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not such rave reviews…

Last night was filled with great company. It started with a trip to a fairly new restaurant in the area! Once there we were seated and the night began… Menus arrived, drinks were poured and the catching up ensued!
The many possibilities made it even more difficult to make a decision, but that’s what had to be done. Everyone placed their orders… appetizers and then entrees.
The appetizers seemed to be on the decent side; tasty and nicely portioned… dinner then arrived and that is unfortunately were things quickly went downhill. Three of us ordered filet mignon wrapped in prosciutto and topped with a creamy gorgonzola, however two came out incorrect. The waiter appeared to quickly address the discrepancy. The plates were removed and apologies given… roughly ten minutes later out came the ‘corrected’ dishes. Upon this glance, the prosciutto was missing and the side of veggies and mashed potatoes were pathetic! Again this had to be brought to the waiters attention and rectified… at this point appetites were being lost! Finally the dishes came out, but presentation of the dishes were completely lacking. The prosciutto was not crispy and everything on the dish appeared to be an afterthought… the waiter, although polite, seemed to be losing his patience and his sense of irritation began to appear. This was not the appropriate response on his part, but he definitely got the hint!
All in all, the experience was a sore one, however the company is always what makes a meal in my opinion and that made the night special.
I am looking forward to cooking an exciting dish tomorrow night so stay tuned!

***due to the unappealing food presentation, the pictures I took are not making way in this post***

at a low simmer…
-R

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another meat and potatoes meal…

Tonight for dinner I made pan-seared filet mignon with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes.
The filet mignon was simply seasoned with salt and pepper. Each piece was placed into a searing hot pan coated with some olive oil. Roughly three minutes on each side and then it was into the oven for eight more minutes. Once out of the oven the filet mignon rested to gather all the delicious juices.
To go along with the filet mignon, roasted fingerling potatoes. Just a quick toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, then it was into the oven until browned and crunchy!
The juicy, meaty filet mignon oozed sensuous flavors, while the fingerling potatoes eagerly soaked up every last drizzle of meaty nectar that tried to make a run for it across the plate!
There are not enough descriptive words to explain how this dish hit the spot, but I think you get the idea…

at a low simmer…
-R

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slowly getting back into gear…

After an absolutely exhausting week following the storm, tonight I’m finally cooking up a real meal! Luckily, since we have a generator, I was able to move one whole refrigerator and freezer worth of food to my backup in the basement when we lost power last week.
So for our first Sunday dinner since the storm hit, we are having filet mignon across a dressed up radicchio salad. Yes it might seem minimal, but this past week, and weekend has been extremely tiring… I could only muster up the strength to prepare a light dish. As I always say though, simple can always be delicious!
Served with a beautiful, crisp Sauvignon Blanc and we were in business. Hopefully I will be able to get to the market and do a serious run there and pick up fresh veggies, herbs, etc this coming week! For now I hope you still are inspired by and enjoy what you see…

at a low simmer…
-R

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a perfect reason for a glass of vino…

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than outside amongst the sun and birds relaxing by our pool with a crisp, refreshing glass of wine…
Plump, gorgeous red seedless grapes are the perfect seductive accompaniment to the zip of the light and fruity wine…
As I sit, I’m left to ponder what delightful dish should come out of the kitchen this evening… it almost feels like it should be something hearty and homey… perhaps some gorgeous, thick filet mignon accessorized with fresh greens or a puddle of yukon gold mash? Hmmm or perhaps both…
To be able to pass the hours along with not a care in the world is just what everyone should be able to do on a weekend!

at a low simmer…
-R

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surfboard optional…

So tonight I decided to prep up a surf n’ turf of some beautiful filet mignon and jumbo shrimp for dinner… minus the lobster!
Just some simple salt and pepper for the filet mignon, in addition to a screaming hot grill. As for the shrimp… minced garlic, crushed red pepper, old bay and olive oil.
The filet mignon was perfectly cooked and seasoned with gorgeous grill marks, while the shrimps were succulent and full of flavor! As a side, a fresh crisp salad tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette.
Each bite of the filet mignon was like butter and each shrimp… well reminiscent of a swim in the crisp blue ocean waters!
Speaking of crisp blue waters, maybe it’s time to jump in the pool…

at a low simmer…
-R

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dinner in the [porter] house!

So after a grueling day of laying around by the pool, it was that time again… dinner!
Tonight was a special night of grilling and the star of the show was a gorgeous, thick porterhouse steak. The porterhouse is cut from the rear end of the short loin, and are made up of a strip steak and filet mignon. To not strip away from its meaty goodness, this super cut of meat was dressed only with kosher salt and some fresh pepper [not usually my go-to] and grilled to perfection.
As a side, the market had some beautiful fresh corn. So seasoned with my very own homemade garlic oil, freshly grated pecorino romano and some spicy stuff [shhhh it’s a secret] and these little gems were tossed onto the grill in some aluminum foil till tender!
After grilling the steak, it took a ten minute nap and then onto the plate with its date for the evening. Juicy and succulent with the perfect grill marks, while the corn was sweet, briny and a touch spicy!
Wonder what tomorrow will bring… probably no grilling since rain is in the forecast… sigh… Well I’m sure it will be tasty!

at a low simmer…
-R

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