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  1. Wanted to try out one of my new knives so decided what better way that to make some Pico de Gallo. Sorry I didn’t get any pics as I was filming a video instead. (Video link below)

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpc7ojxlHUA&t=19s

     

    Thanks for watching.

     

    The recipe is in the video but not listed in writing. I shared it on this site before so if you don’t want to listen to the entire video you can hit this link instead.

     

     

  2. 5 minutes ago, adm said:

    Well, dammit!

     

    So I was drinking some wine, saw this post, got clicking on the web reading about knives, one thing led to another and before I knew it I had just dropped $234 on two new knives:

     

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    10" Gyutu (Chef's Knife)

     

     

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    5.3" Petty knife

     

    Both from Japanesechefsknive.com who I have used before with excellent results....

     

    Wow adm! Those are nice knives. A far cry from the cheapy Mercer I just purchased for the occasional use on a vacation or at a bbq gathering.

  3. 2 hours ago, JeffieBoy said:

    For almost 40 years we have had a group of guys who go on one or two fishing trips a year to cottages in Northern Ontario.  I got so sick of getting to these “fully supplied” cottages and having only 30 year old, burnt, thin frying pans and butter knives disguised as  “chef knives”.  I finally put together a Rubbermaid tub with the essentials.  Over the years it morphed with the addition a spice kit, a laminated check list and even a can of green peppercorns for the steak night.  More recently we added a half-dozen warm white H.O. LED lamps.   That way when we find a cottage with old, 20 watt incandescents used for “Energy Savings” we can switch lamps out and have enough light to read by or play cards under.  
     

    The final morph was to begin assigning it to someone new at the end of each trip.  They are now responsible for checking the kitchen box before each trip and making sure it is properly stocked and ready to go.  I haven’t had to do it for the last 5 years or so.

     

    It sure is nice to get to a new cottage and somebody has unpacked the kit and on the counter is a nice pan, a sharp knife or two and some of the finer things to make being there a joy.

     

    With that said, “nice kit”!  I really appreciate what you’ve created.

     

     

    Thanks Jeffie. I'm assuming these cottages are far from a local super market so the kitchen box sounds to a great idea. As you stated " having only 30 year old, burnt, thin frying pans and butter knives disguised as  “chef knives"." gets old and this knife and roll is my response. The pans at this last one were usable but the skillets were straight out of the 70's. Old Teflon pans where the Teflon was mostly going or gone already. We weren't going to use them under any circumstance. Luckily we were visiting family up there so we borrowed one of their skillets to cook with.

     

    These Airbnb's should look there supplies and ask themselves weather they would want to cook on/with them. Again they don't need to be expensive but something usable would be nice.

  4. 5 minutes ago, John Setzler said:

    I am a huge fan of the Miyabi stuff.  Several years ago I bought a Kaizen II chef and i loved it.  It was my go-to.  I managed to drop it and ruin it by taking a bit chunk out of the blade.  After crying about that for a while I decided to replace it with  one of the nicer Miyabis and I have never looked back.  

    Thanks John. I do love my Miyabi Artisans. I wanted a Nakiri but they don't make a Nakiri or a Bunka in that series so that is why I purchased the Enso. It's real nice as well but the handle isn't quite as comfortable the the Artisan's. (If I ad to choose between them)

  5. If I had stopped at the cheap Mercer knife, I had purchased from Amazon I’d have been fine. (See previous thread) Unfortunately, there was a sale over Labor Day at Cutlery and More, so my wife is now mad at me because I purchased 3 more new knives.

     

    She suggested I have a problem :shock: and to this I must agree. :roll: I didn’t “need” any of these knives, but one was such a good price and the other two are, as Old Man Parker said on Christmas Story, “Indescribably Beautiful!”. :) Below is a short video of the objects of my wife’s wrath.

    This first knife is a 9” Dragon Storm Chef’s knife by Apogee Cutlery. It’s made of BD1N steel with a HRC of 63. It was on Clearance with an additional 20% off for Labor Day.

     

    This next knife is an Enso SG2 7” Bunka knife. It’s made of 101 layers of stainless with a SG2 steel core with an HRC of 63. It was on sale with special price and 20% off for Labor Day.

     

    This last knife is an Miyabi Artisan 9.5” Kiritsuke knife. It’s made of 2 layers of hammered stainless with a SG2 steel core with an HRC of 63. It was offered at special introductory price for Labor Day.

     

    Here’s the video:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3fkX9xlPvk

     

    I’m going to have to cook some good food using these knives to get out of the Doghouse. B)

     

    Thanks for looking.

