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meat and potatoes…

So what better way to warm up on a chilly night than with a hearty bowl of beef stew piled high atop creamy and oh so delicious yukon gold mashed potatoes!
I started by browning the meat [tossed with flour and seasoned with salt]… once browned the meat was set aside and some new olive oil went down into the pot! Then in went six carrots and celery, along with four leeks that I chopped up. Some more salt and a bunch of stirring helped soften the veggies and also scrape off the yummy goodness that formed on the bottom of the pot! After the veggies were smelling amazing, in went some chopped garlic [go crazy] and a can of tomato paste… some additional stirring ensued until the paste almost melted away and just offered a beautiful richness in the pot!
Next came one of my favorites… two bottles of Guinness [stirred and reduced]. Once reduced, the meat went back into the pot and was covered with a quart of chicken stock, four bay leaves and a bundle of thyme!
Brought to a boil and reduced to a simmer, this lovely concoction cooked away for a little over an hour…
The last thing to do?? Plate over some velvety yukon gold mashed potatoes and enjoy like ravaged beasts!

at a low simmer…
-R

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not your usual ‘pie’…

Tonight we took a trip across the pond… a hearty shepherds pie was on the menu!
A gorgeous, meaty boneless leg of lamb was cubed up, salted and dusted in some flour… Into a hot cast iron pot coated with olive oil went the lamb! Cooked until all sides were beautifully browned and then put to the side while some carrots, celery and leeks were tossed in to soften up. Once softened, in went some garlic, tomato paste and then a hefty bottle of Guinness to start up this party! After the beer reduced down, the lamb went back into the pot, along with some fresh herbage and homemade stock. Then on went the lid and it was time to simmer everything for an hour until slightly thickened…
While the ‘stew’ was cooking away, it was time to prep the potatoes… yukon golds got a peel, dice and bath… after cooked, they took a ride through the food mill and then some mash was born!!
Once the stew was done thickening, the lid came off and in went a bag of frozen peas… cooked just until the peas were warmed thorough, it was then time to assemble this ‘pie’…
The ‘stew’ was layered in the bottom of a baking dish, while being tucked in by a fluffy blanket of the mash. Under the broiler until browned and bubbly, then it was time to eat!!
Piping hot and full of tummy-warming goodness… this is definitely a winning dish and perfect for a hungry crowd!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a fall meal that’s fall-off-the-bone good!

Well today was officially one of the chilliest days this Fall season has offered thus far… So a hearty, slow cooked meal seemed highly appropriate!
Braised short ribs were the obvious choice and they truly satisfied.
These meaty delights were salted and seared till all sides were a gorgeous crusty brown… once the short ribs were browned they got a quick rest, while in the same pot went a slew of puréed veggies which were cooked till browned. After the veggies browned, tomato paste and a bottle of red wine were added. Once everything was incorporated and slightly reduced, the short ribs were nestled back into the pot, a bundle of fresh thyme and bay leaves were added, as well as some water. Next it was time to put a lid on it and bathe in the oven for three hours. Those three hours felt like an eternity, but the outcome was totally worth the wait!
Fall-off the bone meatiness coupled by a rich saucy goodness and this meal was an absolute winner in my book!

at a low simmer…
-R

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don’t get saucy with me!!

So today I decided on trying my hand at making my own new twisted barbecue sauce… Pretty simple, and pretty boozy!
To whip up this concoction, I used ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, honey, cider vinegar, dijon mustard, some hardcore booze, garlic, onions and a bit of spicy stuff for some zip…
I started by sautéing the onions and garlic, then added ketchup, water and tomato paste and simmered. After about fifteen minutes, I added the remaining ingredients, stirred, brought to a low boil and then back down to a simmer. I continued to stir frequently until thickened a bit.
Into a container to store and the rest as a marinade for tomorrow nights dinner… YUM!!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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