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dreamdinner mini-review: steaks with roasted red peppers & herb butter
Menu description: These six juicy individual steaks are ready to grill or pan-sear to perfection at home. Serve with our savory roasted red pepper butter, bursting with hints of garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar. (I split the recipe in half, so we only cooked three steaks.)

Another winner! The steaks were nice and tender, and I was again reminded how inadequate the lighting is in my kitchen, because I broiled the steaks in the toaster oven and I really couldn't see how they were doing. I usually like my steaks medium, while darkwolfie prefers his well-done (actually, he likes them crunchy -- no, I don't understand it either). These ended up on the medium side of medium-well, and were as tender as if they were still bloody. (I had noted some nice marbling prior to putting them on the broiler; I'm sure that accounted for the tenderness.)

The butter was kind of messy to deal with; I wish I'd used a quart bag instead of a gallon bag when preparing it. Also, the balsamic vinegar separated out, and I had to pour that off. It took me a minute to figure out how to get the butter out of the bag, but I finally just cut away a corner and squished it out like frosting, into a bowl. It added just right amount of herbal flavor to the steaks -- I'm really looking forward to the second serving!

I didn't put it in as I took out the steaks, but we're also trying the peach crisp tonight, which is supposed to have a long baking period (1.5 hours at 350). Now that I think about it, though, I split that recipe, too, and it's in a much smaller pan, again in the toaster oven. I think I should check it at thirty minutes. I'll review it when it's done.

ETA -- Peach Crisp: darkwolfie took it away from me and put the other half of the pan in the fridge, lest I eat it all myself. It was that good. I knew it would be; when I preparing it, I was on more familiar ground. I don't have a feel for herbs and spices so much, but I'm a good baker, and I knew this was a winner as I put it together. Another gold star!

i feel: satisfied satisfied

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From: linuxwitch Date: June 14th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hmm...If I had a bit more money than time, I'd totally drive the 400 miles round trip to the nearest Dream Dinners and do this! :)

As for lighting in the kitchen, ours was really terrible too. The brightest bulbs couldn't keep up. We have a cupboard over our sink, so I installed one of those ~20" flourescent strip bulbs under it and boy did it ever make a difference.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 14th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
That helps with the dishes, but not the toaster oven. It's huge -- I could do a small turkey in there. We only have one small incandescent light on the (very high) ceiling -- what I want is a ceiling fan with fluorescent bulbs.
From: linuxwitch Date: June 14th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oooh, I meant to say it lights up the rest of the kitchen... :)

I wish I had a toaster oven that could do a small turkey! Then again, I wish my kitchen was bigger than 6x8! :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 14th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
mine is now! My husband took the ktchen table out and put it in his art room -- I can walk from the fridge directly to the sink now! I still think I want a rolling island, though -- there's still no counter space.
From: linuxwitch Date: June 14th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
The upside to it is, that I don't have much to mop...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 14th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
LOL -- huge plus there!
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