Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dreaming of My Next Recipe

This first week of recovering from having my wisdom teeth pulled has been difficult. The extraction was easy enough. I thought it was going to be much worse with the bottom teeth impacted into the bone, but it went smoothly. The rough part...the soft food diet and the antibiotics. Since Saturday I have pretty much survived on yogurt, pudding, and mashed potatoes and all I can seem to think about is when I'm going to be healed enough to make my next real dinner. I have decided that when all is said and done, I'm going to make some steak, and I'm going to use the recipe below. I already have the steaks in the freezer, and if they give me that come hither stare one more time I swear I'll eat them raw in their vacuum sealed pack. But I'll try to refrain :)

  • Two 6 oz. filet mignon steaks
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh chives, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. cognac
  • 2 Tbsp. sherry
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a heavy skillet; add mustard and shallots. Sauté over medium heat for 1 minute. Add steaks and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare doneness. Remove steaks to serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Flame pan with cognac (or simmer for 2 minutes), and reduce heat. Add into pan 1 Tbsp. butter, sherry, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and chives. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour sauce over steaks and sprinkle with parsley to garnish.

Monday, May 11, 2009

3 pulled teeth= unhappy foodie

Good Monday morning foodies. I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day, and an overall better weekend than I had. Unfortunately, my weekend involved an emergency visit to the dentist on Saturday that resulted in me getting my last three wisdom teeth pulled. Not a good time, but rather necessary. The procedure it's self went smoothly, and that's coming from someone who is terrified beyond all reason of needles.
Thing that really sucked about getting teeth pulled this weekend...I couldn't partake in my Mom's Mother's Day feast. I prepared Maine Tails, New York Strip steaks and twice baked potatoes, but I could only eat the potato. For dessert, Mom wanted the peanut butter cup cookie cake, so I couldn't have any of that either. Oh well. On the upside, we did still have some chocolate lava cakes in the freezer that when microwaved have the perfect consistency for someone who just had an extraction. That is some real comfort food right there.
I think I'm going to order some sorbet and soup to have on hand for the next few days while my face goes back down to normal size, and when this is all healed and over I'm going to order some massive cowboy rib chops. Nothing like 22 oz of prime steak to celebrate being able to eat again. I can't wait! Until that time, I see a LOT of jello in my future.