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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

For Pete's Steak!

Today was a busy day, I have what seems to be an infinite amount of laundry to do. I think we need to go through all of our clothes and get rid of some, because for serious, there are like 15 loads of laundry that need doing and I am NOT out of underwear. I think, clearly, I have too many clothes. Also I got into researching some authentic dishes for Chinese New Year tomorrow and my mind was not on planning for tonight.

I made some Salisbury Steak, mix 1 pound of ground beef with minced onion, garlic, parsley, a wee bit of oatmeal, and 1 egg. Mix together well and separate into 4-5 patties. I put mine in a pan and browned them, then put them in another pan in the oven to finish cooking. Meanwhile I deglazed the frying pan with a bit of red wine and scraped up all of the nice brown flavorful bits on the bottom. Then I whisked in some flour and got sort of a roux going, after that I added a few shakes of worcestershire sauce and then thinned the roux out with some vegetable broth. I cooked it until it started to thicken, then I poured the sauce over the steaks in the oven and let them cook at 300 while I mashed the potatoes and steamed the broccoli.

This is only the second time that I have ever made salisbury steak and my Mom only made it once in a great while. I really have fond memories of salisbury steak from my elementary school cafeteria of all places! It was always served with instant mashed potatoes, mixed veggies and a big fluffy white roll. I adored it. No idea why.

Last night I made a "fondue" called Double Berry Riesling. It involved pureeing and then straining through a sieve 1 pt. of blueberries, 12 oz. of strawberries. I mixed the strained puree with 1/2 C of Riesling and 1/2 C of sugar. Then after that was heated and mixed up you add 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice mixed with a teaspoon of cornstarch. I am not sure it is a true fondue but it is the BEST ice cream topping I've ever had! Lovely, sweet and fruity!


  1. That 'fondue' sounds amazing! Will def. Try soon. So, what r u making 4 the new year?

  2. Sounds SO GOOD. I've never had real Salisbury steak, I'll have to try this!
    And the fondue? Leave out the cornstarch and use frozen berries and you have my kind of smoothie! ;)

  3. A riesling smoothie! Ha! It was deelish I have to tell you. The recipe called for raspberries and blueberries, but I only had strawberries and it was great. You are supposed to dunk pieces of pound cake in it or cookies, but I poured it over my chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream and it was awesome!

    I *think* I am making long life noodles (vegan) and some steamed dumplings (not vegetarian) and then maybe some egg drop soup (vegetarian though not vegan).

    But here's the thing I feel pretty lousy today and I am going to try to make an appointment with my doctor tomorrow and also the older kid has basketball practice, so I may back up and punt and make veggie fried rice.