Fileno al Mirtilio aka Blueberry Steak

So I have been a scavenger, frantically searching the internet for recipes similar to the blueberry steak I had in Florence almost 4 years ago (AH! that makes me feel old…I wasn’t even 21!). Aqua al Due was my favorite restaurant and I have been wanting this steak more than anything! Even though according to my friend, who I won’t name, claimed that Laura and I liked everything in Florence because we were “fat,” so it isn’t a testament to how good the meal was. He is wrong. It was amazingly delicious.

Anyway, I hate to admit this, but trial #1 wasn’t exactly a success. The sauce, in my opinion, was not very good. I would have much rather enjoyed my steak without the sauce, but in my excitement I covered the steak without thinking. Some of my taste testers did not agree with me, and enjoyed the sauce, but I know it was gross and I can admit it…with hesitation. I know there is a fix to the sauce and I am determined to uncover the true recipe.

My parents and Grandparent’s were in Chicago this weekend and I saved the remaining sauce for them to try. My mother is an amazing cook, my Grandma’s food is famous, and my Grandfather is an amazing chef, so I knew they would be tough critics. They all thought the sauce was good, and said I probably did not cook the sauce long enough, and the flavors more than likely came out in the sauce overnight.

I thought using ketchup was the mistake I made, but my Grandma thinks I just used the wrong kind, and should have used a spicier ketchup, rather than the condiment kind. Also, she thought the sauce would be a lot better on pork. So I’m still not completely satisfied with the sauce, but I am glad it was not a complete failure! I am going to grab some pork this week and try the sauce out again!

Unfortunately I do not have any pictures to share. My lovely phone broke and the pictures I took are lost, but no worries, I got the new iPhone 4 this past weekend and have a ton of pictures from my Italian adventure around Chicago!

From Italy to Chicago

Hello all!  I am sorry I have not had the chance to share my cooking adventures with you, but life has been fairly crazy the last few months! I moved into a new apartment and work has been pretty busy…I will share with you all the hard work that has been going on once everything calms down. Also, my sister is getting married next weekend and I have been trying to avoid the kitchen in all honesty…I can’t wait for the wedding and to share all of the pictures and GREAT food from the big day, but for now all I can share with you is a preview of what is yet to come.

I moved in with my best friend and my Italian partner in crime. We spent 4 great months together in Italy and I am excited that we will get to cook together (well, she can enjoy my cooking). But her 25th birthday is on Sunday, so I am treating her to an Italian feast. I am planning on making Lasagna and Tiramisu to celebrate her accomplishment of being a quarter of a century old!! Happy early birthday Laura – I can’t wait to celebrate this weekend and have an Italian reunion in our new kitchen!

Here is a picture of our kitchen in Florence. Our new kitchen is not as cute as this petite red kitchen and it does not include our washing machine next to the stove, but it is just as homey and will include just as many good meals as this one did, just not as often!