  6. The last time we rented an Airbnb I vowed to buy a knife roll and bring some of my knives with me so I could have the use of sharp knives instead on the dull knives they always seem to have. (It’s not that they need to be expensive, but if they were at least sharp I wouldn’t complain)

     

    Well we just got back from spending a week in Reno at an Airbnb and you can guess how the knives were. So, I’ve made good on my vow and got myself a cheap knife roll. I also purchased this Mercer Millenia 8” chef knife to go in it.

     

    As I said they don’t need to supply expensive knives and this new Mercer knife is proof of this. (It cost me whooping $18.00) So here is a video of the new knife and roll and the different knives I’ll be taking with me when we go on our next trip like this. (An assortment of mostly Mercer and Victorinox knives)

     

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    Thanks for looking.

  7. I picked up 2 lb. of 98% fat free ground turkey breast the other day.  I made some more of the 4 bean Turkey Chili I made a month ago with it but this time it was virtually free of points. (Only 1 WW Purple point)

     

    I diced up all the onions and peppers, mixed up the spices. Here are most of the ingredients.

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    1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil

    2 lb. Pounds 98/7 Lean Ground Turkey

    ½ Yellow Onion (Diced)

    ½ Red Onion (Diced)

    I Poblano Pepper (Diced)

    1 Red Bell Pepper (Diced)

    1 ½ Teaspoons Minced Garlic

    1 6 Oz. Can Diced Green Chiles

    1 15 Oz. Can Corn

    1 15 Oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes

    1 15 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce

    1 15 Oz. Can Chili Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Dark Red Kidney Beans

    1 15 Oz. Cannellini Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Chicken Broth

    2 Tbsp. Chili Power

    1 Tsp. Cumin

    ½ Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper

    ½ Tsp. Chipotle Pepper Power

    ½ Tsp. Black Pepper

    ½ Tsp. White Pepper

    ½ Tsp. Salt

    ¼ Tsp. Cinnamon

     

    While I was prepping everything our new dog Lady came in to visit.

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    I got out my enameled Dutch oven and placed the OO. I put it on the side burner of my Gasser.

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    I put the Turkey in once it was heated up.

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    I cooked it until just slightly brown.

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    Next, I added the Poblano pepper, onions, Bell pepper and garlic. I covered this and cook it for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

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    Once the veggies had softened,

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    I added in the spices and rest of the ingredients.

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    and mixed everything together.

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    I brought this to a boil and then covered. I turned the burner to low and let the chili simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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    Here it is after cooking.

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    Here it is in a bowl, garnished with onion, cilantro, some lime and some Non-Fat Greek yogurt.

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    This was delicious and only 1 point per serving. (A serving = 1 cup. This was a large bowl, so it was a double serving so 2 points) Eating like this makes me forget I'm losing weight.

     

    Thanks for looking.

  8. With the wife and I on the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve been avoiding some of my favorite Mexican dishes. Now that I think about it, this really isn’t necessary if I’m carefully what I choose and how I prepare the dishes. Take fajitas for example. A protein, seasoning and some veggies. Made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and not much oil the fajitas themselves are only 1 point per serving. I can live with a diet that includes chicken fajitas, can’t you? Well, that leads me to the sides. Made carefully many of the sides are 0 to only 2 points per serving. Follow along with me and I’ll show you how I prepared everything.

     

    The night before I mixed up some blue corn masa to make up some tortillas. (This is the one item I couldn’t cheat on to lower the point value. 3 tortillas = 5 points)

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    I also got out the onion and bell peppers to cut up

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    and mixed up the fajitas seasoning.

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    Ingredients:

    1/2 Tbsp. Chili Powder

    1 tsp. ground cumin

    1 tsp. smoked paprika

    1 tsp. garlic powder

    1/2 tsp. onion powder

    1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

    1/4 tsp. black pepper

    1/2 tsp. kosher salt to taste

    1/4 tsp. Chipotle pepper                                                                                                                  1/4 tsp. Oregano         

     

    The next day started out by making a batch of my Mexican rice. (1 Point per serving) Started out by sautéing the veggies.

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    I measured out 2 cups of Brown rice, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of OO and put this in the rice maker. I now added 1 cup of Clamato Picante juice and 3 cups of chicken stock.

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    Next, I added the veggies to the pot.

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    I closed the lid and pressed start. Here are the results.

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    Next up was the Guacamole. (2 points per serving) Cut up 1 medium Hass avocado.

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    Now I added 1 tbsp. of light mayo, some granulated garlic, 5 heaping tbsp. of my Pico de Gallo, some fresh squeezed lime juice and mixed this up and covered.

