Monday, December 19, 2011

A meaty Monday night dinner with friends

About a week ago, I was sitting at On the Border, munching on chips and queso and playing with my phone while I waited on my friend to arrive. After I caught up on my WordFeud games, I moved on to Facebooking.  I noticed The Double R Ranch was doing a contest, so, of course I just had to enter.
That’s the thing with me and Facebook contests. I feel compelled to enter them. I guess it’s because, as someone who manages Facebook pages both for the magazine I work for and for my Make Mine Beef, I know how good it feels to have lots of people enter your contests. It’s just so fun, and I love sharing that with other admins out there. Plus, there’s always the chance I’ll win, so there’s that.
Later that evening, I was Facebooking again — this time from the checkout line at the grocery store —when my own name caught my attention in the news feed. I’d won 4 strip steaks! Needless to say, I was overjoyed. And when the package arrived Friday, I was just plain giddy to open the box and find my free beef.
I decided to serve the steaks with twice-baked potatoes, rolls and individual deep dish chocolate chip cookie pies with ice cream on top. A good friend of ours and his little girl (who loves steak!) joined us.

Our steaks were delicious! I cooked them indoors in my cast iron skillet and they looked like this: 

The dessert was yum-o, and oh-so-easy. I got the idea from this blog, but cheated for time’s sake and used premade dough. Shh! Don’t tell anyone. They looked like this:

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