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Beef Stew with Red Wine and Cranberries

March 12, 2017

Beef stew was a staple in my childhood home. This version has some bacon for extra yumminess. We also added red wine and cranberries…this gives the stew extra richness and makes it a little unusual. If you have a Parmesan rind, feel free to add it to the sauce for even more flavor.

You will need:

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 lb steak, cut into 1-inch cubes (pick your favorite stew cut)
  • 1/3 c T all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 3 c carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c port
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) dry red wine
  • 2-3 c unsalted beef broth
  • 4 T tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a diner plate with two sheets of paper towel.
  2. In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium high heat until starting to crisp.
  3. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Place on the prepared plate.
  4. Pat the beef dry with paper towel.
  5. In a large ziplock, combine 1/3 cup of the flour with the 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the paprika.
  6. Toss the beef in the flour mixture.
  7. Add the beef to the dutch oven and saute over medium high heat until golden on each side, about 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the beef to the plate with the bacon.
  9. Add the onions and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Saute for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the carrots and garlic. Saute another 5 minutes.
  11. Mix in the port, and allow to reduce by half.
  12. Stir in the wine, 2 cups of the broth, and the tomato paste.
  13. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  14. Return the beef to the dutch oven.
  15. Stir in the cranberries.
  16. Add the bay leaves.
  17. Bake for 2 hours. Remove the bay leaves.
  18. Stir in the potatoes and add more broth as needed.
  19. Bake for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until the potato is tender.
  20. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  21. Serve with crumbled bacon on top!

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Parmesan Carrots

November 30, 2016

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This is an incredibly simple side dish that is perfect for kids and grownups alike. The Parmesan coating makes it crispy and more like a french fry.

You will need:

  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, grated

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each carrot so it is half as long, and then cut each piece in half lengthwise so you have 16 pieces.
  3. Cut each piece into 3 long slices.
  4. Whisk together the egg, water, garlic, paprika and pepper on a plate.
  5. Put the Parmesan on a second plate.
  6. Dredge a carrot in the egg wash and allow the excess to drip off.
  7. Roll in the Parmesan and place on the lined baking sheet.
  8. Repeat with the other carrot pieces.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Fig and Pepper Bread

September 28, 2016

I love baking bread. There isĀ  something very satisfying about mixing all the ingredients, kneading them into a smooth dough, and then allowing the bread to slowly fill your house with all sorts of comforting scents. I always have difficulty waiting until fresh bread cools enough to eat. This recipe is no exception. I recommend it warm with some creamy goat cheese, prosciutto and a little honey.

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You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 c coarsely chopped figs (I used a package of dried, but fresh figs would be a light and fresh option)

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Allow to proof for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the olive oil, flours, salt and pepper until the dough starts to come away from the sides.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Oil a large bowl, place the dough inside and turn to coat lightly.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, roughly 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Gently knead the figs into the dough, a handful at a time to get an even distribution.
  8. Form the dough into a loaf (roughly 10 inches long by 4 inches wide).
  9. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Slice three lines diagonally into the top.
  11. Allow to rise in a warm place, another 15-30 minutes.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Bake the bread for 45-55 minutes, or until it is lightly golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Thyme and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potato

September 3, 2015

This simple side dish comes has a lot of flavor thanks to lots of herbs and the deliciousness of roasting vegetables in the oven.

You will need:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 0.5-inch slices
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh thyme, de-stemmed
  • 2 T fresh rosemary, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 t ground mustard powder
  • 1/4 t salt

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  3. Spread out in a 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir. The potatoes should be softened and lightly caramelized.
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Roast Lamb Chops

January 8, 2015

20141226 Lamb 01My mom also had some bone-in center lamb chops at the house for the holidays. We decided to marinate them and bake them for a yummy addition to our holiday feast.

You will need:

  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T rosemary
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t cracked pepper
  • 1/2 t ground mustard
  • 1 lb lamb chops

Then you will…

  1. Combine olive oil, lemon zest, garlic and spices in a medium bowl.
  2. Toss the lamb with the marinade and let sit for at least 2 hours.
  3. Allow the lamb to rest on the counter at least 45 minutes before baking.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Spread the lamb on a baking dish with sides.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes per side, or until the chops reach the desired level of doneness for you.
  7. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
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Maria’s Hot Clam Dip

December 14, 2014

This recipe comes from a very dear friend of mine, Maria. It comes togetherĀ  quickly from a small number of ingredients. It is great served with triscuits or your favorite bread or cracker.

You will need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (or olive oil)
  • 1/c c onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 cans (6.5 oz) chopped clams
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • Hot sauce, to taste

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Stir in the onion, green pepper, garlic and pepper. Saute until tender, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in the clams with juices; simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and mix in the bread crumbs.
  6. Spread the dip in a pie plate and sprinkle, to taste, with the hot sauce.
  7. Bake 25 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Parmesan Crusted Fish

April 9, 2014

This is a very easy recipe. You can use it with whatever your favorite fish is, so just look around your market for whatever looks the most scrumptious.

You will need:

  • 4 6-oz pieces of fish
  • 3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1/4 t oregano
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • One lemon, zested and juiced
  • Little bit of olive oil

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. Pat the fish dry.
  3. On a large plate, combine the cheese with the paprika, garlic powder, pepper, oregano, cayenne, and lemon zest.
  4. Spread a small amount of the olive oil on each piece of fish.
  5. Dredge the fish in the cheese mixture to create a crust.
  6. Place the fish on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes (or as needed based on the fish) until the fish is no longer opaque in the center.
  8. Sprinkle with the lemon juice to taste before serving!

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