Steak. Butter. Love. (And a new giveaway for Momscapers)

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Like many of you, I’m sure, I love  The Pioneer Woman’s blog and so, of course, I bought her cookbook. (It was another one of those gifts that I wrapped for myself and put under the tree for myself and feigned surprise when I opened on Christmas morning.)

It’s got a lot of recipes that feature ingredients you actually might already have in your kitchen, which is unusual and quite nice. So the other night I flip open to  “Rib Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce” and we have more than three quarters of the ingredients on hand so I decide to go for it.

The funny thing is, it says to fry the steak in butter.

Um.

I’ve never, ever done that before. Ever. I mean I’ve heard of people doing it before. But two saturated fats, together, frying? Together? It must be some sort of sin.

But I did it. I followed that recipe.

So I have this buttery, oniony sauce going and I have just put on the steaks when my husband walks in. Ty is (or, rather, would like to be) a Montana-sized-steak kind of a man – who is, as it turns out, living in a vegetable-soup-and-celery kind of a household.  He has been framing houses all day in the subzero Rocky Mountains.

He sees these steaks, which have been peppered to oblivion. They are frying in actual butter in a cast-iron skillet and he stops right where he stands. He looks at me and he looks at the steaks and he looks at me again with tenderness and devotion, not unlike on our wedding day, and he says to me, in a whisper: “I’m so impressed with you right now that I don’t even know what to say.”

And I gotta say, it was melt-in-your mouth delicious. Everyone thought so. Well, except my 7 year old son, but he doesn’t eat meat right now for some reason so he didn’t actually try it.

And while I will always be a salad and veggie kind of girl, I now have a cookbook to refer to on those special occasions, such as Ty’s birthday or when his parents come to visit.pioneer-woman-cooks

The Pioneer Woman makes me smile every day. Her cookbook is like the take home version of her blog, which is funny and warm and genuinely useful.

I’m giving away a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl to a random Momscape Facebook fan who posts the name of his/her favorite dish to serve up for dinner on our Facebook wall. (Better yet, you could include the recipe or link to it because I need all the help I can get – but all you need to do to enter the drawing is to post the name of the dish on the Momscape facebook page here.)

I’ll award the cookbook to one of you facebook wall post-ers in a week’s time and post the results here and on Facebook and Twitter, too on January 21 – so make your post by midnight January 20, 2010, kay?

Good luck!