Feb 11, 2011

IHCC: That's Amore! And stinky cheese.

I Heart Cooking Clubs is all about love this week, asking...

Which of Giada's recipes say amore or love to you?

What is love?  
A question that's been pondered since there were people to love.

People show love in ways we don't always catch. 

Love is my mom driving my brothers and I to McKenzie's bakery every single Valentine's day without fail so we could each get a heart shaped cookie with red icing.

Love is my brothers and I putting on a show of excitement even though we all thought the heart shaped McKenzie's Valentine cookies royally sucked.  They were drier than British humor.

Love is my dad putting up with The Boy climbing all over him and poking his bald head when I know his neck and shoulder and back are screaming in pain.

Love is The Boy placing his little hand on my arm, asking, "How was your day, mom?  You look tired."

Love is The Dog hyperventilating in anticipation as she waits for The Boy to finish homework so they can go outside to play.

Love is The Husband having a cup of coffee ready when I get home from work and my fuzzy, sparkly, girly slippers waiting when I walk in the door because he knows I need them both.

People show love in strange ways too.

Like flowers...one of the most popular Valentine's gifts.  What's the message there?  Nothing like a bouquet of severed floral sex organs to say "I love you."

But who am I to judge?  I show my love with stinky cheese.  Big hunks 'o red meat and stinky cheese.  Anniversaries, Birthdays, Valentine's Day...it's always steak with stinky cheese.  Maybe grilled steak with blue cheese butter.  Or one of The Husband's favorites

Giada's Petite Filet w/ Gorgonzola Mushroom Sauce

It might not always be obvious.
And it might sometimes be strange.
I love you, Stinky.

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Petite Filet w/ Gorgonzola & Mushroom Sauce
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
original recipe can be seen at foodnetwork.com

For the steak:
4 beef tenderloin filets, 1 1/2-2" thick
salt and black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
4 Tbsp finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c white wine
1/2 Tbsp flour
3/4 c heavy cream
rounded 1/4 tsp dried thyme
3 Tbsp gorgonzola
salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350.

Season the filets with salt and pepper.  Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in an oven safe skillet over high heat.  When the oil is hot, sear the filets 3-4 minutes on each side.  Place the filets in the oven to finish cooking to desired doneness (130-135 for medium rare, 140-145 for medium, 150-155 for medium well, 160 for well done)

Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a second skillet over medium high heat.  When hot, add the mushrooms and allow to brown on the edges.  Add the onions and saute until softened.  Add the garlic and wine and cook a few minutes more.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir.  Add the cream and thyme.  Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.  Simmer until thickened. 

Just before serving, add the gorgonzola and stir until melted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle in the parsley.  Serve over the filets.

My friend Cindy (Hun...What's for Dinner) sent me a Stylish Blogger Award.
Thanks, Cindy!

The rules are that I have to share some things about moi and pass this award onto 15 other bloggers.

~I blab about everything under the freakin' sun on here, but when asked to provide information, I clam up.  What's that about?

~I like puns.  The more ridiculous, the better.

~Seeing the word "fart" in print sends me into a giggle fit.  I once came home to a handwritten sign taped to my door.  That sign had one word written on it: Fart.  I stood in the driveway and laughed until I cried.  Especially when I pictured what the mail carrier must have thought.

I'm sending this award to:

Amy's WFD Blog
Around My Family Table
Couscous and Consciousness
Debbie Does Dinner Healthy
Eats Well With Others
The Friday Friends
Kahakai Kitchen

A Moderate Life
Once Upon a Feast
The Recipe Review
Recipes of a Cheapskate
Stirring the Pot


  1. Thanks for the award girly! I'll share something next week.

    Loved reading your post. We do show our love in lots of different ways. Stinky cheese is way better than flowers though:) That gorgonzola sauce looks amazing and I bet it went perfectly with that steak. That's Amore for sure!

    Hope you all have a great weekend!

  2. What is love? To me love is never having to say you're sorry.

    And love is that gorgeous filet with the rich sauce from Giada.

    Congratulations on your Stylish Blog Award. Puns are so much fun aren't they. Happy Valentine's day.

  3. I am all over that kind of love! That filet is just screaming for me to take a bite of it! Good choice!

  4. Great post and thanks for the love in the shape of an award. You make me blush.

  5. Thanks for the award!

    and I'm totally drooling over this. I've been trying to find good butters/sauces/cheese to serve over steak. Especially with grilling season coming up!

    Can't wait to give this a try!

    -Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

  6. hee hee hee...such a cute post! Congrats on your award and thanks so much for passing it on to me, I'm honored. I hope you don't mind if I don't repost it, because I just answered these questions last week...but it's here if you want to know what I said:http://www.girlichef.com/2011/02/bit-of-tasty-chatter-including-events.html. Thanks again =) And I think the way you say "love" is fantastic. The stinkier the better in my eyes!

  7. "I love you, Stinky."

    Wow! That might be the most mushy thing you've ever said to me!

    I love you, too.

  8. Thanks for thinking about me!! :-)

  9. Ah, ha ha! Now that you've stopped laughing, just wanted to say great post. Even though I'm not much of a beef eater, I would adore that steak with stinky gorgonzola.

    Thanks also for the award - I've just posted a response :-)

    Have a great weekend, farty pants :-)
    Sue xo

  10. Give me stinky cheese over severed floral sex organs any day!!! Great post, lovely recipe. Have a great (stinky) weekend!

  11. Thank you so much for the award! It made my day!

  12. That looks good and would be perfect for V=Day (I love stinky cheese too!). Have a great weekend.

  13. If you can't eat stinky cheese with the one you love, who can you eat it with?? Love the post!!! Have a great Valentine's Day my friend!!

  14. Stinky cheese and red meat work for me! ;-)

    Thanks do much for sharing the award too. Wonderful to be in such great company!

  15. Stinky cheese is the perfect way to show love!

  16. I am with you - stinky cheese is love! Wonderful dinner, and I loved the sentiments too. ♥

  17. Someone already said it...but...FART!! lol
    I love stinky cheese!!
    And I love your stories.
    Thanks for the award... I will be writing stuff about myself soon...but nothing to make us laugh as much as fart does you. (laughing again)

  18. Stinky cheese is a great way to show some love!

  19. What a beautiful post, both in thought and recipe inspiration! That is one steak dish that I WILL make and SOON! Hubby won't eat the gorgonzola, but I'll swallow all that's left on his plate! What a winner. This Giada round up has been so great! Now following you; so sorry to be so slow at doing that. Can't wait to keep up with all of your posts! Roz at la bella vita PS: Congrats on the award; you are very deserving!!!!


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