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Steak ala Cave

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 15, 2010


I have several ways of preparing a steak. But, this is the one I do most often … by far!

INGREDIENTS

1 Steak, approximately 16 oz.
2 Tbsp. Teriyaki Sauce
2 tsp. World Spice Merchants Bar-H Beef rub

RECIPE

The first step in this recipe begins at the store. Choose a steak with good marbling, and trimmed well – just leaving a thin 1/4″ fat layer on the sides. The marbling will provide good flavor and should add to the meat’s tenderness. Trimming makes sure you aren’t wasting your money on useless fat, though you want some to remain to keep the steak juicy and tender. Also, look for a nice red to maroon color. When the meat has sat there a while it starts to go to more of a very dark burgundy color, and once it starts to turn brown don’t buy it!
NOTE: These were called T-Bone steaks at the store. But, with such big Fillet sections these could have been called Porterhouses! Plus, they were on sale … score!!

Take half the teriyaki sauce and spread evenly over one side of the steak. Take half of the rub and sprinkle evenly, as well. Turn steak over and repeat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. No need to add salt as the sauce and rub already have plenty.
HINT #1: I strongly recommend the use of Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki sauce. It has flavor and seasonings that most teriyaki sauces lack. Also, if you don’t have the Bar-H Beef rub (again, highly recommended) use the World Spice Montreal Steak Spice. The store-bought brands have too much salt for my tastes, but can be used as well.

I suggest grilling your steak on a BBQ. If the weather won’t cooperate, go ahead and put that baby under the broiler for 3-5 minutes per side. When ready to cook, remove steak from the fridge and heat grill. I like to get my hood temperature to at least 450°, which should translate to a grill temp of at least 500°. Place the steaks on the grill, close lid, and immediately reduce heat by 30%. Cook for 2-3 minutes and flip steaks. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, flip again. Repeat process once more so that each side gets over the heat twice. Steak should end up with a nice pink color throughout. Served here with baked potato and Sautéed Shrooms.
HINT #2: Have some water handy to control any flame ups … I always barbeque armed with a squirt gun to protect the meat from getting burnt.

Prep Time = 5 minutes
Cook Time = 8-12 minutes
Serves 1-2

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Sauteed Shrooms

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 14, 2010


An extremely easy dish to make that gives some serious panache to any steak. Great as a side dish to just about anything else, too!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Pound Baby Bella Mushrooms (Common or Button may be substituted, but the Bellas rock!)
1/4 Red Onion
2-3 Cloves Garlic
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2-3 Tbsp. Red Wine
Salt & Pepper to tatse

RECIPE

Lightly scrub mushrooms with a clean, damp, soap-free sponge. Set aside to air dry.
HINT #1: Don’t rinse your shrooms under running water. They soak it up like a pancake in syrup.

Mince garlic, and cut onions into 1-2″ long 1/4″ strips. Set aside. Trim mushroom stems, about 1/8″. Then, slice mushrooms into thirds.

This is one of those rare recipes where I don’t pre-heat my oil and quick saute the garlic and/or onions. I just spread the shrooms, onions and garlic evenly in a non-stick skillet; drizzle the olive oil over everything; salt and pepper to taste; and put the pan over a medium-high flame. It just seems to work better this way. If pan gets too dry just add another tablespoon of oil.
HINT #2: If using a traditional pan, double the amount of oil.

Saute for 3-5 minutes, until onions become translucent and mushrooms just start to look cooked. Add red wine and reduce for another minute or two.
HINT #3: This recipe goes well with any steak, but excels with cuts like a filet that don’t have much marbling. For the fattier cuts like Rib-eye, substitute a shot of cognac for the wine and flambe your shrooms (ie. flame those puppies!). Careful, though, not to burn down the kitchen!

Serve with your favorite steak. Also goes great with a Beer Can Chicken, Cornish Game Hen, Venison, London Broil, etc.

Prep Time = 12 minutes
Cook Time = 5-7 minutes
Serves 4-6

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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The New “F” Word

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 12, 2010

NO "F"I can’t promise you that this blog will make a difference in your edible-life. I can’t promise that you will like the recipes posted here. I can’t even promise that I’ll make any sense. There is one promise, though, that I can make with absolute certainty.
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Freezer Food Fest #8 & #9

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 11, 2010

It’s official! We’re moving!! So, I have been given a “request” by the Cavewoman to empty the freezer before we hit the road. The pressure is on!

