It’s that time of year again – my husband’s birthday!!! He’s past the hump this year, a hefty 26. So, how to we celebrate his entry into the latter half of his twenties?? Filet mignon, of course!! We rarely eat steak of any kind due to its price, but I found a great deal on a couple of filets at King Soopers and I couldn’t resist! Not only was our meat selection amazing, but we also ate it in an amazing setting… Steamboat Springs!
I surprised David with a trip to our friends’ cabin at Steamboat Lake for his birthday. It was quite the adventure: blizzard on the way up, getting lost, hiking in 4 feet of snow to the cabin, malfunctioning snowmobiles, snow avalanche that trapped us in the cabin, 5 feet of digging to escape, and getting our car stuck in the snow/mud. It wasn’t all bad, though! We had a quite, relaxing weekend away filled with quality time, intimacy, and delicious food.
Filet mignon with an aged Zin reduction
roasted new potatoes
and pecan shortbread pie for dessert (store bought)
We prepared our steaks as I mentioned in a previous post – with a salt, pepper, and sugar rub that we seared on the stove and finished in the oven until the center of the meat got up to 130 (aka medium). I cannot stress enough the importance of allowing meat to rest after you remove it from the heat! Letting meat rest is essential to keeping meat tender and juicy. I know it looks so good that you just can’t contain yourself enough to leave it alone for 5-8 minutes staring at you with its juicy goodness, but it seriously makes the difference between so so meat, and amazing, mouthwatering meat!
We sauteed the asparagus in a little bit of olive oil over medium heat, and seasoned with salt and pepper.
We diced the potatoes, coated them lightly with olive oil and tossed them with salt, pepper, rosemary, paprika, and cayenne. We baked them in the oven at 400, stirring occasionally until the outside was crispy and the inside was nice and soft.
What a meal!! Don’t you wish every birthday could be this good? What is your favorite or ideal birthday meal?