Steak with Red Wine-Mushroom Pan Sauce

Steak with Red Wine-Mushroom Pan Sauce {Apartment 302}

Steak.  The meat that stayed in my mouth, as I proclaimed as an opinionated (some would say picky) 3 year old.  I have to admit I have never cooked a steak before today.  As a part-time vegetarian since about 15 years old, I hadn’t eaten a steak since I was a teenager living at home.  When I do eat meat, one thing that is important to me is to buy my meat from humane, free range Alberta farms (organic for bonus points!), as often as possible.  I had no clue what I was doing when I picked out my steak at the Farmer’s Market but the butcher complimented my choice, so I must have done something right!  The next challenge was to turn this tender cut of meat into a perfectly cooked dinner that would make the cow proud.  Enter the meat thermometer.  I rely on one of these gadgets while cooking or I will turn a fine piece of meat into a cardboard substitute.  As much as I am lusting over a ThermoWorks Themapen, my $5.00 Ikea one will have to do for now.  And for someone who doesn’t particularly love steak, I have to say I did a pretty good job on this one!  And it was super easy!  The killer Red Wine-Mushroom Pan Sauce was just the cherry on top!

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Roasted Tomato Salad

Roasted Tomato Salad {Apartment 302}

Tonight I was in the mood for a salad.  But not the normal heaping pile of rabbit food that I usually call a salad.  I wanted something that felt a little more special than usual.  So I decided oven roasted tomatoes would do the trick.  I have a love-hate relationship with tomatoes.  I love them in salads but I hate them in sandwiches.  When I order a burger at a restaurant, I don’t ask for them without tomatoes because I like to pick them off and eat them on the side.  I guess there’s just a time and place for them, and it’s not in my burger, it’s in my salad.

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Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup {Apartment 302}

Trudging up to my apartment on Monday, exhausted after a gruelling kickboxing session, I was greeted by my neighbour offering me a bowl of homemade Potato Soup.  I can not tell you how happy I was that I said yes!  (Not that I would have ever said no, she always makes the best food!).  Heaped on the couch, I devoured the soup (and cried a little when I slurped down the last spoonful).  It was the best soup I have ever eaten.  After permeating my thoughts all week, I finally decided to attempt my own version.  And yes, I totally licked the bowl clean.

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Chocolate Coconut Scones

Chocolate Coconut Scones {Apartment 302}

What I make in the kitchen vastly depends on whether or not I plan on going to the grocery store that day.  For the last few days I had planned on going grocery shopping today (my day off).  But when I got up this morning, I knew that was not going to happen.  It was definitely a pyjamas and couch kind of day.  While sipping on some coffee and perusing the internet, I came across a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Scones.  And, luckily for me, I happened to have all of the ingredients in my pantry!

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