Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chuck Blade Steak with Herb Wine Sauce (Page 427)

  • Date: Saturday, January 5, 2008 -- 8pm
  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Fellow Chef: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: B+


This recipe came off the list generated by the random number generator. These steaks were very tasty. Unfortunately, chuck blade steaks were not to be found anywhere. I had the butcher cut me steaks from another part of the chuck but they were, as you would expect, a bit tough. I am sure having the blade steaks would have solved this problem. The sauce was delicious. It was rich and flavorful -- also well-balanced with the exception of just a touch too many chives. This sauce would work nicely with any pan-fried steak. Matty thought these steaks were exceptionally good. I agreed that they were very tasty, but wasn't quite as amazed by them as he was. I enjoyed eating them, but there are so many truly amazing preparations for a good steak that I am not sure this one can compete with the best. It was tasty, but not particularly interesting or special. That said, for a 25 minute dinner, it was good.

Here is the recipe.



Since I moved to Indiana in August, I have indulged myself by pretty much cooking whichever recipes from The Book I feel like cooking. I have made no effort to pick from the sections of The Book where I am progressing the slowest, or to make things from the list I have generated by the random number generator. I figured if I was going to adjust to cooking only for myself most of the time I would afford myself the luxury of picking anything I felt like eating. The problem is, most of what I feel like eating falls into one of three categories: grains/beans, soups, or cookies. Yes, of course I have been cooking and eating things from other sections, but it has by no means been evenly distributed. I fear that if I continue in this way, the last year or so of the project will be just dreadful. I will be left with only the recipes that take forever, require crazy exotic ingredients, or sound as though they will taste absolutely foul. It seems like quite a severe sentence for the year 2009. So, I am going to suck it up and at least make an effort. I am returning to using the random number generator to choose at least a quarter of the things I make. And beyond that I am going to make an effort to cook from the sections I usually avoid (think: Relishes, Chutneys, Pickles, and Preserves). So, I suppose that will mean fewer cookies for me, and more deviled ham. Oh well!

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