Big J is out of town and little j is spending the night with a friend, so I have the house to myself all evening. It's been about 2 1/2 years since that has happened. I thought about going to a movie or going out to dinner, but in the end, I decided to stay home and watch two movies that I have from Netflix (The Visitor and Cache) and make myself dinner.
I went to the store and picked up a nice New York strip steak and a couple other dinner essentials. I also bought a bottle of wine. And here's where it gets a little funny. I was looking at the wine and I found this nice bottle that was a little more than I usually spend, but not outrageous.
I got home to my potato baking and got everything ready for dinner and then went to open the wine and realized that HOLY SHIT! I just spent almost $50 on a bottle of wine. Well, you can be sure I did not open the wine. I decided to keep that bottle of wine for an evening with Big J and opened another bottle that was nice . . . but not $50 nice.
I grilled the steak using the new All-Clad grill pan I received for Christmas and it was nearly perfect: 90 seconds on each side and then 4 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees.
I had that with my baked potato and a simple salad of greens, olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and shaved Parmesan.
An easy but delicious dinner for one.