Posts made in August 8th, 2012
Earlier this year, my family went in on a whole grass-fed cow. Yes, a whole cow. As in, we bought one. Well, technically, we bought the meat of one. My two sisters’ families got a share, my parents got a share, and we got a share. So, in the end, we bought a quarter of a cow each.
It never really sunk in for me just how much 25% of a half ton animal is. Especially because my parents volunteered to store the vast majority of our share until we moved. It wasn’t until last week, when my parents moved out (and took their 1/4 of a cow with them) that I realized I had an insane amount of cow to eat. As in, our chest freezer is full. So is the freezer on top of our fridge.
So, needless to say, we’ve been eating a lot of beef lately. A lot of it. And we’ve been particularly loving grilled steaks. They are so easy and come together so quickly! And the quality of our 1/4 cow is so remarkable (seriously, if you ever have a chance to get a share of a local, grass-fed cow, I highly recommend it) that it makes a simple grilled steak an amazing experience.
There are a lot of side-dishes that go well with steak, but there is something so iconic about steak and mushrooms. And steak isn’t a steak without a nice glass of red wine. So I figured, why not combine ‘em all?
These mushrooms take a while to cook, but the hours they spend simmering in the combo of beef broth and red wine makes them sweet, carmelized and so rich with flavor that it’s totally worth the time. Oh, and want your house to smell incredible? Stick a dutch oven with mushrooms, onion, garlic and red wine simmering on your stove for the afternoon. Ah-maze-ing.
I also love the color of these mushrooms. They turn so deep, dark and purple, which I think is such a fun hue for a veggie side dish. I served them on a plate with sliced steak and mashed cauliflower, but I think they’d look beautiful next to a pile of bright steamed green beans. I love beautiful plates!
With delicious meals like this, we might get through all that beef quicker than I thought. But even so, I’ll take any of your favorite beef recipes. Help a girl out, pretty please?
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Makes: 4 servings
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 large onion, sliced thinly
- 1 pound button mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 cups red drinking wine
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat until butter is melted.
- Add in garlic and onions. Saute until just soft, about 4 minutes.
- Add in all remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until all the liquid has been absorbed, about two hours.
Have you ever done a share of a cow or hog? How’d you get through all that meat?
Do your eating habits change when you get busy? How about when you are stressed? I think it’s so interesting how people react differently to busy schedules. When I get crazy busy, I actually tend to forget to eat. And even beyond that, I totally miss my hunger cues. I don’t even realize I’m hungry until I break away to do something else (let Puppyface out, go to the bathroom, etc.). Only then do I realize I’m actually famished. I have a total mental block while I’m working, but as soon as the seal is broken, the hangry monster shows up.
I was crazy busy this past Monday (my Teux Deux list was packed) and I pretty much spaced eating. If it wasn’t for Babyface, I probably would have just nibbled all day until dinner. But husband to the rescue, so I at least got three solid meals in! And by the time I clocked out and was ready for dinner, I was starving! So I gave myself a nice big serving of yumminess for dinner.
- Breakfast: I started working way before dawn (after two cups of fully-leaded caffeinated coffee). I was totally in the zone and forgot about breakfast, but Babyface delivered this meal to me at my desk. He’s a good one, right? English muffin with two eggs, a slice of turkey and some cheese. Plus some plain Greek yogurt and some fruit on the side.
- Lunch: We got to around 2pm before either of us realized we should probably eat some lunch (Babyface was busy unpacking boxes and setting up our new office). I peeled myself away from my computer to make a new version of shrimp ‘n’ grits. It was very, very tasty! Recipe coming at you later this week.
- Dinner: Baked salmon with a giant pile of peach salsa and some farm stand green beans.