Monthly Archives: March 2015

Delicious Steak with Blackberry Sauce

Things have finally settled down at the house, and that has meant I’ve been able to do some cooking again. While I love the new kitchen, the granite counters, large island, beautiful views of the woods, I am not thrilled about the electric stove. Yes, I said it, I now have an electric stove. 😦 I’ve always had gas, and, I’ll admit, I miss it. There is so much to be said for being able to really control the heat. However, I am adjusting and trying to get by. Thankfully, gas or electric didn’t matter this past weekend for some steaks with a blackberry sauce.kitchenThis recipe comes from The Deen Brothers. I remember years ago watching the recipe on Paula Deen‘s show on the Food Network, and we headed to the grocery store right away to make it. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint then, and it doesn’t disappoint today!

To start, you’ll need 4 steaks, about 6 oz each. The recipe calls for filet mignon, which is great if you have it, but any steak that you would cook on the stove will do. We used New York strip for this one. Salt and pepper the steaks. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the steaks for about 4 minutes on each side for medium. My saute pan is not that big, so I had to do this in a few batches, which is fine. Just add more oil if you need it. Transfer the steaks to a plate and keep warm while you prepare the sauce.steaksseared steaksUsing the same pan, saute 1/4 cup chopped shallots for a few minutes until translucent. Add 1/2 cup dry red wine and deglaze the pan. Let the wine reduce by half for a few minutes, then add 1 cup beef broth and 3 tablespoons seedless blackberry jam. Allow the sauce to boil for a few minutes while the preserves melt and the sauce reduces by half. Add 2 tablespoons butter, and season with salt and pepper. Top the steaks with fresh blackberries, and pour the sauce over both. shallotscooked shallotswinejambutterblackberriessteak and blackberriesThe slightly sweet sauce with the rich wine and beef flavor works great with the steaks. It has become one of our go-to meals, especially when you want something a little nicer. It’s perfect with a simple risotto or some mashed potatoes. You want something that will soak up that sauce! 🙂

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A Whole New Start to the Garden!

How is it possible that it’s been almost a month since my last post? Last year I was on top of everything. I had already done my garden clean up, started seeds indoors, and even honored St. Patrick’s Day by making Irish potatoes. But this year, this year, I’ve done none of them, and I’ve let an entire month slip by. What can I say…I’ve been busy!

At the end of February, we bought a house. It’s in Kennett Square (the mushroom capital of the world by the way), about 25 minutes from our last place, and practically across the street from my work. Pretty nice, I know! But since then, there’s been cleaning, painting, packing, moving, unpacking, oh, and waiting WEEKS to get internet set up. Finally, after all of that time, and after 8 inches of snow the day before we had movers coming, we’ve settled in, and it’s time to return to normal.

With the move, I have an incredibly interesting situation on my hands with the garden. The house was built-in the mid-70s, and has very established trees. In fact, the back yard is incredibly shady. On top of the shade, the property also backs up to the woods and a creek. As a result, I’m thinking I might have to change my vegetable gardening practices, as I’m sure the critters will be an issue. Luckily there’s a large deck for pots.

The property has also been neglected for a number of years, so the trees, bushes, and plants are all completely overgrown. Over the next several months, I’ll be assessing what’s growing, what’s not, what might need to be cleared, and what additions and changes I can make. It will definitely be a different approach to my gardening the last several years, but I’m incredibly excited.Already, I’m starting to see some new growth and movement, and I can’t wait for more.TreesThe backyard is filled with trees. I can’t wait to see what they look like come spring.PachysandraPachysandra is everywhere. This is one of the few sunny spots. It seems prime for some perennials.VinesVines are also everywhere. They’ll have to come out too!RododendronThis amazing rhododendron is growing next to the deck.daffodilsThankfully some daffodils are poking through the ground.Flowering TreesTrees are showing some life!

I’m excited to see what comes up, what doesn’t, and what changes we can make. This year, I’m even more anxious for spring! Of course, tomorrow we’re supposed to be getting more snow, but at least that will give me some time to unpack more boxes! 🙂