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Kristin - how was dinner Friday night? (nm)(9 posts)

Kristin - how was dinner Friday night? (nm)sacheson
Mar 31, 2003 6:52 AM
Mar 31, 2003 9:03 AM
Hmmmm...did you wonder about this all weekend? I guess bragging about my steak dinner to a bunch of guys who can only eat fish and steamed veggies, isn't fair. Dinner was not great, but good.

The 'shrooms I cooked in some juices from the steak and about 1/2 cup of week old reisling. (You can guess I don't cook with wines very often.) The reisling was a little tart by now and the result was a tangy, fruity mushroom. It was an interesting flavor. And I made mashed pototo using some of the steak drippings, butter and milk. I love not being on a diet!!

The steaks. I decided to go au'naturaul under the broiler, since the grill was buried under bike stuff. Salt, pepper and olive oil. How do you make your steaks tender? Mine always seem a little tough. (Of course I'm comparing them to a 3 pound steak grilled over a firepit--which I partake of every summer while camping.)
Mar 31, 2003 9:16 AM
I think the cut is very important with the tenderness. I usually go for the T-Bone and look for the nice marbling (mmmm ... fat ...). Being an Iowa to Colorado transplant, I find myself a) suffering through crappy beef most of the year and b) stocking up on as much beef as we can carry when we do visit the midwest.

I think my dad used to make steaks more tender by soaking them in RC cola ... but I don't know if that's even available anymore.

And yeah ... I was drooling over your Friday night dinner when I was eating my sunfish. But don't kid yourself. There's that one day a week I go nuts ... it's just that my night to go nuts this week was a nachos and beer happy hour on Thursday.
Mar 31, 2003 9:23 AM
yes, available...hard to find though..and moonpies are great with RC!
where from in Iowa?ColnagoFE
Mar 31, 2003 9:37 AM
I grew up on Lake Okoboji...little town called Wahpeton in Northest Iowa. RC cola is made in KC. Think it's still available and it tastes better than Pepsi or Coke, but the big 2 soft drink manufacturers have all but removed it from supermarket shelves. Sunfish? Did you catch that? Not much meat on those bones--never seen one weigh over 1/4 pound...not even sure you could fillet one if it's what I'm thinking of.
W Des Moines ...sacheson
Mar 31, 2003 9:51 AM
Don't know Wahpeton, but I do know Okoboji. Very cool place. I wasn't part of the cool crowd though, our family Summer holidays were in Clear Lake, if you know where that is. I've only had the opportunity to visit Okoboji once or twice.

We had a thread Friday about dinner. I was having Talapia - a South American sunfish if you aren't familiar (I wasn't before a month ago!) - and she was asking for steak recipes.

Anyway, are you still in Iowa?
Oh......tilapia. didn't realize that was a sunfishColnagoFE
Mar 31, 2003 10:54 AM
I eat Tilapia all the time. Real mellow tasting. The kids love it. I was picturing the sunfish you catch on Okoboji...little bitty things. Crappies were always better as far as panfish went. Bluegills OK too if you got a big one. I'm in Boulder, CO now, but visit every so often. Okoboji has changed a lot and I'm not sure for the better. And Wahpeton is located in Emerson bay...near Crescent Beach resort if you know where that is. Not a bad place to grow up if you have to be from Iowa. ;)
Funny ...sacheson
Mar 31, 2003 11:18 AM
... I'm in Parker ... and recently moved there after an 8 year stint in the Fort.
you cooked a steak in Reisling?ColnagoFE
Mar 31, 2003 9:34 AM
Travesty! Just kiddin ya...a good Cabernet, Zin, or Port (or at least a RED wine) would have tasted a good deal better IMO. By the way...the Mahi Mahi I had for dinner that night was bland and uneventful. Served with unadorned steamed broccoli. zzzzzzzzzz.....I do tend to have a lean steak once a week though. Nothing wrong with a steak on a diet as long as it's not a fatty cut and that you only eat 6-8 oz. or so max.