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A Manly Meal

Cheesy title, I know. But it started out as A Meal for My Man which sounded too Tammy Wynette for me. The point is I’m making a Husband pleasing supper tonight.

I’ve been a tad distracted with the start of school and the never-ending-house-renovation project. Though he’d never say so, I know Husband feels neglected by my diverted attention. So the dinner is a peace offering of sorts. A way to thank him for being uber-Hubs and working hard for me and the children. Well, now I just sound like June Cleaver. I think I’ll shut up and cook.

The recipe came to me via Mom’s BFF. Earlier in the summer I offered to take dinner to our good friends whose father was ill. As a rule I never take a meal to a family without testing the recipe first. But this steak sounded so delicious I had to make it right then and there. I’ve made it a half dozen times this summer and it’s worth sharing.

Coffee Steak Rub***

1/2 cup ground coffee (I used a dark roast from Costa Rica)
1/2 cup coarse black pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup salt

I make this in a baggie and keep it in the fridge. I’ve tried a few variations, but it’s best to keep it simple. I do cut back on the pepper some and I like a sprinkle (no more than a tsp) of cinnamon.

I’ve tried a couple cuts of meat and have been having a lucky streak with rib-eye. Coat the steak liberally with the mix and let the steak sit for a few minutes. The steak will begin to sweat and really absorb these surprising flavors. Toss the steak on the grill and enjoy! I know Husband will.

*** I just made this recipe title up and it’s a little boring. What do you think we should name it??? Send me your suggestions and I’ll pick the best. The winner will get free Costa Rican ground coffee to try out the recipe!


Back In the Saddle Again

It’s um, er, well, uh...it’s been a while. Since Christmas Worthy Potatoes to be exact. Geez that seems like a lifetime ago. Suffice it to say things around The Schell Cafe have been a tad crazed. To avoid the risk of sounding like a country western song gone worse, I’ll spare you the long version and catch you up with a more blog friendly synopsis of the drama.

Pregnant. Five!??! Blessed. Christmas. Wonderful. New Year’s Eve. Flu. 10th Wedding Anniversary @ Four Seasons. Bliss. Miscarriage. Devastated. D&C. Horrible. Husband fishing in Argentina. Whatever. Vasectomy. Pissed. Pack 2/3 of house for storage. Argh. Pack rest of house. Argh. Move. Argh. Land in rent house. Sigh. Demolish house. Disconcerting. Displaced. Chair pre-school book fair. Dumb. Celebrate littlest middlest’s fifth birthday. Joy. Welcome baby girl niece. Divine. Start 12 week fitness boot-camp. Crazy. Acknowledge 40th birthday is in less than 6 months. Hmmm....

Now, aren’t you glad you wandered back into the Schell Cafe?!?! Not bad for the first six weeks of 2008, huh? The good news is while I was jogging this morning I decided it was time to dust off the old blog. Given that I know where the computer is again I really have no excuse. OK. So I didn’t really lose the computer, but the printer is still AWOL.

There are two clues in the first three paragraphs that might pique your interest and perhaps give you some insight into some changes that may or may not take place here at The Schell Cafe. The first is the admission that I’ve started a 12 week fitness boot-camp. The other? Come on. For those of you who know me certainly the ‘while I was jogging...’ comment slowed you down. WTF? I’m not a jogger I’m a foodie blogger, right???

Apparently now I’m going to have to be both. In all the madness and hormonal tsunami of the last few weeks I came to the conclusion that if I wasn’t going to have a baby for my 40th birthday I wanted to look hot as shit. (Forgive the language Mom). Nothing like extremes, huh? Saying good-bye to my child bearing years is a tough one for me and so I decided I could either look frumpy and almost pregnant on my 40th birthday OR I could look smokin’ hot and have people marvel at the fact that I’m 40 with FOUR children. A nice fantasy, huh?

Because Husband is the wonderful man that he is (despite the vasectomy) he agreed to give me my 40th birthday present early. A 12 week boot-camp with David King Fitness. I’m a couple weeks into the program and I have to say it’s beyond life changing. You’ll be hearing more about it over the next 10 weeksor so, but essentially it’s a nutrition and workout program designed to duh, make you look and feel better. I have a long way to go, but I’m excited and filled with hope about the me I might be when I turn 40!

Enough dribble for today. Now you are all caught up. Stay tuned for healthy recipes -- YES! I’m still cooking, and fun around the Schell Cafe.