Deconstructed Pot Roast

I have been making Pot Roast for years. I think it’s one of the first home cooked meals I mastered without having to look at a recipe.  Along the way, I have made so many adjustments, as is the same with so many recipes.  I’m always trying to find ways to elevate them, or make them even better.  And so, my Deconstructed Pot Roast was born…

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Steakhouse Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction

 

There is nothing better than an incredibly juicy, perfectly cooked steak at your favorite steakhouse.  Well, I lied.  There is something better.  Making your own incredibly juicy, perfectly cooked steak at home!  This Steakhouse Filet Mignon with Red Wine Reduction is that steak.  It’s the kind of meal that will make you ask, “Why go out?”.

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Slow Cooked Short Rib Ragu Over Penne Pasta

 

Wow!  This Slow Cooked Short Rib Ragu over Penne Pasta will blow your mind!  We had dinner this weekend at a newer restaurant in our town called Locanda Ravello.  Honestly, I can’t get enough of the place.  It’s the kind of Italian restaurant where there is always a wood-fired pizza oven burning in the center of the restaurant, the staff speaks more Italian than English and every once in a while, if you’re lucky, they’ll break into song during your meal.  After being inspired by the special Short Rib pasta I ordered and how scrumptious it was, I needed to try to recreate it.  This is my version.

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Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Classic Spaghetti & Meatballs….I couldn’t actually call myself a food blogger if I didn’t have this recipe on my blog, right?  After trying many recipes and variations over the years, I have landed on this as the best combination of a few of my favorites.  Honestly, Spaghetti & Meatballs is kind of a classic that you don’t really want to mess with.

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French Onion Soup

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It is a rainy weekend here in the SF Bay Area, but after years of a bad drought, rain is always welcomed here.  Whether as an appetizer or it’s own meal, soup is perfect on a day like today.  It’s always cozy, warm and comforting…easy, cheesy French Onion Soup!

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Coq Au Vin

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Coq au Vin is a classic French dish of braising chicken with wine, mushrooms, garlic and bacon.  You can use bacon or pancetta, it’s a win-win either way, right?  Julia Child helped make this dish increasingly popular in the United States, it was often thought of as one of her signature dishes.  Red wine, specifically Red Burgundy is typically used, although you could always try it with a different varietal if you want.

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Roasted Vegetable Beef Stew

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Fall is in the air…football is on tv, temperatures are dropping, I hear some places are getting quite a bit of rain!  None for us here yet in the SF Bay Area but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t waiting anxiously for it.  I love cooking comfort foods, they are such a perfect weekend meal!  Roasted Vegetable Beef Stew is another great recipe you can put together during the day, let it simmer and it will be ready for you by the time dinner rolls around.  Plus, your house will smell wonderful, cozy and inviting. Continue reading →

Chicken Parmesan

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Chicken Parmesan is the ultimate classic comfort food and everyone has their own version…this is mine.  Now to the inspiration for my Chicken Parm.  I am not necessarily a huge fan of NFL football, however, during the season, it’s usually on at our house.  To me, this is also known as “background noise”…sorry, but it’s true.  Last year, after hearing months of Peyton Manning hum “Chicken Parm, you taste so good” during the Nationwide Insurance commercials, I was moved on more than one occasion to whip up a batch for the family. Continue reading →

Ancho Short Rib Tacos

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This recipe for Ancho Short Rib Tacos came across my Facebook feed recently from Williams-Sonoma and I knew I had to try it.  Most of the recipes I post are recipes of my own, however, I have to make an exception for this one.  I made a few alterations of my own, but not many, it didn’t need them. It is a phenomenal recipe with amazing flavors.  I made this when we had family in town visiting and it definitely did not disappoint.  The beauty of this recipe is that with a little planning ahead, it will do most of the work for you while you’re entertaining guests or relaxing with family.  The end presentation is beautiful and you can serve it family style. Everyone can build their own just how they want it, so everyone is happy! Continue reading →