Tuesday, September 2, 2014


September 2014 has PLUS Model DANIELLE to cover the FALL FASHION ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!





At about 6:00 AM CST on Wednesday, August 20, Yours Truly CCG arrived at NEW ORLEANS UNION PASSENGER TERMINAL, to get checked-in for a 7:30 departure to ATLANTA.

It was once again time to say, AU REVOIR La NOUVELLE-ORLEANS... Tu Vas Me Manquer (Good Bye New Orleans... I'll miss you)!!!

AMTRAK departed on time, and shortly thereafter, there was a PSA informing that the Dining Car would open for breakfast at about 8:30 AM.

Courtesy of a gift from Dad, Ya Boy CCG had a room in the Sleeper Car, which means that all meals were included in the purchase price.


The SCRAMBLED EGGS BREAKFAST is 2 Eggs Scrambled, Potatoes (Choice of Grits), 1 Croissant, 2 Chicken Sausage Patties (Choice of 2 Bacon Strips, Breakfast Ham), and Cranberry Juice (Choice of Coffee, Unsweetened Tea, Milk, Apple/Cranberry/Orange Juice).

For those of you who have not ever experienced the distinct pleasure of train travel, food preparation is geared towards an audience of persons with various health/dietary needs, so while very tasty; the food is only marginally seasoned. However, at your table you will find most of the condiments that one might generally utilize when seasoning one's food towards personal taste.

Also, there are not any Private Tables. If your party does not complete a table for four, and there is needed seating, you will be sharing your table with another patron.

Eggs were fully-cooked, yet fluffy-scrambled without that hardness that sometimes accompanies scrambled eggs. The Potatoes were lightly-seasoned and well-cooked to a decent golden-to-caramel-colored-brown, so that they retained their internal flakiness. The Chicken Sausage Patties were of an Apple Maple flavor and had a slightly spicy kick. The Croissant was warm, light, and fluffy.

For lunch, CCG had the CHEESEBURGER PLATTER (photo above), which is a Beef Burger with Cheddar Cheese (choice of Swiss), and Kettle Chips. Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, and Red Onion for you burger are placed on the side. Also, the veggies can be used to make a tasty Side Salad. Beverage options remained the same, so, Cranberry Juice was the selection.

The Burger was well-cooked and topped with two nice melted strips of Cheddar Cheese. The lettuce, tomato, pickle, and red onion were ALL cool-crisp, fresh, and crunchy. The Kettle Chips were fresh-out-the-bag crunchy and of the lightly-salted variety.

Dinner brought on the VEGETARIAN PASTA DINNER (photo above), which was a Vegetarian Lasagne with Green Beans, Side Salad, Dinner Roll, and Iced Tea.

The Vegetarian Pasta Dinner was a Lasagne Pasta, complemented with a mozzarella cheese filling, covered with a marinara sauce, and topped with shredded mozzarella. The pasta was cooked to a near perfect al dente, with the cheese filling being just thick enough to add complementary flavoring to the pasta and the sauce, without giving you a mouth full of cheese. The sauce was a well-seasoned marinara that was full of flavor. However, there was a bit too much sauce, such that it covered the entire lasagna, as well as the entire interior of the pasta plate. Green Beans were light on seasoning, but; still full on flavor and freshness. Salad was FRESH, and the Dinner Roll was light, warm, and FLUFFY, Baby..

Gastronomically speaking, this rail ride was a satisfying culinary experience of which when fiscally able, CCG would love a REFILL.






INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Owner JIM IRSAY has pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge of OPERATING A VEHICLE While INTOXICATED!!!

ESPN: SPORTSCENTER Host SAGE STEELE has Analysts LOUIS RIDDICK and Coach HERM EDWARDS to give their take on the potential consequences and repercussions to be handed down from NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.


Monday, September 1, 2014


Thursday, August 29, marked the official beginning of the 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON, and 2014 will mark the inaugural COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF that will determine the 2014-2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!

You need to know which games you can’t miss in 2014???

