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If you don’t know actor Richard Kind from his role in the hit series, “Mad About You”, you may know him from his current role in another TV series, “Spin City”. But when he’s not acting, you may find him cooking up a lean and mean steak.

Richard plays the character Paul Lassiter on Spin City. He’s the funny, neurotic press secretary to the Mayor of New York. Richard Kind was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Bucks Country, PA. He was a pre-law major at Northwestern University, but was encouraged by a family friend to give acting a go. Richard came to New York, where he struggled with acting and waiting tables. He moved to Chicago, and worked with the Practical Theater Company (one of this companies founding members was Julia Louis-Dreyfus.)

Key to grilling a great steak on the grill:

If you cooking with a charcoal grill, you want to be sure that the coals are hot – but be careful how you pile them – you want the meat to cook on an even heat. You want to make sure that you sear the meat, so the juices stay in the meat.

Suggestions for different cuts of steak:

  • Sirloin – an expensive cut – good if you’re feeding quite a few people.
  • Porterhouse – a combination of tenderloin and strip.
  • Boneless Rib-eye – you can fry it, or grill it.
  • Tenderloin – make sure the meat is at least 1-1/4 inch thick, so that it doesn’t burn.
  • London Broil – you can slice it up and put it on a salad.
  • Filet Mignon – The best , but pricey. It’s very tender and tasty and doesn’t need any marinade. Just add a little salt and pepper.

Tips on telling when your meat is done:

Use a thermometer – About 120 degrees means it’s rare. 140 means it’s medium.

Tip on cutting meat:

You want to cut the meat on the grain, after letting it sit for a few minutes before you cut it.

Marinade For London Broil

1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1 Tablespoon of hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons of sesame oil
2 Tablespoons of cooking sherry
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce

Whisk everything together, and let meat marinate in it for a couple of hours.

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