If I am truly honest, I must admit most of my cooking skills came from watching Rachel Ray on 30 minute meals. I have to say, I may favor other chefs on the network for their style or region of influence. (My absolute favorite recipes have come from Giada De Laurentiis- I love the way she integrates her Italian heritage with her California local. It keeps this rural southern woman feeling glamorous in the kitchen!)
On the subject of Rachel Ray, I do so appreciate the time she takes to explain technique. When I started cooking I didn’t know the difference between chop or dice and let’s just face it julienne wasn’t even in my vocabulary. But by watching her show I learned to distinguish frying, pan-frying, and sauteing. Or what it meant to roast something as opposed to bake it.
One of the things Rachel Ray is always using is Montreal Seasoning. It is generically marketed for Steak, but the flavor is great for any basic beef dish. Since I now steer completely of seasoning mixes, I thought this would be one I could whip up on my own and just in time for grilling season.
4 Tablespoons sea salt, or real salt
2 Teaspoons of ground black pepper
1/2 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon thyme
1 Tablespoon rosemary
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
Mix all of the ingredients together and pulse in a spice grinder. I use my coffee grinder and just wipe it out when I’m done.
I’m excited to have a new all-purpose grilling seasoning. We just had it the other night on some grass-fed steaks with friends. Which seriously, eating steak with 8 children in one house and only 2 of them could use knives properly, but not well. That translates into adults, trying to have a conversation, but instead spending the entire evening cutting steak into bite-size pieces for tiny mouths…good times!!