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Experiment: Lemon Marinated Flank Steak

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For many years, I worked at the Regional Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and, despite the general reputation of awfulness for hospital food, the meals served at the staff cafeteria there were mostly pretty good. One item they did from time to time was a pan-fried flank steak that was cooked with, if not also marinated in, lemon juice. It was served under the rather spurious name ‘London Broil’ but was always nicely tender and delicious.

For those unfamiliar, a London Broil refers not to a particular cut of steak, although this mistake is often made, but rather to the fact that the cut, usually a tougher one like flank steak or top-round, is first marinated and then served in slices after grilling or broiling. The version served at the hospital in Fredericton failed to meet these criteria in a couple of ways… it was pan-fried and served in one piece… but it was definitely a flank steak, which is very fibrous and can often be very tough if not carefully prepared. Today, I am going to try and reproduce the general effect of the dish I enjoyed all those years ago… Continue reading “Experiment: Lemon Marinated Flank Steak”

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Pan-Frying Good Quality Steak

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There are countless recipe book entries and web-pages promising to reveal the secret for cooking the perfect steak. Most involve complicated preparations and procedures and generally repeat certain ‘wisdoms’ which, for the most part, are largely nonsense. In my experience, most seasoning and ‘special’ techniques are mere window-dressing and, really, all that is required for a great result is choosing a good cut and avoiding over-cooking.

I love to barbecue but, often, pan-frying is the only practical method available. Some people pooh-pooh this as an appropriate cooking method for steak at any time, while others grudgingly suggest it may be okay for lesser cuts. In truth, however, as long as you are careful, you can begin with a pricey, top-quality piece of beef and produce some excellent results just using a pan… Continue reading “Pan-Frying Good Quality Steak”

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Review: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

9990 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton – Website

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Date of Visit: July 5, 2015

After a rather disappointing steak meal at the Chop Steakhouse I was looking for something a little better. I had already put this establishment on my list of possibilities and when I saw the inside I had a good idea that it would be a) very expensive and b) very good. It turned out I was right on both counts… Continue reading “Review: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse”

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Review: Chop Steakhouse and Bar

10235 101 St NW, Edmonton – Website

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Date of Visit: July 4, 2015

 

The Chop Steakhouse, located in the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Edmonton is one of a chain of 6 restaurants. There are two in both Alberta and British Columbia, one in Manitoba, and one in Toronto. I usually avoid chain restaurants for the most part but I was determined to have several steak dinners whilst visiting the Canada’s cattle country and gave this place a try. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed… Continue reading “Review: Chop Steakhouse and Bar”

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Review: Ryan Duffy’s, Halifax

1650 Bedford Row – (902) 421-1116 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 10, 2014.

Many years ago, a friend of mine took my wife and me and some others out to dinner at Ryan Duffy’s Steakhouse when it was located on the Spring Garden Road. That friend passed away just a few months ago and, when I saw Ryan Duffy’s at its new location down by the waterfront, I decided to have a sort of memorial meal in his honor, notwithstanding the fact that I had just had my steak-fix for the week just a couple of nights earlier. As it turned out, the meal I had was fairly decent but the Ryan Duffy’s on Bedford Row was not the Ryan Duffy’s I recall from years past… Continue reading “Review: Ryan Duffy’s, Halifax”

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Review: Cut Steakhouse and Grill, Halifax

5120 Salter Street – 902.429.5120 – Website

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Date of Visit: July 8, 2014

Describing a restaurant as being both a ‘steakhouse and grill’ sounds a bit redundant at first but, as it turns out, ‘Cut’ is two quite different dining establishments in one. I was in the mood for a decent steak on the evening of my visit but when I was given a menu after being seated on the lovely downstairs patio I was disappointed to see only two, rather uninteresting, steak choices available. I then discovered that the ‘steakhouse’ part of the operation is on the upper floor and, after hastening up the stairs, I enjoyed a really terrific meal…  Continue reading “Review: Cut Steakhouse and Grill, Halifax”

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Chimichurri Steak

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While I was having lunch at a restaurant in Yellowknife a while ago, an interesting item on the menu caught my eye. I forget the name of it now, but basically it was a rib-steak marinated in a Chimichurri sauce and then given a Cajun style rub before grilling. It sounded terrific and I would love to have tried it but the steaks on the menu were only available after 5pm. In any event, the idea was quite intriguing and though I can’t really recreate it (not having been able to taste it), I thought I might try something along the same lines at home… Continue reading “Chimichurri Steak”

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Chicken-Fried Steak

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If you have never heard of a ‘Chicken-fried Steak’ before, you may quite likely be as mystified as I was when I came across it for the first time. For the uninitiated, this particular culinary delicacy, originating in the American South, consists of a steak that is battered, or breaded, and then deep-fried (or pan-fried in lots of fat) much the same way as is Southern-fried Chicken.

My first, and thus far only, experience with this dish was at a roadside restaurant in Virginia during a road-trip to Florida my wife and I undertook a year or so before we were married. It was served, as I recall, with some sort of potato (whether mashed or fried I can no longer say) and a veggie of some sort. It was also topped with a creamy, white gravy that is more or less traditional in the south. The steak, I thought was pretty decent, but I really didn’t care for the gravy at all and, for this experiment, I think I will give that particular addition a miss… Continue reading “Chicken-Fried Steak”