Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer Sprouts and Homegrown Potatoes

I'm starting to get bored of California summer. The stone fruits have come, grapes have started, figs are here . . . So, when I saw brussels sprouts at the farmers market last Saturday I grabbed them up like they were some kind of winter secret. Now what to do with them? Usually I'd pull out the maple syrup and give them a good turn in butter and maybe a pinch of cayenne -- just seems out of place when we are running the air conditioner. I decided to give them a quick shred and toss with Parmesan -- anything with cheese can't be bad, right?
For the potatoes -- part of what was our most disappointing potato harvest to date -- I like to try to do something special (or at least memorable) since they did come out of our yard. While I was in the shredding mode I did the potatoes too and tried to do a leek (another farmer's market purchase) and potato rosti -- not so pretty but pretty darn tasty.
A few months back while passing the time wandering through Eat Wild and Local Harvest I ordered a freezer load of grass fed, grass finished, certified humane (and an assortment of other foodie buzzwords) California raised beef. Since I still had no dinner plan at 3:30 this afternoon I pulled out a Flat Iron "Steak" -- quick thaw, quick cook for a winter tastes in summer dinner.
There it is, blog day one, Peppercorn Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Butter, Leek and Potato Rosti and Shredded Brussels Sprouts


  1. Just started following your blog! I love that you describe your dinners as I am addicted to good food! I look forward to some great ideas and that you are conscious about where you get your food and what you are eating is a plus for me!!

  2. Welcome to What James Had For Dinner! i try to keep giving tips on finding the earth and taste friendly ingredient choices