Rib Eye Steak

Oh lucky me !!!

The grocery store had Rib Eye steak on sale for $5.99 lb (that’s my price point) and the wife brought home a couple of nice ones.

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“Steaks For Grilling”

Well DUH !!!!

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And despite my best judgement, there will a non potato vegetable with dinner.

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Pre cut in a bag.  Really simple.

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Onto the fire………….

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Mmmmm, Meat !!!

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Perfectly  cooked to rare/medium rare !!!

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The veggies turned out OK.

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OK, for you real carnivores out there, you know what this is……………

MEAT CANDY !!!!

Best meat on the cow !!

I used to talk to a coworker about food quite a bit and he always bought his meat without bones.  He thought is was a waste of money to pay for the bone-in steak or pork chops.  I told he that he needed to try it at least once.

Well, he came to work a few days later and had cooked a couple of bone in pork chops and he was raving for days about how much better the chops tasted with the bone in.  Another convert !!!

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Well, instead of gnawing on these, I thought that I would make some “Beef Barley Mushroom Soup.”

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Boil them up for a beat.

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Barley.

Barley is a close second to my split pea for soup making.

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Yep. those are the mushrooms.

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Toss in a few carrots and pick the meat off the bone.

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Viola !!

A few days of lunches for work.

Beef Barley Soup

Staying with the “Gruel” theme for lunch, I got another bag of barley and a can of mushrooms.

Add a slab of beef and it can officially be called “Beef Barley Soup.”

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A simple browning of the beef in the dutch oven.

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Toss in the drained can of mushrooms.

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Add the water and barley,

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BEHOLD !!!!

Beef Barley Soup.

Gruel !!!

GRUEL !!!

All right, what did you think when you read “Gruel?”

Gruel has a negative image because it gets associated with stalags,gulags, prison camps, 19th century English orphanages etc.

Gruel is simply a grain that is boiled and has a high water to meal ratio.

I’m not sure if what I made would be considered “Gruel” because it has meat and mushrooms in it, but just looking at the finished product, it is gruelish.

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Several months ago the grocery store had a reset and the dried mushrooms were marked down to 50 cents a bag and I bought about six bags.  I did not like the way the mushrooms turned out when I made them before, so I thought that I would boil them up here, wiz them up and use that for the base of the gruel.

I also bought a package of “pork neck bones”.  At the time that I bought them, I thought that they looked funny.  I know my pig parts and these did not look like pork neck bones.  They turned out to be various cut offs from pork items and for $1.20 a pound, I think that I came out ahead.

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Browning the pork.

Very simple seasoning, salt, ground pepper and red chili flakes.

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I took the pork parts out , added the water and boiled the two packages of the dried mushrooms.

I wizzed the mushrooms up, added the barley and then tossed the cut up pork back in.

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This pot made enough for lunch all week, plus a bowl to sample.

Turned out gosh darn, nasty good. !!!