March 24th, 2009

Steak Salt — Shaken, Not Stirred

At BLT Steak in NY, I was taken aback by the ginormous salt shakers on each table. This place not only allows you to salt your steak — they encourage it!

Check it out . . .

That’s a drinking glass behind it. This thing is huge.

I like it when a chef is confident enough to allow the diner to decide how much seasoning should go on their steak. It’s very unsnooty.

I’m not offended at my house by this, so why should they be?

I’m thinking of getting shakers like this for my table at home. But I’m afraid my kids would play with them and I’d be cleaning up salt from all over the house.

And where the heck would I store it? I’m low on storage space as it is.

For now, we’ll have to live on the memory of these shakers . . . and make do with our teeny, normal-sized shakers at home.

Oh, the humanity!!!!!!!

March 19th, 2009

The Steak Escape

Oh New York, you little minx you.

You lure me in with your amazing food, your Broadway shows, your action-packed lifestyle.

Then you hit me over the head with your walking — THE. CONSTANT. WALKING. — your curiously angry cab drivers, your incredibly massive crowds and your sky-high prices.

But, oh, I love you so.

I can’t help it.

The hubby and I are still reminiscing about our time in the big city. And if I concentrate really hard I can still taste the decadent food we were fortunate enough to sample.

First, I told you we’d be going to BLT Steak on the advice of reader Joe who sang its praises.

Well Joe was so, so right.

Check out the amazing strip steak that was presented to us . . .


I love the iron skillet each steak is served in. It keeps the meal really warm. Plus, it’s really cute.

We devoured our steaks in no time flat and the ambiance was lovely. Now, the bill was high and this is what always keeps me coming back to my own steaks at home.

I KNOW I can make just as good a meal at home. And I think I’ve discovered one of the most overlooked secrets to a great, juicy steak that ALL the good steakhouses know.

Steak butter.

Yes.  Steak butter.

You knew it was on there. Just look at that photo. It’s prominently placed right there on top.

They’re not trying to trick us by melting it first and calling it a “secret seasoning.” It’s just steak butter.

It flavors it and keeps the beef moist.


So, my next steak dinner at home will include these:


I will be buying flavored steak butters to try at home.

It’s pure genius.

And I’m getting them here. It’s the only place I know that carries them. I’m sure there are others.

So thank you, New York. Thank you for your stomach-churning cab rides, your overpriced sodas, your incredible pizza pies and your non-stop energy.

But mostly, thanks for your inspiration and the steak butter idea. You’re the best.

I’ll be back.

Steak butter photo courtesy of Kansas City Steak Company.

March 13th, 2009

In Search of: STEAK

I’m off today in search of a steak in NY that measures up to my own creations at home.

I don’t know if it’s doable, but I’m open to the possibility.

Is this because I am such a fabulous, amazing cook and nothing could possibly come close to the succulent, just-right taste of everything I make?

If you answered yes, this must be your first time reading this blog. Welcome!

The answer is absolutely NO. I am riddled with flaws and I have many, many burned, overseasoned T-bones under my belt to prove it.

But what I have learned about myself is this:

a) I know where to get a good cut of meat. See here.

b) Most of the heavy lifting in creating an unforgettable steak comes from buying quality meat.

c) I have nothing to do with that — except knowing where to get it of course.

So, you see, I really can’t take much credit for the awesome steaks we make at home.

But I do like playing with seasonings, different cuts of meat, styles of cooking, accompaniments and wine pairings.

Oh yeah, and good company counts too.

All that adds up to making the perfect steak experience.

So in that department the steakhouse in NY has something going for it — my hubby is joining me!

Let’s just hope the steak measures up.

See you on the flip side!