Seen on Sunday morning: June 29th

June 29, 2008 9:33:59 AM PDT

The center of any great barbecue is what's cooking on the grill!

Joining us this morning with some beef grilling tips is Dwight Hartley, founder of premium Gold Angus Beef, INC.

Quick Grilling Tips (Charcoal Grill) from Dwight Hartley, founder, PGA Beef

1. Be selective about your meat. Cooking on the most expensive grill and using the most flavorful marinade will not make a bad cut of beef taste good. It is recommended that you choose a branded beef to ensure the best quality and taste. USDA certified Black Angus beef under the Premium Gold Angus Beef brand will offer a delicious, consistent eating experience every time. The meat comes from genetically-verified Black Angus cows and features marbling throughout, offering the most tender and flavorful meat possible. PGA Beef is available at the A&P family of supermarkets.

2. Clean the grill. This includes the surface and below the grate. It is not recommended to use lighter fluid with charcoal, as that residue will come out in the flavor of the meat.

3. Set up the charcoal properly. The coals should be placed towards one side of the grill in a pyramid formation. This will allow a place for the heat to escape. Without an escape, the meat could become coated in soot and oil. This set-up will also allow for hot and cool points on the grill, which is important as you will want to cook the meat at different temperatures during the grilling process (see Step #5).

4. Make sure that the grill is set to the proper temperature. It is not recommended to start grilling until the flame on the charcoal is completely burned out. All charcoals should be completely gray. At this point, you can test the heat of the grill with this simple technique: Place a flat, extended hand (palm side down) about one foot above the grill. Count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that position before the heat forces you to pull it away; 4 seconds for medium heat.

5. Sear the meat. The best way to grill a piece of meat (16oz. steak that is about 1- 1½ thick) is to cook 2 minutes on one side, and 2 minutes on the other. Repeat this one more time so that the meat is cooked uncovered for a total of 8 minutes. Then move the meat to one of the cooler spots on the grill (see Step #3), and cook covered without intense heat until the meat has been cooked for a total of 15 minutes.

Steak al Forno
Broil or grill - either way an great Italian steak.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Servings: Serves 4

4 boneless beef strip loin steaks
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
1 oz. Parmesan cheese slices
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

In a small bowl mix garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Spread both sides of each steak with mixture.

Place steaks on grill over medium heat. Grill 8-10 minutes for medium-rare to medium.

Top with 2 slices (1/4 oz.) Parmesan cheese. Melt under broiler until bubbly. Garnish with parsley.


Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases and can be caught early with the help of your dentist.

Joining us this morning with a new procedure available is Dr. Richard Donelli of RD dental in Hartsdale, Westchester County.

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Print pictures on the go or commutate with others in just about any language.

Joining us this morning with some useful products to bring with you on vacation is our friend Andrea Smith, technology producer for ABC news radio.

Eye-Fi Explore Digital Camera Card 2GB storage
A 2GB SD card for use in most digital cameras, that uploads photos wirelessly to your computer . And, it has Wi-Fi networking built in. Each time you bring your camera home to your wireless network, it transfers the pictures to your computer, and also uploads them to the many online photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, Picasa and Shutterfly. The Explore adds "Geotagging" which uses wi-fi positioning to mark where the picture was more writing on the back of the photos! $129

Polaroid PoGo
An instant printer small enough to take with you when you travel. The PoGo printer will print 2 x 3 color photos in about a minute. It can receive photos wirelessly from many cell phones, or via a cable from a digital camera. It that can be peeled apart to become a sticker. No ink here, Polaroid uses Zero Ink, or ZINK technology, dye crystals embedded in the paper to produce color when activated by heat during the printing process. Since there's no ink, prints are dry-to-touch, water-resistant, tear-proof, and smudge-proof, much like the original Polaroids. $149

12-Language Speaking Global Translator
If you're going overseas for business or pleasure - this gadget is almost as essential as your passport! This cell-phone sized handheld translator will help you communicate with confidence with translations in 12 languages - spoken in a clear, human voice - at your fingertips. An MP3 player, currency and metric converter, and a world clock, will help you enjoy and keep track of your trip! $229.95

The BlueAnt Supertooth 3 handsfree speakerphone
A safer, legal alternative to talking on your cell phone while you drive across the country, as the laws in each state vary. Just slip the speakerphone into the sun visor and you are hands free. Bluetooth connects the device with your phone and uploads your address book. The Supertooth 3 announces the name or ID of the caller when the phone rings - just say 'OK' to accept the call. $129

Belkin Mini Surge Protector
Once you hit the hotel and you need to recharge, don't you hate unplugging the desk lamp to plug in the laptop and the cell phone. This Belkin Mini surge protector comes with 3 outlets as well as 2 USB ports, so the whole family can recharge at once. $24.95


Burn the maximum amount of calories in a short amount of time.

Joining us this morning with some exercise tips is Robert Reames, author of "Make Over Your Metabolism" and co-creator of the 3,500 calorie countdown program.

* Back lunge w/Lateral Raise (this is a combo move). Start out standing nice and tall....feet together firmly planted and holding weights to the side....arms at a 90 degree angle holding a dumbbell in each hand. Take one foot back while lunging straight down (not forward....knee will remain directly over the ankle for proper alignment) with the front leg......while laterally raising the arms to the side. then return to starting position. targets lower body and shoulders. do this for 10 reps and repeat on the opposite leg.

* Basic Squat w/Arm curls. (also a combo move). Start out nice and tall with feet firmly planted a little further than shoulder width apart.....holding a dumbbell in each hand directly next to your body. On motion simply go into the squat (no deeper than 90 degrees at the knee) while at the same time performing a basic arm curl on both sides. targets lower body and biceps. Do this move for 10 reps.

* Basic jumping jacks alternating with high knee running in place. Go with 20-40 jumping jacks followed by 30 seconds of high knee running in place. (as high as knees can go....Robert will emphasize a march and or light jog for basic beginners. -this is where Robert will emphasize the importance of taking one's heart rate in figuring out how many calories you are burning.

* Single Arm Standing Overhead Press. Again stand nice and tall feet firmly planted. Bring dumbbells up to start right at the shoulder level with elbows bent. On motion simply press the dumbbell overhead on one side while leaning slightly towards that same the heel on the opposite side is slightly elevated. We will alternate from side to side on this....performing one side then the other for 20 reps. (10 total on each side) targets triceps and shoulders.