Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Where There's Smoke...


there's a pretty happy guy, knife & fork in hand.

Sticking to my pledge to actually make more of the recipes from the half-dozen or so cooking magazines I get, Matt fired up the grill for this Wood-Smoked Tri-Tip with Sicillian Herb Sauce (Bon Appetit, July '07).

The beef is generously salted & peppered, left to sit a bit, then grilled over wood chips. When target temperature is reached, take it off, let it rest, slice thinly. Thyme, garlic, oregano and salt are processed with lemon juice & olive oil, and poured over the slices.

We added some par-boiled potatoes to the grill, creating the most seductively smoky starch-based food I've ever tasted. I see smoked potato salad in our future...

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9 Thoughts for food:

At 3:30 PM, Blogger thepassionatecook said...

this looks amazing! i can almost taste it. we have a gas barbeque, so i will have to have the woodchips on a baking tray on the grill, but it works pretty well as well. mmh! hickory-smoked pork ribs maybe? thanks for giving me a great idea here!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Looks fantastic! I don't eat red meat all that frequently, but those photos make me want to dig in! :)

At 3:17 AM, Anonymous The TriniGourmet said...

scrumptious :D

have sent in my blog party 23 entry :)

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I think this looks fabulous. I wish I would have seen it before hitting the grocery store!

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Sorry it's taken so long to reply...we had a fried electrical outlet. There were sparks, and everything!

But Matt did the guy-thing, and all's well now...

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Johanna! I'm glad you can do it. In fact, the recipe had instructions for using a gas grill.

And I must apologize; I've missed yet ANOTHER Waiter, there's something in my...event.

I suck.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Erin, seriously...I almost wanted to eat it!

And I barely ate red meat when I was a carnivore! It smelled heavenly, too...

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Sarina!

Matt's still living off that roast...it was HUGE.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Heather!

Well, you can just plan for the next week...but trust me, use a MUCH smaller cut. This one was enormous.


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