September 23, 2012

Jeffrey's Peppery Steak Seasoning

The weather has cooled down here in central Iowa, and that has inspired Jeffrey to get out the grill.  This steak seasoning is savory and peppery.  If you aren't a huge fan of the black peppercorn's bite, just cut it back to your own preference level.  Enjoy!

Jeffrey's Peppery Steak Seasoning
(covers 2 8-ounce steaks)

2 teaspoons coarsely-ground fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
scant 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Grind the black pepper on a coarse setting.  You can use Tone's Restaurant Black Pepper if you don't have a pepper grinder, but fresh ground really does taste better.  We got our grinder at the local Penzey Spices - they have very durable grinders.  After the pepper is ground, combine all the spices and stir to mix thoroughly. 

Use a paper towel to "dry" the steaks, and then rub an ample amount of the seasoning on both sides.  Let the steaks rest at room temperature while you get the grill going (about 15 minutes).

Grill steaks to preferred level of doneness.

We like to serve the steaks with mushroom and cherry tomato kabobs.

With our steaks, we like to add baked potatoes with sour cream, topped with chives snipped from our herb garden, and buttered fresh green beans.

September 17, 2012

Lemon Grass Lao and Thai Cuisine

Lemon Grass is my absolute Number 1 favorite restaurant in Des Moines.  We eat there at least once a week!  The entrees feature lots of stir-fried veggies, and sensible portions of lean meat.

The dining area is small but very tastefully decorated.  There is also outside seating, which we take advantage of when the weather cooperates.

The appetizers are so good, sometimes that's all we order!  They are always out of the kitchen in a flash.  My favorite is the pork eggrolls.  They're so crunchy-crispy, yet still just about melt in your mouth.

Non-soggy potstickers, YAY!
pork eggrolls
Jeffrey and I both like these!

Other favorites are pictured here: 

panang curry
volcano noodles

pad thai
tom ka, a wonderful coconut milk soup

Lemon Grass is located at 1221 8th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa.  They are closed on Mondays.  I also should note that portions are very generous, and reasonably priced.

September 16, 2012

We're back!

After a lengthy absence, here we are back at the blog.  In the interim, my son has graduated from college and moved to New York City, we have reconnected with Jeffrey's son (and his girlfriend!), we managed to sell our Knoxville home, and I had a surgery which included a hysterectomy and breast cancer removal and treatment.  During all this, Jeffrey has  managed to find the energy to boost his career, and is now the assistant director at the clinic where he works.  So many changes!

We have been slow to return to cooking, partly because our life is fuller now with the opportunities that a bigger city holds, and partly because there are so many great restaurants in the greater Des Moines metro!

However, things are starting to feel more settled now, so we have a bit more opportunity to share our cooking and recipes with you.  We won't be posting as frequently, but we hope you enjoy what we'll bring to the table.

Cats have *totally* settled in!