Today, as I sit at my computer blogging, I am looking outside seeing at least a foot of snow in my beautiful backyard, at least it is in spring and summer. Winter is tough for me as I really hate the cold. My husband is so patient because I do tend to like to hibernate in the winter. When I complain he always says “It’s almost spring”. I even called the guy who opens our pool to schedule the date. This I always do in February to give myself something to look forward to.
I am reminded of a visit to Deep Creek, Maryland to visit friends. January, 2002. We had just met them at the pool at a Jamaican resort and we became friends when we realized how much we have in common. I know, it does happen, just not usually to us. Anyway, I knew there would be snow and cold, but our friends told us to bring snow suits as they had a surprise for us. My husband and I don’t ski, snowboard or ice skate. I don’t even like to get into a cold car, which is why I remote start my car in the mornings. Anyway, they told us when we got there that we were going tubing. I asked what that was because all I knew about tubing was you were on a tube attached to a boat by a rope, which I don’t like either, that’s a story for another time.
So we put on our snow gear and headed for the ski resort. That’s when I saw the tubing run. 8 lanes of pure ice about 2/3 of the way up a small mountain. Now my husband starts to get nervous as he has a fear of heights. We get our tubes and get to the tow rope. We sit on the tube and grab the rope which very slowly takes us up to the top. I have issues with going down mostly because I don’t like that motion, fast and down. I don’t like roller coasters, crashing airplanes or anything else that gives me that out of control feeling. My husband and our girlfriend are freaking out. My husband tried to walk back down but the guy at the top would not let him. I am freaked because the only way out is down the run. So our friend’s husband has no fear and he is the first one down. My girlfriend is next. We see her from the top get off the tube and walk away. She was done. Next my husband, knowing this was his only way off the mountain went next. Now it is my turn. I say a little prayer and down I went. To my surprise I LOVED it. So while my husband and our girlfriend spent the next hour in the bar, our friend’s husband and I did this again and again, 17 runs in all. Actually he surprised me because his favorite place is the bar. When we got to the bar we announced the Tubing Team was back. They had already named themselves the Apres (after) Tubing Team. We all had a good laugh and a few more drinks. Good Times.
Another thing I do on days like this is look for new recipes. Today’s recipe is very simple and very delicious. I got this idea from a restaurant we frequent. This has become one of my favorites and both family and friends love it too.
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 t Salt
1/4 t Pepper
1/2 t Oregano
2 lbs Beef Tenderloin, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
4 T Butter or Margarine
1 T Canola or other Vegetable oil
1 C sliced Mushrooms
2 Cups Beef Broth
1/2 C Marsala Wine (use the real stuff not the cooking Marsala)
1/4 C Dry Sherry
Combine all the dry ingredients in a ziploc bag. Place sliced meat in the bag, seal and shake to coat meet thoroughly.
Meanwhile, melt butter and oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Add meat and cook about 4-5 minutes per side, until meat is mostly cooked. Add beef broth, marsala and dry sherry. Mix and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low. Add mushrooms and cover. Sauce will thicken. Cook until meat is tender and mushrooms are soft, approximately 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
This recipe is great served with mashed potatoes. Pour sauce over the potatoes for a special taste.