September 11, 2012
On my birthday, we weren’t able to get sushi at my favorite sushi place because of a street festival and a Bruce Springsteen concert that rendered our neighborhood a parking lot.
So we drove toward another place only to say, “Fuck it, let’s just go to the next place that looks okay.”
We settled on Fountainhead, which is a bar with food that people have bragged to us about. We ordered two appetizers that were so heavy and rich, that I wanted desperately not to eat an entrée to avoid feeling any worse than we did.
This is all to say that I regret not going home, cooking, and going to a favorite place rather than have a shitty experience on my birthday. I also like cooking for us, because I control what goes in the food.
Rather than suffer through the sodium-heavy serving at a restaurant, I’d much rather do my own salting and seasoning.
Last night, I made a meal that was quick, easy, and tasted a helluva lot better than Fountainhead. It was crispy chicken thighs with cauliflower and cilantro found in Real Simple magazine.
Plus I get to take my own photos of the meal.
December 12, 2010
Tina’s birthday is next Sunday, and she expressed that she wanted to go out to eat. So Friday I said, “Because I’d like to cook you something special, choose anything and I’ll make it for you.”
I was in the mood to cook. Of course Tina had her stomach set on a steak and asparagus. She asked specifically for dry-aged steak that we buy at our local Whole Foods. I chose ribeye because that’s our favorite dry-aged variety.
It’ll run you $20 to $25 a pound, but for special occasions, this is definitely splurge worthy.
I refused to oven cook a dry-aged steak, so I braved the weather and grilled. If you’ve never tried a dry-aged steak, give it a whirl. Your stomach, and the stomachs around you will thank you.
I’ll throw the next recipe under the fold. It’s “Gnocchi, Cauliflower and Gorgonzola Gratin.” It’s from the cookbook America’s Test Kitchen 30-minute Suppers “Winter Comfort” edition. This is a must make. The book is a must buy. I’m not kidding. This recipe is so warm and comforting, you’re a failure every second you don’t make this dinner. Here’s the photo:
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