Tuesday, February 14, 2012

eating "dinner" and austin farmer's market

my in-laws have a ranch in the hill country outside of austin. it's a full on ranch with cows and horses! pretty neat stuff for a city-girl from the north. besides relaxing trips there enjoying the country side and having babysitters grandparents so close, we also have the added perk of having lots of "dinner" in the freezer!

"dinner" was the first cow raised on their land that has now become actual dinner. dinner was born on the land, only fed grass from the land, received no antibiotics, nothing artificial, allowed to roam and play with the other cows, etc, etc...dinner lived the life, man. (he was named dinner to avoid any attachment issues for my mother-in-law raising him from a little calf. she knew he was going to be dinner eventually...so might as well call a spade a spade, right?)

anyway - talk about locally sourced organic free-range lots of healthy buzz words au natural beef! pretty cool, huh? and, even better, turned out pretty darn delicious!

last sunday, i pulled out two steaks from the freezer and made our first "dinner" dinner. we don't have a grill so i used this ridiculously easy recipe where you sear the steaks on the stovetop and then broil in the oven. very quick and easy and turned out delicious. make it for valentine's day tonight!

i paired it with roasted brussel sprouts from the austin farmer's market, which have been plentiful and delicious lately. sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and olive oil and then roast at 350 for 20-30 minutes, depending on your crispiness liking. (i like em crispy!)

Happy Valentine's Day!

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