Creamy Blue Cheese Mushroom Red Wine Steak + Best Recipes of 2013

1.02.2014


I have so much to share with you, I don’t even know how to start this post.

I can tell you first, that I moved, finally, and am so happy about that. Even though it happened in the middle of what I can only call the hottest weeks in the last decades of my life – it’s all in the eye of the beholder people, and the 98º days weeks, were unbearable while trying to unpack and work – and the fact that I moved to a smaller place, I feel very rejuvenated and ready for a great year.




This steak recipe with the creamy blue cheese mushroom wine sauce is not new. I made it many months ago, and for some reason is the only recipe I haven’t posted yet. So I might as well do it now when I, literally, don’t have a single dish photographed and waiting in line. Which is odd, as I tend to have backup recipes. But it’s a new year so out with the old and let’s start with a clean plate.



How did you start 2014? 
I like to think we’re all ecstatic about it, but it’s a reality the calendar doesn’t magically make things better. Personally, my heart is extra heavy due to the sudden news of my sweet friend Andrea being seriously ill. All of you who pray and meditate, please send some light and strength her way. (Update 06/01/13: she's getting better!)

I don’t want to get into the unfairness of this world, so I’ll just leave you with the steak recipe and your favorite foods from this blog last year.

The most visited/pinned posts of 2013:

1.     Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak: by far the most popular recipe ever. And I think it will stay that way. You people are just crazy about a juicy steak! Who knew, considering all the vegan and vegetarian recipes flooding the web. The second recipe only has a bit over 10% views compared to this one, so, you get the picture.

Rosemary Garlic Butter Steak


2.     New England Clam Chowder: a guest post from my friend Gina, who doesn’t even blog about food!

New England Clam Chowder

  
 3.     Tropical Panna Cotta: with mangoes and passion fruit. A spring dessert recipe post I did for Family Foodie


Tropical Panna Cotta


4.     Whole Wheat Mountain Bread: amazing bread I baked for Twelve Loaves, and a well deserved fourth place.


Whole Wheat Mountain Bread


5.     Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake: yes, there are canellini beans in this cake. And gluten free too!


Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake


6-     Salted Caramel Graham Cracker Millionaire’s Bars: this started my affair with homemade graham cracker dough.





7.     Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese Sauce: a recipe from girlichef to celebrate Sunday Supper’s first year anniversary.




8.     Homemade Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Brown Butter Sauce: this is beyond a great plate of pasta. Every word deserved to be part of the title.


HOMEMADE PUMPKIN RICOTTA GNOCCHI WITH BLUE CHEESE BROWN BUTTER


9.    Mozzarella and Pesto Grilled Naan Bread: the picture says enough. More than enough. It’s that good.


MOZZARELLA AND PESTO GRILLED NAAN BREAD


10.   Dulce de Leche Mille Feuille: I’m thrilled this recipe made it here, since it’s my first anniversary post and a thank you to all of you! And it has quick method puff pastry and a ton of dulce de leche! My favorite cake/dessert for ever and ever.


Dulce de Leche Mille Feuille



A huge thank you to all of you, friends and readers. Being a food blogger is amazing. So much love and laughter comes into my life through this little url, I only hope I'm giving enough back to you!




CREAMY BLUE CHEESE MUSHROOM RED WINE STEAK

You can use tenderloin, boneless rib eye or rump steak for this recipe.
For tips on how to cook a great steak, go to this link.

Ingredients

For the sauce:
¼ cup chopped shallots
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon dried or 3 teaspoons fresh tarragon (or thyme)
2 cups sliced mushrooms, such as white or portobellos
2 cups red wine
1 cup beef stock
2oz (60g) sour cream
1 oz (30g) blue cheese, crumbled

For the steaks:
4 6- to 8oz steaks of your favorite cut, at room tº
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper
  
Instructions

For the sauce:
Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on a medium skillet or saucepan. Add tarragon and mushrooms, and cook a few minutes without stirring, until mushrooms are golden on the bottom.
Stir a bit and keep cooking until the liquid is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and add wine and stock. Reduce to about half a cup of liquid, and then add the sour cream. Mix until combined.
Add the blue cheese and let melt. Stir to combine and reserve.

