Well, well, well…look at who is in the driver seat yet again.

Why it’s none other than Mr. How Sweet himself.  Why am I posting today, some of you may be asking?  What you are really thinking is that this blog is for people who cook.  Well guess what?  I cooked.  And I’m here to brag about my culinary skills.

I mastered dippy eggs. I moved on to filet with lobster sauce. So what is my latest creation?  Since I am a Grill Sergeant, I tackled strip steak.

Let me clarify that.  On my way home from a hard day’s work I get the following text: “I’m going to SATC 2…you need to fend for yourself tonite.”

That means several things:

  • Mr. How Sweet is spared from seeing that wretched movie.  Don’t get me wrong…I loved the show.  But aren’t they closer to Golden Girls than Gossip Girls at this point?  Just sayin’.  Not hatin’.
  • That I better eat before I start handicapping races for tomorrow night’s card at the Meadowlands or I’ll forget to eat.  Which means my darling wife gets to come home after the movie she has been waiting 2 years to see to a very hungry angry husband.
  • That since no meal was prepared for me, I took that as a clue that I need to get back to my Introduction to Husbanding: Happy Wife = Happy Life lessons.  I must be slacking.

(Note to self: some flowers and a card might be in order for the weekend to smooth over anything I may have  done wrong.)

(Further note to self: make apology vague so it covers whatever you may have done but doesn’t implicate you in anything she doesn’t know about.  For example, apologizing for losing this week’s pay at the video blackjack machine is way worse when (1) she had no idea you went to the casino in the first place and (2) she may not have even been upset in the first place.)

Fortunately, I was prepared for Memorial Day weekend.  If there’s one thing that Mr. How Sweet loves more than steak, it’s remembering those who died in service to this great country.

When I got home, I fired up the ole’ grill.  I then pulled out the 4 pounds of steaks that I purchased at Sam’s Club yesterday.  3 choice cuts were selected and first slightly sprayed with Olive Oil Pam.  Why, you ask?  Because my good buddy (and lifting partner for life) Ol’ Budweiser Bob (OBB) told me that olive oil has a high flash point and it sears the steaks, keeping the juices in.  OBB learned this trick from Bobby Flay.  The steaks were then lightly seasoned with cracked black pepper and sea salt.  Good steaks don’t need marinated.  They don’t need a lot of seasoning.  Just a tad to bring their natural tastes out.

While the steaks cooked at about 650 degrees, I set the mood.  That’s right – country music.  Not just any country music, but Alan Jackson and George Strait.  Can you get any more American than steak and good country music?  That twang.  That slide of a steel guitar.  That is classic, solid-gold music right there.  A little Good Time by Alan.  A little Amarillo by Morning by George Strait.  That was the fastest 10 minutes of my life as I waited for those steaks to cook, flipping them after 5 minutes on the grill.

I heated up some wild mushroom risotto (the Target brand), ’cause all you long-time readers know I need to have a side with every meal.  Sometimes that side is mac & cheese.  Sometimes it’s sweet potato fries.  And even other times it’s been a chicken breast.  Nothing compliments a steak like a barbeque chicken breast just to make sure you aren’t skimping on the protein.

Enjoy your weekend and the 1,100 miles of racing on TV Sunday. Let us also remember those that helped keep us free.

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38 Responses to “How Meat It Is II.”

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    Mom — May 28, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    Sounds and looks like a wonderful meal you made yourself. It’s always a good idea to leave the man fend for himself once in awhile. ;o)


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    Erica — May 28, 2010 @ 4:14 am

    You and your husband crack me up! I love Target’s side items. Never had their risotto though! Will have to try!


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:14 am

      here’s a little tip on the Target risotto…don’t use water. Use chicken broth instead. Don’t let Mrs. HS fool you….I’m chock full of yummy cooking ideas. Though now that I think about it, she’s the one that probably told me this one.


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    Tina — May 28, 2010 @ 4:17 am

    Love the steak! I never knew the olive oil trick.

    You both have such a great sense of humor. I always love reading the Mrs. or Mr. How Sweet posts. And I’m excited to hear how SATC2 was.


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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — May 28, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    You are too funny! My husband loves searing the steaks with olive oil and then finishing them off in the stove. He just perfected that last summer. I have to admit that while I love the SATC series…I was not a fan of the last movie. I think it made all the guys look bad and that really wasn’t what the show was about. Anyway, your steak looks perfect!


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    Whit — May 28, 2010 @ 4:59 am


    love it! Mr. How Sweet, are you envious of my city of residence this weekend? None other than the fabulous redneck speed street filled CHARLOTTE NC? Home of NASCAR Hall of Fame. Yep.


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:06 am

      O.M.G. I am very jealous. I would love to see the NASCAR HoF and the race this weekend. Though I always root for Dale Jr (who I do not believe has won since Mrs. HS and I started dating) I will also root for Kyle Busch as that was my selection in the NASCAR pool at work.

