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Herb-and-Mustard Sirloin With Baked Potatoes


  • 4 small russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons spicy mustard, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons crumbled herbes de Provence
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or scallion greens


Pierce the potatoes a few times with a fork, then microwave until soft, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, pierce both sides of the steak with a fork. Mix the mustard and herbes de Provence in a bowl and rub all over the steak.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter; as soon as it melts, add the steak and sear on one side until browned, about 7 minutes. Turn and brown the other side, about 4 more minutes for medium-rare.

Transfer the steak to a cutting board, season with salt and pepper, and top with 1 tablespoon butter. Let rest at least 5 minutes.

Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and turn to coat on all sides with the pan juices. Cook until the skins are slightly crisp, about 3 minutes.

Mix the remaining 3 tablespoons butter with the chives and season with salt. Thinly slice the steak on the bias. Serve with the potatoes, chive butter and mustard.

Recipe by Food Network and photo by Antonis Achilleos

Eating Alone

I’ve eaten by myself in France more than anywhere else, with the exception of my own country where, more than half the time when we’re eating, we’re eating alone. That’s more often than in any previous generation. Pressed for time at work or school, Americans frequently eat by themselves at breakfast and when snacking, according to the NPD Group, a market research company. More than half of lunch meals are solitary. And more than 30 percent of Americans have dinner alone because they’re single or on a different schedule from their partner. The trend is being seen in other countries, too. In South Korea, for instance, it’s largely being driven by long work hours, according to Euromonitor International. And while many may not be dining alone by choice, the fact that more people are doing it is changing perceptions. “Dining alone has not only become socially acceptable in South Korea,” Euromonitor reported, noting that Seoul is an incubator for trends that resonate throughout East Asia and beyond, “it is almost fashionable.”

Read the entire post at Longreads.

Paul McCartney in Liverpool

Fun Facts

  • The first TV remote Paul McCartney ever saw was Elvis’s.
  • More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song Yesterday–more than any other copyrighted song in history.
  • Little Richard was his schoolboy idol.
  • His first instrument was a trumpet.
  • He has also held exhibitions of his paintings at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

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