National Steak Day

Ahhhh…. When steak is done right and “your way,” little can be more satisfying. Some like it fancy with sauces; some prefer it black and blue and straight-up.

Though not a great beef fan, I do love biting into a perfectly cooked rib-eye, from steer that were raised open-range, grass-fed, and never given any hormones nor antibiotics. Make it real and keep protein healthy.

I like to season all sides with kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper, and some garlic powder; then I let it sit in the refrigerator (uncovered) for up to 24 hours. Dry brining this way helps “seal” the exterior a bit, delivering perfectly crisped outer edges when cooking and helping the meat maintain moisture as it cooks.


To serve, I do sprinkle on a bit of flaky, finishing salt and, perhaps, some herbs or herbed butter. (For non-beef eaters, dig into a portobello mushroom cap or two. They grill beautifully and can be seasoned precisely to your taste. For a little extra pizazz, top it with some sliced shiitake mushrooms, sautéed with some chopped onions and a favorite herb, such as thyme.)

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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