NYs for NYE

For the past several years (I lost track of when we began this tradition), I have made this dinner to celebrate New Years Eve. New York steaks on New Years Eve… just made sense (could be the “NY” parallel).

NY Dinner tradition
Finished dish

It’s rosemary New York steaks with roasted potatoes. The rosemary and cooking method give it a very nice rustic flavor that goes well with wine and champagne (mostly wine). I usually serve a green vegetable (usually roasted) with the main dish but, this year opted for a crudités plate, with goat cheese and crackers, for an appetizer. That got our veggies out of the way and make for some good snacking.

NY Dinner tradition

It starts off with going to the butcher counter and selecting the best NY steaks you can find. I like thicker cuts because, well… more steak is better steak. Pickup a 1-2 lb bag of red potatoes and some sprigs of rosemary, and you are good to go.

NY Dinner tradition

Get a cast iron pan screaming hot (preheat your oven to 425 degrees, with the pan in the oven. Once the oven comes to temp, place the pan on your hottest stovetop burner to bring it up to ~500 deg). Add 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil to the pan. When the bubbling subsides, sear one side fo the steaks for 3 minutes. Flip and sear the other for 2 minutes.

NY Dinner tradition

Cast iron is the way to go but, if you don’t have one, your regular fry pan will do. I like the crust/sear that cast iron gives you. The point is to keep it in one dish. I did this once on an outdoor grill, which was nice, but cleanup took longer.

Place the steaks on a plate, to the side. Add a little more olive oil, then put your red potatoes (halved) into the pan, cut side down. Scatter some small rosemary sprigs around it. Place in your 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.

NY Dinner tradition

Your bed of potatoes is now ready to welcome your steaks back into the pan. Place the steaks on top of the potatoes, then back into the oven for another ~10 minutes. Depending how don you want your steak, and how thick they are, it may take longer. I like mine medium-rare to medium. Use your thermometer!

NY Dinner tradition

And, scene! Let your steaks rest while you prep your plates and pour more wine. Slice the steaks thin and serve. Enjoy!

Five things for the week

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Lady Bird Mural
  1. No resolutions for 2019. No projects, writing or photographic. No defined things to change, do, or observe. Just another year, intentionally. I need 2019 to be my “recalibration” year. A year where I can just “be” without expectations.
  2. 2018 was difficult. It wasn’t, when compared to others’ 2018 anything remote to “difficult” but, for me? Difficult. I made a huge necessary change in moving back to California, mainly because I was struggling in early 2018. A lot. The remaining part was me trying to get reacclimatized to (what sounds weird to say/type) my own life. Thus, the reason for #1 (above).
  3. I have fully accepted and embraced my introversion. I truly have but, I do need to work on some balance. I have let my lifestyle stray way further into it than it should have.
  4. I want to start working on my own defined timeline and stop working off of other’s timelines. I need to drive more.
  5. I didn’t end up buying a car this past week (many reasons) but am still on the lookout for one. It makes the shopping experience easy when there is no timeline/deadline or sense of urgency.

Recently read, watched, and listened

Read

It may sound weird but, I intentionally avoided reading a lot, this past week. I wanted to keep my mind clear and I wanted to keep myself from “hiding” behind books instead of getting out to enjoy my week off. While that didn’t quite work out as planned, it was still quite nice (to be lazy).

I do have quite the reading list ready to go for 2019.


Watched

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) – Argh! It almost ruined the book for me, it was so bad. So bad that I added the book onto my reading list so that I can refresh how good the story really is. Such wasted talent (cast) and opportunity for this movie to be epic.

The spare time that we had, this week, we spent trying to clear some more recordings from the DVR. That experience just made me realize how bad the majority ofd television shows are. So many recycled storylines and cliches.


Listened

Bear Brook (podcast) – My wife and I listened to all of the episodes on our drive (from Sacramento to LA), on Christmas Eve. It’s fascinating though, the “jumpy” timeline made it difficult for me to describe to others.

Five things for the week

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  1. This. Just… we just need more of this in 2019. Throughout the whole year. I know that I want to do more. I love random, anonymous, acts of kindness. I’ll be looking to do more in 2019.
  2. There’s an 80% chance I’ll be buying a car (used) this week. We have been a one-car household for the latter half of 2018 and it was okay. I’m starting to realize, though, that I need to get out into the world a lot more often than I have been, lately. A car isn’t the answer but, it definitely would help.
  3. I’m enjoying the daily Connect Four games my wife and I have at our dining room table. It’s one of her favorite games and we recently started playing it again.
  4. I rejoined Nextdoor (since our move back to CA) for our new neighborhood and yeah, it’s still a dumpster fire of a social media platform. Now, instead of arguments breaking out between random strangers, I can witness arguments breaking out between neighbors. Fun stuff. Thinking about deleting the app again.
  5. Merry Christmas!

Recently read, watched, and listened

Read

I wasted my time on Lee Child’s The Christmas Scorpion. Sure, it was cheap and just meant to be a short story but, I got no enjoyment from it whatsoever. I can’t even throw my “it’s entertaining because it’s part of a series and even if it is predictable, like every other procedural, I still am entertained” defense because, I wasn’t.

No excuses but, all of my other reading this week was school and work related, all in the interest of closing up all of the loose ends before going out on vacation.


Watched

Once my workday (the last of 2018) ended, I started watching Season 8 of Voltron: Legendary Defender. I love this series and think that Dreamworks did a good job with this reboot. The season (I’m only 4 episodes in as of this writing) is a slow burn; definitely building up to something big.


Listened

The simple joy of loading all of my music onto my iPhone, opening the music app, and then letting the songs play on shuffle. I get to hear songs I forgot I had, artists I forgot had existed and wonder what they are up to now, and feelings and imagery I haven’t visited since, in some cases, decades. Even when I’m home alone, I still opt to put on my headphones and let shuffle run its course. I’m able to get lost in both what I am doing and what I am listening to.

Some of my favorite “rediscoveries”:

And then, pretty much the entire Michael Jackson catalog. He was a musical genius.