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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Lazy weekend report

Canal SculptureIt's summer, and I've been treating it like a vacation as much as possible. Posting frequency will eventually increase, honest!

This past weekend got off to a good start on the Fourth with a holiday pitch-in that featured plenty of good food and wine. Everybody outdid themselves, but the things I wish I had more of right now are the red beans and rice, the Foley Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2005 and the Niner Fogcatcher 2004.

On Saturday, we went for a walk in the woods then followed that up with a walk along the canal in downtown Indianapolis, from Buggs Temple to White River State Park and back. We had lunch at the Creation Café where we met a very nice young Rottweiler on the deck, stopped and looked at the 1944 Terre Haute grocery at the Indiana Historical Society, had some Scotch eggs and a few brews at McNiven's, listened to a few songs at the Biergarten at the Athenaeum, then finally headed back home. Sunday was much slower-paced — we fixed the invisible fence, which had been knocked out during a storm (yay!), chased a few tennis balls, and ended the weekend with dry-brined rosemary ribeyes.

Dry-brined Rosemary Ribeyes

boneless ribeye steaks
olive oil
rosemary, chopped (fresh or dried)
white pepper
Kosher salt

Lightly coat ribeyes on both sides with olive oil (I used garlic-infused). Sprinkle with chopped rosemary leaves and white pepper, then coat liberally with Kosher salt on all sides. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.

Preheat grill, then unwrap steaks and rinse off salt under cold water. Reapply a little more rosemary and white pepper, then grill over direct heat until done to your liking. (About five minutes per side got ours to medium rare.) We had a nice bottle of Barco Negro 2005 with ours, and it was a perfect end to our three-day weekend. If only we had one of those every month....
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:58 AM


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