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Sandwich steaks + lime juice overnight? Will it "cook" the beef?

I would use the lime ZEST instead of the juice if you are going to marinate them over night because the acid in this case (the lime) will cook and/or make the meat kind of mushy.

You can always add water to dilute your marinade too but the zest will give you flavor

May 03, 2013
sghdr in Home Cooking

Marinade for a ribeye steak?

Add some compound butter(s) to the steak after you cook/grill it. There are a million combinations that you can make depending on your taste. Get your google on

May 03, 2013
sghdr in Home Cooking

Chile Gravy

For some tips:

@Meg, you NEED to seed and stem the DRIED ancho chilies because if you don't it, will make your sauce taste bitter. that goes for ANY dried chili.

Secondly, ancho chilies are DRIED poblano peppers. You can use chipotles which are dried jalapenos but they have much more heat. So depending on how much heat you like I would cut by AT LEAST 50% the amount of chipotles versus ancho chilies, again this depends on your taste for heat.

May 03, 2013
sghdr in Recipes

San Marazano Tomatoes

There are MANY fake producers/websites and shops willing to sell you overpriced canned goods. Even the poster has misspelled the name which all it takes. they are called San Marzano tomatoes which are a specific variety of plum tomato grown in a SPECIFIC part of Italy. You can expect to pay $4 - $5 per can for them. I can't see paying that amount of money for a canned tomato when there are so many fresh available in the farmers markets or even the grocery store depending on where you live. I am not going to say which are the best because I do not know but I will enclose a couple of links for you to review. What you HAVE to look at is the label .The tomatoes are grown under very specific and strict rules and as such, authentic San Marzano tomatoes will have an official DOP (Denominazione d' Origine Protetta) on the can or jar. If you do NOT see that, they are a fraud and are being ripped off.
I believe there is some litigation going right now about this.

Gusti Blog offers a few tips from the Cosorzio San Marzano for identifying the real deal when buying San Marzano tomatoes. The tomatoes are only sold in cans, either whole or in fillets, so jarred tomatoes or those that are labeled "puree," "chopped," "diced," "sauce," or "organic" are fraudulent. (The Cosorzio does not regulate organic labeling.)

On the can, look for the words ""Pomodoro San Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese Nocerino D.O.P." and the symbols of the Cosorzio and the D.O.P., the latter of which identifies European regional food products that are protected by law. The Cosorzio also assigns a number to each can, labeled as "N° XXXXXXX."

If the tomatoes taste good, we honestly aren't picky about where they were grown, but we definitely don't want to pay more for a product that is claiming to be something it's not.

http://www.foodbanter.com/general-coo...
http://gustiamo.typepad.com/gustiblog...
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/in...

Dec 19, 2011
sghdr in Dallas - Fort Worth

What do you believe is the best butter you can get

My knowledge of unsalted butter is for baking only. The harder it is the less water is contained, therefore more flavor and more flaky dough(puff, danish etc)

Dec 19, 2011
sghdr in Home Cooking

What do you believe is the best butter you can get

The cheap UNSALTED butters will have the most water in it. Land O Lakes of the national brands would be the best and there are other regional or gourmet butters out there but the test is squeezing them, the harder the better. If you can make an indention with your fingers as you press them into the box it means it has more water. Just test all of the UNSALTED butter brands in the refrigerated case and then one that is the hardest to squeeze will have the most flavor. My tip comes from a man who owns and operates a French patisserie and they know about quality ingredients.

Dec 05, 2011
sghdr in Home Cooking

What do you believe is the best butter you can get

A tip is to squeeze UNSALTED butter in its box/package you want butter that does NOT appear to be soft you want it has hard as possible. This means there is LESS water in it and it will have the most flavor. I never buy salted butter, salt is only used as a preservative, you can always add salt to what you need it for and can control the amount.

Dec 02, 2011
sghdr in Home Cooking