"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Day of Lasts.


Yesterday morning, Wanda drove up to near Jackson and picked up her mom.  Brought her back home to spend a few days with us.

Remember these?

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Our wild Montana huckleberries!  A few made it back home with us. We had our last huckleberry pancakes this morning.  I told the mother in law she doesn’t know how lucky she was.  There’s very few folks down in Mississippi that have had the privilege to eat anything that good.

And then there’s this.  While we were in Colombia Falls, MT a couple of years ago we discovered a local meat market.  Named Perfect Cuts, they are known throughout Western Montana for their prime meats, especially the flat iron steaks.  Before we departed Colombia Falls back in July, we cleared out our small freezer in the Casita and purchased 5 vacuum sealed, flash frozen flat iron steaks for the road. Over the next six weeks we grilled four of them with just a little salt and pepper, along with some garlic and onion powder. They made some wonderful meals for us along the way.

Tonight we prepared the last one.  One of the ways we prepare steak at home is called tipsy steak.  You take a little Jim Beam or Jack Daniels, some soy sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard, along with a dash of salt and Worchester, and mix well. Marinate the steak in it for a few hours in the refrigerator and its ready to put on the grill.

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Some really hot coals in the grill.

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Sear it quick on both sides to seal the juices.

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Then cook it a few more minutes on each side till it’s medium rare.  Take it off the fire and let it rest.

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Slice it thin, add a baked potato and some leftover butter peas.  It'll even make the everyday china look good.  A green salad on the side made for a wonderful evening meal.

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The mother in law may never go home if we had more of these.  In one way, I guess I should be thankful this was the last one……..jc


  1. Wow - that steak looks fabulous! As do the huckleberries. (I've never had them but DH assures me they are delicious). Glad Wanda's mom is doing well.

  2. OMG, I am now ready for a second dinner! That looks soooo good.

  3. Looks delicious but that last comment may get you in hot water if the mother-in-law reads the blog???

  4. Looks wonderful! I sent you an email but it bounced back. Thanks for the info!

  5. Butter peas? Are they yellow? Always wanted to try a flat iron steak....whole dinner looks wonderful!

  6. Wanda's mother may just give you one last hit upside the head with a flat iron frying pan for that last statement. :)

  7. When I saw the title, I was afraid this would be a sad post. Instead it was a celebration of wonderful things to eat. Glad you had some left to enjoy when you got home!

  8. Great post Jerry...and I now have a new marinate for my favorite meats.....JB... isn't that a cure-all for most of life's aliments....and pleasures...haha...your meal does look delicious ..but.. I'm still not over the "tomato sandwich" yet...BTW, my trip to Natchez for the Balloon Fest is off, since I am going back east to charleston SC to do the "pinning on" for my SIL....he's getting promoted to Lt. Commander in the Navy..... so, maybe next year....safe travels my friend...Hi to Wanda....Horst


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