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Right cut, marinade make perfect Beef Kabobs

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Sometimes I hang out at the grocery store just to see what everyone's buying.

Not!

Yeah right, who has time for that? But I do notice a few things about human nature and how it plays out even in the most menial chores like buying food for the week.

If you ever want to be the star of the show and watch your men shrink in your glory, take them shopping with you. For some reason a lot of men assume a "fall back" position when they're in the super market. They follow about while the women take charge and handle that buggy like it's a weapon.

I watched a couple enter the doors at Kroger. He immediately put his hands in his pockets while his wife grabbed the buggy, heaved it forward as if to launch it and her man's head bowed in compliance as he marched close behind. That whole scene made me wonder: How can I make my man the star of the show in the kitchen while I get the quickest 10-minute meal I've ever made completed? I say, start with a honey-do list.

And the recipe goes a little something like this: (In my sweetest southern accent) Honey, do you remember when you made those killer beef kabobs. Yeah, I have never tasted something as great as that. No, you really are a better cook than me. I mean, the way you grill is genius. No really, you are the grill master. In fact, I think I can easily say without a doubt, you are the king of everything grilling. (In my softest voice ever mix this) No, I know, I do a mean blackberry cobbler. (Whispering now with great exaggeration) But you, you can make beef kabobs like no one's business. (A little louder now, you fold in this:) And you saved us money using that flat iron steak. And that marinade, now that was Einstein thinking there. You took that meat and made it your prisoner. (With resolve wrap it all together with this:) It's because you're strong with mad cooking skills, plain and simple.

And there you have it. A recipe for relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. Be sure to sound authentic. Men can smell an agenda. I don't believe I've seen a bigger smile on my man's face when I asked for his recipe and watched in wonder his glory emerge as he grilled a feast for me and the boys. It was sweet beyond honey and the next day without any provocation, he thought of another meal he wanted to cook.

BEEF KABOBS

4 lbs. flat iron steak cut into cubes against the grain (this is how you get the tenderest meat ever)

1 red sweet pepper cut into cubes

1 green pepper cut into cubes

1 red onion cut into cubes

1 yellow squash

1 zucchini

1 pkg. red cherry tomatoes

2 pkgs. mushrooms

1 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 T. steak seasoning

powdered garlic and onion

In a large bowl combine the meat and the marinade mixture. Stir and allow to marinate either over night or for at least 30 minutes before grilling. He also added the mushrooms with the meat to marinate them as well.

Take skewers and begin piercing the vegetables and meat until you have used all of the ingredients.

Place on a hot grill and grill for 4 minutes on each side. Or until the meat is to your satisfaction.

Janet McCormick is the author of "10-Minute Meals" and owner of Let's Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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