More firsts in the kitchen

Yesterday I cooked my first steak.

I brought home a single rib eye from Publix with a bit of apprehension, because although I had a craving for the stuff I was most definitely entering new territory when it came to cooking it. Fortunately, my dad passed along a technique that my brother shared with him that turns out a delicious steak easily every time.

I heated my cast iron skillet and added a bit of oil. When it was very hot, I added the steak to the pan and let it color, two minutes on each side. Then I transferred the skillet to a 350 degree oven and finished the steak off there (my dad suggested 10 minutes, but as it was my first time and I was nervous about underdone meat, I let it cook a bit extra. Next time I would pull it out at the 10 minute mark). I put the skillet back on the stove and added a pat or two of butter to the pan, which I then spooned on top of the steak as it melted. Once done, I let the steak sit for about 3-5 minutes before carving.

We ate dinner outside on the porch with a big butter lettuce salad with all the fixings — radishes, tomatoes, green onions, boiled egg and some pickled beets.

So, a small adventure to be sure but I am pleased nonetheless. What I once would have been afraid to attempt, I am more open to trying again in the future. Also, I’m happy to have this shared kitchen experience with my family. I can just see my brother in Connecticut and my dad in Orlando hovering over their stoves, while I’m in my own kitchen doing the very same.

Someone’s awake from his nap! I’ll end here.

Thanks for popping in —


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