Appetizers
October 15, 2009
Steak, sweet potatoes a winning date-night combo

I'm not usually one to brag, but I earned a compliment this weekend that made me blush.

Since my husband and I have two small children, Saturday nights often are spent at home with a movie. I've been told it's normal, not pathetic, but I was trying to make it seem less so this past weekend, so I grabbed some filet mignon, Point Reyes blue cheese, and a few sweet potatoes while stocking up on groceries.

Once one child was in bed and another was heading that direction, I sequestered myself in the kitchen where I improvised my way to a surprisingly lovely dinner for two. I crusted the steak in ground peppercorns, salt and Grill Mates Spicy Montreal Steak Seasoning, gave it a quick sear in a pan and finished it with a few minutes in the oven. The filets were topped with blue cheese I had mixed with a little butter and served alongside mashed sweet potatoes spiced with a hint of cayenne and topped with glazed pecans.

We ate quietly.

"Why do we go out to dinner if you can cook this good?" my husband said.

The best part? The whole meal cost about $25.

To get the recipe for the mashed sweet potatoes, follow this link to my blog.

What's your favorite date-night dinner at home? What do you cook when you want to impress your loved ones? E-mail me your favorite recipe. I'll post the most mouth-watering one here and on my blog.

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