The Perfect Steak

Steak Before and After 044Ribeye has always been my favorite steak cut. I like to dress it with blue cheese and steak sauce. This is my first time using the Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix. But I love all of the Stubb’s BBQ products, so I think it will make a great dry rub.

I mixed the packet with olive oil, a touch of liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and a dash of Montreal Steak Seasoning in a zipper bag for 3 days.

I can use two of my favorite skillets to cook it. My grill skillet and cast iron skillet. The Cast Iron skillet can stand the heat of a hot oven. However, the grill skillet has plastic on the handle, so I use it only on the stovetop.

“Alexa, set a 30 minute timer: Steak.” I put it in the microwave, instead of the countertop, so the cat won’t eat it.Steak


  • Ribeye Steaks, 2 (I take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to make it room temperature)
  • Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix (or try Stubb’s Beef Soy, Garlic & Red Pepper Marinade Mix)
  • Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon
  • Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  • Soy Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Liquid Smoke, 1/8 teaspoon
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic, 1 cloveStubbs Marinade
  • Butter, 1 pat,
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles, 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  • Steak Sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Vinegar (Water, Beef Broth, Beer, etc. to deglaze)


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Preheat Grill skillet and Cast Iron skillet for a few minutes
  • Add a “Garlic Hole” by cutting into the steak for the butter and garlic
  • Add Olive Oil, the Steak(s) and grill for 2 minutes per side, to get some fancy grill marks
  • Deglaze pan (save pan drippings to pour over rested steak with Blue Cheese)Steak Before and After 029
  • Add Butter and Garlic to Cast Iron skillet, with steak on top
  • Bake for 7 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Top with Blue Cheese and rest for 5 minutes
  • Slap on your favorite Steak Sauce with Horseradish, and chow down!

A great steak is like a great movie. It has a fantastic lead player, co-star and supporting cast.

I hardly ever watch movies. I get sleepy close to the 2 hour mark. Although I prefer to watch shorter 30 or 60 minute TV shows, I did take the time to watch some great movies lately, like:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Us
  • Crazy Rich AsiansSteak Before and After 032

I love all movies starring Julie Andrews, such as Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries and The Tooth Fairy. She has tons of other great movies, but those are my top three favorites. I love, love, love the original Mary Poppins movie. I predicted disaster for Mary Poppins Returns. But in the end, I loved it, almost as most as the original. One of my favorite parts was the Dick Van Dyke dance scene. He still has it!

I love scary movies. My brother just rented Us, so I told him no spoilers. That was one of the best scary movies I have ever seen. I was hollering at the screen, like don’t go there! I am a huge fan of Lupita Nyong’o! She puts the “A” in Acting! She was terrific in The Black Panther! I loved her use of dance and voice in the movie Us.

Steak Before and After 035Fresh off the Boat is one of my favorite TV shows. Mainly because race does not matter. It does not matter if the family happens to be Hispanic, Black, Asian or White. Funny is funny, regardless. The Grandma is my favorite character on the show. Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh inspired me to watch this movie. It was so entertaining and funny!

I have my lead star ready – the Steak.

I have my co-star ready – the Salad

I have my supporting cast ready – the Horseradish, Blue Cheese and Steak Sauce

Steak Before and After 042Time to chow down with my favorite Wednesday night TV shows:

  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home
  • House Hunters

Steak, that’s for dinner! I was so tempted to “lick the plate” clean, but resisted. It was so good!

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

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Dancer Tribute 1/19/12: Dick Van Dyke (West Plains, MO)

DickVanDyke2Dancer Tribute 1/19/12: Dick Van Dyke (West Plains, MO)

I’m caught!  Call the Geek Squad to report me.  I LOVE Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie and The Dick Van Dyke Show.  What do all of these have in common?  Why the talented and funny Dick Van Dyke of course.

I used to love watching the Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the few TV shows to show “middle age” people dancing modern style, of course the lovely and talented Mary Tyler Moore.

So I was a bit shocked when I watched Dick Van Dyke DANCING in 2 of my all-time favorite movies: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins!  Go ahead and call me a “geek” but they are 2 of my favorite childhood movies.  I love them so much that I purchased them on DVD and watch now with the grandkids.

I have a favorite scene from Mary Poppins, when Julie Andrews sings "Feed the Birds".  I looked at my Granddaughter’s expression (Danielle) while we were watching and that’s how I came up with her family nickname: Tuppence!  My favorite dance that movie is: "Step in Time" Kudos to co-director Matthew Bourne, who also acted as co-choreographer with Stephen Mear.

My favorite dances in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are the Music Box and Me Ole’ Bamboo.  I credit the Music Box dance as the first HIP HOP dance I ever saw,  They are ticking and I bet you can use those moves in Hip Hop!  The Music Box was brilliantly choreographed by Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood.  Kudos!

Even though Dick Van Dyke claimed he had no dance experience, he sure is keeping up dancing with the younger dancers in Me Ole Bamboo and also "Toot Sweets" in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  By the way, wouldn’t the choreography for Me Ole’ Bamboo make a great Belly Dance cane dance?

On the stage, Van Dyke was the lead in Broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie. In a May 2011 interview with Rachael Ray, Van Dyke noted that when he auditioned for a smaller part in the show he had no dance experience, and that after he sang his audition song he did an impromptu soft-shoe out of sheer nervousness. Gower Champion, the show’s director and choreographer, was watching, and promptly went up on stage to inform Van Dyke he had the lead. An astonished Van Dyke protested that he could not dance, to which Champion replied "We’ll teach you". That musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke’s Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961.[13] In 1980, Van Dyke appeared as the title role in The Music Man on Broadway.[

Kudos to Dick Van Dyke!  Very funny.  Very talented.  A very great dancer!
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