I had originally planned to make fondue for Valentine's Day, but we got off schedule this week and decided to move Saturday night's steak dinner to tonight. It's probably for the best as it really is one of hubby's favorites anyway, and he would have probably just been humoring me eating fondue.
I season the steaks very simply with my favorite seasoning, garlic powder, kosher salt & fresh-cracked black pepper. Then, because it was a special occasion, I went all out and sauteed them in a mixture of butter and olive oil. I even warmed up the oil with a clove of garlic in it to turn it into garlic oil, but I don't know if I could really taste a difference from that.
The steaks were served with canned corn (one of the two veggies hubby will agree to eat), sauteed mushrooms for me (also canned, I can't justify paying for fresh when I eat them alone and I put them in butter, lemon and garlic so anything would probably taste good that way), garlic cheese bread and sauteed potatoes.
I posted the recipe for these potatoes in my New Year's entry, but I think it is worth doing again. They are pretty much the best potatoes ever. I might like them more than I do French fries. Nah, probably not. I know it sounds really simple and straight-forward, and it is, but the result is so delicious. It's not exactly the healthiest thing in the world, but I find that acceptable on holidays. There are only three ingredients, potatoes peanut oil and salt.
Peel 2 small yellow potatoes (i.e. Yukon Gold) per person. Cut into uniform chunks or wedges. Place in pot and cover with water, bring to a boil and cook until tender but not yet falling apart. Heat quarter-inch of peanut oil in large skillet over high heat. Add potatoes to oil and cook until brown on one side, turn and cook until brown on all remaining sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle liberally with salt while still hot.
Estimated cost of meal
Potatoes: Free - leftover from Christmas & bought by my mom
Former life total: Dinner @ Pierpont's (maybe next year, one of the best meals I've ever had, steak or otherwise): $100
Leaner Life Savings: $92.60 or 93%!!!