birthday filet

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.

Our menu:

Filet mignon with an aged Zin reduction
sauteed asparagus
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?


2 thoughts on “birthday filet

  1. From the time I was a young child I always liked a particular meatloaf made at a nearby restaurant. What made it different from my mother’s was that it was not cooked as done and it had peppers in it. Fortunately, I have recently found a recipe that is very close because the restaurant changed hands. Can you imagine a restaurant serving the same meat loaf recipe for over 50 years? The potato or vegetable doesn’t matter but my favorite cake is my grandmother’s recipe of orange sponge cake. My sister guilted my mother into making it for me when she was here last month. lol She probably said you might never again spend another birthday with Michelle, I know she would really enjoy you making it. Well, she will be 80 next month so you never know. lol And her cake came out better than ever. I watched and took careful notes so I could improve my own baking of that cake. My second favorite cake is a boxed spice cake which will do in a pinch.

    So I guess for me, it is the cake that is most important, not the meal.

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