So what's cooking at the Grove? This week I went to Costco -- the friend of the middle class in terms of being able to get good food relatively cheap. They have a terrific tortilla crusted chicken and tortilla crusted talapia, they have a sun-dried encrusted talapia we really like in our family. We had that one night simply prepared. You can steam the corn or boil it. For ours we utilized our Gypsy Dust Steak and Salmon Rub. So I cooked the corn, put a little butter on it and then lightly dusted it with the GD and it was fantastic. We had it with some steamed green beans with a little crumbled feta cheese. Another night we took some prime sirloin from Costco -- a delicious cut of meat. This time I opted not to use the Gypsy Dust because I wanted to use our chimichurri. I don't necessarily always want to use a sauce when I use a rub. So this time I made my own mixture of a little olive oil, some fresh pressed garlic a combination of dried rosemary, black pepper, salt, a little dried oregano, there was a little red pepper flake and made that into a "mush" with olive oil. You always have to make sure that when you cook meat or chicken that wash it and dry it first: Even Steak. I rinsed off the steak, dried it and put this olive oil marinade on it , rubber it all over really good and let it sit for about 45 minutes and then broiled it and served with GGF's Chim-chimicurri. It was fantastic. We had that with some roasted garlic potatoes that I did in the oven and a Greek salad. Greek Salad is fantastic, it's fresh, it's wonderful and it can be a whole meal by itself. Take a little romaine -- or whatever your favorite lettuce happens to be -- you can use butter lettuce, I stay away from the spring greens for the Greek salad. You want something with a little more crunch to it. Thinly sliced cucumbers, chopped up tomatoes, some fresh mint really brings the flavors out. I like a nice light vinaigrette. (I'm actually working on a vinaigrette for GGF). A little squeeze of fresh lemon on there, some feta cheese and voila: You have a fantastic meal.
I turned the left over steak into tacos last night. Thinly slice the meat, throw in your prepared food in the form of a salsa -- I like a nice green chili salsa for steak. Add a little homemade guacamole that's just avocado, lemon juice, finely diced red onion, a table spoon of your favorite salsa and mash that up to be served with the tacos. I always like to use fresh cor tortillas when I can.
Tonight, since it's Friday and I'm tired and I've had a long day at work I'm going to stop at Central Market and get one of their already prepared meatloaf for dinner. tonight.
So in future posts there will be plenty of opportunities to talk about different things to prepare on a daily basis. I'm happiest when I can relax in my kitchen; it's always nice when there's someone there to chat with. A glass of wine doesn't hurt. It's nice to relax and kick back and enjoy those wonderful flavors and smells.
So, as my namesake would say, "Bon apetit!"