Courtesy of the really good folks over at PLAYBOY Magazine, check out the TOP 25 of  a comprehensive list of the TOP 50 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES For YOU To WATCH In 2014:

25. Clemson at Georgia (Aug. 30)
Last year's meeting was an epic offensive showdown that featured elite playmakers and provided a memorable experience for everyone. This year, Clemson's defense is its strength while Georgia returns nine starters on D. With two new quarterbacks for both teams, expect a sloppier performance from both offenses in the first week of the season — which could be equally as entertaining.

24. LSU at Florida (Oct. 11)
Looking for a midseason signature win for Florida to prove it's back in the SEC mix? This is the one Les Miles better be circling. The home team has won the Muschamp-Miles bout in each of the three years, including a 14-6 suffocating home win for the Gators in 2012. Miles is 1-3 in The Swamp.

23. Florida vs. Georgia (Nov. 1, Jacksonville)
This game is massive for both teams, but especially Gators head coach Will Muschamp. He’s 0-3 against UGA and will need a win in Jacksonville to stay in East contention. Despite winning three straight, Mark Richt’s squad was anything but dominating as it has won those three contests by a combined 15 points.

22. Stanford at Notre Dame (Oct. 4)
This historic rivalry has been elevated in recent years after a memorable overtime goal-line stand for Notre Dame in 2012 and a physical 27-20 victory for Stanford a year ago. Only four times have both teams been ranked at the time of the meeting (28 total games) and three of those have come in the last three years. A fourth straight meeting of two ranked teams is likely to happen again this year and a playoff berth could be on the line this time around.

21. UCLA vs. Texas (Sept. 13, Arlington)
UCLA has Pac-12 South Division title hopes and possibly more as Brett Hundley enters his third season under center. Texas will be three weeks into the Charlie Strong Era in Austin and will provide a nasty early-season test for the Bruins on a “neutral" field in Dallas. Both teams have outside chances at landing a spot in the College Football Playoff and an early-season slip up must be avoided for both programs.

20. Wisconsin vs. LSU (Aug. 30, Houston)
From a pure entertainment standpoint, the Tigers-Badgers semi-neutral field battle in Houston might be the one to watch in '14. This game will feature what should be two equally matched opponents, both of whom are expecting to compete for division titles in their respective conferences. LSU and Wisconsin feature two of the best power running games in the land and this game will be a throwback showcase for both.

19. Baylor at Texas (Oct. 4)
The Bears topped both Texas and Oklahoma at home last year but to repeat as Big 12 champs, Briles’ bunch must top both conference powers on the road this fall. The Bears have won in Austin before but this isn’t Mack Brown's Longhorns anymore. As far as early-season conference games go, this one is fascinating.

18. South Carolina at Auburn (Oct. 25)
Auburn got no favors this fall by having to face the top two contenders in the East in crossover play. The difference is the lack of history between these two SEC title contenders. The duo has played just 11 times and Auburn holds a commanding 9-1-1 lead in the series. The Gamecocks would have won the East had it not lost the last meeting in Columbia in 2011. South Carolina’s lone win over Auburn came way back in 1933.

17. Auburn at Georgia (Nov. 15)
The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry offered fans one of the most remarkable games in SEC history last fall. While the 2014 edition will be hard pressed to match last year’s drama, the gravity of this year’s showdown could be much greater as both teams eye a College Football Playoff berth. Auburn hasn’t won in Athens since 2005.

16. Auburn at Ole Miss (Nov. 1)
With the recent influx of talent, Ole Miss finds itself closer to the top of the West Division than the bottom. That means home tests against conference front-runners become marquee showdowns. The Tigers have won eight of the last 10 against the Rebels but Ole Miss dominated Auburn the last time they visited (41-20 in 2012) and has won two out of three in Oxford.

15. Army vs. Navy (Dec. 13, Baltimore)
It has no bearing on the national landscape and neither team plays a “conference” schedule, but the annual bout between Army and Navy has to be recognized. The two have met 114 times with Navy holding a 58-49-7 edge in the all-time series, including a 12-game winning streak. There is a reason this game stands alone on its own weekend (Week 16, technically) and attending this patriotic and emotional contest should be on every fan’s sports bucket list.

