12 posts tagged Sauces

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

Fancy-Schmancy Macaroni & Cheese

If you've read my blog in the past, you know that I have some very picky eaters that I tend to cook for. Most of the time, I can't put the "good stuff" in dishes like macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. Well, last night, that all changed. I began scheming sometime around noon, knowing that it was just me and my husband for dinner. W wanted steak, and I wanted to make macaroni and cheese, but I wanted to make it somehow special. This combination of caramelized red onions, crispy bacon, lovely cheese, along with some delectable truffle oil, made for a rich and creamy baked macaroni that is decidedly adult. Continue Reading

Classic Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons

My Mom always makes Caesar Salad with anchovies, and it's always delicious. I'm not really sure why I haven't made this often in the past, but it's my favourite go-to salad in any restaurant situation, so I thought Christmas an appropriate time to make my own. With the coddled eggs, the dressing is creamy and quite reminscent of Caesar salads I've eaten in the best restaurants. Continue Reading

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with a Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Last night was a wonderful night to attempt this dish. It was cold and drizzly here in Dallas, and it really felt like winter. I always tend to see pork chops as a cold-weather food, so this really hit the spot. The citrus combined with the cranberries and a bit of spice made this a dish I will certainly work into my winter repertoire. Served with some Carrot and Sweet Potato Mash, this dish is a satisfying sweet and savory dinner. I do hope you enjoy it if you try it - and you should! :) Continue Reading