Thursday, February 05, 2009


Dinner, Chez Elisson.

Exceptionally this evening, the Missus and I did not go to Thursday evening minyan, given that I was feeling somewhat puny. One of those seasonal upper respiratory things.

But we had the perfect medicine on hand. A Beefy Dinner!

We started off by killing the remains of a cauldron of cabbage borscht SWMBO had made a few days earlier. Cabbage borscht is an Eastern European taste treat, containing no beets, but loaded with cabbage, tomatoes, and enriched with beef shanks. It has a sweet-and-sour tang that is irresistible, especially after it has sat in the fridge for a couple of days.

SWMBO also threw together a bowl of her Ridiculously Yummy Guacamole™. Something to get the juices flowing - which it did, most effectively.

By way of an entrée, we had chipotle-marinated flatiron steaks, buried in caramelized onions. Alongside that, there was oven-roasted broccoli rabe with balsamic vinegar reduction and parsley pistou.

Rabe 'n' Steak
Flatiron steak buried in caramelized onions, broccoli rabe on the side.

Broccoli rabe is not everyone’s favorite. It has a bracing bitterness to it, especially in the leaves, but the bitter edge is nicely counterbalanced by the balsamic reduction and the pistou, bright with lemon and parsley flavors. Much more interesting than plain ol’ broccoli, any day.

Dessert? After a meal like that, we doan need no steenkeen’ dessert. But a cuppa Joe will suit just fine... and perhaps a restorative dram of schnapps.

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