Freezer Food Fest #8


Some folks may call this cheating. I call it full disclosure. I was forced, by overwhelming Cave-family demand, to use the same recipe on two consecutive editions of Freezer Food Fest. That’s right! The Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Tomato Sauce used on the Florentyna’s linguini in F3 #8 was such a hit, it was brought out for an encore performance in the 9th installment on some of their Ravioli. The family even wanted a do-over of the Sauteed Yellow Squash that went so well next to the Black Linguini.
I admit it, I “caved” under the pressure. But, who am I to deny my family their deepest desires. Besides, shrimp and yellow squash were on major sale at our local Vons. 😉 So, just two nights removed from one version of this meal, we went for another go of it. Though, I just had to throw in a twist. Instead of the linguini from our first rendition, I went with a pair of Ravioli choices: Black & White Striped Lobster Ravioli and some Portobello Mushroom Raviloli.

Freezer Food Fest #9


At first, the Cavekids were a bit uncertain about the shroom version. However, after their hesitant beginnings, they were mowing them down almost as fast at the Lobster filled versions they were annihilating like a fryer chicken in a Piranha tank.
While I was quite pleased about their love for this dish, it was their reaction to the squash that has blown me away. The Cavegirl was heard to say, “I looooooove squash!”. Caveboy was too busy chewing to say anything intelligible.
I guess I kind of killed two proverbial birds with one stone here. Two different pasta genres with the same gravy. I am not aware of any Freezer Food Fest rules that prevent me from using the same recipe on more than one dish. I wasn’t cheating, being lazy (though, that is my nature ;)), or forcing my family into a redux. Just responding to popular demand, and happy to be taking two more steps in this icy odyssey.

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Garlic Shrimp in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 10, 2010


This a warm, savory dish that the whole family will devour!

INGREDIENTS

3/4 Pound Raw Shrimp
1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
3 Tbsp. Sour Cream
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
1 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Basil
1 Large Tomato
1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper
Salt & Pepper to tatse

RECIPE

Rinse and drain shrimp. Remove tails, shells, and veins. Re-rinse and drain. Cover and refrigerate until ready for cooking.

Mince garlic, chop tomatoes and basil. Set aside.

In a sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil. When ready add 1 tablespoon each of garlic and basil. Saute for about one minute.

Reduce flame and add tomato sauce.

When warmed, whisk in sour cream. Add red crushed pepper. Salt & pepper to taste. Allow to simmer on very low flame.
HINT: I like to substitute garlic salt for the plain variety.

While sauce continues to warm, add remaining oil to a large skillet and saute remaining garlic about one minute. Add shrimp to pan and saute until just cooked.

Reduce flame to very low and stir in sauce. Reduce slightly.

Just before serving, gently fold tomatoes into sauce. Just long enough to warm the tomatoes.

Serve over your favorite pasta. Pictured here over Florentyna’s Black Linguini along with a side of Sauteed Yellow Squash.

I was going to show you a couple of pictures of the Cavekids enjoying this dish. But, nothing attests to their overwhelming approval of this recipe better than this ;):

Prep Time = 15 minutes
Cook Time = 15 minutes
Serves 4-6

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Sauteed Yellow Squash

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 9, 2010


A very easy, healthy, and delicious side dish that goes well with just about any meal.

INGREDIENTS

2 Large Yellow Squash
1/2 Sweet Onion
1 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to tatse

RECIPE

Mince garlic, chop squash into 1/2 inch semi-circles, and cut onion into 1-2 inch long 1/4″ strips. Set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet heat oil over high flame (if using a regular pan double the amount of oil). Add garlic and saute quickly (less than a minute). Add squash and onions, salt and pepper to taste. Saute until onions become translucent (about 2-3 minutes).

Serve as a vegetable side dish with almost any main course you can think of. Just in case you were wondering, yes, I over cooked this batch slightly! 😉 But, it was still gooooood!!

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 5 minutes
Serves 2-4

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Freezer Food Fest #7

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 7, 2010

It’s official! We’re moving!! So, I have been given a “request” by the Cavewoman to empty the freezer before we hit the road. The pressure is on!

