Friday, April 27, 2012

Nate & Jenny's Steakhouse

Tonight we practiced dinner preparations for our hot new restaurant! But first . . .

Jen (Week 26)

This week Jen officially entered week 26 of her pregnancy. It's to the point now where cashiers at stores feel compelled to ask her about being pregnant and when she's due. It's lucky for them that she is pregnant or else that would make the rest of the checkout process mighty awkward.

Iceberg Lettuce

According to one of the produce size charts I subscribe to that means she is housing two heads of iceberg lettuce. While I was happy to learn the progress of the babies I was a little disappointed in that iceberg lettuce is one of the more boring vegetables I've ever encountered.

However, when life give you boring lemons, you make boring lemonade!

Steakhouse Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

I picked up some blue cheese and made this classic wedge salad with a chunk of iceberg lettuce, bacon, red onion, more of mom's chives, and a creamy dressing made blue cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, pepper, and Worchestershire sauce.

Brand New Weber Grill

We recently purchased a new grill. It's a Weber, which I've always wanted. I assembled it this afternoon. Just look at that grill surface, so pristine, untouched by the endless years of meats and vegetables which will be charred on its surface.

Grilled Ribeye with Spicy Fried Onions and Mashed Potato

Even though it was in the 30's this evening I decided to give the grill its inaugural use with a nice big ribeye steak. This also kept nicely with the steakhouse theme set up in the previous course.

Garlic and Bacon Fat Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

As an accompaniment for the ribeye I made some mashed potatoes and also sauteed some broccoli rabe with garlic and olive oil.

Spicy Fried Onions

I also made these spicy fried onions. We used to make these at a restaurant I worked at years ago and I hadn't thought of them in a long time until I spent an unusual amount of time thinking about steakhouses this afternoon. What you do to make them is cut up some onion, cover them in an obscene amount of hot sauce to marinate them for at least a few hours, then drain them, toss them in flour, and fry them in oil.

Founders KBS

For beer tonight I decided to go big. Sure, I was grilling, but a lighty summery beer would not quite have worked tonight since it was freezing cold. That's why I went with this KBS from Founders Brewing Co.

This is widely considered to be one of the best beers made at the moment and it's extremely hard to get.

After having it I can understand the hype. This beer was phenomenal. It was sort of an accident but it accompanied the meal beautifully. It blended well with the creamy blue cheese, the bitter rabe, and the tender steak. Every sip was like pure joy. Jen had her obligatory sip and even admitted that it was tasty, though she wouldn't want to drink a whole glass.

It was so good that after dinner I just sat there and drank the rest in silence, while Jen read her book. I just drank it and thought about it and I was sad when it was gone. Sure, one one hand I have seven more bottles but on the other hand I only have seven more bottles! What am I going to do?

Jen at Longford's

After dinner we drove to Longford's (because it was too cold to walk) and got ourselves some ice cream cones. It was an enjoyable evening. While the babies are kicking so much that we can actually watch Jen's belly move, they are still inside which means we are milking the last moments of our childless life for everything they are worth. Tomorrow we'll probably sleep until 9:00 AM.

It's only a matter of time before I am writing a blog entry about having boxed macaroni and cheese, Coors Light, and a Jell-O Pudding Pop before falling asleep on the couch and waking up at 4:00 AM to change diapers.

And you thought the blog was boring now!

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