Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's for Dinner Wednesday~

This yummy recipe actually comes from a book, Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  The book contains many short stories that involve gatherings for all occasions and usually revolving around food.  Many of the recipes are gluten free, or easy to adapt.

Steak au Poivre with Cognac Pan Sauce
adapted from The Chopping Block

6 steaks, 5 to 6 ounces each (filet mignon, New York strip, or rib eye) We used ribeyes.
1/4 C whole black peppercorns
Sea Salt
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS butter

For the sauce:
2 shallots, sliced
1/2 C cognac or brandy (we used brandy as we had it on hand)
2 TBS Dijon
1 C chicken stock or broth
1 C half and half


Let steaks sit at room temperature on a towel for about 30 minutes to draw out moisture.

Crack peppercorns using a cast-iron skillet. Salt both sides of the steaks and then press in cracked peppercorns generously on both sides. (we have a peppermate grinder we use)

Heat the cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and one tablespoon of butter.  When the butter is melted, add the steaks and cook on first side until there's a dark sear, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the steaks, add remaining butter, and cook to desired doneness-2 minutes for rare.

Remove steaks from the pan.  Cover and let rest while you prepare the pan sauce.

Lower heat to medium, then add sliced shallots and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes.

Deglaze by adding cognac or brandy and scraping up the browned bits from the pan.  Whisk in Dijon, chicken stock, and cream.

Turn to high heat and boil until reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.

Serve steaks drizzled with sauce.

It was suggested to serve with broccoli and we had some on hand.  It was delicious with a bit of the sauce poured over it as well.


Monday, November 17, 2014

The Weekend and A Movie Recommendation~

All, I had a wonderful time with my #2 out in Texas for her sorority's mom's weekend.  On Saturday, they brought together the group (in two shifts as they are quite large) to paint together.  Let's just say, get 100 or so ladies in one room to paint the same thing, and you will get 100 or so versions of said thing. This time it was sunflowers.

Love this one's bright smile!

Suited up and ready to paint.  Don't want to ruin our cute Mom's Weekend t-shirts!!

The finished products!  You didn't want to see the process...CRAZY!!  Let's just say, the artist in charge was moving way faster than the rest of us.

They will be fun keepsakes to remember our weekend.  And, we are already planning to try our hand at something else along with her sister during the holidays.

While in Texas,  she and I also had the chance to see the movie Saving Christmas.  I highly recommend seeing it.  I know many of us are overwhelmed this time of year with all that has to get done, and sometimes we feel we have lost the true meaning of Christmas.  The movie makes a great connection between our modern day traditions and what Christmas is all about in God's eye.  I will say, we were wondering where the movie was going in the beginning as it looked like a really bad home movie, but stick with it, trust me, it will all make sense in the end. I loved the symbolism in the movie.  I will look at many different aspects of our modern day Christmas with new eyes, and a different perspective.

It is only playing in 400 theaters across the U.S., so you will want to google locations to see if it is playing in a theater near you.

We are expecting the artic chill to get here tomorrow.  High is only going to be in the 20-30s!  Oh, but it will be back to the 60s next week.  Cough, cough...sneeze, sneeze. Ugh!!

Have a blessed week everyone!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014