14. South Carolina at Clemson (Nov. 29)
As far as deeply entrenched rivalries and overall importance of the game to the national landscape go, it's hard to argue the Palmetto State season finale won't be one the biggest non-conference games of the year. Carolina and Steve Spurrier are eyeing an SEC East title and possible playoff berth, so a loss to the Tigers for the first time since 2008 would be crippling to those hopes.

13. Stanford at UCLA (Nov. 28)
The Cardinal are the two-time defending champs but have to play all of its toughest games on the road, including a trip to UCLA on the final weekend of the regular season. These two played in back-to-back weeks two years ago and the Bruins haven’t forgotten. It could happen again this fall. Whether both divisions are already locked up or not, this game should be supremely entertaining.

12. USC at UCLA (Nov. 22)
This crosstown rivalry is getting some extra juice, as both programs appear to be surging in the right direction. Both teams are ranked in the preseason top 20 and both have elite starting rosters. Depth could be a big issue for the Trojans come late November but if they can stay healthy, USC could find itself in a winner-take-all South Division title match against one of its biggest rivals.

11. LSU at Auburn (Oct. 4)
The battle of Tigers from Auburn and LSU is one of the yearly treats for SEC fans. Last fall, LSU was the only team to beat Auburn in the regular season and it wasn’t really competitive. Revenge will certainly be on the minds of Gus Malzahn and his squad. The right to challenge Alabama likely also hangs in the balance for this early October meeting as well.

10. Michigan at Ohio State (Nov. 29)
Yes, this game may not have as much meaning to either team at the end of the season in terms of the standings but that didn’t stop last season’s meeting from being an instant classic. Brady Hoke desperately needs wins against a rival and Ohio State could still need this game to win the division. The bottom line is a winless Wolverines-Buckeyes matchup is still must-see TV.

9. Georgia at South Carolina (Sept. 13)
The SEC East title could be on the line in Week 3 when these two tangle in Columbia. South Carolina lost narrowly in Athens last year after three straight relatively easy wins over the Dawgs from 2010-12. Georgia last won at South Carolina in 2008.

8. Oklahoma vs. Texas (Oct. 11, Dallas)
The Red River Shootout (no, I don’t call it the Rivalry) enters a new era with a new chapter as Charlie Strong takes part in his first Cotton Bowl showdown. Texas won this game inexplicably a year ago and the Sooners should be plenty motivated to get revenge against a first-year coach. For better or worse, Strong’s work with the offensive line will be on full display.

7. Alabama at LSU (Nov. 8)
The Tigers aren’t picked to finish first, second or third in the SEC West but that doesn’t take much away from what is a yearly battle between these two powerhouses. Bama doesn’t have too many tests this fall and a trip to Baton Rouge might be its toughest test (until the Iron Bowl). Nick Saban has won three straight overall in this series and has won two of the last three trips to the Bayou.

6. Baylor at Oklahoma (Nov. 8)
The Bears have never won in 11 tries in Norman and the Big 12 title likely hangs in the balance on Nov. 8 when Art Briles brings his squad into Memorial Stadium. This was a 29-point blowout in favor of Baylor last year in Waco but both teams will be different this fall. Bryce Petty will have to be near perfect and the BU defense must develop before November if it wants to win this marquee showdown.

5. Ohio State at Michigan State (Nov. 8)
Some of the luster has certainly worn off this monumental showdown but these are still the two best teams in the Big Ten. The winner of this game is still likely the East Division champ, is still likely to win the Big Ten title and is still in line to snag the final playoff spot. This should still be a physical clash of top-ranked teams.

4. Michigan State at Oregon (Sept. 6)
It cannot be overstated what a win for Michigan State in this game would mean for the Big Ten. So Oregon cannot overlook the rebuilt Sparty defense early in the year or the Ducks could be knocked out of playoff contention by Week 2. The schematic chess match between Marcus Mariota and Mark Dantonio's defense should be fascinating to watch.

