Thursday, June 11, 2009


Ok, so it doesn't look like Peter Luger's Porterhouse. I bet Peter Luger never had to grill in the rain like the chief Griller did last night! Well, actually drizzle at that point, but still he's a trouper, and it was definitely worth it!

Porterhouse was on sale this week, we haven't seen the sun for days and getting a little wet was so worth it! Homemade creamed spinach, fresh corn on the cob and a good grilled porterhouse. So what it never stops raining and my flowers are soaked, the tomatoes are drowning, the lettuce is swimming and the Griller was damp? Dinner was great!

It was one of those days. The creamed spinach in the freezer was from way back! Freezer burn would be doing it justice. I had no heavy cream. So I googled and came up with an Ellie Krieger recipe for creamed spinach that didn't call for heavy cream. Said to use evaporated milk, well, the can I have for emergencies was almost as old as the frozen creamed spinach. I never do get those canned milk emergencies. That's cause I like recipes with heavy cream :) Whatever. Two tablespoons? Then what to do with the rest of the can? It got no use in the pantry, I'd assume by the time I remembered it in the frig, it would be solidified. I made the recipe without it! I didn't have frozen chopped spinach for that matter either. It's beginning to sound like one of those positive reviews where you love the recipe even though you changed every single thing about it! Sort of!

I used two big bags of fresh baby spinach and chopped it. I used one cup of 2% milk because that was all I had on hand, and I used one cup cup, maybe less of the chicken stock. Next time I'd do the exact same, maybe add a little more spinach, it cooks down so much.

Creamed Spinach
Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, Food Network
Printable Recipe

2 (10-ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 small shallots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 1 percent milk
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons fat free evaporated milk
Pinch ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Squeeze all of the water from the spinach. In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the milk and broth and cook, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the evaporated milk and nutmeg and season to taste with salt and pepper.


  1. Carol, your porterhouse on the grill sounds wonderful, even if the Chief griller got a little moist :-) Are you practicing for our BBQ event?

    I would ask that you send us some of your rain, but you have to be careful what you wish for.

  2. Looks like a delicious, very expensive, steakhouse dinner to me! The spinach recipe looks wonderful too!

  3. Great post. Your recipe experiences are like mine. I always mean well... I might have to give that spinach a try. Randy likes it.

  4. You're so adaptable!! I haven't had steak for so long, that looks sooo good! FRESH corn on the cob..lucky!

  5. We have your weather too, ugh. I love creamed spinach and I never use cream - my MIL made it with just white sauce with chopped onions and that's the way I do - no evap milk - just milk, flour, butter, onions and maybe chicken broth if I have some and always nutmeg with spinach! Oy, now I have a craving.

  6. I'll have the fresh corn please!

  7. Where is the sun??
    I like it all, and a little ketchup too for my steak..don't kill me, I just have to!

  8. HA! I love reading blogs that make me smile! You've got the touch girl!

    I'll trade you plenty of sun for some of that rain. Deal?

  9. It rained again tonight after a really gray day, definitely a trade, Cindy!

    Kathleen, ketchup for me, too! and only Heinz :)

    Annie, Ii liked it this way with the milk and flour. Definitely making it again. I can't remember the original recipe I used but it had a load of cream.

    Debbie, your event was a lot of fun! I enjoyed it, yes, this was a warm up to the event!

    Barb, only adaptable when it comes to cooking! LOL, my family would never agree that I am adaptable!

    LOL, Suzy, we try though ;)

    yep, Susan, steakhouse, all it needed was some cheesy creamy potatoes on the side. and a really good, fattening dessert!


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