For the steaks:
Heat a steak griddle or skillet over medium/low heat.
Rub the meat with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and tarragon on both sides.
Sear both sides on the griddle, about 2 minutes on each side.
Then cook until done to your taste (see note above), turning it so it cooks properly. If the steaks are thick it will take 15 minutes or so. Don’t rush it.
Let the steaks wait for 5 minutes after you remove them from the heat source before slicing them.

Serve with the heated sauce, some extra crumbled blue cheese on top and a simple salad. 






59 comments:

  1. So many great recipes! You're having the hottest weather and we're having the coldest I can remember. Wanna switch???

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  2. Feliz año Paula!!! felicitaciones por tu casa nueva! Me alegro mucho que hayas encontrado lo que querias, y que empieces muy bien el año!!!

    un beso,
    feli

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  3. Feliz Año, Paula!! Qué bueno que empieces el año así. Te extrañaba estas semanas!
    You always give us MORE than enough, in fact, I think you spoil us the good way!

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  4. So good to hear from you Paula! The Whole Wheat Mountain Bread has my complete attention, although it is difficult to choose a favorite!

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  5. I've been missing your posts and activity on social media while you were moving and getting settled in your new place. I'm so glad to see you are back!
    I'm sending my thoughts to your friend Andrea and hope she gets well soon. Thanks to you I discovered her blog and LOVE it. She must get well to continue such fine work.
    I hope you have the happiest and most prosperous New Year! xoxo

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    1. Thanks for everything Renee; you're always so supportive and caring my friend!

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  6. All my best in 2014, Paula. And for Andrea, too. I've so enjoyed getting to know you last year that I can't wait for another!

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  7. Paula!
    I've missed you! first of all, Happy New Year! I am so sad to hear that your heart is heavy. . I will pray for your friend Andrea!!! hang in there my friend!

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    1. How I've missed you Alice! We're all moving it seems...

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  8. Paula, what a great post to start the year!

    I am sorry about your friend, I must say that this past year brought me too many sad news and the loss of two very dear, VERY dear friends. It is a part of life and getting old I don't care for, the bad things that afflict folks we love.

    I love reading the best recipes of the year, but yours was amazing because ALL of them left me with the desire to go to the kitchen and make them... that says something!

    Good luck with this new phase of your life, I look forward to your future posts!

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  9. Hi Paula: Glad to hear you're finally moved and settled. :) Love this steak recipe. Has all my favorite ingredients. Delicious! Happy New Year my friend and I look forward to reading more of your yummy recipes. :)

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  10. Happy New Year, Paula, One of my New Year's resolutions is to keep up with you and this is the perfect post to start doing that. I l-o-v-e all the recipes you posted, especiallyu #1, #4 and the new recipe with blue cheese. I hit a gold mine with this post. Congratulations that you've accomplished a move to a place, albeit smaller, where you are content. Remember, I traded a big house for 940 sq. feet and am making it work. You will be amazed how less is better. I sent off a card to Andrea and hope to hear some good news from Germany. Happy New Year, dear Paula. The twists and turns of 2013 are over and 2014 will be terrific for you. I just know it. xoxoxo from Aspen

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    1. Aww, that's sweet Mary. I live in 650sq.feet now, and are much happier than in double that space. Must go to Aspen this year Mary, really looking forward to it!

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  11. Happy New Year, my dear friend! I'm glad to hear you moved and are settling in. You deserve to have your own space, an oasis that you can call your own after all the chaos of the past year. I'm sorry to hear about your friend - I am definitely sending good wishes her way. Even though you were dealing with so much personal tragedy and change in 2013, you still managed to consistently cook and bake incredible food and blog about it, brilliantly. You are truly an inspiration to me, Paula. I hope that 2014 is going to bring you bigger and better things!

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    1. We've been out of touch lately Nance, and I know you moved too! Thanks for being so supportive always.

