I bet it started in the ‘50s. Maybe the ‘40s even. Of course I could be wrong, but it seems to me a perfect timeline fit. Back when sips of bourbon-and-bitters-based Manhattans and nibbles of caviar topped deviled eggs started the meal and Baked Alaska ended it and The Joy of Cooking lived in every good housewife’s kitchen cupboard.
Somewhere along the food heritage line, steak became the poster child for decadent dinners. And there’s no steak seemingly more decadent than the petite filet mignon.
Maybe it’s how it’s spelled with that sneaky, silent ‘g’ that shows off it’s Frenchie, linguistic ways. Maybe it’s because when you say “filet mignon” it simply rolls off the tongue and you sound so upscale. “Minnnnn-yon.”
Or maybe it’s because it’s such a dang expensive cut of meat. Because doesn’t expensive mean it’s the best? Maybe if you’re a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, but when it comes to especially flavorful food, hardly ever.
As things will happen over time, the filet mignon went from rock star status to a C-list contender on Dancing With the Stars, even getting lambasted by some of America’s top chefs. No flavor because it’s so low in fat. Overrated after becoming overexposed on nearly every American menu for years. And far too often, way overcooked for such a lean meat. Why oh why do people cook their meat well done?
But when this tender filet is cooked just right at a medium rare temperature, and a pat of fat is added to the ingredient list, suddenly we have a whole new ball game.
Ashley McLaughlin started her blog Edible Perspective in 2009, out of sheer boredom. She knew nothing about photography and not much more about cooking. Now she’s a food blogging cookbook author and knows a thing or two about these gluten-free Boston Cream Doughnuts. Why? Because she created them. And you could win a copy of the cookbook that holds their tasty secrets.
So how did Ashley get her start? One day she picked up her husband Chris’s camera to fiddle around with it, and she says it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
Now, photography is a staple in her everyday routine, and her blog is proof she’s really got a knack for it.
Healthy recipes are at the forefront of her blog, with many of them being vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, and if there’s anyone who can make a salad look like a glistening plate of jewels, it’s Ashley.
Happy Friday and it’s finally, officially, one-day-after-the-calendar-declaration-there’s-stuff-a-blooming, SPRING has SPRUNG!
On a pogo stick, no less.
Thanks to all of you who commented last week about what you want to see in these here listy-listos of favoritos ala Friday-a-ohs. I put some of your comments to task and will be implementing them as the sands of the hourglass keeps sifting by.
Last weekend we took a big jet air liner to Seattle (am I the only one who remembers this song?) for a quick trip to tour of the city.
We ate, and ate, and ate, we watched fish fly though the air, felt all springy thanks to barely budding buds at Pikes Place Market, contributed to a wall of gum (ew) and just like the locals we put our umbrellas to use. Get a snapshot of our weekend here and I’ll be sharing more soon.
Besides bringing home precious memories of family time (ahh, cute) from Seattle, I’m so happy this guy decided to come home with us. We had to have him because he looks so much like our poochers Chewy.