It's a Dog Tag Wife Life

The musings of a non-conventional, soon-to-be Army Wife

Tasty Tuesday, Round 1! September 14, 2010

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So, I find that a lot of other people have something they do weekly so I’ve decided to do that as well.  And I know that thousands of people post recipes, but cooking and baking is one thing that I am good at.  So I’ve decided to start up Tasty Tuesday.  But it won’t just be recipes.  I thought that I’d highlight some other foods that I like that may be store-bought, or hard to find, or just kinda odd.  So some of my favorite foods will featured as well as some of my experiments in the kitchen.

Last night I made a very classic steak dinner.  I love steak.  I am a midwestern girl and love Love LOVE steak.  I think I could eat it every day.  And I would if I could.  But I know it’s not the greatest for me so I don’t.  And it didn’t take me forever.  About half an hour from start to finish.  Anyway, here’s my dinner.

I love Trader Joe’s.  It’s one of my favorite places.  The majority of the food in this meal is from there.  I especially love their filet mignon.  And not just because it’s delicious, but they give you a huge piece.  What I do is take a rolling-pin to it because usually, it’s very thick and the outside will be crisp while the inside is practically cold.  I usually pound on it until it’s about 3/4″ thick (plus, it’s really stress relieving).

I can usually get three decent sized steaks out of it.  Then I just salt and pepper it and pop it in the broiler.  I usually use our lower broiler setting and cook the steaks for 8-9 minutes, flip, and cook for another 8-9 minutes.  I love how steak tastes, so just a little salt and pepper are fantastic.  I prefer sea salt, but that’s just what I like.

This would have been my drink with dinner, however, I have a doctor’s appointment this morning and didn’t want to have any alcohol last night.  You never know what the doctor will want from you.  Usually I’m not a beer person, but in the fall, I absolutely love hard cider.  I got this one at Trader Joe’s also.

And here’s the potatoes for my mashed potatoes.  I usually cut them up, place them in cool water, then turn the heat to high.  I keep it on high, uncovered, until the water boils.  I then turn the heat to medium, and put a lid on it.  Not totally covering it, but at an angle so the steam can escape.  Then, I let the potatoes cook between 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender.

Once the potatoes are done and drained, I add a couple of tablespoons of butter and a little milk to make it creamy.  Then, I add a little salt at a time until they are to the point that I like and just a dash of white pepper.  I know some people who dislike white pepper, but this is how my mom made potatoes, and I continue to use it.  But it really should be used sparingly because it is some potent stuff.  Too much and you’ll definitely know it.

Add some green beans (from Trader Joe’s also) and here’s our delicious dinner.

And what’s dinner without a little dessert.  I have some fresh strawberries and couldn’t help but indulge in them.  Plus, they’re beautiful and bright red (one of my favorite colors)!

Bon Appetite!

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