A Favorite Activity With the Hubs (Yes, It’s G-Rated)

You might know that I like to cook based on my previous posts, but did you know that BryGuy is a serious grill master? I really love when we get home from work on a summer day and deciding that it’s a grilling night;: burgers, steak, chicken, you name it, we grill it. That means he starts preparing the charcoal and the meat and I come up with some veggies to accompany it. This works wonderfully for us because we each have our own domains (I’m not so good about people hovering around the kitchen while I’m cooking). 

pepper crusted steak in cast iron skillet
BryGuy’s been itching to grill some steaks that he bought but the weather wasn’t cooperating so he decided to do a cast-iron skillet grill session instead. While he “grilled” away at the stove, I whipped up a sweet potato puree and simple garden salad with homemade dressing. While I’m sad that the summer and “official” grilling season is over, I’m looking forward to more evenings where we share the kitchen and prepare a nice meal together. 

Get recipes for the salad dressing and sweet potato purée after the jump.

Easy Lemon-Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
¼ c. olive oil
¼ c. lemon juice (juice from about half a lemon)
1 splash of wine or vinegar (any vinegar will do: cider, red wine, or rice wine)
1 garlic clove roasted and mashed (Peel clove, wrap it in foil and pop it in the toaster oven for 10 minutes)
1 shallot sliced very thin

Whisk all ingredients together and dress the salad to your taste. I always add salt and pepper after the lettuce is dressed because it sticks better. 

garden salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing

Sweet Potato Purée

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1” cubes
2 Tbs. butter
1 c. milk or half and half 
¼ c. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Put your cut up sweet potato in and cook until sweet potato is tender
  3. Drain and put cooked sweet potato into a mixing bowl
  4. Add butter and milk to sweet potato and blend using an immersion blender.  (You can also do this in a food processor or heavy-duty blender)
  5. Add more milk if needed to get desired consistency
  6. Add maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice and blend for a few more seconds to combine
sweet potato puree and steak

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