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    Next up were some frijoles. I sautéed some diced onion, 1/2 a jalapeno, some bell pepper and corn and then added two kinds of black beans. (0 points per serving)

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    I now got out 3 boneless skinless breasts and coated them with the fajitas seasoning.

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    I took them and the cut-up veggies out to my gas grill side burner.

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    Now I needed to make the tortillas, so I rolled up 6 balls of masa about the size of a golf ball. I flatted them a little to make them easier to press out.

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    I was some issues with the masa sticking to the press so had to experiment with dusting the bottom with some of the blue core masa.

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    I heated them up on a C.I. griddle, very lightly sprayed with some OO.

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    Next I sprayed my 12” Camp Chef C.I. skillet with some OO. After it was heated it up I put the 3 breast in and cooked them for 8 minutes per side.

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    Once they were cooked I removed them to a cutting board and was left with the fond.

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    I dumped in the onions and bell peppers and let them start to cook.

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    While them were cooking I sliced up the chicken.

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    Now I dumped in the chicken

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    and stirred it in and continued to cook until the veggies had soften.

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    Now I brought it all in and plated it up with a Modelo Negra.

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    Here is a shot once I took it inside to eat.

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    Gratuitous side shot close ups.

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    OMG!!! This was so delicious!

     

    Thanks for looking.

  9. In my wonderings though the grocery store I happen to spy 1 lb. of ground turkey on sale for $.99 but it needed to be used or froze by the 10th. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it but since both my wife and I on doing the Weight Watcher’s thing, I decided to put it in my cart.  My first thought was to mix it into some pasta sauce I still had sitting in the pantry for meat sauce. I then pointed the pasta sauce and it was off the charts high, so I rethought what else I could make. My wife suggested Turkey Chili. I liked that idea so that’s what I went with. I searched the web for recipes and combined around 3 of them to come up with this one.  

     

    Here are most of the ingredients.

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    1 ½ Tablespoons Olive Oil

    1 lb. Pounds 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey

    ½ Yellow Onion (Diced)

    ½ Red Onion (Diced)

    I Poblano Pepper (Diced)

    1 Red Bell Pepper (Diced)

    1 ½ Teaspoons Minced Garlic

    1 6 Oz. Can Diced Green Chiles

    1 15 Oz. Can Corn

    1 15 Oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes

    1 15 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce

    1 15 Oz. Can Chili Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Dark Red Kidney Beans

    1 15 Oz. Cannellini Beans

    1 15 Oz. Can Chicken Broth

    2 Tbsp. Chili Power

    1 Tsp. Cumin

    ½ Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper

    ½ Tsp. Chipotle Pepper Power

    ½ Tsp. Black Pepper

    ½ Tsp. White Pepper

    ½ Tsp. Salt

    ¼ Tsp. Cinnamon

     

    I diced up all the onions and peppers, mixed up the spices and got out my enameled Dutch oven.

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    I placed the OO in the D.O. and put it on the side burner of my Gasser. I put the Turkey in once it was heated up.

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    I cooked it until just slightly brown.

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    Next, I added the Poblano pepper, onions, Bell pepper and garlic. I covered this and cook it for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

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    Once the veggies had softened,

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    I added in the rest of the ingredients

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    and mixed everything together.

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    I brought this to a boil and then covered. I turned the burner to low and let the chili simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

     

    Here it is after cooking.

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    Here it is in a bowl, garnished with onion, cilantro, some lime and some Non-Fat Greek yogurt.

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    This was delicious and only 3 points per serving. (A serving = 1 cup. This was a large bowl, so it was a double serving so 6 points) Eating like this makes me forget I'm losing weight.

  10. My wife and I have been cooped up in our house for 2 weeks so we decided to take a drive just to get out. We drove down to Downtown San Diego to see what things were like and found a virtual ghost town. :shock: This video shows us driving up 5th in the Gaslamp District. Normally there would be thousands of people on the sidewalks and bumper to bumper traffic. Pretty surreal!

     

     

  11. I’m really getting into wok cooking. Here a cook I did last Sunday for Dinner.

     

    Here are most the ingredients.

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    Ingredient List:

    2 Tbsp light soy sauce

    1 Tbsp oyster sauce

    1 Tsp Siracha

    1 Tbsp butter

    2 eggs, beaten, seasoned with salt

    2 Tbsp cooking oil (I used Sesame)

    2 cloves garlic, chopped (approximately 1 1/2 tsp)

    1 1/2 tsp chopped ginger

    1/2 cup small diced onion (approximately 1/2 of medium size onion)

    1 boneless skinless chicken thighs (approximately 4 to 5 oz) (I used Chicken Breast)

    1/4 cup carrot, small diced

    2 cups cold jasmine rice, or brown jasmine rice, recommended a day old (I used Cauliflower Rice)

    1/4 cup frozen peas, optional (I added Celery)

    4 green onions, chopped

    sesame seeds for garnish

    salt and pepper

     

    I heated up the wok and put in 1 tbsp. of sesame oil. I then put in the ginger, garlic and onion and let them start to soften.

