Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
You don’t always realize how quickly 52 weeks can pass by. When I started my own “Culinary” segment on Ms. Elaine Kneeous one year ago, I had no idea that one year would come & go in the blink of an eye. So here I am, still following in Kevin’s foodie footsteps and enjoying every delicious moment. To long-time readers thank you for staying with me. To new friends, thanks for joining me. And now without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s edition, shall we?
Last week Saturday Kevin took his two favorite ladies out for Sweetest Day. (Yes, I was one of them.) We headed to our fave Franklin restaurant where, literally, everyone knows our names. Much to my delight, their weekend specials menu featured one of my absolute favorite beef dishes, Steak Diane.
Needless to say when Penny came to take our order I promptly requested above-mentioned dish. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into…
Not only does this dish make my mouth water and heart go pitter-patter, it has history. Yes there are variations of its origin, but basically (and according to foodreference.com) the story goes like this:
“Diana was the Roman Goddess of wild animals and the hunt. The sister of Apollo, she was praised for her strength, beauty, athletic prowess, and hunting skills. She was also deemed a protectorate of woman and became associated with chastity, marriage, and fertility.
Diana considered her body sacred. According to Roman mythology, one day she was bathing when a hunter happened to come upon her. Diana was outraged and turned the hapless hunter into a stag. This fable may explain why in many artistic depictions of Diana she is accompanied by a deer. And that my fellow gastronomes, brings us to Steak Diane.
In the 19th century sauces made “a la Diane” were dedicated to Diana and appropriately enough, originated as an accompaniment to venison. Sauce a la Diane was composed of cream, truffles, and ample amounts of black pepper. The first mention of Sauce Diane, (as opposed to a la Diane), comes from the culinary icon Auguste Escoffier in 1907. He added hard cooked egg white to the a la Diane formula.”
Now, Penny is an AWESOME waitress and dear friend. Our orders always arrive promptly, correctly, and with a smile. The last drop isn’t even out of our glasses and the refill is delivered. Unfortunately (and I knew this in advance) my Steak Diane wasn’t served/delivered to me in the utmost traditional manner:
At any rate… With such a romantic, exotic history wouldn’t you think some of the finest steak places in town would want it on their menu? Some online consultation of local menus had me review the following:
Mo’s – A place for steaks
Mr. B’s Steakhouse
And yes, even our beloved Packing House
Not one of them featured my Pavlov-reaction-inducing favorite. Thank Heavens for Joey Gerard’s, it’s a regular feature! Whew!
Now, would you expect a CHAIN restaurant to include it on their standard menu? Possibly, if that chain was a STEAK RESTAURANT chain such as Fleming’s or The Capital Grille. But would you ever in a million years expect THIS PLACE to serve it??? Admittedly I don’t hit CF for steak. But still!
If I didn’t have a fear of igniting my eyebrows, I suppose I could try my hand at making it at home.