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 Post subject: Re: _______, it's what's for dinner.
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:15 pm 
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So I'd actually PM'd this to Ensiferous but I figured the rest of y'all might find it useful as well. Here's how to cook that last meal I made, it's ridiculously easy and makes a good meal to whip up for a special date night. Seriously, if you can turn on an oven, a stove, and a food processor, you can make this.

Set the oven to 425, put a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop at medium-high heat with a little olive oil in it, and make the ceasar salad dressing (recipe below) while both heat. When the skillet is ready (oil should be just beginning to smoke) Sear the filets 2-3 minutes per side over medium-high heat then ten minutes at 425 for half-pound filets cooked to medium-rarish, seasoned with a pinch of kosher salt and some fresh-ground black pepper before. If you can find it, old-fashioned pepper-cured bacon really makes this amazing special. Remove the steaks from the pan and let rest while you make the garlic bread. Tablespoon each butter and olive oil melted in the microwave for 30 seconds, 2 cloves minced garlic, split evenly between two largish pieces of garlic bread. Broil on high for 30-90 seconds, or until browned to your preference. Toss the diced hearts of romaine with your preferred ceasar salad dressing, pour the wine, plate, and serve.

Ceasar salad dressing I use is:
3/4 cup mayo
3 cloves garlic
5 flat anchovies
2 tbs parm (not the pregrated kind from the canister)
1 tbs fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcester
3/4 tsp (3 pinches) kosher salt
~1/4 tsp (1 pinch) fresh-ground black pepper

Blend in food processor until preferred consistency, taste and adjust ingredients accordingly. Toss with the coarsely-chopped hearts of romaine, add some thick parm flakes on top and maybe some fresh croutons if you like (I usually don't with garlic bread) and enjoy


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:47 pm 
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Little teaser here with 14 hours in the slow cooker ahead: 2 lbs ground american buffalo, 2 lbs ground elk, and 2 lbs ground venison, red, green, yellow, and poblano peppers, half-dozen + dried peppers, white onions, celery, grated carrots, american lager, 15 types of beans, three types of heirloom tomato, home-cured fatback, and 25-30 other spices . . . 'tis the season for chili.


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That sounds awesome. Made even more awesome by the fact that all I've had for the past month is dining hall food...

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^^ That does sound awesome. The depth of flavor must be fantastic.


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Not the prettiest presentation and you're missing out on the wonderful smell and taste, but here's the finished product. The beer comes through nicely and makes a nice base with the gaminess of the venison for the spices and vegetables.

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Lamb kofka with naan and tzatziki sauce. 15 minutes prep time this afternoon, let the flavors come together in the fridge, 15 minutes of cook time:

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^ You're killin' me here Reuben. (With serious appetite intensification.)

Is the tzatziki & cukes a sour cream or yogurt base?


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Ensiferous wrote:
^ You're killin' me here Reuben. (With serious appetite intensification.)

Is the tzatziki & cukes a sour cream or yogurt base?
Greek yogurt base, of course. Great source of extra protein and I love the flavor.


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Reuben - You are killing me. I am embarrassed to show you the things that I eat now. I have got to get my act together.

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If you think that's bad OCBD, I'll start taking pics of my dorm room ramen.

Reuben- the lamb kafka looks amazing. Reminds me I need to hit up the mediterranean place soon and get a gyro.

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Heck guys, I whip up a yogurt dip (cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and greek yogurt, coarsely chopped, mixed, and allowed to rest), stick some meatballs on a skewer (lamb, spice blend, parsley, and a diced small red onion) and serve them on a toasted flatbread and you'd think I was Alton Brown. Actually, that sounds about right for Mr. Brown, UGA alum and master of scientific and improvisational cooking . . . If any of y'all make it to Athens, let me know and I'll cook up a fantastic wild game dinner. I've still got a dozen or so quail in the freezer, about twenty pounds of venison in various forms (NerdyK, you want any?) and a couple bison chops begging to be turned into pot roast.

Anyway, if it makes y'all feel better I subsisted on peanut butter sandwiches and post-run recovery shakes today. Though the peanut butter was homemade, the bread was a fantastic whole-grain from the bakery a block away, and the apple butter on the sandwich was something whipped up this weekend in the slow cooker . . .


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Mmmm, Pan-seared salmon on a bed of black lentils with a corn-fava bean saute and a sliced radish garnish:

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Add a pint of Ben & Jerry's to that, I may or may not be eating away our SEC championship hopes


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Pan-seared porkbelly tacos with fresh pico de gallo:

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So if there's ever a Curriculum meetup, we're going to Reuben's for dinner.


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