Slow Braised Short Ribs

Slow braised short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus

This dish is from Hugo Ortega’s Backstreet Kitchen cookbook. I prepared it for a cooking club dinner the other night, and it was a hit. Although it may appear complicated, it’s actually easy to prepare (if you don’t count peeling the cipollini […]

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Ditalini’s Crockpot Beef Enchiladas

Here’s an easy beef enchilada recipe Ditalini picked up from her friend Cherie, with slight modifications to make it her own.

Ingredients

3 lb chuck roast 2 16 oz jars pepperocinis, with juice 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced beef broth or bouillon (as necessary) corn tortillas 1 can red enchilada sauce cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

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Crouton’s Red Curry with Beef

Lately I’ve kept the cupboard stocked with coconut milk and a supply of red, green, and Penang curry paste. Because if you have those basics — and some rice — you can make a nice Thai curry out of whatever other ingredients you have laying around.

Until last night, I’d used chicken or shrimp in […]

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Sarma (Stuffed Grape Leaves) & Pilaf

More years ago than I care to admit, Armenian-American friends shared their family recipe for stuffed grape leaves and pilaf with us. Ditalini’s been making sarma and pilaf ever since, and whenever our kids come to visit they always ask her to cook some. The recipe serves 4-6 and can be doubled for more.

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Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Ingredients

1 tbs olive or vegetable oil 3 lb pot roast salt & pepper, to taste 3 cups beef stock 12 small redskin potatoes (cleaned but not peeled) 1 white onion, peeled 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch lengths 1 medium parsnip or turnip, cut into cubes 1/2 cup small pasta, cooked 2 tbs parsley, […]

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Crouton’s Easy Beef Stew

This is a simple one-dish stew you can prepare in the afternoon and serve for supper.

Ingredients

1 lb chuck roast, cubed flour salt pepper olive oil 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, sliced 3 cans beef stock 1 can beer peppercorns bay leaf 2 stalks celery, chopped 6 small red potatoes, halved […]

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