3. Oregon at UCLA (Oct. 11)
There is no better quarterback matchup in the nation than when Mariota and the Ducks fly south to battle Brett Hundley and the Bruins in the Rose Bowl. This is likely a preview of the Pac-12 title game and could have divisional, conference and national championship implications. Loosen up the scoreboard operator for this one.

2. Stanford at Oregon (Nov. 1)
The Pac-12 South has gotten much better and has its own elite battles but the top ticket in the Pac-12 this fall is still the Ducks and Cardinal. The winner of this game has won the last four Pac-12 titles and that is likely the case again this fall. A knee injury hampered Marcus Mariota last year and a fully healthy QB for Oregon could finally give the Ducks a win over the Cardinal with No. 8 under center.

1. Auburn at Alabama (Nov. 29)
Not only are in-state and conference bragging rights on the line for 364 days in the nation’s biggest event this year, but the winner of this one game also played in each of the final five BCS National Championship Games. And after the way last year’s clash ended, fans can bet the intensity will reach a fevered pitch by Rivalry Week — especially, if there is as much on the line in 2014 as there was last fall.

Get up and go set your DVR... NOW.



Yours Truly CCG is sending out PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, GOOD VIBRATIONS, and wishing a HAPPY LABOR DAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

JACKSON, MS/DETROIT, MI-based Photographer/Musician/Producer/DJ SOULRIFIC ONE and the really good folks at SOULBOUNCE have gotten together to gift us with SOULBOUNCE Presents: THE MIXOLOGISTS - SOULRIFIC; SOULUTATIONS.



denitia and sene. - trip.fall.
Funky DL - Just Thinking Of You (Remix)
Eric Roberson feat. KING - Just Imagine
I, CED - In Your Eyes
Zo! feat. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh - This Could Be The Night
Salvia Kamili - The Swirl
Jesse Boykins III - B4 The Night Is Thru
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour (Jim Sharp Revisit)
MagiCXbeats - Why You
Kem feat. Snoop Dogg - Downtown
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind



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He was a large man, known for his love of fine cigars, talking up unsuspecting women about his sexual predilections, and boasting that he enjoyed writing in the nude... just the kind of biographical details that would play so well in his books.
He earned a degree in hotel management from Cornell, a master’s in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and did work on a doctorate in English literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
His first non-fiction work, EZRA POUND, The LAST ROVER: A POLITICAL PROFILE, was published in 1976, and from there, C. DAVID HEYMANN catapulted into his career as a celebrity biographer whose work was often criticized as being as controversial as the subjects of his books.
His last book, JOE And MARILYN: LEGENDS In LOVE, tells “the riveting true story” of the lusty, tempestuous and brief marriage between legendary NEW YORK YANKEES Outfielder #5 JOE DiMaggio and Actress/Singer/Model MARILYN MONROE.
In this and his previous 10 books, Heymann served up intimate details no other celebrity biographer could match. It was often titillating and sometimes shocking stuff. In Joe and Marilyn, Heymann wrote that DiMaggio beat Monroe, wiretapped her home and stalked her by skulking around in disguises, wearing a fake beard and for hours holding up a copy of The New York Times so no one would notice him in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
This week, NEWSWEEK Journalist DAVID CAY JOHNSTON speaks for the dead, as he unearths the untruths told by C. DAVID HEYMANN which turned biographies into PULP FICTION: LIES ABOUT JFK, MM, LIZ, & JOLTIN' JOE.







While recently in NEW YORK CITY, Actor/Comedian TONY ROCK stopped by the POWER 105.1 studios for an interview with THE BREAKFAST CLUB!!!



TV ONE continues with its Summer 2014 season of Documentary Series, UNSUNG, with the UNSUNG story of 1980's PASADENA,CA-natives TROOP!!!




