Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Valentine's Day First

Hi Kids! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! The Husband and I actually don't celebrate it. No cards and no flowers. We just think it's a little cliche and it's not really our style. I enjoy sending Valentines to my girl friends and family but that's about it. We did however, capitalize on having an nice dinner at home.

Monday night, I found some nice New York Strips at the grocery, along with some organic wild mushroom ravioli and some great looking asparagus. I usually cook steaks in my Staub grill pan but this time, I wanted to try something a little different. I've always heard of cooking steaks in the oven but I had never tried it. With the assistance of the internet (where were we before it?) and google (again, same question), I stumbled upon an amazing site offering a step by step recipe for cooking steaks in the oven. Excellent! So, I saved the steaks until last because the cooking time was actually very short. I washed and dried the asparagus, put them on a baking sheet, coated them with olive oil, salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Normally, I would have created bundles with the asparagus and tied them with a slice of bacon but since The Husband and I are watching our waistlines, I opted for the healthy route and eliminated the bacon (sad face). After preparing the asparagus, I popped them in the broiler to get them nice and crispy. In the meantime, I started boiling the water for the ravioli. The ravioli was a sinch because all I had to do was boil them and drain. Presto!

Then it was time for the steaks. After confirming they were at room temperature, it was time to season them. I brushed them with garlic infused olive oil (from Roswell Provisions...see post here), celtic sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I followed the directions precisely, timing each segment as instructed. I must admit, the oven to stovetop back to oven method was a little scary but the outcome was SO worth it. Two beautifully cooked steaks, both at the perfect temperature. Read the recipe and directions here.

By the time The Husband got home, dinner was ready and it was time to indulge. We popped open a delicious bottle of cabernet and just before he took his first bite, I remembered to snap a picture...

I apologize for the poor quality and lack of presentation.
It was literally snapped so quickly because there's nothing
worse than eating a cold dinner!

I wish I would have had more time for pictures as I was cooking but time was of the essence. Maybe next time...

For dessert, I made my sweetie some traditional sugar cookies...his favorite.
If you've never tried this oven to stovetop to oven method of cooking steaks, I encourage you to try it. i bet you will love it! A BIG shout out to The Kitchn (yes, that's how it is spelled) for the recipe. Thank you! The Kitchn is my new favorite website by the way. Check them out on FaceBook too!

There you have it! Our not-so-Valentine's Day dinner. What did you do?

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