Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Herb-Crusted Steak with Fries

I've been trying to increase the protein in my diet and am kind of sick of chicken.  So, I got us a nice big skirt steak and tried a couple of recipes, here's the first one.

Super easy!

Herb-Crusted Steak with Fries

Mix together 1/2 C sour cream (I used fat free greek yogurt), 2 T horseradish, and black pepper.
Rub 1 1/2 lb sirloin steak (1 inch thick) with 2 T herbes de provence; season with salt and pepper.
Cook in 2 T olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Let rest 5 minutes, then slice.
Serve with oven baked fries (I made sweet potato fries)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Carrots Au Gratin

Not the healthiest veggie recipe ever, but tasty!

Carrots Au Gratin

There are carrots under there, I swear!
I didn't follow the recipe exactly, just used what I had around, but it worked out.

4 1/2 CCarrots; peeled and sliced- I used most of a baggie of baby carrots
2/3 CRitz Crackers; Crushed- I had some wheat thins and tortilla chips around so used that.
3 Tbutter; divided
1/2 COnion; diced
3 TFlour
1/2 tspsalt
1/4 tsppepper
1 1/2 CMilk
2/3 CCheddar Cheese; or velveeta
Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×12 baking pan.
Steam carrots (or cook with your desired method) until they are just fork tender, but still a bit firm (approximately 10 minutes).
In a small bowl, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Toss the melted butter with the cracker crumbs and set aside.
In a medium saucepan heated over medium heat, melt the remaining 2 Tbs. of butter. Saute the onions in the butter until they are translucent and tender. Add the flour, salt, and pepper to the onion/butter mixture and cook (while stirring) for approximately one minute. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly, and bring the mixture to a boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes, until it thickens.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheese. Whisk until everything is smooth and melted.
Fold the carrots into the cheese mixture and coat everything well. Pour the carrot and cheese mixture into the baking pan and sprinkle with the cracker crumbs.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until everything is heated through and cheese sauce is bubbly.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nassau, Bahamas!

B and I had been talking about taking a vacation somewhere for months and just not pulling the trigger.  We really wanted to get some scuba in, and we just love to travel.

So, on a whim, I decided to check to see who flies out of Westchester County Airport.  After all, it's about 5 miles from where we live!  Turns out, JetBlue has several flights out of HPN and a direct flight to Nassau, very reasonably priced.  PERFECT!

Even though we were only planning about 3 weeks in advance, we decided to see if anyone else wanted to join us and we got 4 of our friends (2 other couples) to come along.

So, last weekend (Thursday to Sunday) we went to the Bahamas for a long weekend with some of our friends.  It was SO nice to be away and to hang out with everyone.

It was literally 8 degrees in NY when we left.  It was in the mid 70s most of the time we were in the Bahamas.  Not crazy hot, but definitely NOT 8 degrees!

We stayed at the Sheraton Beach Resort & Casino.  We picked it because Brad has the SPG points, so it was the right price. :-)  The pool area and beach were nice, the food was overpriced (as expected) and the casino was a little lame.  But, it all worked out nicely.
C&R stayed with us and A&M had their own room (first come, first serve for the free rooms!).

We had our first dinner out at The Poop Deck  .  The food was good, if a little pricey.  We tried our first of many conch fritters, and continued sampling Gumbay Smash drinks everywhere we could (started at the pool!).

B and I went on one scuba excursion with Stuart Cove.  We hadn't been on a dive since our certification dives almost a month ago so it was a little stressful, but we got to see some cool stuff.

For lunch we went to the Fish Fry and tried Twin Brothers.  The food was good, service was mediocre, kind of slow.

Dinner number 2 was at Montagu Gardens.  They picked us up at our hotel more than 30 minutes late, but we tried not too get too frustrated by that.  The driver gave us a little tour and history of the restaurant, he was hilarious, so we were in a better mood once we got to the restaurant.  Since we got there so late, we closed the place down!  The food was good, less expensive than the Poop Deck, similar quality.  The wine, drinkable but not so good.  R&C go the Guava Duff for dessert, they had been talking it up the whole trip.  I tried it but didn't love it.

The next day the whole crew went on the "off road" Segway Tour.  I was really nervous that I would fall off the thing, but I got the hang of it quickly and had a ton of fun!

As I write this summary it's starting to look like we were just wasting time between meals. :-)  Most of that time was at the pool, napping, or in the casino, you're not missing anything.

Our last (and best) dinner was at Brussels Bistro.  The mussels were sooo good, and I'm not really much of a mussels person.  The rest of the food was really good too, and it wasn't that expensive.  Once again we closed down the restaurant.  It's a small place but I'd definitely go back if we return to the Bahamas!