Carol’s brother, Alan, called about 6:15. “Yo Alan, what’s up?”
“You cookin’ dinner?”
“What’s for dinner?”
“Drunken Steak. A beautiful boneless New York Strip.”
“What’s a Drunken Steak? You gonna grill it?”
“It’s marinated in a cup of light rum, half-cup of soy sauce, some brown sugar, chopped garlic, ginger, scallion… that’s about it… then dry it and grill it. It’s a beautiful evening for grilling.”
“Sounds good, I’ll have to try it sometime. Is the Mrs. home yet?”
“Just walked in the door. Heeeerrrrrre’s Carol.”
I went on to light the fire and get to grilling. I threw on a sliced potato, as well, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper. When I returned, Carol had set the table, opened a nice bottle of 2006 Cline Ancient Vines Mourvedre and made a salad of sliced Cherokee Purple tomato and fresh mozzarella.
“Why are you taking a picture of that? It’s just a steak.”
“Never know when I might need a picture of a steak.”
“Well, I’m hungry and you’re holding up dinner.”
“Besides, its not ‘just a steak.’ Its a grass fed, Marin Sun Farms boneless New York steak… and the first grilled steak of the year.”
“You grilled a flank steak when Tom was here.”
“OK, the first grilled steak of the Spring, in the twilight, not the dark… warm, not cold out. Besides I grilled this lovely asparagus, definitely the first grilled asparagus of the year.”
Dinner was served. “This is really good steak,” said Carol.