Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Week 3 Wednesday (1/22/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Rib-Eye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
Pages  204 - 205    Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

Calories will vary depending on the weight/size of the steak

         I love meat!  The only meats that I would not drool over are: veal, liver, lamb, and deer or elk.  The rest I love, love, love.  Rib-Eye steaks, when cooked medium rare, are so wonderful and tender and melt in your mouth. The Onion Blue Cheese Sauce is fabulous.  Blue Cheese is a newer flavor for me.  My best friend, Donna Dowd and I, had it on a steak about 15 years ago at the Old Church Inn in St. Charles, Illinois. That was the last time I think that I had eaten blue cheese atop a steak.  It became a real favorite although I never had it again until Ree entered my life.  How sad to remember how much I loved it then and let 15 years go by before I had it again. Now I think about it all of the time due to this recipe. Way to go Ree!  This is a recipe I will make every time I plan to have a steak.

This picture is so disappointing.  It was so rich and delicious but didn't photograph well at all.

You can see the yummy onions and creamy sauce - pretend it looks great
(because it is one of my favorites)

Today’s critics:  This recipe would have cost me a fortune to share with all of my critics so I will be the sole critic on this recipe. Go ahead and say it – cheapskate- unfortunately true at this moment.

Gabbin’ About Gratitude

         I have been blessed to have two best friends in my life.  Kathy Kirchler has been my best friend since I was seven years old.  Kathy and I were a great duo now as well as when we were kids.  We were inseparable in the neighborhood as were our sisters. We went to different schools and yet shared a bond that even today is unbreakable. I can call her or she can call me and it is just like we have never been apart.  She is the mother of five and has many grandchildren.  Her children are wonderful and fortunately keep me up to date with cards. She is married to a great man who I refer to as “Turk.” He is such a perfect match for Kathy.  Kathy is so energetic and I admire her so much. I am so jealous that the just recently retired from nursing. I am sure she will be missed! She is a wonderful friend who I know is always there for me. I am so grateful that Kathy and her family are in my life.  I am a truly blessed person!

Memory Musings

         Christmas is a magical time for children. Now that the season has passed, the clearest memory I have of that day is not the eager anticipation of a young child, or eating a big breakfast, or even opening the colorful presents. It is of the endless waiting for my Dad to find his old robe so we could go downstairs and enjoy the holiday. 
         I don’t know how this tradition came about, but the only time I ever saw my Dad in that old belted red plaid robe was on Christmas morning. He never wore it during the rest of the year, so why was it so important on that morning? Maybe it was given to him as a special present when I was a baby, or maybe Mom thought it would look better in the photos.  Who knows? I just remember the endless sitting at the top of the stairs while Dad scoured his closet to find his “Christmas Wear.”  Oh well, I still love the holiday.

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