Before Summer is over, why not enjoy a piece of meat at its purest? I'm talking about a perfectly grilled steak! Grilling steak may seem like a no-brainer: you season it and throw it on the barbie, but with a little extra care you can take your steak-making skills to a whole new level. I asked Chef Mark Richardson, of Seasons, the restaurant at The Four Seasons in San Francisco, to show us how it's done. His technique and tips for juicy pink medium rare steak after the jump.
When we fall back an hour Sunday we might also descend into a grumpy mood. While we gain an extra hour of sleep, the time change messes with our internal clock, leading to poor sleep, decreased energy, and depression.
Dr. John Sharp, the author of The Emotional Calendar: Understanding Seasonal Influences and Milestones to Become Happier, More Fulfilled, and in Control of Your Life, says the key to seasonal happiness is embracing this time of year. He explains: "Instead of using the fact that it's dark out in the evening to hide under your covers wishing it was April, embrace the change and find autumnal things that make you happy, like getting cozy by the fireplace and eating soup."
You have two days to prepare. How will you embrace the darker, colder season?
Some people love Christmas and most people love Summer, but I am a sucker for Fall. The changing leaves, the comfort food, and the brisk afternoons, I love everything about it. Even — you're going to hate me — the shorter days. So when I get married, it's going to be around this time of year, at Fall's peak.
Whether you're married or not, what's your ideal time of year for a wedding?
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Last weekend I went up to my parents' house in Sonoma County, and I was excited to see it was officially Summer. Not only was the weather gorgeous, but my mom had decorated the kitchen for the season. She's swapped out her Spring table setting for a more tropical, sunny setting. Since the Fourth of July is around the corner, and it certainly calls for specific decorations, I'm wondering, do you change your kitchen's look ever so slightly to match the time of year?
Today marks the official first day of Fall. Do you feel a crispness in the air already? Here, in San Francisco, not so much, as we're going through a bit of a heat wave these days. However, every time we experience an official change of season, this get gets me to thinking about switching up the old hair color palette. So tell me: No matter the season, do you go lighter when the flowers start blooming in March, get your streak on when the warmer-weather rolls in, and/or go dramatically dark for the cooler months? Or is it just that you have your own hair color schedule?
Believe it or not, bikini season is right around the corner. The thought of tying up a two-piece suit may cause subtle panic in some of you, and for others, it's no biggie. The difference could have something to do with the tendency to let go a little during the Winter, indulging in warm comfort foods and saying cheers with libations more often than usual. Does your weight fluctuate by season?
Shortly after reading his column, I came across a critique of it on The Kitchn that makes a good point: Although the dish looks delicious, asparagus is completely out of season. Instead, The Kitchn suggests, why not opt for something lighter on the conscience, such as squash or roasted beets?
I'm curious to know how you stand on this issue. While it's not in season, the vegetable in question is available in most supermarkets, where it's often been flown in from Guatemala, Peru, and other warmer locations. Importing produce from South America more than likely leaves a larger carbon footprint than eating locally. Even if it doesn't, it goes against the progressive Slow Food philosophy of eating locally, seasonally, and sustainably. Is it unethical to cook an item when it's out of season? Or is it simply unrealistic to expect us to do otherwise? Where do you stand: Will you only cook with items that are in season?
Last month I wrote about a surprising study that stated men are more attracted to women in the Winter time. As someone who loves the Summer, I'd always thought the opposite — that women are far sexier with a dewy glow — but apparently I've been wrong all these years! Sure, Winter clothes are cute and it's fun to bundle up, but tell me, do you feel sexy when it's cold outside?
Don't you just love Fall? It's such a cozy time of year, full of fleece coats, sipping hot cups of cider, and afternoon outings pumpkin picking. Long walks admiring the warm colored leaves and crisp air give hints that Winter holiday celebrations are on their way. If you're in a relationship, all these pleasant feelings can make you fall in love all over again.
Other seasons can have this same effect on your mood and how you feel about the people in your life. So I'm wondering if certain seasons make you more in the mood for love and intimacy than others. Do you have a favorite season that you look forward to every year that encourages feelings of love, or is it the change in seasons that inspires passion for you?