Kobe Steaks with John

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2006 | Cooking, Family, Food


On Saturday, Toni and I went to my cousin John's house in Newport Coast for dinner. He just bought a very large 2-story house that overlooks Crystal Cove. It's a lovely home with a nice kitchen for cooking. Since I love to cook, I offered to make dinner. We had a great time with John, his wife Julie and daughter, Jenna, my cousin Matthew, his wife, Melinda and son, Mason. I found out Melinda is expecting a daughter soon. I'm sure she'll be gorgeous since Mason is the cutest boy ever as pictured above at his 1st birthday party with my aunt Ko Ja.

I made a 4 course meal for the 6 adults. The first course was Mixed Greens with a Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette, Candied Walnuts and thinly sliced Asian Pear slices. The 2nd course was Shrimp Scampi served with Sourdough Bread for dipping into the sauce. The 3rd course was American Raised Kobe Style New York Steak with a Balsamic Reduction and Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms in Brandy Cream Sauce. The 4th and final course was Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream with Split Banana Brulee. I served Fetzer Valley Oaks Gewurztraminer with the meal. It's an inexpensive sweet white wine I really love. I use it in the Shrimp Scampi and I think it brings out the flavor when you dirink it with the meal.

I was so busy cooking, I unfortunately didn't take any pictures of the food I prepared. Everyone loved the meal, so I was very pleased. I love to make people happy with my cooking. I think Julie enjoyed the meal the best. She loved every course. Julie and Melinda particularly liked the Banana Brulee. I make it by simply cutting a in half and splitting it. Then I put superfine sugar on it and carmelize it with a propane torch. It forms a delicious crunchy layer like Creme Brulee.

After dinner, we watched a Discovery Channel program about King Crab Fishing in Alaska. I was amazed how dangerous crab fishing can be because of the weather and turbulent seas. Apparently, on average 1 crew member dies on each fishing expedition, often falling overboard into the frigid waters. They employ special suits to help them survive, but it only buys minutes of life since the water is so cold.

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