Squid! BBQ it, teriyaki it, do whatever! It's got a satisfying meat feel and takes on the flavor of almost anything. They are quick to clean once you know how and pretty cheap, around here about $5.50 lb.
I was planning on making some butter and I had a couple questions. Does it hold up well to being frozen for a while and how well does incorporating different herbs into the butter work? If anyone has some answers to me that'd be awesome!
To anyone in the Baltimore area you should know and frequent the Book Thing (A free book store, take as many books as you like) and the Baltimore Free Store (They are only open every couple months). There are some amazing treasures to be found at both of these places.
Any kind of lumber store or exotic wood store will have basswood. I bet even home depot carries chunks of it as it's the most common wood to work with. If you really are having trouble finding any just order some online, it's pretty reasonable rates.
You could adapt a Miso soup recipe into a beef miso soup with rice noodles. That'd be delicious. Very thinly sliced beef with al dente rice noodles in miso broth and veggies...makes my mouth water thinking about it.