Friday, October 24, 2014


It was a little warmer on Thursday, and sunny, which was nice. But it was still a jacket kinda day. The high only reached into the upper 50’s.

I went to the Newburgh Grill and got some soup and a patty melt. Then I took a ride through Hines Park. Most of the trees that were so beautiful on my last trip through have half their leaves down now. I did see one on my way there I thought was pretty, though.

Once I was home, I started the Wednesday wash (a day late). Then I got started on dinner. I peeled and cut up the last four russet potatoes I had and boiled them.

Meanwhile, I got out a pound of ground chuck. I opened the window, turned on the stove vent and, using the box grater, grated 1/3 cup of a yellow onion. Despite my precautions, I still cried like a baby!

I took out 1/4 cup of the grated onion and added that to the ground chuck, along with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and two garlic cloves I minced. I divided the mixture into four and made each portion into 1/2 inch thick patties.

I heated a skillet on medium-high and coated it with cooking spray. Then I fried the patties about three minutes per side until browned.

I removed the patties and set them aside. I melted a tablespoon of butter in the pan and added eight ounces of crimini mushrooms I had quartered. I sautéed them four minutes, then I added 1/3 cup of dry red wine and the remaining grated onion. I let that cook two minutes.

I combined 1 1/4 cup of beef broth with a tablespoon of A/P flour. I added that to the pan and brought it to a boil. I cooked that about five minutes until it was thick. I added the patties back in with a teaspoon of red wine vinegar.

I let that get happy while I mashed the potatoes. I added too much chopped parsley to the potatoes, though. It didn’t wreck the taste, but it wasn’t the look I was after. Then I plated my dinner.

It was pretty good for just being ground chuck!

I cleaned up and started the dishwasher. Only then did I allow myself to go back to my book. I read until bedtime.


  1. When chopping onions chew a stick of gum works everytime no more tears!

  2. Dinner looks great! Yummy.

  3. @ Anon: Thanks for tip.
    @ Jake and Carla: it was pretty good for a cheap hamburger steak, LOL!

  4. Shoot.. My favorite cuts are the cheap ones. Cube steak from the round? Delectable! Perfect with some Lawyr's and fresh pepper. Add some fried potatoes and a fried egg... wooh.