The Finer Things in Life

If you go out to a restaurant, that serves prime cuts of beef, they would charge you 40 dollars for a meal like this. 30 bucks anyway, before drinks were included. And while I don’t cook like this all the time, it is nice to have a good meal once in a while. A meal consisting of…

A prime cut of New York Strip. (Prime is so much better than Choice.) I use the reverse sear method for prime cuts. (Choice can go right on the grill.)

A salad, consisting of…

  • two kinds of lettuce
  • sprouts
  • sliced black olives
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • Half of a hard-boiled egg
  • peeled and sliced cucumber
  • chopped pepper
  • hearts of hemp
  • ranch dressing

A bit of sweet potatoes left from a “practice” Thanksgiving some friends had over the weekend, since we are all doing the family thing on the actual holiday.

All of that for about what I would have paid for a burger at Chili’s or Friday’s or wherever.

Speaking of drinks… I had a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon set aside for today, but I forgot about it until I was mostly done with the meal. So I am consoling myself for that great oversight with 1 finger of Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old single malt Scotch. Not the greatest, Scotch ever, but certainly not the worst. (Next time, back to the Lagavulin 16.) The Scotch is better than the wine would have been. (And the trick to saving wine, when you can’t drink the whole bottle? VacuVin.)

And my photos of food still end up looking like something out of the Gallery of Regrettable Food.