This recipe (unlike Thursday's meal) is definitely a keeper.
The steak was delicious, except in the future, J and I both agreed that we would substitute rib eye for the Newark or sirloin that Real Simple suggests. I tried to be authentic, so I did as the recipe asked, but we really found the cut of meat to be a lesser quality than what we like.
The vegetables were DELICIOUS! Simple; roasted carrots and red onions with a little olive oil and s & p, but hot coffee were they good! The sauce for the meat and/or veggies was also very simple, it consisted of the meat juices, dijon mustard and a little white wine as well as tarragon. Super yummy and different for us - we rarely put anything other than s & p on our steaks, so this warm, herby, sharp sauce was amazing! I'm having my left over steak for lunch (in t-minus 10 minutes) and I can't wait!
J's comments were few (he was too busy enjoying the meal), but they did include this little gem:
"This is definitely going to work" (meaning for lunch the next day)
"But today is Friday, you're not working tomorrow"
"Well, let's make this again on Sunday, so I can take the leftovers to work".
Mission accomplished :)