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Grilled Skirt Steak

Ingredients

2 skirt steaks, about 4 lb total weight, trimmed
8 large flour tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
2 cups guacamole
1 head lettuce, shredded
1 cup fresh salsa
1 cup pico de gallo
1½ cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream

Marinade

1/2 cup olive oil
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper

Method

  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients.
  2. Cut each steak crosswise into 3 to 4 pieces. Place the meat in a disposable aluminum roasting pan and season with salt.
  3. Pour the marinade over the meat and turn to coat well. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Brush and oil the grill grate.
  5. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the marinade.
  6. Grill steak directly over high heat until cooked to desirable doneness, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes for medium-rare.
  7. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and place them on the side of the grill to warm.
  8. Transfer meat to a carving board, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Slice the steaks across the grain into strips, toss with any accumulated juices from the carving board, and mound onto a platter. Garnish with cilantro and serve with the tortillas, lettuce, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream in separate dishes alongside.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Adventures in Grilling

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Scientists have developed the first ultra-thin, flexible device that sticks to skin like a rub-on tattoo and can detect a person’s glucose levels. The sensor, reported in a proof-of-concept study in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, has the potential to eliminate finger-pricking for many people with diabetes.

Joseph Wang and colleagues in San Diego note that diabetes affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Many of these patients are instructed to monitor closely their blood glucose levels to manage the disease. But the standard way of checking glucose requires a prick to the finger to draw blood for testing. The pain associated with this technique can discourage people from keeping tabs on their glucose regularly. A glucose sensing wristband had been introduced to patients, but it caused skin irritation and was discontinued. Wang’s team wanted to find a better approach.

The researchers made a wearable, non-irritating platform that can detect glucose in the fluid just under the skin based on integrating glucose extraction and electrochemical biosensing. Preliminary testing on seven healthy volunteers showed it was able to accurately determine glucose levels. The researchers conclude that the device could potentially be used for diabetes management and for other conditions such as kidney disease.

Source: American Chemical Society


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