Approach the meat counter at a local butcher shop or supermarket and you'll find a smorgasbord of marbled meat with bizarre names. Stare at the meat long enough, and someone with blood on his (or her!) apron and a huge knife will stare at you, waiting for you to figure out what you want. Don't act intimidated: Just
take out a bloody knife of your own and stare back at the butcher let us teach you how to not look like an idiot when you order.
Check out these deep-cut tips from butcher Kate Kavanaugh, co-owner of the Denver-based Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe. They'll make you a master of meat selection and guarantee you never get into another terrifying staring contest at the counter.