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Pass the A1 sauce... 
Jul. 1, 2012 1:19 pm 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2012 7:00 pm
There is a controversy in my house and revolves around A1 sauce.

In my corner, I love it. I put it on cottage cheese (yes I do and its super, super good), I put it on hamburger 'steaks' and I like to put in on my regular steak.. but....

In husbands corner, A1 is the enemy of the day. He warily eyes it and me as I put on my food, then just shakes his head.   He will admonish me to 'try it without before you put it on food' so I have all but given it up on steak.

I'm sad. I love A1. I love the taste but more importantly, I love the memories it evokes.  The first steaks I ever had were from my dad. He would grill steaks every Saturday night and we'd eat them with baked potatoes. And each meal included A1 on the table.  My dad used it and whatever my dad did, I was going to do too. Thus, a fondness for the taste grew. 

I love a good steak but I don't care for eating the meat just on its own. It seems lonely without the A1. Now don't get me wrong- I don't drown my food in it and I do appreciate the beauty of the meat on its own. I just like to have a little pool on my plate for judicious dipping and not to have glowers of unhappiness at the lack of my sensibility.

I just finished a bowl of cottage cheese and A1- lifes little pleasures.. :)  Happy early Fourth, Dad!
Jul. 1, 2012 1:39 pm
Grab the A1, apply to plate, ignore all who glower.
Jul. 1, 2012 1:44 pm
:) Raedwulf.. we've been married long enough I can enjoy without letting the glower burn too much into my psyche!
Jul. 1, 2012 2:00 pm
I haven't noticed my DW glowering at me when I put hot sauce on almost everything. Gotta have that yee haw. Off to try some cottage cheese and Tapatio...
Jul. 1, 2012 2:19 pm
Let me know what you think, BD! My hubby is a bit of a 'foodie' and he thinks steak is perfect as is- does not require any additional sauces. And while its good, yes, I like my A1! We have several restaurants out here where it is an insult to even ask for it. Never mind ketchup.
Jul. 1, 2012 2:28 pm
Well, IMHO it's a no-no on a good steak, but then I've been to restaurants where A1 is in order. I'm all for: if it tastes good on your steak, by all means use it. Some cuts of steak are quite bland and A1 is necessary. But then again I'm weird, I put ketchup and hot sauce on my scrambled eggs. Now the grands put A1 on everything.
Jul. 1, 2012 2:33 pm
If I go to a restaurant that considers it an insult to ask for A1, I'll tell them to cook me another steak with tender juicy flavor or bring out the A1 (their choice).
Jul. 1, 2012 3:14 pm
Is ketchup on scrambled eggs good? Thats a pretty common idea but I've never tried it myself.
Jul. 1, 2012 4:26 pm
I don't Use Anything But Kosher Salt, And Fresh Cracked Pepper, With A Sprinkle Of Olive Oil On the Steak. I only Buy Rib Eye Steak, And there is no reason to mask the flavor Of a delicious cut like that. I would say the same thing for a porter house or new york strip. anything else may need help. Now the other question is how do you like it cooked? I like mine very very rare. I also cut my own rib eye steaks from a large hunk of meat so I can get them to about 1 to 2 inches thick.
Jul. 1, 2012 4:45 pm
I'm a well done kind of gal- slightly pink is OK but if its too rare (bloody) I won't eat it. Which, as I understand it, keeps me out of most hobnob steak houses. The way you marinate sounds good- the steak sauce is not to cover up the taste of the steak. I just really like it!
Jul. 1, 2012 4:56 pm
So MrsWolfie I understand that if me and you were in a life raft for 2 weeks I would be safe. I would consider Pink to be way over cooked. I remember a story my dad told me about a cook In the mess hall when he was in the Air force and this story he told me dates back to the 1950's. the cook asked him how he wanted his steak, and he said it want it to still say moo, the cook slapped it on the grill and within 15 seconds he flipped it and then 15 seconds later the cook put it on his plate. He said he ate it just so the cook would not have the satisfaction. He is like you he actually likes it a bit pink.
Jul. 1, 2012 5:19 pm
Well Mrs. Wolfie, I think to each their own, no judgement call here! That being said, we love, love, love rib eye steaks rare. I have a very special relationship with my butcher so when rib eyes go on sale, he knows "two 1 1/2 inch thickness from the small end, seasoned with rosemary garlic rub". In fact, just bought two today as they're on sale at $4.99 per pound. Oh bd.weld! That would be at Stater Bros., if you're interested. Haven't seen Barb yet. Thanks for the goodies. What are they?! My love to Debi, please!
Jul. 2, 2012 10:02 am
Yeah, we'd be safe Sparta. I know that most folks are like Cathy and enjoy them rare and thats fine. My husband is alot like your dad, Sparta, he still wants it to say moo. We live in cow 'harvesting' country, so we're fortunate to have several resources for incredibly fresh meat. I've been admonished time and again by the 'local' boys for my preference and my response is- if I'm going to eat it, I want it how I want it. Ah, Cathy.. I used to live in SoCal and Staters was our go-to place for meat (unless we could afford the luxury of a real butcher by our place called Gem Meats and that was rare)
