21 posts tagged Beef

Porcini Crusted Ribeye with Gorgonzola Butter

W and I have had an incredibly eventful few weeks. Having just returned from nearly 2 weeks in Sardinia and Capri, for some reason, I haven't felt much like cooking, and quite truthfully, we weren't in the mood to eat so much of the rich food we gobbled up in Italy. I will make an attempt to cover Sardinia and Capri in another post, but a stroke of inspiration came last night and I wanted to share this unbelievably delicious meal that we grilled in an attempt to create a dinner to live up to our favourite bottle of wine; Alexander Valley Silver Oak Cabernet. Those of you who know me, know that I hoarde this stuff. But, last night felt like a cause for celebration, so we cracked that bad boy open and enjoyed the heck out of it. As for the ribeye, our butcher found an unbelievably well-marbled boneless slab of meat that I instantly fell for. The porcini dust made for an amazingly unctuous flavour that just melted in our mouths, and with our first 2 ears of corn from our garden (which were still a bit too young, but tasted FAB anyhow), I do believe we created a dish worthy of a little Silver Oak. Continue Reading

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

Happy Belated St. Patty's Day! I've recently been chatting with a dear friend who lives in Ireland, and she mentioned to me that March 18th of this year was the first time she had ever heard of all of the "pinching and wearing green" malarkey that us Americans go on and on about every March 17th. I was a bit ashamed to admit that I didn't even know of the origins of the holiday as I have Irish Catholic roots; have we really translated a holiday meant to mark the arrival of Christianity in Ireland into a green beer drinking, corned-beef eating good time? We have? I mean, sign me up, but let's not forget to take a moment to bow our heads and thank Saint Patrick for finding that 4 leaf clover on March 17th. I'm celebrating late because I have been sick the last week, and only just felt up to cooking something this morning. One of my favourite uses of Corned Beef is as a hash. If you have already cooked leftover potatoes from another dish, this is a fantastic way to utilize them. Meat and potatoes with a fried egg = a pretty delicious breakfast. Continue Reading

Beef Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

Happy New Year, all! I hope you have all had an incredibly enjoyable Christmas and New Year and have been settling into life in 2011! In the past few months, W and I have been through a lot of bottles of wine. And my Uncle Roger, has been generously making creative gifts of old wine bottles by stuffing LED Christmas lights into them. Ta Daaa; Christmas-light wine bottle fixture! We are now blessed with a Christmas-light bottle of Silver Oak (Alexander Valley Cabernet, 2004) and a bottle of The Prisoner. I would try to explain the history behind The Prisoner vs. The Promise, but the moral of that story is; wear your glasses when picking out bottles of wine, kids. Today, we had 3-6" of snow in Dallas, so I spent the day braising beef short ribs in wine. This dish makes the house smell like Heaven while it's cooking. There is nothing more homey than beef and wine served with creamy mashed potatoes with garlic and chives. The best part about this braising sauce is that you can use the leftovers for chicken the next day; it's delicious. Continue Reading

Argentinian Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I absolutely love when Spring is in full bloom here in Texas. The weather is a nearly perfect 75 degrees for about 3 weeks, with slight breezes and very minimal rain. This weekend, my husband and I drove to Houston to see my brand new nephew and to visit my in-laws. On the way home from a lovely weekend of family fun and delicious food, including BBQ country ribs grilled by my father-in-law, and an indulgent late lunch at my in-law's restaurant, Fat Mikes at the Market in Spring, my husband and I stopped to play in the bluebonnets. Seeing as how I'd never taken part in the traditional Texan ceremony of taking photos in the bluebonnets, my husband and I decided to pull over at an enormous hill full of them - between mile marker 169 and 170 heading north on 75. It's unreal. I'd never seen so many in one place before, so I happily hiked up the hill to get our pictures taken. Now, onto the food. It's spring. It's grilling weather. I really, really wanted to grill something different, but simple. Because flank steak is tougher than other cuts, I might suggest a flat iron steak as an option if you're constrained for time. I added too much olive oil (or too few herbs) to the Chimichurri Sauce, but I've written the recipe so that it should turn out to be a somewhat chunkier sauce. Also, I think it would make a delicious dressing for pasta, so I may try that in a future post once our garden really gets going. Continue Reading

Lasagne Bolognese – 2010

When I think of comfort food, one thing that instantly comes to mind is Lasagne. My Mother made an amazing Lasagne, and I always cherish my childhood memories surrounding it. My husband and I went to Italy to celebrate our 2nd anniversary, and I have warm memories tied to my first sampling of a lovely Lasagne Bolognese in Rome. I absolutely love Lasagne of all kinds, and there seem to be 11ty different variations on recipes out there. I recently purchased Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and adapted the recipe in the book to fit what I had on hand, as well as to include fresh pasta. I prefer fresh pasta, but if time or material is not on your side, 8 ounces of dried egg lasagne sheets can work just as well. I hope that you do try to make some fresh pasta at some point, though. It’s something just so simple and rewarding, and the difference in quality is shocking. Continue Reading