About a month or so back, I looked at the meat counter in a small store that is known in our area to carry better beef quality. I usually purchase my beef there. This market used to sell local beef. But as the times have changed, and product is not widely available, they purchase their beef from another supplier. Sadly, though it's still better than supermarket beef, it's usually not as good as it was in years past.
but I digress. Ass I was sayign, I looked in the emat counter, focusing on rib-eye steaks. They were all boneless.
When the butcher lifted off the top row of steaks, I saw the most perfectly marbled steak I have ever seen in my life. I immediately purchased it and put it in my home freezer. Well, on Monday, I cooked it up, with one half for DW, and the other for me. Her's was seasoned simply with salt, and cooked to mediu. Mine, it was seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cooked to rare. I didn't disappoint. Even fried indoors, on a grill pan, it was one of the best steaks I have eaten in years. It was so tender and flavorful that I will be wanting another one, just like it for a long time.
Now, I love my steaks cooked over charcoal. This steak, again cooked on a grill pan, rivaled anything that has come off of my grill. It was just that good. Just for grins, I pulled up pictures of Kobe Beef on line, to compare the marbling. it was strikingly similar. but mine was graded USDA Choice.
Like I said, it was a major culinary score for me, and DW. Sometimes, live throws you a bone, or a really great steak.
Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North