New Death Row Meal

Do you have a Death Row Meal?  You know, the one you would order for you last meal should you find yourself awaiting death by lethal injection at the hands of the state?  What?  You haven’t thought about it?  Well, you should.  Everyone should have a death row meal.  It makes for great cocktail conversation.

We typically cook up something mouthwatering on Saturday nights at our house.  Then, we put on some dinner music (usually standards like the Rat Pack, but sometimes Billy Joel, here of late), we pour the wine and enjoy.  We have chosen to re-create the restaurant experience at home.  We love eating out, but it is expensive and, typically, we can cook just as well in the comfort of our own home and the experience is equally as good or better.  There is the clean-up, sure, but the ambiance in our kitchen is perfect (more on that in another post) and we’ve come to really look forward to our Saturday nights in.  Sometimes we have guests, but mostly it’s just the two of us.

The inspiration for the title of this post was the two dishes that we enjoyed last Saturday.

Giuliano Hazan’s Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Fresh Tomatoes and Pancetta:

The Pioneer Woman’s Risotto:

My friend Sara (you remember Sarah, my friend and guest blogger) introduced us to Chef Hazan’s meals by cooking for us in her home.  We bought one of his out-of-print cookbooks, and life has never been the same.  Go ahead and visit his blog.  You won’t be sorry.  Every single one of his meals are authentic italian and mouthwatering creations.  They are easy to make and are of restaurant quality.

We all know how I feel about Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.  Well, her Risotto will make your eyes roll into the back of your head while moaning inappropriately.  It’s that good.  It’s cheesy and creamy and has a soft bite to it without being mushy.  It’s perfection on a plate.  I made the Risotto and Michael made the filet.  Life was good.

Some quotes that could be heard in my kitchen while we were enjoying this meal:

“This is my new death row meal.”

“This risotto is perfection.”

“This meal trumps everything else.”

“If we served this to Ryan (my brother-in-law), he would never leave.”

“You couldn’t get a meal as good as this anywhere in this town.  This is as good as it gets!”

Make it this weekend for someone you love.

Just for fun, what’s your death row meal?

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7 Responses to New Death Row Meal

  1. Lyrehca says:

    Coming here belately to say thank you for your comment on my post Urban Legend, that Mel featured in her Creme de la Creme post earlier this year. Thanks!

  2. That looks delicious! I love a good risotto – and nothing is worse than a bad one! My death row meal would consist of a huge plate of fresh, grilled seafood. Loaded with extra large sea scallops, which I would eat first and last. Also white fish, shrimp, calamari – oh, and some fried clams. Gobs of home made tartar sauce. White wine. But mostly it’s about the scallops. And you’re right, it does make for interesting conversation…I’m going to ask my friends what their death row meal would be! Might say a lot about a person.

  3. I’m glad I get to have Giuliano’s tenderloin without being on death row. However, I will admit it would make for a great last dish.

    I remember the joke about how an inmate asked for strawberries for his last meal. He was scheduled to be executed in December but was reprieved until it was strawberry season. I guess it doesn’t go over now that we can get produce from anywhere at anytime.

    For my last meal…. White Truffle on homemade pasta…. even the memory of that dish makes me swoon…..

    Thank you for the lovely comment about our blog, we TRULY appreciate it. Not only is Giuliano a great cook, I think he is cute too :)

  4. Nick Woolverton says:

    Paolo Conte for music.
    Smoked Salmon with dill sauce, salad with 12 year old balsamic vinegar.
    28 day dry aged rib eye steak with red onion & red wine sauce, mushrooms, asparagus roasted with pancetta & parmesan cheese, mushrooms & chips ( French fries), Vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce for dessert. Champagne with the starter & Montalpuccino d’Abbruzzo with the main & Cointreau with the desert. Just had it for my birthday dinner & could happily die now.

    • Ms. Pollywog says:

      Seriously, Nick?

      This sounds ridiculously good. Did someone who loves you very much make this for you, or did you get it at a favorite restaurant. MMM. Either way, Happy Birthday to you!

      • Nick Woolverton says:

        Cooked it myself – so it was someone who loves me very much! & it was ridiculously good. So full couldn’t eat anything the next day.

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