Feeling Good About America

Lately I’ve felt a need to recharge my “America is great” batteries. I watched America: Imagine The World Without Her in 2014 when it came out and watched it again recently after feeling fatigued over the news on the political front.

I watched it again last night because I wanted absorb some material to help refresh my love for America and appreciation for being of this country.

If you haven’t watched it–I’d rent or buy it and take a look because it really helps establish that America and Americans have been on the side of “right” more than “wrong” more often than not.

And inside this film was this 1-1/2 minute clip of the musician Bono in a speech saying that “America is one of the greatest ideas in human existence.”

America IS an idea and is greater than any group or individual within it. Whether priest, politician, policewoman, or physician.

God Bless our Forefathers for their wisdom, strength, and fortitude in creating the greatest nation on Earth.

Marinade Recipe from my Mom

For as long as I can remember my mom has been marinating shish kabob, chicken, or beef in the most delicious marinade ever. The recipe’s below. I recently marinaded a tri-tip roast for about 8 hours, grilled it on the Weber, and got excellent reviews. Try it–I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it.

Wine Marinade

1 cup red wine

3 tbsp vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup soy sauce

2/3 cup barbecue sauce

1 tbsp sugar

1 clove garlic crushed

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon each basic & oregano

The original recipe from Mom…my only adjustment is adding a bit more barbecue sauce which makes it taste exactly like Mom’s. For a split second, I thought she might have intentionally left it out so her’s is always best…but naaaaaaah. She wouldn’t do that…

Marinated Tri-tip

INGREDIENTS
1 to 2 cups dry red wine (even the leftover half bottle in the back of the fridge will do)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon (or more!) fresh black pepper

PREPARATION
Mix marinade ingredients together in a plastic zip bag, then add the tri-tip roast. Seal, pressing out excess air so all sides of meat are covered with marinade. Chill for at least several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Remove roast from marinade bag and blot dry with a paper towel. Let roast sit out 15-20 minutes to take the chill off. Meanwhile prepare grill for direct heat on one side and indirect heat on the other side (see recipe for Grilled Steak on page 13). Grill over high heat for 5-7 minutes on each side. Move to indirect heat and cook for an additional 10 minutes each side-or until interior temperature reaches 125-130°F (medium-rare). Let sit loosely covered with foil for an additional 10 minutes. Temperature will continue to rise as much as 10 more degrees. Cut against the grain into thin slices. Spoon juice over meat when serving. Leftovers make great lunches, especially with big tossed salads