Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Teddy Says Hi

Teddy says hi and thanks you for all the good wishes concerning her illness. We might finally have an answer as to what ails the pup. Her blood and urine cultures both tested positive. She has some sort of an infection and they started her on a broad range antibiotic. Suddenly she is much better. Here temperature is consistently normal now. Her rash is gone. The lameness seems to have disappeared. It's the healthiest she has been since this all started. She sees the doctor next Tuesday so we should know something definitive then.


I love bringing back the old classics and improving them. Salisbury steak is one of them. I took 2 pounds of ground meat and added fresh parsley, sliced green onions, salt and pepper and some freshly grated nutmeg. I rolled them in flour and browned them in olive oil for a couple minutes on each side.


I sliced two very large onions.


And diced about 6 cloves of garlic.


When the onions become translucent, I sprinkle about 4 tablespoons of flour over them and stir for about a minute. Then I added about 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. This paste is frozen because when I open a can of paste, I freeze the unused paste in zip lock bags and then just drop it into recipes when needed.


I add a cup of hearty red wine and beef stock.


And throw in a bunch of fresh thyme. I let this simmer on medium heat until it begins to thicken.


Then, I place all of the steaks into the liquid and let them simmer for about 20 minutes.


While they are cooking I mix about 5 tablespoons of softened butter with about 4 diced garlic cloves.


Earlier I sliced up a baguette and put the slices on a cookie sheet.



I spread the garlic butter on the baguette pieces.


Then shredded some Gruyere cheese.


And mounded it on top.


Then I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top of that.


Finally I sprinkled them with a combination of spices I made up. It consists of thyme, oregano, salt and garlic powder.


I baked these at 400 degrees until they just began to brown. It's smelling really good just about now.




To serve, I ladled some of the juice into a soup bowl.


Then sat one of the garlic toasts on top of it.


Then placed one of the steaks on top of the toast.


I sprinkled it with a bit of Parmesan and it was ready to be devoured. Good comfort food for another cold wintry day.

21 comments:

Lyon said...

Poor puppy, I'm very glad to hear that the culprit of the illness has been identified and that Teddy is feeling better.

Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts by LindaOma said...

First, I love Teddy and am so glad she is doing better. My own sweetie Saint Bernard has recently had some medical difficulties.So big hairy dogs are my favs too. She is darling.

Second, oh my stars. Too early in the am to be tempted like this with the yummies you cooked. Wow that looks so good I can almost smell it. Thanks for sharing. This will be put on our next shopping list for dinners.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Good news re Teddy!

Suzie said...

Oh, I'm SO happy that they have found something to be able to treat! And that she is responding so well! I'll continue to send good healing energy her way!

And I've decided that I'm just going to give up cooking, and come live at your home! Or at least show up at meal time! ;-) I love how you always put a spin on old classics. I was going to make some soup today, but all of a sudden I'm not hungry for it any longer. Wonder why. . lol

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

It´s so great to hear the improvement on Teddy! I´m so glad that she´s better already!

All Your food looks delicious! Like tha ham yesterday (I don´t know how I could miss that ??)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Pricilla said...

Oh, I am THRILLED that you have finally found something to help Teddy. It's about time...what took them so long.

Yum. What time should I be there? heh heh

idrawpix said...

What a relief for you and Teddy! I am so glad Teddy is feeling better and is on the mend.

Touchatou said...

I am so glad they finally found something to cure Teddy ;)

inannasstar said...

I'm glad to hear that you got a diagnosis for Teddy, what a sweet sweet babydoll.

And....your food looks DELICIOUS!

Jeanine DeNitto said...

hi teddy darling glad youre feeling better!!

Rue said...

I am SO happy to hear that Teddy mystery illness may be solved! Glad that she is getting a pit perkier too! Yay!

I never thought I liked Salsbury steak - I'm changing my mind now!

Jennifer said...

I am so happy to hear that you may finally have an answer to what has been giving Teddy such problems. So glad the adorable Miss Teddy is feeling better!

That meal looks delicious! Next time I don't know what to fix for supper and everything sounds blah and same ol' same ol' I will just visit your blog for some great recipe ideas! Thanks. We are having beans for supper...wish I was eating at your house!

Stuff On My Blog said...

AWW Teddy is gorgeous, glad he seems to be on the mend. Your salisbury steak sounds divine!

Ann said...

Now I know what I am making for dinner tomorrow-but it's leftovers tonight-borsch (beet soup) is not so bad-Angie

Laura said...

So glad to hear that Teddy is feeling better and they have an idea as to what might be wrong with her. Will continue to pray for her health and well-being.

I have to say, I just had dinner a few minutes ago, but after seeing today's recipe, I think I'm hungry again! Looks delicious!
blessings
~*~

Sonia ;) said...

Hi Teddy...Jaz that dinner looks awesome...is there anything you cant do? xoxoxox

oldblackcatboo said...

I just love looking at little Teddy's face! She's so adorable!
Growing up I HATED Salisbury steak but I have to say, yours looks delicious!

motheralice said...

Glad to hear your Pup is mending! Dinner looks delish, have to try it some time..... :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Wow...you make everything the old-fashioned way! I get my Parmesan out of the little shaker thing in the Italian section of the grocery store. I don't think I've grated cheese since I was a kid. You're an inspiration!

LJ said...

Awww, kisses for Teddy. She's a strong pup.


And as usual, your food looks to die for!!!

Bridgett said...

So glad Teddy is feeling better. She's such a cute pooch.

This meal looks amazing. My husband would love me forever if I made this for him. :D