4th of July

Three day weekends are always nice. Especially since I was spending it with my man. Especially since I was spending time with his family. ESPECIALLY since after this weekend we weren’t going to see each other for almost a month.

Saturday we drove down to his hometown to celebrate 4th of July, his mom’s birthday and his sister’s birthday. We spent some time at his brother’s house and hung out for a couple of hours. I made homemade guacamole and I’m happy to say it was a hit! I love making food for people and them liking it.

There was also salsa on the table that was supposedly spicy hot, so we all tried it and chased it down with guac, haha! But the best food at that get together was Robert’s mom’s cookies. Yes, that is a photo of me chowing down on her cookies. So delicious, so moist, so yummy.

Afterwards, Robert and I had dinner with his parents–it was Saturday night so that meant steak dinner! His family has a tradition of Steak Saturdays with juicy steaks, baked potatoes, greens and dessert.

Later that night we made an appearance at one of Robert’s friend’s parties because he was leaving the navy. I had been to this guy’s house before and it’s always a good time hearing the crazy stories and what Robert was like way before I met him. We stayed around for awhile then headed back home cause we’re old people and have early bed times.

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Sunday was mostly spent going to various stores to get food ready for the 4th. Went to Costco to get the meat–we’ll get to that later–99 Ranch to satisfy my dim sum craving and Vons for ingredients for cookies. Later on in the day, Robert got a PS2 emulator on his computer along with the games Kingdom Hearts and Ape Escape 2. Was feeling super nostalgic so I spent a few hours playing the games!

The big day, the big 4th of July, the big day we would tackle the tenderloin meat. Recently Robert had been watching Good Eats with Alton Brown on Netflix. He came across the episodes for “Tender is the Loin” (Part 1 &  Part 2) and said we should make these meats for 4th of July. And that we did. If you have Netflix, you can get the step-by-step details on how to prep and cook each part of the tenderloin.

It took a couple of hours because it was a large piece of meat. A $65 hunk of meat, but we managed to make several filet mignon cuts, a pot roast cut with tons left over. According to Alton Brown, this part of the cow is not used so it sits and is very tender when cooked, which is what I was most excited about. I love my meat red, raw and yummy.

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Needless to say, the cooked steaks were amazing. They all had great, buttery flavor and literally melted in your mouth. Even if it’s cooked well–his roommate tried that cut. It was a meatful feast, and I’m still salivating for it.

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