Steak Recipes

There are few foods that elicit the passion that a good steak can. There are even fewer foods that can have their apparent quality “raised” by proper preparation and spices. Add in the number of different cuts of meat, hundreds of cooking methods, and proper steak preparation can practically become a religion upon itself.

Every good cook has their own preparation style, my personal favorite is pretty simple but I’m not above shamelessly using someone else’s style. Celebrity Chef Alton Brown has two great styles, grilled “with out the grill“, and his more famous “Cast Iron Steak” recipe. Another popular cooking style was published in Cooks Illustrated Magazine.

But what really makes steak good is the seasonings, or in many cases, the lack of seasonings. Most cooks like to go with the basic, salt, pepper and “garlic if you really need it,” seasonings. Especially if the quality of meat is excellent in the first place. But if you want to mix it up a little, or have a cheaper cut of meat you’d like to fancy up a bit here are some great options.

*Note; cooking instructions have been left out for each recipe. Feel free to use one of the great ideas above. Just substitute the following ingredients.

Each recipe below assumes 1 1/2 to two pounds of meat. Comment below with your favorite steak seasoning recipe!

Basic
“Generous amounts” of Kosher Salt – use more then you think nesseccary. Salt should cover the meat to the edges.
Fresh Ground Pepper

Brazil (Garlic)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Brazil (Northern)
6 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper

Canada (Montreal)
(This is essentially the famous Mccormick’s famous steak seasoning)
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon crushed coriander
1 tablespoon dill
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

Canada (Quebec)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup real maple syrup
ground pepper
1 tablespoon beef bouillon concentrate

Chinese (Kung-Pao style)
2 tablespoons Hoisin
1.5 tablespoons sriracha
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch scallions, minced
1 ounce white vinegar

English (Pub Style)
1 packet of beef base (soup bouillon)
2 ounces olive oil
1.2 teaspoon sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced

English (London Broil)
5 large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey

Japanese (Hibachi)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2″ (5 cm) daikon radish
1½ Tbsp. oil
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. dry sherry
1 green onion/scallion for garnish
3 Tbsp. ponzu sauce

Japanese (Teriyaki)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons sake
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Korean (Kalbi)
¼ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
½ onion
1 tablespoon garlic
1 green onion
¼ tablespoon black pepper

Malaysian
1 tablespoon shrimp paste
1 inch ginger, grated
1/2 inch turmeric, fresh, grated
2 limes, zested and juiced
1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 stalk lemon grass, minced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 dried red chili

Mexican (Carne Asada)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon dried ancho pepper, ground
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
2 cloves garlic
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup cilantro
4 tablespoons dark Mexican beer (optional)

Mexican (Tequila Carne Asada)
1/2 cup tequila
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

North Africa
2 tablespoons dark chili powder
1 tablespoon harrissa paste
1 orange, zested and juiced
2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil

Spanish
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 oranges, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley

Tex-Mex
1 cup ancho chile powder
1/3 cup smoked paprika
3 tablespoon dried oregano
3 tablespoon dried mustard
3 tablespoon dried coriander
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
zest of 2 limes

Other #1
1/3 cup Honey
1 tablespoon whole seed mustard
1/3 cup oyster sauce

Other #2
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
sprinkle oregano

How To: Check Shutter Actuations on Olympus Evolt Cameras

These directions look a little weird, but trust me, they do work.

1.) Power camera on

2.) Open the CF door (trust me!)

3.) Press “play”+”OK” at same time. If that doesn’t work, try “menu” + “OK”

4.) Press the following buttons in order: “Up” “Down” “Left” “Right” on the dial

5.) Fully press the shutter release button

6.) Press “Up” on the dial

7.) Press “Right” to page 2

Page2 displays the following information (mine shows two more lines then this.)
R: 00XXXXXX mean shutter release count – this is the shutter actuation count
S: 00XXXXXX unknown
M: 00XXXXXX pixel map count
U: 00XXXXXX ultrasonic wave count

It’s crazy, but it works!

Guild Wars 2 Champion Trains are no doubt contrary to the developer’s wishes on how Guild Wars 2 should be played. But from the players’ viewpoint, they’re a quick way to level characters, get nice loot, get karma, and get Daily and Monthly Achievements out of the way.

Below is a list of Champion Trains with waypoints. If you know of any that are NOT on this list, or have a correction, please comment below.