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    Next was the carrots. (Cooked for approximately 1 minute)

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    Next was the chicken. (Cooked until it was opaque)

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    Next was the celery including some leaves. (Cooked for approximately 1 minute)

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    Now I added the rice and the sauce. (Mixed it together and cooked for approximately 1 minute)

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    Next, I moved the mixture aside and added another tbsp. of sesame oil

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    and added the beaten eggs. (Cooked until it had mostly formed solid. Approximately 1 minute)

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    I then mix everything together. (Cooked for approximately 1 minute)

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    And finally, I added the green onion.

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    I cooked it for approximately 30 seconds and served.

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    Sorry no plated shot but this was delicious!

     

    Thanks for looking.

  12. Our lemon tree is loaded with lemons, so I looked up things to cook with lemons. Chicken Scallopini uses lemon juice so I looked up a recipe and came up with this.

    Ingredients:

    2 Chicken Breasts (Boneless & Skinless – Cut in half)

    1/4 tsp. salt

    1/4 tsp. black pepper

    1/4 cup Flour

    1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

    1 tbsp. butter

    2 tbsp. capers

    1 tsp. minced parsley (and some for garnish)

    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

    1/4 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)

    Cooking spray for pan

    I started out covering my counter with plastic wrap and got out 2 boneless / skinless breasts.

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    I cut them in half horizontally, seasoned them with salt and pepper and covered them with plastic wrap.

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    I pounded them out to approximately ¼” thick.

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    I dredged them in a mixture of half flour and half Italian bread crumbs.

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    I spray my non-stick pan with a little red pepper olive oil and pre-heated it over medium high heat and placed in 2 pieces of chicken.

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    I cooked it for 3 minutes and flipped them. (You can see the red and golden potatoes cooking on the back burner)

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    Once all 4 pieces were cooked, I put 1 tbsp. of butter and 1/2 tsp. of flour in the pan. I mixed them together and than put in the capers, parsley, lemon juice and white wine. I let this cook down for approximately 2 minutes.

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    Once it started to reduce, I put the chicken back in and gave each piece a good coating while they reheated.

     

    Here it is plated up with the potatoes and some green beans.

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    This was so good!

     

    Thanks for looking.

  13. Arthur,

     

    I just happened to open and read this thread and since I'm an avid loving of Trip-Tip I thought I'd weight in.

     

    1. Let me start off by saying that I'm not trying to come off as criticizing you or your method of cooking it.

     

    2. The German version of Tri-Tip doesn't look like a Tri-Tip as we know them here in SoCal. (see the pics below for what they should look like) Tri-Tip was a cut of meat that started out here in Santa Maria California. That makes it somewhat of a regional cut of meat that isn't always available in every other region.

     

    3. Since what you had wasn't really Tri-Tip, you shouldn't judge what it's like based on your results.

     

    Having said the above let me post the way I cook them. If you can get a real Tri-Tip, I'd think you can cook it this way and get the good results I usually get.

     

    Tri-Tip - My Way

    I’ve cooked a Tri-Tip many times. This is the way I do them and they turn out great every time. Here are the ingredients:

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    I smear on some Worcestershire sauce, then some fresh ground salt, fresh ground black pepper, some steak seasoning and finally some fresh minced rosemary from my garden.

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    Wrap it up for an 8 hour rest in the fridge. Shortly before the 8 hours are up I prep my kamado for 2 zone cooking and lite it up. After taking the Tri-Tip out of the fridge, I put a couple of Pecan chunks on the charcoal and placed the Tri-Tip on the indirect side. (Kamado temp should be approx. 275-300)

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    Here it is after the Maverick says the I.T. is 112 to 113. (No more than 115)

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    I take it off and loosely tent it with foil and open up the vents for searing. Once the thermometer reads at least 500 degrees (more like 650 on the grate) I place it on for 3 a sear minute sear.   Here’s a pic without the flash.

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    After 3 minutes I flip it and took this pic with the flash.

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    Bring it inside and let it rest for 10 minutes.

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    I then cut it in half along the seam so I could cut it against the grain. (See the way the grain is running?)

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    Sliced

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    And that’s Money!

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    Thanks for looking.

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