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 […]


Crouton’s Smashing Potatoes

Crouton's Smashing Potatoes (served with roasted pork tenderloin and peas)

There are plenty of smashed potato recipes on the net. Here’s how we make them in Crouton’s kitchen:


6 small to medium red potatoes 1 head garlic olive oil kosher salt freshly ground pepper


First, the big picture: the potatoes cook twice. […]



Which stands for “To the grill . . . it’s Friday!” around maison deMenthe. Friday’s menu: grilled veggies, grilled zucchini & squash, grilled boneless ribeye steaks.

My old Coleman grill, ready for the scrapyard

I’ve described grilling veggies before, here. Last night I used small potatoes, chopped carrots, a quartered yellow onion, and peeled […]


A Night for Grilling

An old friend is down from Las Vegas for the weekend. We ate out Friday night and had a party Saturday night, so tonight, the last night of his visit, will be a quiet dinner at home. Ditalini’s making a salad and I’m grilling steaks and veggies. We also have a loaf of foccacia bread […]


Baking Potatoes on the Grill

Sweet potatoes (w/beer can chicken)

This works well with baking potatoes, sweet potatoes, or yams:

Under running water, scrub dirt off potatoes and rinse, then pat dry. Leave skin on. Pierce potatoes lengthwise with shiskabob skewers, then wrap in foil.

The skewer does two things: it pierces the potato so that steam can escape, […]


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 (skin on) […]