Hook your Mate Meal

Hello lovers! I know there are lots of you out there who are in love and happy as a clam. I know some of you who are pretty sure you met your match, but there is no ring or serious commitment quite yet. There are some who even have their sights set on a guy or girl who they want to hook permanently or even just want to hook-up with. Never fear! Food is here! Cook for your main squeeze and you are sure to win their hearts! A nice bottle of wine or a few bottles of your favorite beer couldn’t hurt either!

Now, I know this is a no brainer, but most guys and many girls I know, myself included, love a nice steakhouse meal. I am no stranger on this blog to cooking lots of different cuts of steak. Just last week I made it. Tonight I made it again. We all went to the store today, and Publix had Ribeye on sale. Duh! Of course we bought some. My hubby had a hockey game this afternoon, so I knew it we would have a late dinner. I made med. rare ribeyes, creamed spinach, and au gratin potatoes. I have made variations of all of these on this blog. Here are my pics tonight and how I made them tonight.

Steak- Depends on your cut of steak and how you like them cooked. I like mine just past mooing, so if you like it more done, just cook it longer! =) Just a couple of examples…

Au Gratin Potatoes- serves 4
1 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp. butter
1 garlic clove, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large russet potatoes, peeled, and thinly sliced
1 cup grated cheese- I used a combo of colby jack, mild cheddar, and gruyere. What an amazing combo!

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Heat cream, butter, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, layer a greased 8″ × 12″ baking dish or med. sized cast iron skillet alternately with potatoes and ¾ cup of the cheese.

3. Carefully strain heated cream over assembled potatoes, then sprinkle potatoes with remaining ¼ cup of cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cover dish with aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until potatoes are tender and gratin is golden and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Allow gratin to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Creamed Spinach
1 tablespoon of bacon grease/butter/veg.oil
1/4 onion chopped
3 cloves crushed and chopped garlic
1 large container or bunch of fresh spinach (I used a large container of baby spinach)-
2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat your pan on med.low heat with bacon grease/butter/veg.oil. Add your onion and garlic to the pan and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add your spinach and cook down about half way. Add your cream cheese. Melt down and add your cream. Mix well and take off heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and let sit about 5 minutes or so.


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