Because I've been asked, yes, I cook dinner every night. Friday night is always pasta in red sauce, Saturday night can be soup or stew with bread, or grinders, or tacos, or even quiche. Sunday night is always turkey breast. I make bread 4 to 5 nights per week, and dessert every Sunday through Thursday. Some 15 or more years ago, my husband criticized the fact that I didn't serve dessert every night like his mother did (and that was the only thing that he ever said was great about his mother's cooking, so I'm not whining because I feel so inferior to my mother in law - I don't). So it's his fault if any of you out there are claiming that my dessert recipes are causing your clothing sizes to increase!
Anyway, I needed something interesting to do with steak last night. Yes, it's my sacreligious statement that "Steak is Boring!" This came from James Beard, although I think he was looking for pan braising of the steaks. Of course, I don't follow directions well, so here's my take on the whole thing.
STEAK WITH MILANESE WHITE WINE SAUCE
4 pounds steak, cut in 3/4" wide strips
5 tbsp butter
1/2 cups minced leeks or shallots
2 cups beef broth
3/4 cup white wine
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp cornstarch
On the stovetop, melt the butter in the bottom only of a broiler pan. Add the leeks and saute until soft. Arrange the steak strips on top of the leeks, and broil for 3 minutes. Turn the strips over and broil the other side for 2 minutes. Remove the steak strips from the broiler pan to a plate, and cover to keep warm. Put the broiler pan back on the stovetop, and whisk the cornstarch in with the butter, pan drippings and leeks. Whisk in the beef broth, lemon juice and wine, and cook until thickened and somewhat clear. Return the steak strips to the pan, along with any juices which have dripped onto the plate, and put it back under the broiler for a minute to reheat the meat. Serve with rice and a green veggie. This fed 8 of us, so you might want to cut back a little on my ingredient list.
And aren't my Christmas plates great? The week after Christmas 1989, when I was in Eckerd Drug to pick something up, I saw sets consisting of 4 each plate, cup and saucer on clearance for $4 per service. There were 3 sets left, so I snagged them all for $12. 19 years later, 11 plates survive. Luck is with me! (And, no, I don't think I'd have spent more than one dollar per plate to be used for 5 weeks per year; I just couldn't make myself do that!)
Tomorrow: Thor's annual shopping trip!