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  12. This is pretty much my idea of heaven! I could eat that right now (& it's almost 10:30 pm)! Awesome top recipes, too. Here's to amother delicious year...happy new year, Paula!

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  13. Oh my gosh... what a wonderful, wonderful round up of recipes Paula!!! Love them all, but particularly that incredible dulce de leche filled mille feulle. Divine layers of caramel bliss!! I am SO glad that you're feeling rejuvenated and relaxed in your new place. It's great to have things in order... despite the fact that you had to endure ridiculous heat in the process. I hope and pray that this year will be a great one for you. And yes, I will be praying for Andrea. Thanks for letting us know. Sending you hugs too xo

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  14. Paula,
    Wonderful lineup of recipes. Can I just say I want to taste them ALL! I have loved getting to know you better through Sunday Supper, and I look forward to more in 2014!

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  15. Oh, everything looks absolutely delicious!

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  16. Amazing recipes, and congrats on the move! Cheers to you, Paula... and wishing the best, for the best year yet!!

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  17. What a beautiful round up of recipes, Paula, and I adore that sauce with the grilled steaks. My husband and I are huge fans of blue cheese and I am pretty sure we would just eat that with a spoon!

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  18. SO good to see you back, Paula! I hope you know you've been missed. Have you heard anymore from Andrea's husband? I'm worried, too. xo

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    1. No, none of us have. We're all worried. You're such a sweet Liz!

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  19. Happy New Year, Paula! This steak sounds fantastic!

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  20. I love, love blue cheese with steak -- yum! All of your dishes look wonderful, especially the gnocchi. Happy 2014!!

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  21. You had an eventful 2013, Paula. I wish you a blessed and joyful New Year!
    Look forward to another year of your beautiful creations!
    Angie

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  22. Paula, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. She'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

    So nice to have you back my friend. :) It was fun to take a walk down 2013 memory lane with so many of your delicious posts...xo

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  23. Happy New Year, Paula! All I can say is...Wow! Such a fantastic way to start the new year with all your superb dishes and desserts!

    I love the Bon Appetit recipes from the 90's and I also saved a few magazines from the 90's era. The steak is so mouthwatering and perfectly prepared, that I'm so craving it. Such a beautiful company dish!

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    1. Vintage magazines are one of my obsessions Elisabeth!

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  24. Happy New Year Paula! So happy to hear you are happy in your new space. You're round up of recipes is truly mouthwatering. The steaks, and oh my goodness the dulce de leche mille feuille! Gorgeous.. So lovely to connect with you this year and I can't wait to see what wonderful recipes 2014 will bring! xo

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  25. Hi Paula...I feel like I've been remiss in visiting! What an incredible steak recipe, though all of the recipes in your round up are truly fabulous! I'm glad you are settled...fresh starts are always good. I wanted to wish you a happy, healthy, successful new year. You and your friend Andrea will most certainly remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. I've been remiss in visiting too Anne! Have a great year my friend, and thanks for stopping by.

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  26. Congratulations Paula on finishing a move and into a smaller place. I think it is a good thing to start with a clean plate and let me tell you I could certainly clean my plate of this creamy blue cheese dressing with mushrooms and steak. However, I would want to leave some room for your desserts and how did miss that Dulce de Leche Mille Feuille dessert. I am on my way over there now. Wishing you a super 2014 and looking forward to lots of fun and delicious posts from you. Take Care, BAM

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  27. Congrats on the move! And what a great roundup of recipes. Although I think the red wine steak with blue cheese is the best! Really nice - thanks.

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  28. So much gorgeousness in this round up.

    I was very sad to hear that Andrea was unwell, but my heart was lightened to hear that she is on the road to recovery.

    You have been a grand source of baking inspiration for me this year and have also influenced a couple of cookbook decisions as well :-)

    happy New year, my friend. I hope 2014 will be much calmer for you :-)

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  29. Happy New Year, Paula! That is one beautiful round-up! The pumpkin Gnocchi has my full attention. And as always, your photos are exquisite!

