EASY (But Slightly Fancy) Dinner You Can Make Tonight!

This is a nice dinner to make for a special occasion when you don't have a lot of time.  

Seriously, Trader Joe's has stepped up their game in the meat department.  The prime filet mignon is pricey but really good.  They are small so not so bad if you are watching your red meat intake. 
Baby Kale Salad with Grape Tomatoes 
and Home-made Croutons
Green Beans (Haricots Verts) with Walnuts and Lemon
Marinated Filet Mignon with 
Creamed Horseradish Sauce

Marinate the steak in Dale's marinade for at least 45 minutes.
It's fantastic!
If you live in the Southern U.S., you can find it in your grocery store.  Here in California, we can get it on Amazon (of course)...the link is above.  We use the low sodium version.

When we have a partially leftover baguette, I put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer so that I can make fresh croutons whenever I want.  
Home-made Croutons (they are so much better than most packaged ones):
  • When frozen, I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds to thaw. 
  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cut the baguette into cubes (I use scissors).
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and pepper.
  • Toast in oven for about 8 minutes (but keep an eye on them!) until browned.

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Mix two tablespoons sour cream with one tablespoon horseradish.
Make more if you need it.  I like to serve it on the plate in a little bowl.
Decant your red wine (have a sip... uh oh, CHECK THE CROUTONS).  I bought this one as the label looked good (and it wasn't expensive).   And it's good.

This haricots verts with walnuts and lemon was inspired by 
Annie from Most Lovely Things.  Mine is slightly different.

Haricots Verts with Lemon and Walnuts
  • add two tablespoons walnut oil and one tablespoon olive oil to the pan on medium/high heat.
  • throw in the green beans and one lemon, cut in half, cut side down on the pan.
  • cook the the beans, tossing occasionally for 6 or 7 minutes or until some are slightly browned.
  • remove from heat.
  • Add a handful of walnuts, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon juice from the cooked lemons all over.
  • Leave at room temperature until ready to serve.

You can grill the steak or cook in a cast iron skillet.
Toss the salad with a simple vinaigrette and serve!
Ok.  I will admit it...see the black and white tray.  Yes, we ate dinner in front of the television (ever do that?  be honest).
This was also our view...

In other news...  I'm really happy about my new jewelry organization using Command Strip Key Hooks... no power tools required.

We also had a GREAT Easter weekend that included some beach hikes in Marin County, California with my son, Tommy and sister, Teresa... and Chief and his brother, Judge from the same litter.
How was your weekend? 


  1. Looks like a fun weekend. I will definitely be making your greens beans! And thanks for the red wine tip.

  2. Saving this yummy dinner idea! Always looking for dinner for two inspo.

  3. We have the most amazing boulangerie, but for years we were giving the leftover bits of our baguettes to the birds. Then some friends told us, no, you can freeze them! So we tried. The poor birds are not too happy. For a long time, they lined up atop the wall, staring at me in the kitchen, as if to say, "Well?" I use every bit of those yummy baguettes, either to eat straight up, to make croutons or to turn into breadcrumbs (because have you ever read the ingredients on a box of breadcrumbs?). Anyway, you are so right: homemade croutons are the best.
    Your dinner sounds lovely.

    1. You are right...great for bread crumbs, too!

  4. I have to order that marinade... sounds amazing...and I am a sucker for green. Rams and walnuts!! Can't wait to try it!!

    1. My mom can also get it at the Navy base commissary since they carry things that sailors want from home. I will bring you some. It's good on chicken, too.

  5. I love this menu and I'll be ordering the marinade. Absolutely, when it's the Mister and me we love to turn on a Netflix movie and watch it while eating our dinner. Very fun!

  6. Eating it all with my eyes, and it tastes heavenly. Thanks for great inspiration. My husband wants steak every night. I eat almost no meat so I'll eat my veges AND his. :) The weekend was more hectic than I would have liked and things won't let up for a couple of weeks, but that's what is so nice about slowing down to read my favorite blogs! xox

  7. Thank you for providing this delicious menu. It seems simple but your presentation is also beautiful

    Love your photos of the ocean and the puppies


  8. I've never heard of that marinade but on your advice I'm ordering it now. It's nice to treat our husbands to a special dinner for no reason at all. Now that I have an empty nest I find I cook special meals less frequently, so you have motivated me to do so more often. What a lovely way to spend part of your Easter on a beautiful beach.

  9. I love green beans and will try this recipe. Of the many things I envy Californians: great produce and a plethora of Trader Joe's! We don't have a TJ in my town, but we do have our beloved co-op where we can get organic veggies and things like grass-fed local beef. I cooked filets Sunday as well. My beef-loving husband would would kill me if I put anything on a filet other than pepper and a bit of salt on his filet. At almost a $38 pound, I might kill my self to put a marinade on it! I kicked up the meal the proverbial notch by making a red pepper, red onion, garlic coulis cooked a bit with sherry vinegar, olive oil and a smoked paprika and a bit of cayenne pepper. I spooned this over the green beans. With planned ahead left over green beans, I put this red pepper on top and put in the fridge where the next day it became a salad...with left over beef. Two meals. One prep. All good. Glad Chief got to hang out with his two bros!

  10. Those green beans look easy and delish! Thanks for sharing. Love the mantel look too!

  11. you make it look so easy! you inspire me to try to do this even though i have to admit that 1) i dread cooking and 2) i've never been to trader joes but after reading this i'm determined to go and see if i can replicate it. stay tuned ;)

  12. Hi Mary Ann, making my Saturday rounds and miss visiting your blog. This looks so good!! Is it wrong to crave a full steak dinner at not even 9am!
    Must admit I would never have thought to get steaks at TJs so thanks for the tip, my husband and boys (when they visit) occasionally love a good steak especially in the summer. Thnak you for the step by step you make it look easy...and fun!

  13. Oh my gosh, your two pups are insanely cute together! As are you and your sister of course. We are having steak for dinner tonight and the green beans sound delicious like that. Definitely trying that tonight! I love your recipes and how you make food look so lovely!


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