8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

And If I’m in luck, it’s broiled hockey puck… (Tom Lehrer, “She’s My Girl”) Ah, the glorious hamburger.  So delicious.  So simple.  Or is it? We’ve all been there.  At least I have.  Burgers that are either still frozen in the middle, or turned into broiled hockey pucks.  Over the years, I’ve come up with a few techniques that will ensure you get the perfect … Continue reading 8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

Santa Maria Tri-tip, Grilled Corn, Arugula Salad and Garlic Sourdough Toast

A California Central Coast classic, this meal is the perfect complement to a warm summer evening spent near the grill with friends and family. Time: 60 – 90 Minutes Level: Intermediate Cost: $6-8/plate Serves: 4-6 About This Meal Tri-tip is a California classic cut of beef that comes from the bottom of the sirloin.  It is flavorful and tender and does not need a lot … Continue reading Santa Maria Tri-tip, Grilled Corn, Arugula Salad and Garlic Sourdough Toast

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Deciding to Cook: A Leap of Faith into the Culinary World

It takes some chutzpah to decide you’re going to learn how to cook.   There’s always the dread of screwing up – of serving a piece of meat or chicken that’s burnt to a crisp on the outside and still gelatinous raw in the middle; of embarrassing yourself and your guests as both you and they politely attempt to gnaw on some barely recognizable, Frankensteinian … Continue reading Deciding to Cook: A Leap of Faith into the Culinary World