My Christmas Eve dinner came out so great! I made lobster tails. I wanted to butterfly them, but forgot to defrost after bringing them home from the store. I was able to use kitchen scissors to cut the shell, but couldn’t pry the meat away from it. The directions work, so bookmark them if you like to make seafood. I’ve done it before in the past and they totally came out like the photo w/the meat on top of the shell. If my knife block didn’t have scissors included, I’d probably get these by J.A. Henckels.
I do the baked potato cheat. I microwave for 5-7 minutes, then stick them in the oven. The potatoes were huge, though, and I had to microwave for a total of 10 min, then put them in the oven w/the lobster tails. I cooked a piece of steak in a Lodge grill pan on the stove top. I love that thing. I also love my cast iron grill press, which I pre-heat in the pan. It gets the grill marks going and helps the meat cook faster. I used to try different spices, but now I just use sea salt, ground pepper and Yoshida’s marinade. We also had spinach. I hope I learn to love another easy to cook, green vegetable. I use spinach quite a bit.
I wish I had pictures to share. I didn’t even think of it until I drafted this post. I have to say that I really prefer cooking at home to eating out. I worked in restaurants for a number of years and it usually doesn’t feel relaxing or luxurious to me. Service can be hit or miss and so can the food. I figure a surf & turf meal might cost $100 and making it at home was about $35. I like that second number much better. I’m not cooking for Christmas. We’re doing spaghetti at my sister’s, which will be a first. It’s not a typical holiday meal for us, y’know? But it’s easy and it just sounded good for a large group. I’m in charge of garlic bread. Yum!
Do you prefer to eat out, cook it yourself or both? And if celebrating Christmas, what are you up to today…?