I know I haven’t been posting much this year at all. Things here at home have been a bit difficult this year. I have been hospitalized twice and three weeks ago my darling hubby was diagnosed with cancer. We and his Drs are hopeful for a full remission but to say we aren’t very frightened would be a lie. They were very hopeful they could remove his tumor without any problems but when they got inside they found it was wedged under some bone so they closed him back up and will start him on chemo treatments to try and get it to shrink and loosen itself so they have better access to it. In the meantime he is home and I was told to get a few extra pounds on him………such a difference from last year when he was diagnosed as a diabetic and I was told to knock many pounds off him! He has lost more than 100 pounds in the past year and we now know some of that weight loss might have been caused by the tumor and not the strict diet he followed. Tonight I made him one of his favorite dinners that he has not had in the past year and he really enjoyed it! He was smacking his lips and making yum yum sounds as he was eating, it felt so good to see a smile on his face after all he has been through for the past three weeks.
Tonight I actually followed the way Cooks Illustrated says to cook a steak indoors. I heated up one of my favorite pans, it is called a “Mineral Pan” made by de Buyer in France, you can do a Google search and learn all about them. Let me just say this about them……..if you love using cast iron but find it too heavy as you age then try some of these pans, the results are the same as you get from a cast iron skillt with less than half the weight. They sear meats wonderfully, you get that steakhouse crust on meats and you can sear over high heat, they hold heat very well and you can finish your steak as I did in the oven right in the pan. These pans are a bit of work as they have to be seasoned much like your old cast iron but again if cast iron is too weighty for you to handle anymore give a small de Buyer Mineral Pan a try, they are also a lot cheaper than many other quality pans out there, seasoning them will ultimately give you a practically non stick pan without any chemicals leaching into your foods. I purchased my pans way back when we were still living in NY but I know they sell them now on Amazon and in some gourmet shops too.
The steaks tonight were almost 2 inches thick so they took a bit of time to cook. I had removed them from the fridge an hour before I was planning to cook them, I seasoned them with steak seasoning and set them on the counter to come up to room temperature. I heated the pan and then added a bit of light olive oil with a pastry brush. The steaks sizzled when I added them to the pan. I let them cook on the first side for 7 minutes, meanwhile I had the potatoes cooking in our small convection oven that was set at 425 degrees. After 7 minutes I flipped the steaks over and then put them into the convection oven pan and all for 15 minutes, they came out a beautiful medium done and were perfect. I wish I had remembered to take some pictures when we cut into them, they were truly beautiful and looked better than many steak dinners we have had in restaurants, the best part was they even tasted better!