|MY VERSION OF STEAK AND FRIES|
I read the recipe for the pepper steak and it did not click with me. It is the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the kiddies are with me helping to get ready for Easter, it is a beautiful day at 87^, and we are cooking inside but want to be outside...so I compromised. Next weekend, the pepper steak weekend, I have my 4 kiddies for 3 or 4 days and I really doubt I’ll be cooking my kind of food, so I need make the pepper steak dinner and get it ready to post while I can.
|DECORATING THE EASTER TREE|
My day is busy...we cut down a dead tree to “plant” and decorate for our Easter Tree...just for fun.
|PREPARING FOR THE EASTER EGG HUNT--HUBBY IN BACKGROUND SNEAKING PEEPS|
|PREPARATION FOR NESTS|
|THE PEEPS ARE TENDING THEIR EGGS|
Then we made crispy/marshmallow nests, colored “grass”, and added “eggs” and mother peeps...amazing these were put together with all the tasting. This was hard work for the kiddies...mostly hard just not to eat them all.
|PEACOCK IS ALREADY A GOOD BAKER|
|TURKEY PAINTS PERFECTLY|
|AND ENSURES THE PROPER AMOUNT OF SPRINKLES|
|EASTER CARROT CUPCAKES|
|BLUEBERRY-LEMON CURD CUPCAKES|
|AS OUR OFFICIAL TASTER, HONEY REQUIRED A MAJOR CLEAN-UP IN HER KIDDIE POOL|
So, while the kiddies watched a movie, I made today’s food, a week ahead, with lots of cheating...well, I followed the last couple of recipes quite closely, so I think it’s OK to cheat today.
|OUTDOOR COOKING ALWAYS READY TO GO|
In AZ we live outdoors much of the time. It is just too beautiful to stay indoors and much more fun to cook outside. Down past the house is the shed and the shed has a patio area where I keep my gas burners ready to go. My cast iron pots are always ready, I have old baking pans, paper towels, a salt shaker, and utensils for frying all ready and waiting. All I have to do is take off the cover, light the stove and we are in business.
And my way breaks Dorie’s rules. But I have tried her way in the past as I have refined my frying skills over the years, and my way uses only one cooking time and I get great results.
|FRIES DRAINING IN THE GRASS|
The ‘Les Frites” were soooo good, but again I have my own way of making fries....and they are a regular at our house. And, I know I am boasting, but I am the fry-queen for the neighborhood...often fry 100# of large Idaho potatoes for our parties and neighborhood fun.
|HOT AND READY TO EAT--YUM!|
|OR... IF YOU LIKE SWEET POTATO FRIES WITH CINNAMON SUGAR|
|OR GRILLED SWEET POTATO STRIPS|
|PENGUIN AND NO. 1 SON SNITCHING FRIES|
|STEAK AND CHICKEN ON THE GRILL|
And just a few steps outside the back door is our BBQ area and that is where I grill steaks...just can’t bring myself to pan fry a good steak. And cream just did not sound like what I wanted, so I dreamed up a different sauce with fresh mushrooms and onions and, in honor of the recipe, I did use some good cracked pepper, and it was great. I had NY strip steaks in the fridge and decided to use them rather than purchasing the filets suggested. The steaks were cut in half as they were too big for a hot, busy day, and I also grilled pieces of boneless/skinless chicken breasts which were more kid friendly.
|A COMPLETE MEAL|
Dorie suggests finishing the meal with “anything green.” I steamed fresh green beans to complete the meal. With all the sugar we had eaten through the day, this was a great meal to balance out some of our Easter fun.
By the time we’ve all posted again, my family will have just enjoyed helping our Mexican friends celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We will have a feast...another excuse for a fun family cooking day...and that breaded fish I mentioned above is sounding good; I think we’ll be making fish tacos as part of our fiesta.
Can’t wait to see what you’ve all done with your steaks...I’ll learn from what you all have done and read about how you liked this recipe’s cooking method.