Basically everything: the way I speak, my natural tendencies, by ability to laugh really hard are all my mom. EXCEPT my love affair with food. That's all my dad. He single-handedly influenced the way I eat, think about and cook food. Not that Eleanor is not a fine cook; she is. But Walter is the one who dragged us all around to farmer's markets, ethnic neighborhoods far and wide to sample, savor, experience every possible food culture. He has no problem with ANY food; innards, game meats, pickled, smoked, raw...he will try it. The funny thing is, he would never consider himself a "foodie". He would never over-analyze anything he put in his mouth. He would simple state either: it's dry, it's too spicy, hmm...it's good. That's basically the extent of it. He is a Marine and made a living by working with his hands. He is totally cool and a bad-ass gardener who also pickles his bounty, makes his own sausage and jam (!!)
So if I were home, I would make these steaks for him. And I would pray that he would take a bite and say they were good.
Happy Father's Day to all of the incredible men who love, influence and inspire their children, no matter what age.
ribeye steaks with coffee-chili rub
1/4 c chili powder
1/4 c finely ground coffee (I used small world coffee sumatran)
2 T smoked sweet paprika
2 T dark brown sugar
1 T wasabi powder
2 T smoked salt
1 T freshly ground black pepper
1 T ground coriander (dry toast and grind)
1 T dried oregano
1 t ground ginger
2 t ground chipotle pepper
grass-fed ribeye steaks
Combine all of the ingredients for the rub (you will most likely have enough left over for the next time)
Take the steaks out of the fridge and rub the mixture into the the meat.
Let the steaks come to room temperature. Grill to whatever perfection is to you.