Bachelor Cooking: Steak and Baked Potatoes (with no microwave)

Bachelor cooking has entered a new phase.  After ten years of using a second-hand low-power microwave that someone gifted me after my divorce (probably thought I’d use that thing instead of using a stove or an oven), I tossed the old microwave away.  Low-powered microwaves are a blemish on society – you have to figure out how many additional minutes you need for each cooking project – three minutes in a normal microwave might mean five minutes in this one.

So now I’m going to rely ONLY on my stove and oven.  (rolling up sleeves)

I picked up a pound of chuck roast steak, as well as a couple of Russet potatoes.  That should make for a good Sunday dinner, wouldn’t you say?


  • One Russet Potato
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • One pound of steak
  • More kosher salt

I washed the potato, then coated it with olive oil and kosher salt.

Preheated the oven to 425 degrees.

Put the potato in the oven.

25 minutes later, I prepared the steak – a good rub with more kosher salt.  Because everything tastes better with kosher salt.

With the potato still roasting in the oven, I added the steak and increased the oven’s temperature to 450.

20 minutes later, I took the steak and the potato out.

A couple of pats of butter … and …

Look at that.  Bachelor dinner.

As it is right now, I’m really trying to improve my bachelor cooking skills.  It’s going to take some time, I know, but a man can’t live on royal food forever – you know, Burger King, Dairy Queen …

Although I could make the joke about how the Burger King broke up with the Dairy Queen because she was caught with Five Guys …

We’ll see how my next bachelor cooking adventure goes.

Microwave or no microwave.