Okay, Kav, I know this post isn't for you. But I still love you, tofu and all.
So my guys were gone this weekend. That meant I finally removed all traces of Christmas, watched a lot of Food Network and HGTV and napped through half of the Green Bay/Seattle game.
Yes, I should have gotten some writing in, too, but since I got my proposal for book four in on deadline and my copy edits in a week before they were due, I decided I was allowed to be a little lazy. (I don't think that word even exists in Ruthy's vocabulary, which always makes me feel like such a schlep.)
Nonetheless, it was a good weekend. And I got to eat whatever I wanted.
The first night, I had brie stuffed mushrooms, but I forgot to take pictures (except for this one I texted a friend to make her jealous), so I will have to share that recipe with you later.
But it was SOOOOOO good.
The next night, I wanted beef. Steak to be exact.
Partly because I had this great new salt I wanted to try.
There's this great little spice and tea shop in downtown Grapevine. My son and I go in there and sniff all kinds of things. It's a very interesting experience.
Over the Christmas holiday, we discovered all of these different sea salts. Hickory Smoked, Chipotle, Cocoa (yes, cocoa) and this Applewood Smoked, just to name a few.
He and I both drooled over this one. But, we had yet to try so, while the kitten was away...
I decided to keep it very simple, because I wanted to see if I could taste the smoky flavor in the salt.
So I added about a tablespoon of butter to a pan and let it melt over medium-high heat.
I seasoned the meat with the Applewood Smoked Sea Salt and a little bit of pepper.
Then placed it in the hot skillet and cooked for five minutes.
After five minutes, I turned it over for another four minutes.
I like my meat medium (pink in the middle), so if you prefer medium-well, you'd want to add another minute or two.
Throw in a salad and that's my kinda meal.
And as I'm typing this, I'm thinking let's go again.
Yes, I do love me some beef.
But about the salt. Yes, it added a wonderful flavor to the beef, though I can't say I really tasted any smoke flavor. Perhaps a tiny bit, but the meat wasn't infused with a heavy smokiness.
It does make me eager to take another trip to the spice shop, though. They have some incredible seasoning blends. Not to mention the sea salts. I'm thinking that Chipotle Sea Salt would be awesome mixed in some brownies. Or sprinkled atop some dark chocolate whatever.
What's your favorite dinner for one?