    I was very happy to see a post on FB from Andrea today. I have been sending her prayers and good wishes since I heard the news. Looks like she is doing much better.

    Good luck with your new place…a nice way to start the New Year! Enjoy those 98 degree days…it’s been below zero around here!

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  30. Congrats on the move!! Something about starting fresh in a new space always excites me--that is by far my favorite part of moving (the rest I could leave, haha). I'll be thinking of your friend too, so sorry to hear that.

    Great round up Paula! Happy New Year!

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  31. Oh congrats on the move!
    I know how stressful that is, we've moved 5 times!
    We're done.
    So done.
    I get excited too, but the unpacking overwhelms me

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  32. The steak looks so good, I bet it'll make the Top Ten list next year! Happy New Year to you.

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  33. Moving can be so overwhelming, I think I still have some unpacked boxes from move 3 years ago. You've created so many beautiful recipes last year, I wish for 2014 to be even more inspiring!

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  34. Me encanta el blue cheese y me encantan los hongos, así que esta es una receta perfecta para mí.
    Y bueno, hace tiempo le puse el ojo a tu torta de frijoles (creo le dicen porotos?), más aún ahora que me enteré la hijita de una amiga es celiaca, así que ando inspirada por hacer recetas aptas para ella, cosa que no resulta muy fácil porque en Perú no hay muchos sustitutos disponibles.

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  35. Wow, Paula! Everything looks wonderful! But that steak has me drooling!

    I hope you're all settled in after your move.

    I always look forward to reading your blog and look forward to another year of cooking & baking together!

    Happy New Year! xoxo

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  36. Happy New Year Paula! Good to see you back, I have missed your posts dropping into my in box. We have also been experiencing some of the hottest temperatures ever in Queensland so I feel your pain there - I haven't baked for awhile because of the heat so I have no back up recipes either:) I have been a bit remiss with my blogging so I hadn't heard that Andrea wasn't well, my thoughts are with her and I hope that that she is on the mend soon.

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  37. Happy New Year, Paula-yes, out with the old and in with the new! Love this juicy steak recipe and the mushroom sauce is divine. (love the older magazine recipes;) Praying for your friend Andrea. A fabulous roundup of your great recipes!

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  38. Happy New Year - there are some fabulous recipes here!

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  39. Congratulations on your new home!! these recipes are simply marvelous and your photos are gorgeous!!! what a fantastic round up!
    mary x

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  40. Hi There, This is a terrific post ! Indeed best of 2013 ! It's wonderful to see your each and every post. Hope to see more of your creative endeavors soon ! Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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  41. Some of those recipes are my favorites you posted! This entire recipe gets added to the list! OMG yum! I want to come to your house.
    Also, congrats on your move. While it sounds like a bit of a pain, you sound happy and that's what matters at the end. xoxo

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  42. Happy New Year Paula!
    Congratulations on your move and 'wow' to your favorite recipes-they are all scrumptious and beautifully photographed-just wonderful ;)

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  43. Happy 2014 to you! This is my first time visiting your blog. The photos are stunning and need no description. Beautiful.

    Velva

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  44. so great to see you back. glad the move went well and you sound so invigorated. what a great round up of your popular posts. some i remember, others i am going to check out. happy 2014 paula!

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  45. Dear Paula, first off all, a big fat hug and an even bigger thank you for including me in your wonderful round-up blog post! I am truly grateful for all your support and continuing kindness! And, no, I would not be able to choose a favorite recipe but when I fell better, I think I should give this wonderful staek recipe a try.
    I hope that you were able to settle into your new home and that the year 2014 will bring you much joy and happiness and success with all your endeavours!
    Sorry for being so late with commenting but I am still a bit slow with picking up speed/strength these days.
    Have a good Sunday,
    Andrea

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    1. I'm so happy you're back Andrea! a big hug!

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  46. AHHHHH this look So Delish I cant take it :) your blog is so yummy and Im following.

    Check out my blog today...my all time fav. vegetarian lasagna :)

    Have a great week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - Swedish decor, food, and fashion

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