HAPPY LABOR DAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folk of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!
YES, Yours Truly CCG is aware that it is late in the afternoon and getting close to the evening - which makes it kind of late to be posting grilling tips for LABOR DAY.
BUTT (A Well-Seasoned, Hot, Thick and Juicy But), the 2014 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND also signifies the forthcoming beginning of the 2014 NFL SEASON, which means grilling, Grilling, and More GRILLING!!!
KEBOBS are quick, use few ingredients, and are so versatile you’ll never get bored.
ALISON ROMAN of BON APPETIT has already done the dirty work to bring us these helpful hints on how to BUILD BETTER KEBOBS:

1. Give ‘em a soak.

If you’re using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling. Frequent griller? Soak a big packet’s worth overnight, drain, wrap in plastic, and freeze. You’ll have presoaked skewers at the ready.

2. Choose your meat.

 Select cuts with a good amount of fat, like flatiron beef steaks, lamb shoulder, chicken thighs, or pork shoulder. If you thinly slice the meat before grilling, it’ll be cooked through and tender in minutes. (And that marbling keeps it moist.) Leave a little space as you thread the meat onto skewers to maximize crispy bits.

3. Pick your veg.

Choose quick-cooking vegetables: You don’t want your meat to suffer while you wait for chunks of carrot to soften. To speed things along, cut sturdy produce like onions and peppers into thin pieces or wedges. For flimsier things like scallions and lemon slices, weave them onto the skewer so they stay put.

4. Build the flavor.

This summer, we’ve got spicy Sichuan salt on heavy repeat. To make, coarsely grind 1½ tsp. cumin seeds, 1½ tsp. Sichuan peppercorns (or ½ tsp. black peppercorns), 1 tsp. kosher salt, and ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes in a spice mill or mortar and pestle (leave some larger pieces of spice). Oh, and make extra to sprinkle on everything from chicken wings to slabs of eggplant.

5. Get grilling.

To cook, prepare your grill for medium-high heat. Brush skewers with oil and season with Sichuan Salt (or your preferred spice blend), then grill, turning often, until lightly charred and cooked to your liking. Most cuts will be done in about 5–7 minutes.
6. Serve!

Serve on the skewer, alongside rice or summery greens. Combinations we love: pork shoulder & zucchini, lamb shoulder & red onion, chicken thigh & mushroom, flatiron steak & shishito pepper.

So there you, u, You, U, and ALL of YOU have it, a few not-so-complicated ways for you to increase your grilling acumen, and impress family and friends with your amazing ability to build a better kebob




Sunday, August 31, 2014


Summer 2014 has SAN FRANCISCO-based Musician/Model KISURA NYOTO in ALL WHITE as she covers THE BODY LOVE ISSUE of SKORCH!!!



For those of us who indulge ourselves with significant amounts of time engaged in rigorous written intercourse, we often find ourselves falling into various word traps, i.e., using the word, who, when the word whom, would be more appropriate!!!

Also, consider your blogging, e-mail, social media, and business correspondence.

One misspelled word, one incorrect subject-verb agreement usage, or; one misplaced apostrophe indicating nonexistent ownership can get your otherwise spotless resume chopped, screwed, and shredded before the Human Resources Manager even gets a good look at your life's work.

TIME Magazine Journalist JEFF HAYDEN has endured the countless hours of painstaking research to assist ALL of us with the proper usage of these 30 INCORRECTLY USED WORDS That MAKE YOU LOOK HORRIBLE:

Adverse and Averse

Adverse means harmful or unfavorable; “Adverse market conditions caused the IPO to be poorly subscribed.”
Averse means dislike or opposition; “I was averse to paying $18 a share for a company that generates no revenue.”
But you can feel free to have an aversion to adverse conditions.

Affect and effect

Verbs first. Affect means to influence; “Impatient investors affected our roll-out date.”
Effect means to accomplish something; “The board effected a sweeping policy change.”
How you use effect or affect can be tricky. For example, a board can affect changes by influencing them, or can effect changes by implementing them.
Use effect if you’re making it happen, and affect if you’re having an impact on something someone else is trying to make happen.
As for nouns, effect is almost always correct; “Once he was fired he was given 20 minutes to gather his personal effects.” Affect refers to emotional states so unless you’re a psychologist, you’re probably not using it.

