9.22.2009

Raising Foodies Cooking Group- Week 1

Lately the guilt has really been setting in that I don't try hard enough to cook nutritious and delicious meals for my family. I've thought long and hard about why the motivation just isn't there and here is what I came up with:
Growing up, my dad was a real meat and potatoes kinda guy. Practically every meal had to have a certain variation of the two. I, on the other hand, never cared much for red meat. I would hide chunks of it under my napkin to avoid having to eat it. Needless to say there were lots of meal time power struggles for my mom between giving my dad what he wanted, but trying to make a few things I would like too. Meal time just was never very fun. It obviously scarred me for life, because here I am twenty some years later at a stand still at what to cook. I hate that feeling of uncertainty I get wondering if a recipe I make will please everyone. Then the utter disappointment when someone inevitably doesn't like the meal. For a family of four finding meals that everyone enjoys is nearly a mission impossible. So I pretty much threw in the towel and gave up.

When I ran across this idea for an online cooking group on Raising Foodies I decided now was my chance to get back in the right frame of mind and start having more fun in the kitchen. I am prepared for many failures, but also look forward to the successes and the feeling of accomplishment that I will get from at least trying! Time to get my lazy butt back in the kitchen!

Tonight I am trying this recipe which, ironically, involves cooking steak, which I never do. Ever. Seriously. What's wrong with me right?!

image via (although not the same recipe)

Filet Mignon With Rosemary & Mushrooms

1 tbs. margarine or butter
1 tbs. cooking oil
4 filet mignon steaks, cut 1 in. thick
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
2 green onions, sliced
1 teas. dried crushed rosemary
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teas. pepper
1/3 c dry sherry, dry red wine or beef broth (I'm going w/ the beef broth)

Directions (Makes 4 servings):
1. In a large skillet melt butter. Stir in cooking oil. Add steaks to skillet and cook over medium heat to desired doneness. (8-11 minutes for medium rare and 12-14 minutes for medium). Transfer to a serving platter, reserving the drippings in skillet. Keep steaks warm.

2. Stir mushrooms, green onions, rosemary, garlic and pepper into reserved drippings. Cook and stir over meduim-high heat for 3-4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Reduce heat.

3. Carefully stir in sherry, wine or broth. Cook and stir about one minute more or until heated through. Spoon over steaks.

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens 30 Minute Meals-those little magazines you can buy at the checkout stand at the grocery store.

I plan to serve it with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and salad.

Normally I will be posting the pictures and outcome on Tuesdays, but I am a bit behind this week and just got to the grocery store today to buy the ingredients, so I will post the results tomorrow! Wish me luck!

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! My problem is I never try new recipes. I need to try new things!
    I can't wait to see all your new recipes :)

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  2. It's hard to go wrong with filets, mushrooms and potatoes! YUM! Can't wait to hear what the kiddos think!

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  3. That looks delicious! I know what you mean about working hard over a meal and then feeling the disapointment when someone doesn't like it. Completely takes the fun out of cooking. But hopefully this new thing will produce some great meals!

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  4. ok for real...this looks, YUM!!!!!!!!!!

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