Everyone knows the way into a man’s heart is…

High heels, red lipstick, perfume…  although they are effective tricks in wooing your guy, nothing is more powerful in the game of romance than the smell of a steak and homemade french fries.  You might be able to change a tire,  play Fantasy Football, or even talk baseball stats ,  but when it all boils down – everyone knows,  that the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach.    Believe me, I know this first hand.  I’ve done research, asked around, and poked my nose in other people’s business – the verdict is in.  Steak and potatoes beat out the little black dress any day of the week.  Throw in a chocolate chip cookie and he will be weak in the knees.
Lemon Parsley Shoe String Potato Fries

Cowboy Steak

Serves 2

2 8-10 oz boneless rib eye steaks

Kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper

1 Tablespoon canola oil

1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter


  • Take the steaks out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.  This will allow them to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or medium/high heat until the pan begins to lightly smoke.
  • Add in the canola oil and then the butter. As soon as the butter melts and begins to bubble – add in the steaks.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the steaks brown and sear evenly – forming a crust.
  • Flip the steaks over and place into the preheated oven for 3-4 minutes for a medium rare.
  • Remove the steaks from the oven and allow to rest for 5-8 minutes before serving.


Lemon Parsley Shoestring Potato Fries

Serves 2

2 large Idaho Russet potatoes- peeled and sliced into ¼ of an inch thick all the way around.

Canola oil

Kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper

Zest of a lemon

Fresh chopped Italian parsley

  • Heat 2-3 inches of Canola oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium/high heat until the temperature reaches 375 degrees.
  • Line a medium size bowl with paper towel.
  • Peel and slice potatoes and lightly dry them with paper towels.
  • In small batches add the potatoes into the hot oil, lightly moving them around with a heat proof slotted spoon.  This will keep them from sticking together.
  • The potatoes will cook for about 2-3 minutes.  They will be done when the bubbles subside and they are golden brown.
  • Remove the fries with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl lined with paper towel.
  • Allow a few minutes in between batches for the oil to come back up to temperature.
  • Season the potatoes with salt & pepper, lemon zest, and parsley – toss to coat.
  • To keep potatoes warm, place them on a lined baking sheet into a warm 200 degree oven.
13 comments… add one
  • Sippitysup December 27, 2011, 7:30 pm

    Women just think men like lipstick. Women like lipstick, men like steak! GREG

    • ChefLouiseMellor December 28, 2011, 8:03 pm

      so true so true

  • Kim December 27, 2011, 9:12 pm

    Simple and delicious! The iron skillet is perfect for those days I can’t brave the skillet outside.


    • ChefLouiseMellor December 28, 2011, 8:02 pm

      I love my cast iron- bbq has lost it’s thrill for me…

  • Valentina December 28, 2011, 12:23 am

    so cute! and now I’m starving! xo

    • ChefLouiseMellor December 28, 2011, 8:02 pm

      thanks Valentina- it’s fun to be silly…

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes December 28, 2011, 5:15 pm

    That steak looks so man!

    • ChefLouiseMellor December 28, 2011, 8:02 pm

      lol, it does

  • Lentil Breakdown December 30, 2011, 1:35 am

    You’re tempting me (so long as it’s not from Cowschwitz). : )

  • Lynne @ CookandBeMer December 30, 2011, 7:19 am

    Ooh, steak with a crust and raw in the middle. Grrrr….

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