Compliment and complement

Compliment is to say something nice.
Complement is to add to, enhance, improve, complete or bring close to perfection. So, I can compliment your staff and their service, but if you have no current openings, you have a full complement of staff.
And your new app may complement your website.
For which I may decide to compliment you.

Criteria and criterion

“We made the decision based on one overriding criteria,” sounds pretty impressive but is wrong.
Remember: one criterion, two or more criteria.
Although you could always use reason or factors and not worry about getting it wrong.

Discreet and discrete

Discreet means careful, cautious, showing good judgment; “We made discreet inquiries to determine whether the founder was interested in selling her company.”
Discrete means individual, separate or distinct; “We analyzed data from a number of discrete market segments to determine overall pricing levels.”
And if you get confused, remember you don’t use “discreetion” to work through sensitive issues; you exercise discretion.

Elicit and illicit

Elicit means to draw out or coax. Think of elicit as the mildest form of extract or, even worse, extort.
So if one lucky survey respondent will win a trip to the Bahamas, the prize is designed to elicit responses.
Illicit means illegal or unlawful. I suppose you could “illicit” a response at gunpoint … but best not.

Farther and further

Farther involves a physical distance; “Florida is farther from New York than Tennessee.”
Further involves a figurative distance; “We can take our business plan no further.”
Imply and infer
The speaker or writer implies.
The listener or reader infers.
Imply means to suggest, while infer means to deduce (whether correctly or not). So, I might imply you’re going to receive a raise.
You might infer that a pay increase is imminent. (But not eminent, unless the raise will be prominent and distinguished.)

Insure and ensure

Insure refers to insurance.
Ensure means to make sure.
So if you promise an order will ship on time, ensure it actually happens. Unless, of course, you plan to arrange for compensation if the package is damaged or lost — then feel free to insure away.

Number and amount

Use number when you can count to that which you refer; “The number of subscribers who opted out increased last month.”
Amount refers to a quantity of something you can’t count; “The amount of alcohol consumed at our last company picnic was staggering.”
Of course, it can still be confusing: “I can’t believe the number of beers I drank,” is correct, but so is, “I can’t believe the amount of beer I drank.”
The difference is I can count beers, but beer, especially if I was way too drunk to keep track, is an uncountable total — so amount is the correct usage.

Precede and proceed

Precede means to come before.
Proceed means to begin or continue.
Where it gets confusing is when an “ing” comes into play. “The proceeding announcement was brought to you by …” sounds fine, but preceding is correct since the announcement came before.
If it helps, think precedence: anything that takes precedence is more important and therefore comes first.

Principal and principle

A principle is a fundamental; “We’ve created a culture where we all share certain principles.”
Principal means primary or of first importance; “Our startup’s principal is located in NYC.” (Sometimes you’ll also see the plural, principals, used to refer to executives or (relatively) co-equals at the top of a particular food chain.)
Principal can also refer to the most important item in a particular set; “Our principal account makes up 60% of our gross revenues.”
Principal can also refer to money, normally the original sum that was borrowed, but can be extended to refer to the amount you owe — hence principal and interest.
If you’re referring to laws, rules, guidelines, ethics, etc., use principle.
If you’re referring to the CEO or the president (or the individual in charge of the high school), use principal.

It’s and its

It’s is the contraction of it is.
That means it’s doesn’t own anything. If your dog is neutered (that way we make the dog, however much against his will, gender-neutral) you don’t say, “It’s collar is blue.” You say, “Its collar is blue.” Here’s an easy test to apply:
Whenever you use an apostrophe, un-contract the word to see how it sounds. In this case, turn it’s into it is. “It’s sunny,” becomes, “It is sunny.” Sounds good to me.

They’re and their

Same with these; they’re is the contraction for they are.
Again, the apostrophe doesn’t own anything. We’re going to their house, and I sure hope they’re home.

Who’s and whose

“Whose password hasn’t been changed in six months?” is correct.
“Who is [the un-contracted version of who's] password hasn’t been changed in six months?” sounds silly.

You’re and your

You’re is the contraction for you are.
Your means you own it; the apostrophe in you’re doesn’t own anything.


