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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Flavorful Tips; Eye of the Round & Parmesan Rind

I haven't given beef enough attention, so here is a super simple way to prepare eye of the round.  It's a fairly lean piece of beef not noted for tenderness but can be prepared to be juicy and tender.  Have a 3 pound roast at room temperature. Sprinkle liberally with coarse black pepper and kosher salt.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Bake 5 minutes per pound.  Turn oven off and do not open for 2 hours. Roast will be pink. Carve in thin slices.  Makes for a wonder family meal with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable.

Save that rind of Parmesan cheese and add to a soup for flavor.  Let the rind sit in soup for a few hours or over night to add a little texture and lots of flavor.  I recently made a pureed all vegetable soup that needed punch so I left a Parmesan rind steeping until I was satisfied.  It only adds a little cheese but lots of flavor.

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