Cowboy Rubbed Ribeye

My boyfriend came to town in March for his spring break, and I knew it would be a perfect excuse to splurge on ingredients and cook a really out-of-this-world meal together. I am a huge red meat lover and so we decided to go for a twist on a favorite, steak and mashed potatoes. I turned to the never-failing food52 (seriously, I have never made a bad recipe from there!) and found a recipe for a cowboy rubbed ribeye which sounded perfect. My boyfriend’s favorite things are coffee, dark beers, and anything spicy, so this was a dish made for him. While reading the comments section, I noticed someone had commented that they made it with goat cheese and caramelized onion mashed potatoes- so I immediately searched for that recipe thinking it would be a perfect pairing!

We headed to Savenor’s to purchase our ribeye and when they asked us, “can I interest you in our dry-aged ribeye?” we were powerless to say no. This was the best cut of meat I have ever purchased. It was phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and check out Savenor’s dry aged meats- you will not be disappointed.

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Our beautiful steak with the rub and from the side!

Before starting the steak, I caramelized the onions and then proceeded to make the mashed potatoes. It was labor intensive but not too difficult- as long as you have patience while caramelizing! It was fairly straightforward to make the steak. I just put the rub on, seared it, and finished it in the oven. Then I made the pan sauce using Finch’s Secret Stache Stout. It was not a chocolate stout but it definitely did the job! We served it up and enjoyed with the rest of our stout. I highly recommend trying these recipes- let me know if you do!

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The Blue Room, Kendall Square

Two weeks ago for Boston’s Restaurant Week, known as Dine Out Boston, or Dig In Dine Out, I had a delicious meal at The Blue Room in Kendall Square. My boyfriend was in town for the weekend and we decided to take advantage of Dine Out Boston and go to the Blue Room. We got an extra chuckle out of it because the campus center at our alma mater has a little cafe called the Blue Room. Needless to say, the one in Kendall was better!

For Dine Out Boston, we got three courses to choose from their restaurant week menu. We shared everything because I refuse to not have a taste of everything on the table. For starters, we ordered the orecchiette and the smoked mackerel rillettes. The orecchiette was delicious, but I was glad that we shared it with a lighter app or I may have been too full to order an entree. I really could have enjoyed it as an entree myself- especially if I was in the mood for pasta! The smoked mackerel rillettes were also really tasty. I love any type of smoked fish, and they were a fun and yummy play on the traditional smoked fish and bread dish. They also were the perfect size to accompany our very decadent entrees.

We decided to go the carnivorous route with our entrees, and they both were to die for. We ordered the skirt steak and the pork shoulder. I was really craving steak, but I ended up loving the pork shoulder. I think because it was not a cut I normally order and the sides were much more noteworthy. The pork shoulder was such a rich cut of meat paired with kale, root vegetables, and horseradish. The skirt steak was also delicious, but I think the pork won this time (although I guess it was not a competition!).

For dessert, we ordered apple crisp and the walnut cake. Although we were stuffed, we managed to clean our entire plates!

The best part of the night was the wine. The Blue Room offers wines at retail price on Sunday. Our awesome waiter was able to recommend us an amazing wine based on what we described as our preference and we were able to order a bottle that would not have ordered at restaurant price. That wine was to die for and we really appreciated the waiter helping us navigate the menu.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Blue Room based on my restaurant week experience. Hint: Go on a Sunday!