Jul. 2, 2012 5:13 pm
I think A1, ketchup and cigarettes must all have the same addictive additive in them! I have a brother who ate everything with A1 (and actually complained that everything tastes the same), a son who slathers everything in ketchup, not just eggs, but cottage cheese, mac n cheese and everything else. Cigarettes are notoriously addictive so someone must have found the secret ingredient and put it in those two foods! :)
Jul. 2, 2012 6:10 pm
I grew up in a house where Lea & Perrins Worstershire ruled and didn't meet A-1 until I was married to a man who loved it. I have no strong feelings about either and often eat my steak with just S&P. I do eat it very rare. I also eat the A-1 over cottage cheese - good stuff!
Jul. 2, 2012 10:34 pm
BigShots! You eat cottage cheese with A1!!! I thought only I did that! Kindred spirit! Every else has told me I'm weird for doing that!!!
Jul. 4, 2012 4:16 pm
My guess is that you need the steak sauce to flavor your meat because it is so overcooked it has lost most of its flavor. Sad.
Jul. 5, 2012 3:14 pm
Not at all Covergirl. I honestly just like the taste of it- and it brings up memories of summers with my parents. My husband is an excellent grillman- he likes his steak to moo back at him.
Jul. 7, 2012 4:53 am
MrsWolfie, I have a friend who use A1 on baked potatoes, & its not bad. Everyone has different ideas of what taste them. I prefer my steak very rare and without sauce, my DH likes his steak MR and and with A1, and I am not offended. To Each his own, and especially if A1 brings back fond memories.
Jul. 7, 2012 4:55 am
MrsWolfie, I have a friend who use A1 on baked potatoes, & its not bad. Everyone has different ideas of what taste them. I prefer my steak very rare and without sauce, my DH likes his steak MR and and with A1, and I am not offended. To Each his own, and especially if A1 brings back fond memories.
Jul. 7, 2012 6:20 am
This brings back memories of my dad too. He was such a great guy, but no cook! He would make this chili that had no spice at all (it was sweet! yuk) I would add A1 to it to give it some flavor and it was actually good. That chili was usually on the menu at least twice a month...thank God for A1!
Jul. 7, 2012 9:06 am
When we first married, my husband doused everything with A1. I knew he had a "problem" when he asked "Where's the A1" at the Thanksgiving table. I brined the turkey all night and even got up at 3:00 am to plunge my hands in ice water to turn the bird over. NO WAY was he getting any A1 that day!
Jul. 7, 2012 10:13 am
I think you should be able to eat your food the way that you like it without any comments or ridicule from anyone. Putting A1 on your steak doesn't harm your husband and I doubt you are glowering at him for NOT using the condiment! Tell him to back off.
Jul. 7, 2012 10:45 am
My house is the same way! I looove steak sauce but my husband thinks a good steak should taste good by itself...I think it just enhances the flavor of a good steak. The same goes when we eat sushi...I drown mine in soy sauce and my husband just scowls at me. Oh well! :)
Jul. 7, 2012 11:02 am
i like my steak medium rare with only salt cracked pepper and fresh squeezed lemons on it. mucho lemons! i do like a-1 and heniz 57, but just re-discovered sweet chili sauce. i hate ketchup. the wife will put ketchup on a hotdog...just disgusting. i wince and let her be. i just won't buy ketchup.
Jul. 7, 2012 1:14 pm
Hey, Peter Luger has put them all to shame!
Jul. 7, 2012 7:54 pm
I never liked the taste of A1, but I do agree on the steak cooked to at least medium to medium well. I can handle a little pink in the middle, but it has to be at least cooked to that for me. I actually prefer mine without any sauce. But if you like A1, then you should eat the steak with it! I know what you mean on the memories, too. They can really become intertwined with food.
Jul. 8, 2012 12:22 pm
Becky, LOL!!! A1 on Turkey!!! Never would have thought it. My hubby is a great guy..he just believes a good cut of meat should stand on its own. LOL Don...we hardly use ketchup in our house but it is present. Its a must on french fries and believe it or not, I like to dip ruffled chips in it.
Jul. 8, 2012 2:28 pm
Lol! Gderr, u sound a bit like my husband with the mayo.. Ok, so maybe I'm a little too attached but he refuses to buy it anymore.. At least now I'm pregnant so I get anything I want.. Mayonnaise included! Mayo & fries anyone? Mmm... Just thinking of it makes me drool.. :P
Jul. 8, 2012 3:10 pm
Cuppycake, that is hilarious! My husband is a Miracle Whip kinda guy- only very few applications require mayo. And if I use too much, he says its gross. When it comes to condiments (besides A1), I'm all about the mustard..
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