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20 November 2010

It's what's for dinner... [More:]Decided to splurge on a whole beef tenderloin. I cut two generous roasts from it, four medallion steaks, and about 12 ounces worth of pieces worthy of beef fondue.

One roast for tonight and the rest into the freezer.

The roast is being done in a salt crust - this basically mortar made from kosher salt and water which adds flavor and keeps the heat in nice and tightly.
Damn. I have Kung Pao chicken from the local take-out. Now my dinner looks sad by comparison.
posted by ufez 20 November | 18:30
If it makes you feel better Ufez, I'm having a lean pocket.
posted by apoch 20 November | 19:02
I just had melted cheese on a tortilla, but will probably have a chopped salad later.

Is that a meat thermometer sticking out of the left side?
posted by youngergirl44 20 November | 19:08
Missing, presumed fed.
Dinned was that plus haricots verts Provencales and sliced crusty bread with herbed goat cheese, brie, and gouda.
posted by plinth 20 November | 19:08
Home made chicken noodle soup. Stock has been simmering all day. Yum.
posted by danf 20 November | 19:09
I'm in a hotel room so I'm nuking a frozen mac 'n' cheese thingy. A banana for dessert.
posted by JanetLand 20 November | 19:14
I made totally from scratch pizza tonight, and thought I was pretty bad-ass. Your salt crust has humbled me. I'm not even going to address your side dishes, since my side dish was Target wine-in-a-box.

I am willing to purchase your leftovers. Send me a message at the email address in my profile to hammer out the details.
posted by jeoc 20 November | 19:15
Tonight it's just some quick chili with homemade skillet cornbread because of a photoshoot this evening. But last night was caramelized onion and mushroom melt that was just basically refrigerator leftovers but so, so good.
posted by rhapsodie 20 November | 19:56
The stir fried Mongolian lamb with scallions I made last night, along with Thai jasmine rice and a green salad. And some lovely red wine.
posted by bearwife 20 November | 19:57
Mmm, these all sound great! My dinner is a mystery: The Fella is in the kitchen rustling things around right now! Mmmm, mystery dinner.
posted by Elsa 20 November | 19:58
I had a late dinner after the theatre. Steak, followed by crème brûlée.

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posted by Senyar 20 November | 20:27
Portobello mushroom risotto and broiled salmon. Two great tastes that don't really work well together but hey, what the hell, I had the ingredients. It was good and I'm stuffed. My almost 19 year old son had leftover pot roast and potatoes at about 6 and then risotto and salmon at about 7:30 and now, 9ish, he's having pizza. No wonder I'm going broke buying groceries.
posted by mygothlaundry 20 November | 20:58
Man, that dinner looks like an artwork, plinth.

Us, we ordered pizza.
posted by BoringPostcards 20 November | 21:15
I know nothing about this salt crust thing but I am intrigued. Tonight was the annual Dad's Birthday Dinner [his b'day is on Monday] so my sis and her boyfriend cooked up a big dinenr including roast chicken w/ butter & herbs, refrigerator rolls, twice stuffed potatoes and maple glazed [Grade C!] carrots. Dinner was a mocha torte which is neither mocha, nor a torte, and some ice cream. Usually I have soup and crackers for dinner, this was pretty great. I did all the dishes. That is my job.
posted by jessamyn 20 November | 21:30
Our actual dinner is going to be delivery from this Costa Rican restaurant I've always wanted to try. They have kind of odd hours so I feel lucky to catch them while they're still delivering. I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my fried plantains, among other things.
posted by youngergirl44 20 November | 22:24
Mmmm beef. Sounds delish, plinth. I imagine a complete tenderloin must be a pretty costly cut, but probably works out pretty well once you get all those high-end cuts out of it.

Dinner here was pretty haphazard, because we decided to make a side trip for a late lunch at an old-school diner we've been meaning to check out. It was well worth the trip - they make everything from scratch. The meal started with snowflake rolls and a cup of beef stew or tomato soup, then LT had chicken pie and I had chicken croquettes, which came smothered in yellow gravy with real, fluffy mashed potatoes, a mountain of green beans and cranberry sauce. And coffee. All this for $8.75, not including the slice of pie. Needless to say, with a lunch like this dinner was not a very interesting idea. I ate some leftover salad and LT got a sandwich from down the street, and we had a couple beers and are ready to turn in.
posted by Miko 20 November | 23:17
Linguini in a sort of puttanesca. It's the first pasta I've had in a couple of months, I think. But it seemed right for a rainy night.
posted by tangerine 21 November | 00:06
Spaghetti with lotsa little balls of meat.
posted by warbaby 21 November | 01:24
Veggie Mussamun curry and four pieces of crab rangoon from the Thai restaurant around the block. It. was. delicious.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth 21 November | 01:54
For a salt crust, you need about 6 pounds of Kosher salt. You add just enough water to make it into a paste. Lay down a layer in your roasting pan about 1cm thick (ha! I'm mixing English and Metric units!) put the meat on top, put in the meat thermometer, add some rosemary, then cover with salt paste. Bake at 350 until the thermometer reads ~135. Take the roast out of the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes (the temp will carry over to 145 or so). Break open the crust, remove the spent herbs and remove the meat to a serving platter.
posted by plinth 21 November | 07:34
I had an early dinner/late lunch of (leftover) channa dal, which I'd made from my Foods of the World: India spiral notebook.

Late snack was a black and white cookie.

Breakfast was coffee from Alaska and spanikopita from Costco.

posted by Stewriffic 21 November | 07:51
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