Sunday, October 28, 2007


"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings,
as now in October.

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

~ Sunday neighborhood tour

~ Easy supper adapted from FOOD & WINE (October 2006)
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into Tbsps.
6 minced coves garlic
4 minced scallions
1 1/2 pounds stemmed shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tsp. minced rosemary
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
coarsely ground black pepper
2 cups organic beef stock
2 cup dry red wine
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp. cold water
coarse salt
2 baguettes
2 lbs. filet mignon, sliced 1/2 inch thick
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • In large, deep skillet, melt 4 Tbsp. of butter. Add 1/3 of the minced garlic and all of the scallions. Cook over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add shittakes and cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add rosemary, thyme and 1 tsp. of pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until shiitakes begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add stock, wine and soy sauce. Bring to boil. Simmer gently until reduced to 1 cup, about 40 minutes. Stir cornstarch mixture and whisk into liquid. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt; keep warm.
  • Preheat broiler. Cut baguettes into thirds and split the pieces lengthwise, taking care not to cut all the way thorough.
  • In small saucepan, melt remaining butter. Add remaining minced garlic and cook over low heat about 4 minutes. Brush garlic butter on baguettes and sprinkle lightly with salt. Broil bread, cut side up for about 1 minute, until golden.
  • Preheat grill. Brush tenderloin slices with oil; season with salt & pepper. Grill meat until medium-rare, about 5 minutes. Dip meat in mushroom sauce and arrange on baguettes. Spoon mushroom sauce on top, close sandwiches and serve with good red wine. (6 servings)


Ki said...

Trees on fire. Absolutely stunning colors. Do you have a photo sharing site like Flickr where we can see the individual photos?

Your gourmet meals make me feel like our dinners are plain and poor in comparison especially when we are both tired and no one wants to cook so it's mac and cheese from a box, sheesh.

joey said...

How kind, Ki. I have been exploring sites but not had time to follow through. Which do you think is best?

Cooking is somewhat like photography ... enjoyment is in the eye of the beholder as well as in the taste buds. As you can see, I love seasonal food. Most every post is quite simple. Give it a whirl! Or simply top that mac & cheese with some sauteed red, yellow & orange peppers ... or artichoke hearts ... or black olives ... Next time, substitute whole wheat pasta for the mac & cheese. Before you know it, you'll be a pro in the kitchen.