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Grilling Tips

I’ve given some instruction on grilling tips in the past, but it’s time to get that grill ready again, so here’s a refresher. …

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Carnivore Club Features Crested Duck Charcuterie in September

September 9, Toronto, ON – Carnivore Club, the ultimate meat of the month club for the discerning individual, is partnering with Crested Duck Charcuterie in September.

Crested Duck, based in Pittsburgh, is a local favorite, and works with small-scale farmers not more than a 200-mile radius of the city.

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The Pittsburgher, Best Gourmet in the Burgh Competition!

Get ready to gather outside in Pittsburgh’s North Shore with the aroma of gourmet burgers filling the air; as Pittsburgh’s top burger restaurants face off to be named “The Best Gourmet Burger In The Burgh”

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Getting Grill Ready

Getting Grill Ready

The weather is perfect- it’s time to start grilling. If you’re like me, your grill has been sitting outside un-covered for a few months.

The first thing I do is hose off the outside of the grill- this removes most of the larger particles and debris. Then, I fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and begin to hand-wash the outside of the grill. If the surface of your grill is stainless steel, or has a painted coating, use a non-abrasive sponge to avoid scratches and permanent blemishes. Carefully wash off the soapy water and hand-dry with a cotton cloth.

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Cedar Springs Veal Asian Lettuce Wraps

Summer is here and there’s nothing better than a light, fresh, seasonal lettuce wrap. Cedar Springs natural veal is an excellent source of protein, and a smart choice when preparing a meal for your friends or family. These Asian lettuce wraps are crispy, easy to prepare, and packed with flavor.

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Grilled Flank Steak Recipe

If you want a great piece of steak, but don’t want to spend big bucks, give flank steak a try. If cooked properly, it can be extremely tender and flavorful.

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Carne Asada Recipe

If you’re a regular reader of Pittsburgh Hot Plate, you know that I’m a huge fan of Mexican food. One of my favorite is Carne Asada- a flavorful, tender cut of meat that can be eaten plain or sliced thin and put in tacos or burritos.

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Drover’s Inn, Wellsburg, West Virginia

My love affair with hot meat began about fifteen years ago at a place called Drovers Inn in my hometown. After swim meets or football games, family and friends would crowd into the rustic restaurant, and devour baskets upon baskets of hot wings and cheese fries.

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How to Choose Meat

We’ve all been there; in the grocery store, at the meat counter. There are all different types of steaks and cuts of meat. If you’re making stew, what should you buy? If you’re planning on grilling, and you want a tender juicy steak, which cut is best?

Before I begin, let’s talk about an important term, marbling. Marbling is the small streaks of fat found within the muscle and can be seen in the cut of meat. Marbling has a strong beneficial effect on juiciness and flavor, and may also have a positive effect on tenderness. Meat that has little marbling may be dry and flavorless. Excessive amounts of marbling will not necessarily increase the juiciness and flavor over those cuts of meat with modest marbling. When picking your meat, choose a piece with average marbling. The streaks of fat should make up approximately 1/3 of the meat in ratio.

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Happiness is a Warm Gun

Deciding to become a vegetarian, I stopped eating meat. All about my decision to become meat free.

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