Queensdale Champion Train (Levels 1-17)
As of June 2014 all the Champions except the Champion Rotting Ancient Oakheart were changed to Veterans or Elites to discourage Champion Trains in starting zones.

Lornar’s Pass Champion Train (Levels 25-40)
While Lornar’s Pass has a lot of champions, they do not spawn predictably at this time. If you have a pattern for them, please post in the comments below. Thank you!

1.) Frostmaw [Stonescatter Waypoint]
Head north towards [Bearstone Shrine]. He spawns in the flat area to the east.

2.) Champion Ice Wurm [Durmand Priory Waypoint]
Head immediately south, take stairs down to bottom of hill. Turn north and enter caverns. Follow caves to [Posternus Caverns] point of interest.

3.) Lord Ignius [Vanjir's Stead Waypoint]
Head directly south into Venison Pass

4.) Champion Steam Commander[Pinnacle Enclave Waypoint]
He actually originates at another location, but frequently ends up right at this waypoint .

5.) Champion Troll [Durmand Priory Waypoint]
Wanders the caves below the Durmand Priory north of [Posternus Caverns] point of interest.

6.) Champion Ettin [Vanjir's Stead Waypoint]
Head north towards the heart, then turn right. Go up in the hills, follow path generally south to Vista.

Harathi Hinterlands Champion Train (Levels 35-45)

Timberline Falls Champion Train (Levels 50-60)
– Ram

Iron Marches Champion Train (Levels 50-60)
1.) Champion Drakin Cinderspire (Fire Shaman and Minions) [Gladefall Waypoint]
Head southeast over the bridge then curve around to the Northwest. The champion is at the North end of the Scorchlands. There is a break in the wall just south of the Scorchlands Vista that can be jumped through. Kill all the Ember and Fire Elemental Minions in the area before attacking the Shaman, do this three times.

2.) Champion Branded Devourer [Gladefall Waypoint] or [Grostogg's Kraal Waypoint]
Head north into The Infestation. Located in the middle area

3.) Champion Victurus the Shattered [Viper's Run Waypoint]
Roams through Crystalwept Groves with an entourage of branded creatures.

4.) Bria [Hellion Waypoint]
Head south to Bria’s Manor

Sparkfly Fen Champion Train (Levels 55-65)

Frostgorge Sound Champion Train (Levels 70-80)

Guild Wars 2 Champion Train

1.) Wurm [Dimotiki Waypoint]
Jump off the ice flow and starting swimming down and slightly to the North East. The Wurm at the bottom of a chasm in the sea.

2.) Drake [Skyheight Steading Waypoint]
Head north out the gates and angle slightly west around the cliff. The Drake will spawn in a nest area straight ahead.

2A.) Quaggen
Will spawn near the Drake to the North East. Has a long spawn time, so it only appears about every five rotations.

3.) Troll [Earthshake Waypoint]
Head slightly Northwest, jump the fissure to stay on top. Keep heading west until you get to an open area full of trolls. Jump down, the Troll spawns on top of the rock out cropping. There is also a Chest on the north side of the rock out cropping.

4.) “Trio” [Drakkar Waypoint]
The Trio has a long spawn time and will come up about every second or third rotation through the other Champions. It consists of three Champs. If all three can be killed within the time limit (currently ten minutes,) then an extra chest is given as a reward.

Malchor’s Leap Champion Train (75-80)

Cursed Shore Champion Train (Level 80)

Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California

Somewhere in the past couple of decades, Disney added something called Downtown Disney. The California version of this is a bit better than the Florida version in my opinion. Not because it’s larger, or it has better stores, restaurants and “gift shops.” No, because it’s better integrated into the larger Disney conglomerate. Downtown Disney is easily accessible from both the Magic Kingdom and California Adventure theme parks and from the multitude of Disney Hotels nearby.

Where as at Downtown Disney Orlando, one must either drive or take the monorail from the various parks. Granted, there are more dining options. A plethora of entertainment options in itself populate Disney Downtown Orlando, along with plenty of shopping and eating options. But, the fifteen minute ride slash drive to Downtown Disney in Orlando makes it less of a destination.

Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California
A picture of some monorails shadowing the pool area outside one of the Disney Hotels.

Lego Dragon at Downtown Disney
In Lego, one of the most iconic Disney movie moments.