatory. Just know that CTC is CTCSS codes for non-digital repeaters.



Glorious – 20:08 Hours and it’s 79F outside

I love warm nights. I don’t know what it is, some of my fondest memories are of warm nights with friends, out camping and the like.

Time was I loved going camping. Call me nature boy if you dare or must. And I’d love to do it again. But most of my travel these days is in hotels and that’s not camping by a long shot. Plus I need to purchase a new tent and sleeping bags.

And my version of camping – a tent, sleeping bags a fire area or pit with grill. You know, roughing it. I love that. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind an RV with full out beds and stuff but there’s something about communing with nature that appeals to me.

And I’ve camped all over New England, in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine. It’s all beautiful country even if it is the land of many big rocks.

I recall one New Hampshire trip when I was a teenager. Let’s just say four guys, 11 cases of beer. The major crisis was when we ran out of beer by the 3rd day. But the joy of it – behind the camp site was an ice cold stream. Following that stream we found a bunch of huge rocks where the water would pool up. By noon the Sun would warm that water right up. It was awesome.

I better stop – memories like that stir up the motivation to go out into the wilds again.

Hotter than Hades in Providence RI

So the thermometer reads 98F with a feel like of 112F. I went out in it. Sweated a fair amount as I was carrying about 25 lbs of stuff.

I’ve always said I’d rather sweat then freeze. And I mean it. I like it hot, always have. Welcome to July.