Monthly Archives: December 2012
The classic dinner, strip steak, a lobster tail and roasted asparagus with a nice salad. The ramekin has melted butter spiked with lemon juice for dipping the seafood, and it’s damn good on the asparagus, too.
I steamed the lobster tails, and pan grilled the steaks in my 12 inch cast iron skillet that was smoking hot before dropping the meat in. They went 4:30 per side, the first side at high heat, and then medium for the other. I set the steaks aside to rest and then dropped the lobster into the already hot steamer and fired the broiler for the veggies. They took just under ten minutes to finish. The asparagus was tossed with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt beforehand.
My local Kroger store has started stocking San Marzano tomatoes and I bought a few cans the last trip we made. In a hurry this evening for a dinner, I opened a can, chopped the tomatoes a little, and cooked them and their juice with a few florets of broccoli, some bell peppers, and half an onion. With a little dried basil and two cloves of garlic the sauce cooked only long enough to cook the broccoli and was served over angel hair pasta. Wasn’t bad! I baked a few chicken tenders in the toaster oven with a little mozzarella on them to serve with it. That big bag of frozen breaded chicken tenders has been a lifesaver more than once.
I bought a jar of hot, Chicago style giardiniera a while back and started to run low so I’ve been adding jalapenos, olives, pepperoncini, and some giardiniera from another jar, along with more olive oil. The other jar is preserved in a more traditional manner with brine, I rinse the veggies in fresh water and chop them up a little because the pieces are too big for a sandwich topping like this. I wondered if onions would be good in there but haven’t added any yet.