Thursday, August 23, 2012

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 24

If a recipe says to broil something, I am not making it. I have no level of comfort with that setting on my oven. Quite frankly, the gas grill is not my friend either. The ingredient yeast used to frighten me off, until the day I cracked my big girl knuckles and actually kneaded some homemade bread. Tomatillos were another ingredient that put any otherwise seemingly delightful dish on the do not attempt list, simply because I did not know what lied beneath the festive wrapping.
Oh, so a tomatillo is a giftwrapped tomato...sort of.
My father's kitchen is a safe haven from wayward cuts of meat, high oven temperatures, and scary vegetables. Sure, those things all lurk there, but he can ward away frightening directions with a wave of his wooden spoon. When I forwarded a recipe for him to try that contained tomatillos, he replied that he enjoyed them and we would make the dish during our weekend visit. It makes me happy to be in Dad's kitchen.
I try not to doubt the guy who worked for a butcher starting at age 14. All steaks are not equal.
Mmmmmmmm.
 I hope there was a lot on your plate that made you happy this week.


17 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmm...can I come to your dad's house, too? I will even do the dishes afterward!

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    1. He would love to have you, but you might have to bring some Texas BBQ sauce!

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  2. My father has unwittingly been on the Atkins diet for 72 years. He'd get along great w/ your Pop! Looks FANTASTIC!

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  3. Mmmmm, meat!!! I'd take a big steak over a salad any day (yeah I know you are thinking - big surprise)
    I'm scared of the broil setting too. Why is that?? We should just try it and see what happens. You go first, OK

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  4. OMG I'd be a lot happier if that were on my plate!!! That looks soooooo good!

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  5. I'm afraid of tomatillos and grills too! Good to know I'm not alone.

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  6. OH MIGOSH TOmatillos!!

    Oh, the mouth watering memories you just evoked!!

    My grandmother would stuff them with white cheese and bread them then deep fry them. Then we'd cut into them and HO MY GOD whoowee! What a delicious blend of sweet, sharp, and melty.

    Thank you!

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  7. Oh yum, that looks delicious! I have never cooked a tomatillo, either. I can't really say I know what it is! :/

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    1. They were yummy, and not at all scary (once unwrapped...they made the tomatoes seem so dull)

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  9. Now THAT is some meat! But I have to say, I make a mean green salsa with tomatillos. In fact, it would be damned good on those steaks!

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    1. Now that I have met the tomatillo, I'd love to try that!

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  10. I grilled carne asada for lunch today and it was delicious. That's what I usually fix when I use our grill. I hard to mess it up. If you don't know what carne asada is, it's kind of a steak equivalent to beef jerky. Chopped up it's excellent to use for tacos.


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  11. The steaks look amazing! Thank you for showing me the tomatillos! I've always wondered!

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