Beef Tenderloin, Leeks, Mushrooms, Artichokes
Elegant for any dinner party, stuffed Beef Tenderloin, Leeks, Mushrooms, Artichokes, enables basic preparation ease, even for the guy taking on some new culinary skills of his own.
With an upcoming dinner party at the new home of longtime friends, Mike and Debbie, I couldn’t help but think of Mike when preparing today’s stuffed beef tenderloin, since their event gathering will take on a new twist from the past, Mike will be preparing the meal. Yes. My former editor of years ago has taken a recent interest in the kitchen, including, sharing at our occasional lunches together his latest successes on recipes prepared from the blog. Well, all except the meat loaf, that is, whose recipe obtained elsewhere, has, according to his wife Debbie become some sort of an obsession. It is possible I may even get to experience this classic masterpiece at our dining juncture.
Now Mike’s new culinary adventures should not be confused with a prior lack of knowledge on good food or taste even despite recently confiding his great strides in now understanding the vital importance of seasoning foods in their preparation, like the use of salt and pepper.
Mike has always appreciated good food, both at restaurants, and home cooked.
Besides, his wife Debbie, originally from Texas is quite a good cook to boot, including in the talented preparation of dishes reflecting those flavor influences of the Southwest.
And then, there is Mike’s history, having been a former long time newspaper guy so although this followed working in corporate communications over the course of years old habits die hard and without blinking an eye, Mike can still always zip off the current top restaurants in the Philadelphia region and what Craig LaBan, Inquirer restaurant critic is saying about them.
I am always assured a fantastic meal whenever Mike chooses the groups dining destination. And, carrying along on those old die hard newspaper habits, Mike can also always be counted on for the immediate passing along of any up to date, interesting food information particularly appreciated at moments when one is busily preparing foods, writing recipes, or up to their elbows washing dishes while sulking on having missed Craig LaBan’s Tuesday afternoon Twitter chats. Again.
So at this most recent of occasional lunches together, despite the influences of Southwestern flavors that Mike has become accustomed, and in our discussion surrounding the recent meatloaf obsession there had been no mention of peppers, chipotle sauce, or Mexican style spices still, I am confident that should this dish appear on the table of occasion it will at least present precisely seasoned with salt and pepper.
And this is how I couldn’t help but think about Mike when preparing today’s dish. Well, anticipating fine accomplishment on the first dinner party at the new home of Mike and Debbie, its newest twist, Mike preparing the meal.
And then, perhaps, just perhaps, at our next occasional lunch together Mike shall inform me on another among his smashing dinner party successes with friends, his newest specialty with it’s basic preparation ease, stuffed Beef Tenderloin, Leeks, Mushrooms, Artichokes. Perfect. Even for the guy taking on some new culinary skills of his own.