Overnight Tri-Tip Marinade

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 pound tri tips, sliced to 1 inch thickness

Directions:

  1. Create the marinade by combining all ingredients, except for the steak and corn starch.
  2. Pour the marinade over the steak in a bowl and refrigerate over night.
  3. When ready to cook, allow steak to reach room temperature.
  4. Coat steak in corn starch so that it becomes crispy
  5. Cook steak for about 2 minutes on each side for medium rare pieces. Cook more or less time, to desired taste.
  6. Serve!

Soy Glazed Crispy Pork on Sweet Potato Noodles

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pork shoulder
  • 4 slices thick bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place bacon strips on a pan, sprinkling with granulated sugar. Let cook 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Thinly slice red onion.
  4. Using a shredding tool, peel the sweet potato into noodle strips.
  5. Saute the onion and sweet potato in the olive oil until onion becomes translucent.
  6. Add the lemon juice soy sauce to mixture as it becomes dry, adding all of it once onions are translucent.
  7. Dice the pork shoulder into bite size pieces.
  8. Add the cumin, pork shoulder, and brown sugar to the mixture, stirring until pork shoulder is cooked through.
  9. Cut the bacon into chunky pieces and add to the mixture
  10. Serve and enjoy! You may serve as is, over a bowl of rice, or a bed of greens.

Wedge Salad

Wedge Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of thick bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup creamy Cesar or Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Bacon
    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
    • Place bacon a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
    • Lightly sprinkle with granulated sugar
    • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until bacon is browned (no need to flip the bacon)
    • Remove from oven and allow to cool
    • Once cooled, chop into chunky pieces
  2. Prepare the Dressing
    • Mince the garlic and add to Cesar or Ranch dressing
    • Add blue cheese crumbles
    • Stir
  3. Prepare the Red Onion
    • Thinly slice the red onion
    • Combine with white vinegar and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then drain vinegar
    • The vinegar will slightly cook the onion to detract from its potency
  4. Cut the iceberg lettuce into six wedges
  5. Dice the roma tomato
  6. Assemble the salad
    • Plate the iceberg lettuce wedge
    • Drizzle about 2 Tablespoons of dressing over the wedge
    • Top with tomato pieces, onion slices, and bacon bits
  7. Serve!

Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Greens

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 4 flat iron steaks
  • 2 pounds spinach
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons bouillon
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch

Directions for Creamy Greens:

  1. Thinly slice the onion
  2. Add 2 Tablespoons butter to a large skillet
  3. Add the onions, mustard, and the bouillon
  4. Cook on medium heat until onion turns translucent
  5. Add in the milk and sprinkle flour over the mixture and continue stirring until the flour dissolves, and the mixture is thick.
  6. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil
  7. Add in the spinach and allow to blanch until tender
  8. Immediately remove spinach from the boiling water and transfer to a colander
  9. Douse spinach in cold water
  10. Add spinach to the large skillet, and stir until spinach is coated in the sauce
  11. Transfer to a serving bowl

Directions for Flat Iron Steaks:

  1. Let steaks sit out for 30 minutes in order to reach room temperature
  2. Generously season with kosher salt and pepper
  3. After seasoning, coat in light layer of cornstarch
  4. Heat 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over high heat
  5. Cook 2 minutes per side for rarer steaks, longer for medium rare or well-done steaks

Plate steaks with creamy greens!

 

 

The Gen Z Effect – by Keldsen & Koulopoulos

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Generation Z is different. Most are using iPads before they can walk, and many will be running businesses before they can drive. I feel more of a generational divide between myself and someone ten years younger than someone three decades older. So what gives? (If kids even use that expression anymore.)

Well, this book sets forth an interesting thesis. The authors, Dan Keldsen and Thomas Koulopoulos, shed some light on Gen Z. They’re two big-time business consultants with a shared interest in the world’s youth, and a desire to understand them.

So first things first – what exactly is Gen Z? Well, according to the authors, defining them by birth date is gonna work. It’s a mindset, not an age.

But, if you must know – Gen Z’ers are general considered to have been born anytime between the late 1990s to the late 2000s. So anyone born between the 1998 release date of Mulan and 2008 release of Wall-E would be a Gen Z-er by the birth date metric.

Keldsen and Koulopoulos would argue, though, that it doesn’t matter what Disney movie came out the year you were born. As mentioned earlier, it’s all about mindset.

The Gen Z mindset transcends age, embracing the constant evolution of technology, social norms, and means of communication. Gen Z’ers aren’t locked into social hierarchies. They see any person as being a source of wisdom, regardless of age or status. PRogressive companies embrace this principle by employing “reverse mentoring” programs. In this arrangement, more season professionals are mentored by younger employees who are more in tune with the latest trends — and hence, can pass on that knowledge.

Gen Z’ers are also quick to embrace new concepts like “life hacking” or “remote work.” It doesn’t matter what age you are – you can adopt a Gen Z mentality by tuning into current trends and more efficient ways of getting work done and tasks accomplished.

This is a great read for a glimpse into what the coming future holds — and how to stay relevant as it unfolds.