I didn't want to eat alone this evening. With my husband 4 time zones away, and it being a Saturday night, my options were limited. So, I called on an old friend.
Years ago, my husband created a unique gift for me for Christmas: a Moo-Bunny. He bought a stuffed rabbit and a stuffed cow, and then Frankesteined them together. The cow parts didn't fit in the holes on the bunny, so I don't have two of these creatures, just the cow with the bunny ears and tail. Moo-Bunny keeps me company when my husband is out of town, and tonight was no exception.
Initially, Moo-Bunny was annoyed that I'd invited him to eat with me on a night I had gone to the store and bought a single portion of filet mignon. I can't really blame him. The only thing that would have been worse is if I'd had some sort of rabbit sauce on the steak.
Eventually, I was able to convince him to just eat the veggies. Corn and broccoli aren't nearly as offensive, and I think he just wanted to be out in the fun. We enjoyed a generally underdone dinner. It's the way I like things, but I try to cook everything a tad longer when other people are eating with me. Moo-Bunny is used to raw veggies, so it was fine for him.
To make dinner, I started boiling water in the asparagus pot. (It was clean. Think whatever you want.) Then I sauteed a few mushrooms in butter, and when they were getting dark, I added some sherry and cooked that down. Then I steamed the broccoli in the microwave (a little water in a bowl, add the broccoli, cover with plastic wrap, poke a few holes, and nuke for 3 minutes). I salted and peppered the steaks and pan-fried them for a few minutes on each side. I threw the corn in the boiling water for a couple minutes, and voila -- 15-minute dinner.
And the best part, besides the silent, furry company? No leftovers.
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