Cooking School Adventures

October 27, 2016 Beef


I’ve been lucky when it comes to learning how to make my way through the kitchen. As a child, I spent a lot of time there, with my mom and my grandmother, learning how to make everything from chili to pie, and from pancakes to dumplings. Sure, I’ve had my ups and downs, but my […]

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Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

January 22, 2016 Beef

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

Truly a family favorite ever since I first made these Mexican Pot Roast Tacos for a 50th birthday celebration I hosted about 6 years ago. The recipe is surprisingly easy to make, (as are many Tyler Florence recipes) but delivers an addictive flavor that keeps you coming back for more.   For the Pot Roast […]

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Spicy Basil Beef Noodles

July 7, 2015 Beef

Spicy Basil Beef Noodles made in Frieling Black Cube wok.

A quick and delicious meal any time of year, you can substitute snow peas for sliced zucchini or bell peppers. This time around, I used the Frieling Black Cube wok. 10 ounces wide, flat rice noodles, medium to extra large width 1/2 lb beef flank steak, trimmed 3 tsp cornstarch 2 tsp Chinese rice wine […]

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Jalapeno Beef Stew

October 2, 2013 Beef


This sounds spicier than it really is: once the jalapenos are cooked, they mellow out and give this stew a nice pepper flavor, without a lot of burn. 6 shallots, peeled 1 tbsp olive oil 5 tbsp unsalted butter 1 lb beef chuck, cut into 1-inch squares 1/3 cup of flour 4 jalapeno peppers, stemmed […]

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April 7, 2013 Beef


A Sunday night dinner favorite, the family has fun gathering in the kitchen and helping make it. Of course, we then enjoy gathering around the table eating it! Four ¼-inch-thick slices rum, bottom round, or top round steak, 4- ounces each. 1.  Using the flat side of a cleaver, pound the slices about 1/8-inch thick, […]

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Beef and Broccoli

February 13, 2013 Beef


  We love wok cooking, and this delicious recipe from Melissa’s is definitely a family favorite. Enjoy alone, or serve this dish over steamed rice. Quick, delicious, and versatile: What more could you ask for?   1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp granulated sugar 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tbsp water 1 tbsp cornstarch ¾ […]

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Beef and Stout Pie

November 24, 2012 Beef


2 tbsp olive oil 1 lb white button mushrooms, quartered 2 cups frozen pearl onions, thawed salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 3 ½ lb beef chuck roast, cut into 1” cubes 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 ½ cups Irish stout 1 cup beef broth 1 […]

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Beef and broccoli on crispy noodle cake

November 15, 2012 Beef


The first time we made this, the kids announced, “It’s like a beef pizza!” Call it what you want, I’m saying it’s delicious. The crispy noodle cake is tasty alone or topped with the beef mixture. ½ pound Chinese egg noodles 8 tbsp. canola oil ½ pound broccoli 12 ounces beef flank steak, trimmed 3 […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

November 15, 2012 Beef


A St. Patrick’s Day classic, we usually go simple and traditional, and this recipe from Joy of Cooking, let’s us partake in the day’s must-have fare without all the fuss. For us, we plop the brisket in the slow cooker, and drink a few beers while it cooks.   4 lb corned beef brisket 20 […]

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Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara

November 15, 2012 Beef


Full of flavor, these Sicilian-style meatballs from the Bi-Rite Market’s  Eat Good Food cookbook(10 Speed Press) is a recent addition to our family recipes. It satisfies the picky eaters, as well as the more sophisticated, especially when topped with the fresh basil marinara. Makes 6 large meatballs ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs ¼ cup whole milk 1 […]

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