Rosemary merlot flank steak (recipe in the comments)
Roasted new potatoes
Haricot verts, wax beans, and baby carrots in a Dijon vinaigrette
Hot tea (variety of flavors for various participants)
M's mom (Mn) came for a visit this weekend and will be staying through Halloween, so there will be a new "reactor" for a couple days. Rosemary merlot flank steak is a great meal to make for company, especially if you're on a budget. The cut of meat is less expensive than many and the presentation is very elegant, without much fuss. We had the last of the potatoes from our farmers' market and are (again) amazed at how much better fresh organic potatoes are than what you normally get at the store (potatoes are an important organic switch!).
Chopping: Onion chopped, potatoes halved, beans trimmed, apples cored
Time: About 50 minutes
Make ahead: The marinade can be made ahead and refrigerated. The spice mixture for the apples can be made a week ahead and stored in an airtight container.
J: "The scent of rosemary perfumed our whole house - mmm."
M: "Easy restaurant quality."
Mn: "A colorful blend of flavors."