If you’re unfamiliar with Alton Brown’s show Good Eats, then you need to get your shit in gear. They show them constantly on Food Network and Cooking Channel. Or just type a food/dish + alton brown or good eats into YouTube and you’ll have the episode right there. In the past few months Joel and I have made a habit of making breakfast on Sunday mornings and parking in front of the TV together to watch a good chunk of them. AB KNOWS WHATS WHAT. He’s smart, and he’s snarky, and he makes GOOD EATS!!! Not only that, but he shows you how to do it too. He does away with all the fluff and puff of some more “traditional” cookery, and he won’t keep anything in his kitchen that doesn’t multitask. Basically, I wish we were best friends.
There are a lot of things I can talk about today, but the most important is how to cook a steak. There’s a steakhouse here who gets the best crust on all of their steaks. And they melt like butter in your mouth. They’re also not outrageously overpriced (compared to the subpar steaks we got at a joint in Indy ::coughHarryandIzzyscough:: that were way more) so we’ll hit them up once every couple of months. NOT ANYMORE!!!
Thanks to AB’s genius simplicity, we made THE MOST DELICIOUS STEAK I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE the other night. It all starts with this:
That’s a 10″ Lodge cast iron skillet. Cost you about $15. And you will use it for YEARS if you don’t already have one. We didn’t (I know, I KNOW, don’t judge), but now we do. Stick it in the oven and preheat to 500, once it’s in there a while you take it out and put it on the stovetop on high. Put your room temperature, generously salt and peppered steak on the skillet for 30 seconds and don’t touch it. Flip and cook for another 30 seconds. Put the skillet in the oven for 2 minutes. Flip the steak and cook for another 2 minutes. Take them out and tent for 2 minutes. DONE. THAT’S IT.
YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD THESE STEAKS ARE. We literally ate them standing up in the kitchen because we couldn’t stop. So thank you, AB, for bringing delicious cooking tips to the plebs, and allowing us good eats at home for a fraction of the cost and calories of restaurants.
NOW! A little love letter to Nike Training Club. If you don’t follow me on twitter (@amandakash), I’ve been gushing about how effective these workouts are for a few days. They’re great because: 1. They’re free. 2. They can be quick. 3. They’re focused. 4. They’re free. 5. You don’t need equipment or a trainer. 6. There’s demo videos. 7. THEY’RE FREE. Download the app on your phone, you won’t regret it. Although, technically it’s ‘for women’ and uses all women in the demos, I think that it would be effective for men as well. So does this dude.
Anyway, what I really like is the rewards that you get after you’ve done so many minutes. So far I’ve only done the 15 minute and the 30 minute workouts. I use them when I don’t have time to run out to the gym because I’ve put it off too long and screwed myself. This is what I looked like yesterday after 30 minutes (including warm up and cool down) of Squat Party.
And here’s what the back of my shirt looked like. Don’t be grossed out – it’s legit.
So what are you waiting for? Go buy a steak and then workout while the oven is preheating!! It’ll taste even more delicious, I promise.