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No kidney punches here! 
Nov. 10, 2012 5:22 pm 
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 4:24 pm
     My family is constantly on the look out for new recipes using meats and/or ingredients we have never eaten before. I have to say it has turned out pretty well so far. I know that some of the dishes we try are standard dishes in other parts of the country or around the world in other countries. 
     Before I continue, I would like to add a disclaimer, it is not my intention to offend anyone in any way. This is solely my opinions based on my personal experiences. I know that some people are extremely sensitive and I apologize in advance.
     Being one half of an inter-racial relationship has always been interesting in the kitchen. My husband grew up in a household that regularly ate pigs feet and chittlins', souse (head cheese), pigs ears and hog maws. I have since tried all of these things since we've been married. Some I like, others not so much!  My husband had never tried what his mother called "white people" food. Rice-a-roni, green bean casserole,  stove top stuffing, cabbage with ham and noodles and Corned beef and cabbage and many many more!  He has tried these and likes or loves some of them. There are somethings I know I will never get him to eat. Tuna casserole..well any dish that contains the word casserole (other than green bean casserole), anything containing tater tots, fish sticks, cheese wiz, or marshmallow fluff. 
     OK, so back to kidneys.  I am blessed to live 5 minutes from the West side Market here in Cleveland, Ohio. It has been standing for 100 years, they just celebrated the anniversary.  There is a butcher there that sells beef.  The market is only open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday. Vince, my butcher takes off Mondays so he can cut his meat. He gets his big sides of beef and will even take special orders in advance. If you ever get to Cleveland, be sure to look him up. His stand is named after him.  Any how.. When I visited him last he had a Beef Kidney sitting in his display case. I bought it and began looking for recipes to use it in. Every recipe I found was for steak and kidney pie (which I do plan on trying). Recipe after recipe was pretty much the same.  I asked on the Buzz for suggestions and got some good answers. Don had a couple ideas that I really liked since it wasn't a pie. I love reading his answers to posts, and I was hoping he would answer mine. 
     I soaked the kidney in milk over night to draw out any not so pleasant taste. I am going to be adding the recipe to my recipe box and when I do I will post it.  I cut up the kidney and had some really tender thin steaks I cut in strips. I sauteed them in butter and olive oil, added some sliced onions and then made a gravy. I served this over rice and it was delicious!! I was worried about the texture of the kidneys since I sometimes have problems with different textures. It was perfect. Firm, not mushy or tough. It truly is something everyone should try.  The taste is pleasant and the steak goes very well with it. Next time I will try the Kidney and Steak pie.

Kidney and Steak in Gravy
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Nov. 11, 2012 4:07 am
First of all - I am so ENVIOUS of you! You live so close to the West Side Market!! I love going there and I have actually bought steaks from "your" Vince. When we go there I load the car with my cloth grocery bags and a big cooler. We fill the car, then head over to Great Lakes Brewing Co. for lunch and a sample of their brew... now I'm going to have to get up there! We have friends of a different culture(Mexican) and it is fun trying their foods and getting them to try ours. When we took them to the W.Side Mkt. the first time they were so excited to see all there was to offer - they bought pig's feet and cow tongue. I'm not sure I could try either one of those things. I told them the only way I could try it was if they just made it and I ate it before they told me what it was.
Nov. 11, 2012 6:08 am
Mother Ann! Cow tongue is wonderful stuff. It's used in a lot of ways. but a common one is just boiling it in spices, peeling off the outer membrane, and from there you can cool it and make sandwiches with it, or you can pan fry the slices of tongue and serve with sides, or on a sandwich. The texture can be a touch odd at first, but the flavor is wonderful! I think my kids would have liked it had the not seen me purchase and prepare it. Mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!
Nov. 11, 2012 6:10 am
I will have to try steak and kidney. I've been ignoring it for years, which isn't like me. I even used to sell these when I was a butcher!
Nov. 11, 2012 6:18 am
Doc S: My friends told me the exact same thing - cow tongue is wonderful! And, like you said about your kids - if I don't know what it is I would probably eat it. Maybe some day....
Nov. 11, 2012 12:15 pm
Cow tongue tacos!! They were awesome. If someone served it to you without telling you what it was, you might wonder about the texture but it tastes just like ... well beef! lol
Nov. 11, 2012 12:17 pm
Goat is also very good. It is one of the healthiest meats around. I have a personal recipe for Jamaican Goat Curry. Yum! When I have a chance I will have to put all my recipes for all the different meats we have tried.
Nov. 11, 2012 1:22 pm
I have had goat a few times and I agree, it is good!
Nov. 11, 2012 4:24 pm
Cow Bone and Joint Cartilage, Yummy...
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