First though I had to find a recipe and then go to the grocer. I figured if was going to eat the dish, I was at least going to find a good recipe that called for the finest beef. And accompany this with a good salad and new veggie dish.
The salad: "Bender's Tomatoes" I added the diced purple onion to the dressing of evoo, balsamic vinegar, and fresh ground pepper. I drizzled it on the sliced and chopped Ugly Tomatoes and topped with crumbled blue cheese.
Side: During my exploring for a recipe for bolognese I found a recipe for garlicky green beans. It is from "Cooking for Two", a recent gift
from daughter #3 (only because she is the youngest, son-in law, and the newest grandson (a real cutie).
The recipe started with something I have not done before, in fact never saw it in a recipe - Microwave the garlic, evoo, and dash of sugar until garlic is soft (30-60 seconds). Heat the oil in a skillet and add the beans. The recipe called for water but I used chicken broth, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Add the remaining oil and garlic and cook covered for another two minutes. Uncover cook another three minutes. Off heat stir in vinegar (I used balsamic).
The Entree: Pasta Bolognese. This recipe was adapted from The Silver Palate, and two on-line versions by Grace Parisi and Anne Burell. Back at the grocer I chose two tenderloin filets and asked the butcher to grind it. If I was going to eat it, it was going to be good stuff!
The wine: 2004 Brunello DiMontalcino La Fiorita. During his first week at home my spouse checked out wine internet sites.He found a great bargain on some very pricey wine and ordered two bottles. We do not collect wine, we drink it. It was beyond excellent!! I am certainly looking forward to the second bottle.