Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping can be a chore, everyone knows that. I especially need to stay organized when doing my grocery shopping because a lot of the times I am shopping for other events such as cooking classes, or catering events as well. I get such a kick out of shopping for a meal, adding it all up, and realizing how much money I saved verses going out to eat. A steak dinner for 4 at home with baked potatoes and roasted asparagus approximately $30. If 4 of us went out to dinner it would be $30 per person + +. Eating at home can and should be a joy, and you can make everything just the way you want it.
Something we like to do to make our steak nights a little more special is to make a quick hollandaise. This quick and easy accompaniment can be very versatile and can be used on your steak or your vegetables.
Blender Hollandaise
3 large egg yolks
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 dash of Tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
1 stick of butter, melted
In a blender combine egg yolks, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Pulse blender several times to combine. With the blender on slowly drizzle in melted butter. Tada you have hollandise.

If you would like to turn this into a bearnaise:
2 Tbs white wine
2 Tbs tarragon vinegar
1 medium shallot, minced
1/2 tsp fresh or dried tarragon
1 clove of garlic smashed
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, and reduce by half. Make hollandaise the same just substituting 2 Tbs water for the lemon juice. Strain wine reduction, pour into blender, and pulse several times to combine.

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