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Month: January 2012

Sticky Honey Ginger Wings

Sticky Honey Ginger Wings

Share I only eat chicken wings on rare occasions, mainly because there is no place that is “safe” for me to eat them.  Unless a restaurant has a dedicated gluten free fryer, which never happens…. I’ll be honest, most of the time when we make […]

Sweet N’ Sour Meatballs

Sweet N’ Sour Meatballs

Share These meatballs make the perfect appetizer or a fulfilling meal, served over steamed rice or “cauliflower” rice.  My version of sweet and sour meatballs uses fresh pineapple… I try to stay away from anything in a can these days.  I also added red chili […]

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

As much as I respect Julia Child and her culinary expertise…. I have modified her famous version of Beef Bourguignon.  Check it out!  It has the longest steps ever, no wonder people are intimidated to make this dish!  Don’t worry, I have made a much easier version, which yields the same delicious results.  It’s basically the same ingredients, but I have simplified the steps and made it a true one pot dish, more suitable to my cooking style.

Beef Bourguignon

  • 8 oz bacon, chopped
  • 3 lbs stewing beef, cubed
  • kosher salt
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh
  • 2 bay leaves
  1. Heat a large dutch oven.  Cook bacon until crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl.
  2. Season beef with kosher salt and saute in hot bacon grease.  Sear the meat in batches, and place browned beef in the bowl with cooked bacon.
  3. Saute onions and carrots for 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, cook for another minute until fragrant.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook down for 5 minutes.
  6. Return beef and bacon back to the pot.
  7. Stir in tomato paste.
  8. Add red wine, broth, thyme and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil.
  9. Then turn burner down to low, cover dutch oven with lid and simmer for 3 hours or bake in an oven at 300.
  10. Serve warm over cauliflower mash, gf noodles or with boiled potatoes (which is what is traditionally served with this dish).

*Check stew periodically during cooking time and give it a stir.  At the end of the 3 hours, if there is still alot of cooking liquid, I like to cook it on high and boil it down to cook off some of the liquid.  This makes the soup more flavorful and intense in flavor.  Do not add any salt until the very end.  You may not need to add any because of the salty bacon, broth and salted beef.  You can always add salt later, but you can’t fix a salty dish.

Cranberry-Cardamom Upside Down Cake

Cranberry-Cardamom Upside Down Cake

Share I was recently introduced to cardamom, a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine.  Aromatic and intense.  These little pods pack a punch of flavor.  They come in small pods covered in a thin papery shell.  It can be pricey, but one little pod goes […]

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Share Did you know that a Shepherd’s Pie is only called that if you use lamb?? Otherwise it is technically called “Cottage Pie”, if using beef or turkey. Use whatever meat you prefer or have on hand.  Depending on the price of meat or the availability […]