I recently discovered that Mad Men is streaming on Netflix, and you know how frustratingly susceptible I am to awesomeness. It's not that I want to live their lives exactly, I mean Hell, I might just have to slap a woman if she thinks her place is in the kitchen. (Kidding, kidding, I don't really hit women, it's just a bit of Mad Men misogyny to keep this post historically accurate.) But in all seriousness, I've fallen hard for the chic fashions of the show- ladies, you have no idea how big a turn on a flowery dress and 1960s hair is for me- and as any devoted reader knows, I'm more than a little interested in drink.
And let me just say, to all the grandmothers out there, you'd better be damn glad that I wasn't on the prowl for man 40-some years ago, because my cooking would've done things in their mouths that they wouldn't have been able to even imagine enough to fantasize about. Mmmm, check out this dinner:
Manly Steak. Potatoes. Carrots. Corn.
One 8 oz. 100% Grass Fed Organic New York Sirloin Steak
Melt some butter in a cast iron skillet (dammit, I've told you, I live in an apartment and can't have a grill!) and season it with Salt and Pepper. Get it nice and hot and then plop on that steak. Cook for about 2 minutes per side in order to get it to look like this:
1 Ear of Corn
3 Organic (in the 60s wasn't everything organic?) Carrots
Steam all of this for just a minute or two. Remember, I think vegetables are supremely better tasting if only slightly cooked and still crunchy. Sprinkle Salt over them. You can add Butter, too, if you're feeling decadent, but I didn't.
x number of Baby Potatoes
Boil these for 20-30 minutes or however long it takes for them to be fork tender. Serve with Salt and Pepper and Butter.
And the Manhattan.
2.5 oz Rye
0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
Couple Dashes Bitters
1 Maraschino Cherry
Fill your shaker with ice and pour in all the liquids. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. Wait, wrong time period. I think. Let's see... shake it like a booty? No. ...a hand? That's a little lame... much like this sorry attempt at humor... Oh, I know! Shake it like a Rattle and Roll! Strain it into a martini glass. Yes I bought two of these today at Crate and Barrel. They were only $1.95 each and I hope you'll agree that they're totally awesome. Drop in your Cherry for a big dose of style and grace.
I made the entire meal- drink, prep work, everything- in about 10 minutes. Okay, so I haven't cleaned up yet, but there's very little to clean. I know what you're thinking: the potatoes need at least 20 or 30 minutes. True. I made those yesterday with a mediocre batch of ribs. I was too lazy to blog about my mediocrity, but the potatoes were great and all I had to do was put them in the microwave (how 1950s, I know!) for a minute.
By the way, did you see the steam in the first picture? Don Draper himself couldn't make this meal look more appetizing.
-Gourmet Apartment out.