Sunday night is steak night at our house. Hubs usually grills ribeye, and he’s such a bbq master that I refuse to get steak elsewhere. Our Sunday night tradition started about seven years ago, when Jie Jie was a baby. Hubs and I were eating our first steak in a long time, and gave a bite to Jie Jie on a whim. She devoured it. Ever since then, both girls chomp down easily a pound of USDA Prime every Sunday.
The problem with giving your children good eats is that they expect it on a regular basis. And they won’t settle for less. When the price of beef started going up, I urged Hubs to get choice instead of prime. The girls refused to eat steak that night and the following week at Costco, insisted that we get the “blue pack.” The fact that a 2 and 4 year old can decipher and remember the packaging between prime and choice at Costco is scary. I didn’t know who I felt more sorry for: Me, who had to pay for top-of-the-line steak for the next 20 years, or their future husbands, who would have to deal with such high maintenance wives.
Fast forward seven years and the toddler appetites are becoming more adult-like. I watched Hubs cut 3 slices of steak last week, and my eyes nearly feel out of their sockets. We buy prime ribeye at Costco in a vacuum pack; it’s $10.99/pound, which is a lot cheaper than $25 at Whole Paycheck. That being said, if he uses a third of the vacuum pack ($180), that’s a $60 dinner! Hubs said it would be much more expensive at a steakhouse, which I agree with, but who eats at a steakhouse every Sunday?
It was time to take matters into my own hand. At Costco this week, I perused the butcher counter. Since when was ground beef $4.99/pound? As I wondered if “organic” was a marketing ploy, I saw a special on pork loin. $1.99 a pound with a $2 rebate? I never had pork loin before, but 7 pounds for $10. I’m in!
I decided to try this Epicurious recipe for rosemary and garlic pork loin. It had 400 reviews and high ratings, and usually Epicurious doesn’t let me down. The rub smelled delicious as I made it, and I threw 3 potatoes (diced) beneath the roast.
The loin come out moist, but didn’t have much flavor. Hubs drowned his in Tonkatsu sauce, but the girls both ate one slice. Jie Jie said she liked it: “It tastes like steak!” I’m not too sure what steak she is referring to, but it wasn’t ribeye. I was proud that I learned how to roast a moist pork loin. More importantly, for that price, pork loin will now be in our regular rotation.
Mei Mei wanted to bake something for her teachers. I was in the midst of making 2 pans of lasagna so I needed something quick. We decided to make oreo-stuffed brownies. The recipe is really simple. Use your favorite boxed brownie mix, follow instructions, pour half of the batter in a pan, layer oreos, and top with remaining brownie batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The girls thought the brownies were awesome. There didn’t seem to be enough batter for one pan (8 inch square), so I would double the batter next time.