This is the time of year that many Canadians turn their thoughts to cottage life, camping and spending times around backyard pools or day-tripping to area beaches. We camped for years when our kids were growing up. When we moved to waterfront property about ten years ago, it was like we were cottage living on a daily basis. That house and the next one we bought also on waterfront property originally were cottages that had been converted for year round living so essentially we were cottage living. Still we tossed around the idea of buying a cottage in Ontario then in the spring of 2010, we bought our vacation home located in Florida and eighteen months later sold our waterfront property to buy our new urban setting house. Living in an urban setting we have a greater appreciation for our vacation home. We spend about three months of the year at our vacation home, divided into three trips. Vacation homes and cottages present a few cooking challenges because many including ourselves want a break from the normal routine. At the same time, vacation homes and cottages tend to be not as well equipped as your home kitchen so the emphasis is on delicious meals and snacks that are easy to prepare.
Pictured is the 2.17 lb (984.29 g) porterhouse steak we bought for the first dinner of this year's spring trip. Isn't it a beauty? A porterhouse steak is similar to a T-bone steak except it has a tenderloin whereas a T-bone steak does not have a tenderloin. This nicely marbled cut of beef promised to be tender and juicy when grilled. The porterhouse steak cost $19.41 on sale, saving $6.51. Now, that might sound expensive but in comparison to the cost of two steak dinners eaten out, it isn't. This size steak is enough for a dinner for us plus left-overs for a stir fry and wraps.
grilled asparagus and new potatoes recipe from Life Made Delicious. We decided to have both asparagus and potatoes with the steak but cooked them a bit differently. Foil wrapped potatoes is a grilled side dish that we often serve. It is an easy way to prepare whole potatoes for the grill lending the perfect easy side for grilled steaks, chops or chicken.
Method: Cut enough squares of aluminum foil for the number of potatoes you want to grill. Place each potato on a square of aluminum foil. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the potato. Sprinkle with Montreal steak seasoning or garlic pepper. Wrap the foil tightly around the potato. Place on the hot grill on indirect medium high heat. The potatoes will take about an hour depending on size. They are ready when finger soft to a pinch.
My husband and I shared the delicious steak dinner sitting on the lanai, listening to the sounds of wildlife change from day to evening. The steak was melt in your mouth, butter knife tender with an amazing flavour! The potatoes were tender, nicely flavoured from the seasoning. The asparagus spears were done to perfection! The evening was warm and slightly balmy, a nice change from the cooler northern weather we had come from earlier in the day. As we enjoyed the first dinner of our spring vacation, we chatted about how we would spend our time. After dinner, we went for a ride around the park in our golf cart letting the warm air brush over our bare arms. And so the first trip to our vacation home of 2013 began...
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