Crouton’s Sloppy Joes

Ditalini had a busy day planned and asked me to make dinner. She left a packet of Sloppy Joe mix on the kitchen counter, along with a pound of ground beef to thaw. I was underwhelmed by the idea of using a mix and decided to make my own Sloppy Joes from scratch. How hard […]

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Crouton’s Crockpot Venison Roast

Ditalini’s sister Gina Cannolini came to visit from Michigan, restocking our freezer with venison from our brother-in-law Lengua’s most recent hunting trip. Among the cuts were two bone-in roasts. I decided to look for a good recipe, and one titled “The Best Crock Pot Venison Pot Roast Recipe of All Time” caught my eye (and […]

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Crouton’s (Easier) Beef Bourguignon

When you think beef bourguignon, you think Julia Child. But honestly, preparing the dish her way (which indeed I have done) is more of a lifetime culinary achievement than a practical everyday recipe, so when I found a small chuck roast in the freezer and had the bright idea to tackle beef bourguignon again, I […]

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Venison Chili à la David Rainier

This, over the past year, has become my go-to chili recipe. It’s not the kind of chili that’ll win a Texas-style cookoff, but it’s rich in flavor, homey, and satisfying. —Crouton

The Cannolis, Ditalini’s sister Gina and her husband Lengua, visited over Christmas, bringing with them venison from deer hunter country, upstate Michigan. The […]

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Bacon-Wrapped Venison Backstrap w/Garlic Cream Sauce

Ditalini’s sister Gina Cannoli visited over the holidays, accompanied by her husband Lengua. They brought along several frozen packs of dressed venison from a recent hunting trip. Two of the packages contained backstrap, the tenderloin of a deer, a highly-regarded cut of meat. The other day I thawed out one package, which contained four cuts […]

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Hasenpfeffer

Hasenpfeffer is also known as braised rabbit in spiced red wine sauce, but the literal translation is “peppered hare.”

Hasenpfeffer ingredients

We made this dish often when we were first married. That was more than 40 years ago, and rabbit was not as hard to find as it is today. We found some at […]

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Braised Beef Short Ribs w/Fingerling Potatoes & Green Beans

The deMenthes dined tonight on braised beef short ribs with fingerling potatoes and sautéed green beans. Cooking the ribs is an all-day affair, but not really all that much work. If you put the ribs in the oven first thing in the morning they’ll be ready by dinnertime, and you can prepare and cook the […]

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Crouton’s Cafeteria Chili Mac

Ditalini put me in charge of the kitchen last night, so I decided to indulge myself in some good old comfort food. We’ve both been away, things have been hectic and disorganized, and a simple one-dish hot meal seemed like just the thing. Remember the chili mac they served you in the school cafeteria? Here’s […]

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Oven Baked Beef Back Ribs

We had a couple of slabs of beef back ribs in the freezer and were looking for something to do with them. I saw this recipe online and thought it was worth a try, with a few modifications of my own. The idea is simple: cut the ribs between the bones, dry rub and let […]

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Crouton’s Slow-Cooked Beef Back Ribs

This is not my photo, but one I found on the net. Next time I make beef back ribs (and there will be a next time) I’ll take my own photos and update this recipe with visuals.

Ingredients

2-3 lb slab of beef back ribs 1 cup water 1 cup ketchup 3/4 cup brown […]

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