After spending the afternoon in Rancho Cucamonga with the Caveboy and Cavemom cashing in my Holiday gift from my mother, a Bass Pro Shops shopping spree, there wasn’t much time to cook when we got home. Plus, my son and I were still pretty full from our lunch at the Yard House.
By the way, if you haven’t stopped by one of the Yard House locations around the country, you might want to try it. Besides hundreds of on-tap beer selections, available in yard and half yard glasses of course, there is a wide ranging food menu filled with some very delectable choices. While I opted for a very tasty Shrimp & Vegetable Rice Bowl for my main course, we decided to start things out by splitting a Hawaiian Tuna Poke Stack – marinated fresh ahi stacked with crispy wontons, carrots, bean sprouts, avocado and wasabi soy sauce. Unfortunately, my phone camera doesn’t really do this dish justice. But, suffice it to say, I will definitely order this appetizer again … SOON! 😉
Eventually, though, we all started jonesing for some din-din. After a quick search and rescue mission into the icy hold I came up with a few Poppa Mike’s Gnarly Burgers that had previously been tossed into frigid the chamber for a later date. That date was today!
I just threw them, frozen solid, onto a hot grill. About 12 minutes later we were munching some tasty burgers adorned with some left over bacon from Freezer Food Fest #6, some incredibly creamy avocado fresh from my in-laws tree, and some store bought lettuce, tomato, and onion. And, it was gooooood!
I’m starting to feel like this frozen food quest is starting to make a dent in the load of frigid edibles we have amassed. I can actually see to the back of the freezer in some spots! Perhaps I will indeed accomplish this challenge … we’ll see. 😉

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Freezer Food Fest #6

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 6, 2010

It’s official! We’re moving!! So, I have been given a “request” by the Cavewoman to empty the freezer before we hit the road. The pressure is on!

It’s done! Our house has officially closed escrow, and we are officially squatters. Actually, part of the sale allows us to stay in the house for a month and a half gratis. This gives me about 40 days to attempt to complete my glacial gastronomic quest. Plenty of time … uh, huh! 😐
Fortunately, when I was pulling the Tri-tip out of the box for Freezer Food Fest #5, I came across some cold-hardened bacon. Sure, it wasn’t the biggest thing in there, and didn’t clear out much room. But, it was better than having to cannonball my way in there to find something to further the goal … because a clean freezer is a happy freezer.
Plus, it didn’t hurt that the Cavekids have recently discovered the joys of bacon. In fact, their bacon-celebration is somewhat akin to the dog in the “Beggen’ Strips” commercial. So it was, as the pig belly hit the griddle, began sizzling, and sent heavenly vapors wafting through the Cavehold that the short people came running into the kitchen and, upon discovering this meaty delight was destined for their gullet, launched into a victory dance that still has me rolling.
However, man, pre-historic or modern, can’t live by pork products alone. So, I whipped up a Cave Scramble and some Cavetaters, sliced up some oranges from the backyard tree we will dearly miss, and had a beautiful breakfast feast.
Now, though, I have to face the Arctic Beast again and continue my ice-chilled crusade. Unfortunately, there is no more bacon in sight! You think frozen peas will get the same rousing reception???

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Cave Scramble

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 5, 2010


Scrambled eggs aren’t boring in the Cavehold. This day starter will get you going with incredible flavor!

INGREDIENTS

4 Large Eggs
2 Tbsp. Milk
1 Tbsp. Sour Cream
1 Tbsp. Dried Chopped Onion
1/4 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
1/2 tsp. World Spice Merchants Montreal Steak Spice or Biscayne Citrus Rub
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper to tatse

RECIPE

Place all ingredients EXCEPT cheddar cheese into a bowl and beat until smooth.

Heat a non-stick skillet or omelette pan over a medium flame. If using a traditional pan, melt a 1/2 tablespoon of butter in pan. Scramble eggs as usual.

When you have done your final flip, quickly add cheese on top of eggs, cover pan, and turn off flame. Allow pan to sit for about a minute until cheese is fully melted.

Serve with all your usual breakfast faves including some Cavetaters.

Prep Time = 10 minutes
Cook Time = 5-7 minutes
Serves 2-4

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Cavetaters

Posted by Caveman Cooking on January 4, 2010


What’s breakfast without some good potatoes? These are a family favorite and really easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

2 Large Russet Potatoes
1/2 Cup Onions
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 Large Garlic Cloves
1/2 Tbsp. World Spice Merchants Montreal Steak Spice or Biscayne Citrus Rub
Salt & Pepper to tatse

RECIPE

Mince garlic, chop onions set aside. Chop potatoes into 1/4″ to 1/2″ cubes.
NOTE: This recipe is great when made with leftover baked potatoes. If using them, skip the following step.
Either boil or microwave potatoes until just barely fully cooked – don’t over cook. Check for doneness with a fork. Set aside.

Heat oil in large skillet. Add 1/3 of each the onions and garlic. Sautee briefly. Add potatoes, spread into a flat layer. Add spices, and salt & pepper to taste.

Cook until bottom sides are golden brown. Flip over with spatula and add remaining onions and garlic.

Continue cooking until desired doneness achieved. The Cavepeople like them well done. Serve along side any breakfast dish, like a Cave Scramble.
HINT: I like to hit them with some Tabasco before chowing down.

Prep Time = 10-15 minutes
Cook Time = 10 minutes
Serves 2-4

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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