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Day 308: Beef Tenderloin Panini

I am not liking this getting dark at 5 o’clock business – it is not helping at all with my dinnertime photo sessions. I may have to revert to Lunch with Julie.

Remember that beef tenderloin steak I brought home from Murrieta’s? It turned into two mighty fine grilled sandwiches. Thankfully (or perhaps not considering how many mini chocolate bars remain in the house) my gut forgave me and I got my appetite back. I attempted a sort of Philly cheesesteak by sauteing a half onion and red pepper with some garlic and sandwiching them with the thinly sliced steak remains and a bit of grated cheese between two slices of grainy bread drizzled on the outside with olive oil.

I mean – look at this!

It always amazes me how much you can get out of leftovers from a restaurant – I used to make a habit of asking the server to pack up half my meal as soon as I got to that point (if it’s in front of me, I’ll eat it), and without fail upon bringing it home and putting it on one of my plates it turns into as much or more than I would eat if I served it up at home. (Not counting the after-dinner pickings, I suppose.)

I think I need to set a few parameters for Free Stuff Fridays – I know a lot of people don’t get to log on over the weekend, so lets say the free stuff gets posted on Friday, and I’ll draw for it on Tuesday morning, after CBC. That way I’ll remember to do it at the same time every week too. Sound fair?


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10 comments on “Day 308: Beef Tenderloin Panini

  1. EricaB
    November 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    It’s stuff and it’s free – I think drawing Tuesdays is more than fair 🙂

  2. kris
    November 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Sounds like a great idea as I don’t have access to the net on the weekends. Love the blog.

  3. Buddiegirl
    November 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    The sandwich looks amazing. Watch out or Murrieta’s will steal it for their menu.

    Leftovers sometimes make the best meals. I know my husband was amazed when we were first married and I would take leftovers and make a whole new meal out of what ever was in the fridge. He came from a family that didn’t serve leftovers, so he wasn’t used to eating them. Sometimes he even preferred what I created out of leftovers better than the original dish.

    You are right about how large some restaurant meals are. There is a pasta dish that I really like at Boston Pizza (I know it’s not a classy place, but my daughter likes the food and it is not MacDonalds!) I always bring half of it home and it is enough for another whole meal later. The dish is big enough to share, although neither my husband or daughter like it, too bad for them.

    Tuesday sounds like a reasonable day to draw for your Friday giveaways, although for free stuff, I would gladly wait as long as it takes you to get organized, LOL.

  4. Barb
    November 4, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Sandwich looks awesome. I don’t get an opportunity to log in over the weekends so I am very appreciative of your new plan. Thank-you!

  5. Lana
    November 4, 2008 at 7:37 am

    LOVE the look of that sandwich. Yum!
    And yes, thank you for drawing on Tuesdays for the free stuff!

  6. Sue
    November 4, 2008 at 9:28 am

    You’re the BEST Julie! Tuesdays work better for me too.
    That sandwich is making me hungry. Do you have one of those panini presses? I love the idea of having one of those except that it would end up being another appliance I don’t have room in my kitchen for and would have to dig out of the basement everytime I go to use it. Might be worth it though. That and an ice cream machine!
    I had pancakes for dinner last night! One of my favourite dinners!

  7. Theresa
    November 4, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Sounds fair to me. By the way…. those cookbooks are just Lou’s way of saying “thanks for neutering me Julie”.

  8. Natalie
    November 4, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Looks yummy. BTW – I really like your new granola recipe. I also made the pulled pork sandwhich for company and it was a big hit – THANKS! (I also made the soup from left-overs. It was a little heavy for me, but a good way to make a new meal). And I have been getting many requests for your breakfast cookie. Thanks again!

  9. Dana McCauley
    November 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Another wonderful gooey sandwich! You are killing me with these pictures!

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