Well, for various reasons, it hasn't been all that possible. Either I have other dinner plans where the steaks wouldn't really fit in, or I just haven't had time to go there and shop, or I'd be going by there on Sunday when they were closed. Sometimes I'd just forget a cooler to put them in for the long ride home.
This weekend I had a happy convergence of events. I was on the right road at the right time on the right day with a cooler full of ice in my car. I drove straight to Green Valley and bought myself a very reasonably priced NY Strip.
Come to Mama
Ever since I decided that I really wanted to buy a steak from Green Valley, I had made my decision as to how I would cook it. Green Valley began selling beef right around the same time I read this recipe on Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy for Ribeye Steaks with a Spicy, Smoky, Cocoa Nibs rub.
Yay. And Yum.
The cocoa nibs cost me more than the steak did I think, but at least they'll last longer. Danged Whole Foods and their fancypants brands.
I used the rub and cooked the steak according to Susan's directions. I was tempted to use butter instead of oil in the pan, but decided that just for once, I'd pretend I care about my ateries.
This steak is the best steak I've ever had. Pardon the cliches, but this steak could melt in your mouth. You barely needed a knife to cut it. (I guess a good steak cliche always works.) I was afraid the flavor might be weird because grass-fed beef can get that way. I can assure you this steak tasted better than any grain-fed or grass-fed steak that has ever been on my plate. Susan's fantastic rub made it that much better. (How can you beat chocolate steak? I guess chocolate bacon would be a close call.)
Potatoes are the best accompaniment to steaks of course, so I decided to let one of my fellow bloggers help me out once more with the ongoing cabinet clean out project. I made the amazing Nik of Nik Snacks Cornmeal-Crusted Fries. I also made some roasted local cauliflower.
The red blob on the plate is a dipping sauce I made for the fries that consisted of tomato paste, cider vinegar, brown sugar, and sriracha.
I only bought one steak with the intention of cutting it in half and having the other half the next night. I wish I hadn't done that. Forget about the calories. I want a whole steak each night.
He loved the fish and the fries and the cauliflower, but the dish looked so bland with so little color. Still, he really raved about everything. (Nik gets credit from both of us for the fries at this point.) It was only a minor consolation after the Jets game last night though.