"Let's make dinner for date night!" we said.
"I can make chicken in the crockpot!" said she.
"That sounds great" said he.
"Oops, I forgot" said she.
"We're already out so let's go to the store", said we.
"Hm, red meat sounds good. We have green beans at home... let's figure out how to make a steak without using the grill"
And so they did, and it was the most wonderful dinner ever. The end.
We've never made steak at home before. Both of us like red meat, but we don't make it often because of price. We do however have a weekly date night budget, so we spent money from that budget for our steak (we had no idea what we were doing in the meat section so we hoped for the best).
We set the table (sparkling grape juice leftover from NYE - we're fancy)
Played the Louis Armstrong Pandora channel.
For our steak: Carson coated it in garlic, rosemary, steak sauce, pepper and Worcestershire sauce and threw it in a bag to marinate for a couple minute. Then we put it in the broiler on a roasting pan for 3.5 minutes on either side. We like our steak pink in the middle, and this was perfect. Carson claims he's never had a better steak and I'm going to agree with him - it was good! I've heard good things about putting butter on top with some garlic so that might be our next recipe.
And for the green beans. We chopped off the ends, chopped up some mushrooms to go with, threw some Parmesan on there, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and threw them in the oven at 375 for ten minutes. I left them in there a bit longer so they would be slightly overdone. We've discovered that we LOVE our veggies roasted. Better flavor... I hate boiled vegetables.
End result. YUM. This could be a meal all it's own.
Date night success. A great meal for probably 1/4 of the price of a restaurant.