Cotton Blossoms, the Perfect Steak Marinade, & Buttermilk Chive Mashed Potatoes

Random, I know.

Saturday Wheat and I went and rode around the farm.  The cotton is blooming!

Cotton Field | Oysters & Pearls

Every year I get really excited, because cotton flowers are SO pretty.  I am betting that a lot of people don’t know this, so naturally I had to snap a few pictures.

SoWeGa Cotton Blossom | Oysters & Pearls

Cotton Blossom | Oysters & Pearls Hot Pink Cotton Blossom | Oysters & Pearls

So pretty, amiright?

Anyway, cotton blossoms are a sure sign that Fall is rapidly approaching… despite the soaring temperatures here in SoWeGa.

We also got some new (to us!) porch furniture last week – thanks Jessica and Kevin!  Wallace is REALLY enjoying it.

Wallace on the New Porch Furniture

This is how we found him when we got back!

When we did get home, we arrived to a perfectly marinated steak and I whipped up some buttermilk chive mashed new potatoes to go along with them, mainly because I wanted to try out my new immersion blender.  I thought that I would repost the marinade recipe, since I posted it ages ago when my pictures were turrrrrrible.

Marinated Steak & Buttermilk Chive Mashed New Potatoes | Oysters & Pearls

Best Ever Steak Marinade


– 2/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
-1/2 cup soy sauce
– 1/3 cup lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon prepared mustard (we usually use yellow, but stoneground is REALLY good)
– 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced (can substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder)


Mix it all up and marinate at least a few hours.  It’s even better overnight!  Seriously, the BEST steak marinade ever!

Marinated Ribeye & Buttermilk Chive Mashed New Potatoes | Oysters & Pearls

As for those ‘taters…

I boiled a few (6) new potatoes until they were done – aka you can stick a fork in them and pull it back out very easily.  Drain them and return the potatoes to the pot.I cut them up into smaller pieces with a knife, then added a cup or so of buttermilk, freshly minced chives, about 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter, a hefty shake of garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  I used my immersion blender to “mash” the potatoes, and you can definitely use a hand mixer to whip them up into fluffy oblivion.  More often, I just use a potato masher, but I had a fancy new toy to test out!

Verdict: immersion/stick blenders are every bit as awesome as I thought they would be.  I purchased this Kitchenaid 2 Speed Stick Blender, and so far, so good!

This mashed ‘tater combo was super easy and very tasty!  Of course, there are about a million variations of mashed potatoes out there, and I make them differently almost every single time, depending on what I have in the house.  In a pinch, I’ll add ranch dressing, yogurt, sour cream, or even mayonnaise!  Improvisation is the key to tasty ‘taters, in my book.

Buttermilk Chive Mashed New Potatoes & Marinated Steak | Oysters & Pearls

I’m in the mood for new mashed potato combinations.  Anybody out there got some for me?


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4 thoughts on “Cotton Blossoms, the Perfect Steak Marinade, & Buttermilk Chive Mashed Potatoes

  1. Jim McClellan

    That looks amazing! I want to try that marinade on some venison backstrap. Also, I have to remember not to read your blog when I’m hungry!


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