Friday, March 12, 2010

Right On 'Cue

A couple of weeks ago, I scored a marvelous, thick, bone-in rib eye steak from Prather Ranch via the farmer's market but the weather wasn't cooperating. No warm, sunny days, just rain, rain, rain.

Here in NOCA, we need all the rain we squeeze in between the end of October and the end of March, our rainy season. It rarely rains the rest of the year so we have to make the most of the wet.

However, we've had some years of light rain recently, during which we all got royally spoiled by day after day of sunshine, so now we are all whining and carrying on about what is actually a pretty normal rainy season. I am the Queen of the Whiners.

When we finally, finally scored a lovely, warm, sunshiny day, I whipped that steak out of the freezer, thawed it in the sun, and fired up the barbecue. It probably didn't need another thing but we coated it with a little garlic-and-herb seasoning anyway and slapped it on the grill. While it was resting, I nipped outside to cut about 10 of the big Swiss chard leaves that are loving all this rain in my garden, and butter steamed them with some garlic.

The steak was perfect, pink and beyond scrumptious. My Beloved even gnawed on the bone like a caveman and enjoyed every growl and gnash. As the sun set behind Mount Tam, instead of behind a bank of clouds, we enjoyed the first barbecued dinner of the season, right on cue.


Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Oh, wow. We got a rib eye from Marin Sun Farms a few years ago and it was thick, like yours.
We grilled it. I'm sure we bungled it; I remember it coming out sort of blackish.
Yours looks meaty and fine.

Welcome, return of good weather. (Well, not today! Grr.)

Friday, March 12, 2010  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Yum! E-mail summa dat to ol' «Louis», willya?!

(Editor to «Louis»: Whatever are you thinking?! Vous-êtes une vache! - and you want to eat beef?!?!
«Louis» to Editor: I musta thought she had PORK on that plate...)

Friday, March 12, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, I'm encouraging Dr. Biggles to give us all barbecuing lessons - you could urge him, too!

Louis, ooops! Maybe it _was_ just a very undercooked pork chop?

Saturday, March 13, 2010  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

Mr Brown always gnaws on the bone like a caveman - meat on sticks is one of his most favourite things in the whole world.
Our local Italian butcher does those dinosaur steaks on the bone, they are a special treat indeed.

Saturday, March 13, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Morgan, MB loves those, as well, and to tell the truth, so do I. The bone does add flavor.

Sunday, March 14, 2010  

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