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Most people know that I love to grill. This love for grilling started when I was a cook for a fine dining restaurant as a teenager before my professional career started. A prime rib-eye cooked medium- rare is my favorite. It sounds strange to talk about grilling in December, but hey, I’m Texan and we grill year-round! Here are my top 3 secrets (to get you started on the right path) to cooking the perfect steak. Secret #1: Look to Costco for the best cut of beef (PRIME) at a great price. The ones in my area sell prime cuts on Fridays and Saturdays. Secret #2: Let the steak get to room temperature before you put it on the grill.

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan. […] It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japanmakes it obvious that the attack was deliberately plannedmany days or even weeks ago. [...] With confidence in our arm forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us, God. I ask that the Congress declare that, since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to the severe destruction of the United States Pacific Fleet, but it lit a flame in the hearts of Americans. The sudden strike by the Japanese forces destroyed 20 American vessels, eight of which were battleships and over 300 were airplanes. Over 2,000 military and civilian American lives were lost, and another 1,000 suffered injuries. The following day, President Roosevelt gave his Pearl Harbor address to the nation, urging Congress to take action and declare war on Japan. This event brought the citizens of America together for the first time since WWII began. It was time to go to war. Although the attack caught America by surprise, the war had seemed unavoidable for some time. In 1937, Japan declared war on China to seize its import market for financial gain and to expand Japan’s territory. The Japanese government had been suffering economically and demographically, and its leaders sought to solve these problems by taking the land of neighboring countries. In retaliation, America ventured to intimidate Japan by banning REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR T he A ttack T hat B rought W orld W ar II to A merica

Secret #3: Before you serve it, let the meat rest for the same amount of time that you grilled it, in order for the tasty juices to redistribute.

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