For my husband’s birthday, two days after Christmas, we had another dinner party. A very easy one, with red meat included because that’s what he wanted, and also carrots which he loves and I’d never cooked before. In spite of my oh-my-God-I-don’t-want-to-overcook-this-beef panic and the carrots, it turned into a very simple dinner. Here’s the menu:
– Beef tenderloin from Costco (seared in a very hot skillet and then baked for about fifteen minutes at 400 degrees and taken out before the meat thermometer said it was done rare, but it was perfect. You can always reheat but you can’t undo overdone meat.)
– Sanity Saving Mashed Potato Casserole
– Brooke’s Baked Carrots (peeled little fat ones that came in a bag) – tossed with olive oil and kosher salt, baked at 400 until done, about 40 minutes. (My daughter rolled her eyes when I asked her about cooking carrots and how I should do it.)
– Greek salad (mixed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers sliced, pieces of feta and a dozen Greek olives. With a light olive oil and balsamic dressing.)
– Gillan’s Gorgonzola Sauce (which my other daughter made because it required a certain amount of attention and concentration which would have pushed me over the edge, what with worrying about the doneness of the meat and the carrots.)
French bread and butter.
Birthday cake from a bakery.
R. who has eaten a very healthful (and simple) diet during the sixteen years of our marriage – a lot of salmon, tuna, tofu, shrimp salads and vegetarian pasta – was in heaven.