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Running Back #25 LeSEAN McCoy is the cover story for NFL 2014 PREVIEW ISSUE of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!



1 Chef, 8 Great Steak Grilling Tips

OK, yeah; it's Sunday night and it's kind of late to throw steak-grilling tips at you for LABOR DAY.

BUTT (A Nice Thick and Juicy But); is it really ever too late to learn how to grill a GREAT STEAK???

Chef MICHAEL VIGNOLA of STRIP HOUSE MIDTOWN NYC collaborated with the good folks at EPICURIOUS to get down and chop up his TOP 8 GREAT STEAK GRILLING TIPS:

1. Make it Thick and Marbled: 

"The best steaks for home grilling are nature’s perfectly marbled beef ribeye steaks or bone-in ribeye steaks — often called cowboy steaks. The marbling enhances the flavor of these cuts while basting the meat in the cooking process to ensure a juicy steak. When selecting your steaks, try to get one that is at least a 1 to 1 1/2-inches thick. The thickness will help in achieving that bullseye-red center. I prefer buying a larger thicker cut steak and carving for my friends and family."

2. Choose Bone-in: “

It’s better to cook with meat on the bone because the bone absorbs some of the heat and distributes the temperature throughout producing more evenly cooked steaks. At Strip House, we like to serve aged meat primarily on the bone because it really holds in the flavor, minerality, and natural umami of the meat.”

3. Oil it:

Use a canola and olive oil blended oil to coat the steak before seasoning it. Either an 80/20 or 90/10 blended oil will get the job done. Be sure to lightly coat the steak. The oil will allow the surface temperature to get seared fast, ensuring a juicier final product as well as greatly aiding the charring of the meat’s surfaces. Save your expensive olive oils for salads where their subtle flavors will shine brightest.”

4. Season Simply:

A well-marbled steak needs only coarsely ground black pepper and kosher salt to bring out its natural flavor. It really is a case of the sum being greater than the parts. Be sure to season a bit more than you might normally season a sautéed item. Some of the steak’s seasoning will be lost in the grilling process. You want to be sure to have enough on the steak to get the job done.”

5. Don’t Spare the BTUs:

It is all about heat. High heat sears the cooking surface of the meat, ensuring a juicier steak, and allows the charring to happen. With high heat, one can get a nicely charred rare steak. A little flame is your friend; a lot of flame is a definite concern. Keep two sides of the grill hot and move the steak to the second hot spot if the first grilling area is aggressively flaming up. Dousing with water is a last resort; you want to keep the grill as hot as possible. But if it’s between the house going up and a well charred steak, I’d give a nod to keeping the house intact.”

6. Don’t Flip Out:

Don’t drag the steak over the grill when turning. Once you have started the steak on the hot spot leave it be, allow it the meat to sear evenly and produce a beautiful char. Once the meat is charred, pick it up and flip it onto the cooler spot of your grill. Flipping the steak too often can sabotage the charring of the meat and eliminate most of the seasoning on the steak. Pick it up in one motion and place it back with the same motion.”

7. Rest and Relax:

Once you have achieved the desired temperature, remove the steak from the heat and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes on a grate or cooling rack over a pan before slicing it. You want to make sure there is air all around the steak to stop the cooking process. The internal juices will redistribute throughout the steak and the steak will relax and become tender. Cutting too soon will allow the juices to spill out, turning a medium rare steak into a medium plus steak. I have done this and I was sad.”

8. Good News/Bad News:

The Good News: After the steak has rested, return it to the grill for about 30 seconds on each side just before serving to get a surface sizzle going. A little sprinkle of a grey sea salt on the steak allows for a gentle and focused re-seasoning of the steak.

The Bad News: People will make you do all the grilling from now on.”





Saturday, August 31, President BARACK OBAMA delivered his Labor Day address during which he wished Americans a HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND, highlighted or nation's economic growth, and encourages all 50 states to engage the conversation, THIS LABOR DAY, LET'S TALK ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE!!!



UK-based PLUS Model EUGENIE DULOT covers the September 2014 FALL FASHION GUIDE ISSUE of CURVY Magazine!!!

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