Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hearty Saturday Night Dinner Full of Flavor

Time has been flying by and the hubby was traveling last week.  All I really wanted on Saturday was a nice dinner with my Man.  Unfortunately, my headaches have been bad, so I only allowed myself a 1/4 glass of the lovely Zinfandel that Joe poured to go with the steak and I was a bit quiet.... but it was still a nice dinner together.

We stopped on the way back from Salt Lake City last week and bought some Buffalo, including these very nice Buffalo Sirloin steaks which Joe grilled.  To go with the steaks, first I cut up some sweet potatoes and made homemade sweet potato fries. 

I then combined some lovely flavors to make up a Corn, Poblano Pepper, and Millet side dish.  I didn't use whole millet, I cracked about 1/2 cup of whole millet in the food processor.  Sauteed a shallot and clove of garlic in some olive oil and added the millet and about 1 1/2 cup of chicken broth.  I let that simmer for about 8 minutes then added on top, 3/4 cup corn, 1 chopped roasted poblano pepper, about 1 T. of parsley, salt and pepper.  I let that continue simmering about 10 more minutes then added about 1/4 cup milk and some grated smoked Gruyere cheese.  Wow!  Now that smoked pepper flavor just popped.  It was creamy, almost like a risotto.

To round out the meal I needed a nice salad.  I used fresh lettuce greens from my little growing pot in the kitchen, topped with radish, apple, and blue cheese with a lovely red wine vinaigrette.  A tip, just a bit of good hearty mustard will really perk up any vinaigrette! 

What's up next?  Cake decorating class starts tomorrow!

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