When I know we’re going to have steak for dinner, I usually try to get one that’s producted from a local ranch, Pampero Longhorn Ranch. They’re usually at the local farmer’s market, and their animals are pastured, 100% grass-fed, and humanely treated. We have a sear setting on our giant Weber grill, and it makes the best-tasting steaks. No seasoning other than salt and pepper required. Our excuse for eating steak tonight was that I wanted to open a nice bottle of wine.
I picked up some of the first of the local Brentwood corn along with cherry tomatoes, thinking we’d grill the cobs and saute the tomatoes. Instead, I did a corn-tomato saute that was good, but I think my original plan would have been better.
- Grilled Pampero Ranch Rib-Eye Steak
- Corn & Tomato Saute (EatingWell, July/August 2007)
Wine: 1987 Ridge Monte Bello (Santa Cruz Mountains, California). A conveniently sized half-bottle of the legendary Monte Bello, given to us by our friends Mark & Lisa. I’ve been dying to open one of my own bottles ever since the tasting, and we didn’t try an ’87. It’s big and tannic and was terrific with dinner.