The Spring Cure: Getting Into the Thick of It

The Spring Cure: Getting Into the Thick of It

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 13, 2009

Painting the steps and cooking steak - that's what's been going on with my Cure! And if you want more cooking, check out Sara Kate's Kitchen Cure which starts this week.

Cure Clock: 4 weeks remaining
Assignment: Read Chapter 8, Pages 154-184
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   • Painting 101

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It is finally feeling like spring here in NYC and that always gets me going. It's the perfect time to open the windows and rock the house, getting it ready for the best part of the new year. To keep my own juices flowing and to share a little bit more with you, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to....

I have actually been very busy, though I treat my Cures as somewhat more free form now. I just take the top things on the list and do them - mainly focusing on small repairs and upgrades. Reading about others doing the Cure also gets me going. If I feel others are busy, I don't want to get left behind.

Yesterday: The Old Garden

Our old apartment (next door to where we live now) has a garden in it that I built and maintained over 15 years. A close friend lives there now, and I helped her to refresh it for the new season. We turned over all the beds, moved the compost, and rebuilt the little brick wall. Ursula watched until she got cold. Then she went in and ate grapes. Oh, and we also added a bunch of new red wriggler worms to the compost that I got at the Farmer's Market. Even after all these years in this little back alley with not much sun, the soil is really really good.

I don't talk at all about gardening in The 8 Step Cure, mainly because it's packed enough as it is, but this is really just another room. One day, I hope I get to write a book about how to work on the outside of your home.

Friday: The New Steak

I have been fascinated with cooking steak lately. I know it's not too PC or green, but I only do it once in a while and only with meat that comes from a special butcher near our house called Florence Meat Market (family run for over 70 years). Here's my recipe. With good meat, it's like falling off a log.

"Heat a cast iron pan in a 500 degree oven for half an hour, then sear an oiled, salted steak on the hot pan for 60 seconds on each side. Then you put in the oven for 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping between. Check with meat thermometer and let repose when it hits 125."

As you know by now, week 5 gets even more intense with the cooking at home, but I don't help you too much. If you really want help cooking, check out Sara Kate's Kitchen Cure which starts this week or just keep an eye on The Kitchn.

Like steak? Try this or for a bit more detail go to these two links:

>> Cooking Steak by Cree LeFavour
>> Chef Richard Chamberlain Perfect Grilling Video

Three Weeks Ago: The Garage & The Staircase

Last month I cleaned out the garage at our family house on Long Island. As soon as I was done with that I started a new project: painting a runner up the staircase. It's going well, but it took longer than I thought and I ran out of time. I am going back this weekend to finish!

The cleaning and organizing never stops, but at every now and then you have peak moments. This garage had been a total mess and impassable for over a year.


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