May 19: Tarte D’alsance; Top Sirloin, Crash Hot Potatoes, salad greens.


Today, Trader Joe’s Tarte D’alsance.┬áThis is definitely the best of Trader Joe’s ‘tarts.’

  • Trader Joe’s Tarte D’Alsace is $4.49 or $2.25 per serve.


Thursday night is, traditionally, our steak night, although it’s very loosely interpreted. Tonight we paid Beef top sirloin steak with dressed salad greens and crash hot potatoes.

Top Sirloin is a cut I grew up with, but we called it Rump Steak because of the difference in meat cut naming between the British/Australian system, and the US system. Rump was my father’s favorite steak.

After the experiment with cooking NY Strip blue, we decided to go the same route with the slightly less tender Sirloin. Both are dry aged and we’ve decided that dry aged beef should be cooked no more than rare.

The salad greens were dressed with olive oil and Worcestershire sauce, and sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese.

  • 0.8 lb of dry aged Top Sirloin Steak from Prather Ranch was $11.43 or $5.72 per serve.
  • Three small potatoes each cost 55c per serve
  • The crumbled blue cheese adds about 30c per serve
  • The salad greens and dressing add another 50c per serve.

Dinner tonight cost $7.07 per serve and is comparable to a much more expensive restaurant dish.

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