I’ll Deal with That After Vacation

August 26th, 2013 · 12 Comments · Dinner, Grilling, Pork and Beef

Do you guys have that list? The I’ll-Deal-With-it-After-Vacation List? Earlier in August while scrambling to get everything organized before we dropped off the face of the earth for a while (real earth, not blog earth) I found myself keeping a mental list of all the things I’d just figure out once I got home. Taken on their own, in the rosy glow of pre-vacation denial, all those tasks seemed so infintisemally minor — a magazine deadline, a bunch of volunteer obligations, afterschool activity scheduling, a 300-page manuscript to read through. (More on that soon.) And yet, like clockwork, the night before re-entry to reality, each one of those items on my list team up — I picture them rubbing their palms together and laughing an evil laugh —  to form one really not-min0r-at-all get-organized list. This usually  happens somewhere around three o’clock in the morning.  That was last night for me, so I’m going to make this post short.

But even as summer vacation winds down, summer itself is still in full throttle. Which is another way of saying, the cooking is still as simple to deal with as ever. So for this week, at least, come dinnertime, I’m pretending we’re still on holiday. This grilled steak with salsa verde was our last meal in South Carolina and was good enough to deserve a reprise. As soon as I get through my list.

Grilled Steak with Salsa Verde
We served this with the most basic sides: Vinaigrette-tossed chopped kale and Chopped tomatoes and avocados with red onion, avocado, a little olive oil, red wine vinegar, s&p, and cilantro. On the screened porch overlooking an egret-speckled lagoon. I can’t promise you it will taste as good if you’re not on vacation.

Salsa Verde

1 scallion, roughly chopped
1 cup fresh parsley or cilantro or mint or a combination of all three
10-12 large capers
generous amount of salt and pepper
squeeze of lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil

Steak

1 1/2 punds boneless ribeye steaks, heavily salted & peppered

Process all salsa verde ingredients except oil in a mini food processor or blender. Then, slowly add olive oil as you whirl and  the sauce emulsifies. Remove to a small dish.

Grill steaks over medium-hot coals 3 to 4 minutes a side. Remove from grill and and let sit five minutes before slicing on the bias. Serve with salsa verde spooned on top.

Oh sweetie! No scraps tonight, Iris. (It’s steak for crying out loud.) But if you hang out with us for a bit, you might get a piece of kale.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Julie M // Aug 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    So sorry to hear you were up so late….by all means, get some rest! Your post is still engaging, however! They always are.

  • 2 Sally // Aug 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    That sounds tasty — better than pesto.

  • 3 jenny // Aug 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    @Julie – thank you for the sympathy but I deserve none! It think this is what you might call a Very Nice Problem.

  • 4 Kim Uhuru // Aug 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for reminding us that summer is not over just because the kids are back in school. Needed to hear that.

  • 5 Jesse // Aug 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    i call it a vacation hangover. it’s just like the traditional kind, gets even more challenging with age.

  • 6 Daniel // Aug 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    The salsa verde looks simply exquisite, Jenny.

    I always try to clean the apartment before vacation, but it rarely happens.

  • 7 A Life From Scratch // Aug 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    How funny – when we got back from vacation I made almost the same exact recipe! Delicious.

  • 8 Joyce // Aug 27, 2013 at 6:46 am

    ahhh yes that ‘after-vacation’ list is a big productivity killer, but who can concentrate when there’s dreaming about beaches and popsicles to be done.

  • 9 Allison // Aug 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    More Iris!

  • 10 Bruce Fearon // Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    That looks like a good meal. Hope you got some rest!

  • 11 M // Aug 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good luck with The List. It’s a vacation-buzz killer, that’s for sure. Miss your more frequent posting but completely understand!!

  • 12 Delivery For All // Jan 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    That’s so funny, I definitely have a “deal with it after vacation” list. The salsa verde looks fantastic. I’ll definitely be trying that out VERY soon!

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