Heat a heavy nonstick skillet or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, for about 5 minutes. (A very hot pan delivers the best sear.)
Season steaks with salt and pepper
Place steaks in the hot skillet. Do not add oil or water. Do not cover.
For the perfect medium-rare steak, sear in a skillet for 12-14 minutes for a 1-inch steak, and 14-16 minutes for a 1 1/2-inch steak, turning about 1 minute before the halfway point. A meat thermometer should read 130°F.
Rest your steaks for 5 minutes before serving, covering lightly with foil. The temperature of the meat will continue to rise for as much as 5°F during this. The final temperature will read 135°F for medium rare or 145°F for medium.
Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Grease a large baking sheet with non-stick spray or olive oil and set aside
Wash potatoes and chop potatoes into similar-sized pieces
In a large bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper
Parboil potatoes in boiling water for 5 to 8
Toss the potatoes in oil mixture
Transfer the potatoes to a sheet pan and spread in single layer. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and crisp. Flip once or twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning.
Top with parsley
Pre-heat oven to 425°F
Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.