      I also love Charlotte’s airport. I respect any airport that features a Bojangle’s and a replica stock car.


      • Whit — May 28th, 2010 @ 10:32 am

        You know it’s gonna be Jimmie. I’m still not sure how ol’ Kurt managed to pull that win off last week, but I’ll let it slide.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 28, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    Great post!!! Never knew about the olive oil trick!


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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — May 28, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    Hilarious…you and Jessica are definitely a perfect match! :)


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:11 am

      If by “perfect match” you mean I make the money for her to spend on shoes, then yes, we are indeed perfect.


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    Jil — May 28, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    haha Love this! Agreed – steaks..good ones…do not need tons of marinade or seasonings.


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    Fit Chick in the City — May 28, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    He is lucky he didn’t have to go to SATC with you!!!


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    Cindy Coniglio — May 28, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    Mr. How Sweet,
    We missed you.. Hopefully we will see you this weekend.


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:09 am

      Mrs. Coniglio,

      How are things? How are the twins? Mr. HS is going to be doing yard work this weekend. If you are into hot, muscular, sweaty gingers, then you should stop by. The wifey can make cookies for you two to eat while you watch me work.


      • Cindy Coniglio — May 28th, 2010 @ 10:22 am

        Mr. How Sweet,
        Why dont you skip the yard work and meet us later for a drink…

  11. #
    Daisy — May 28, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    great post Mr. How Sweet!


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    Heather — May 28, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    Mr How Sweet, you never fail to crack me up because you remind me of my own sweet husband (except it’d probably be dave matthews band instead of country…Amarillo By Morning is pretty awesome though!) you cooked your steak the exact same way i’d do mine…salt, pepper, olive oil, and grill :)


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:04 am


      I’m a big DMB fan. Don’t let my darling wifey fool you. I do not limit my muscial tastes to Waylon Jennings. As the temperature increases so does the DMB playing on the ipod. Last night called for country music.


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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — May 28, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    hahaaha i love you guys!! this is too funny and that steak looks perfect!

    cards and flowers…for sure ;)


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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — May 28, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    I’m 100% sure my boyfriend would rather be grilling than seeing the SATC movie too.


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:10 am

      I don’t know your boyfriend but I’m 100% sure he would rather jam sharp sticks into his eyes than watch SATC2. Any guy would.

      Now if it was a sequal to that great Arnie flick Terminator then that’s a different story.


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    Biz — May 28, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    Loved this post Mr. How Sweet! And that steak? Perfection! :D

    Hope you both have a great weekend!


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    MelissaNibbles — May 28, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    I would rather be grilling than at SATC2 as well. That steak looks amazing!


    • Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 28th, 2010 @ 7:16 am

      MelissaNibbles is a girl after my own heart. Too bad I’m taken. However, my buddies OBB and Billy Ray (aka the deer assassin) both would prefer grilling to SATC2. Just throwing that out there.


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    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 28, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    I wish my grill got up to 650F degrees. :( It sucks!



  18. #
    Eunice — May 28, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    Mr. How Sweet, if you were listening to Lupe Fiasco and watching the NBA playoffs, that would be my bf. He thinks the SATC girls are old birds. Can’t say I totally disagree…


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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — May 28, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    You two always seem to crack me up! I love the humour here on this blog!

    Enjoy your steak and the long weekend :)



  20. #
    Blond Duck — May 28, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Can I come over? I love steak.


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    Sarah.j.s. — May 28, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    Lol…protein with a side of protein. o_O Better safe then sorry right?

    I didn’t know that thing about sealing the steak with the olive oil, but I should. :P Thanks for the tip!


  22. #
    Ashley — May 28, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    Classic Funny. Loved the blackjack comments as they sound eerily familiar :)


  23. #
    kate — May 28, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    We also spray our grill with Pam before we cook so the food doesnt stick to it. Its genius I tell ya!


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — May 28, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    whoa. That’s some serious animal protein. I have never eaten meat like that. I havent had any meat whatsoever since i was 7. I think my insides would die if I ate that pinkness LOL

    Ok so you, my love, I am sooooo happy for you this weekend. I wish I was with you!!!!!! Soon, we will have to plan a meetup. For real :)



  25. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 28, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    Hehe, can’t skimp on that protein :-)


  26. #
    Anne — May 29, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    I wish I could have a steak like that now too, but my BBQ master is away with the boys. BOO!


  27. #
    Holly — May 29, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    You BOTH are the best writers, I swear. Once again…I’ll say it- if you EVER publish a book, I will be the FIRST in line to buy it…or the FIRST online order ;)
    I LOVE the Target brand Risottos as well- I typically get the garlic & herb one (I think that’s it) or the Roasted Red pepper. SO good.


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    Ken Topham — May 29, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    Happy to see a post from Mr. Sweet. I have wondered about the lucky guy of the sweets. Great post and the blessings of your many fans. Have a great holiday weekend and thank you for the sharing you guys do!



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