Beef

Brisket with Caramelized Onions & Porcini Mushrooms

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in 21DSD, Beef, Dinner, Whole 30 | 8 comments

Brisket with Caramelized Onions & Porcini Mushrooms

I honestly can’t remember the last time I made a brisket, before I made one for this post, anyway. It’s just not something I get excited about, surprisingly enough. Don’t get me wrong, if someone makes a tasty brisket and it happens to wind up in front of me, I will eat the heck out of it. It’s delicious. But it’s not something I often buy with plans to make during the week. But it’s almost Passover, and I can’t imagine this nice Jewish girl not having a proper Passover recipe round-up, complete with a brisket for the center of the table. Your table,...

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Quick Bolognese

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in 21DSD, Beef, Paleo, pork | 6 comments

A good meat sauce doesn’t need to cook all day to be delicious. This one can be made in under 30 minutes, and is a wonderful inexpensive weeknight meal. The idea to use balsamic vinegar instead of red wine comes from Diane of Balanced Bites, who was there for me when I was having a “how can I make sauce without wine?!” crisis. Quick Bolognese 1 onion, small dice 4 cloves garlic, sliced 1 pound ground beef (grassfed if possible) 12 ounces Italian sausage, removed from casings if in links (check ingredients!) 20-24 ounces jarred tomatoes 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/2...

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Filet Mignon & Grilled Vegetable Salad

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Beef, Dinner, Fridge Forage, Lunch, Paleo | 1 comment

You might expect that my life as a caterer means that I eat only the finest cuisine, served on a silver platter with a linen napkin.  I do eat really well, because I make it a point to, but it doesn’t usually look like that.  I often eat cold food, straight out of the fridge, in a mad dash out the door. But sometimes, the random leftovers that didn’t make it to the party- the less than beautiful parts- can make a really outstanding meal. Here’s what I found in the fridge: The fresh greens we had bought that morning at the farmers market The pieces of filet mignon I had...

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Marinated Flank Steak with Mushrooms

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Beef, Dinner, Paleo | 3 comments

Marinated Flank Steak with Mushrooms

Flank steak is one of the less intimidating cuts of beef to cook, in my opinion, as it’s pretty forgiving. While I love it medium rare, it’s still delicious cooked to medium, which is not the case for most types of steak. For someone who isn’t all that comfortable cooking steak, flank steak is a great place to start. I’ve also found that it’s often one of the few grass-fed options at places like Whole Foods, for those who have a hard time finding pasture raised meats. In this recipe, flank steak is flavored with a simple marinade that later becomes the rich...

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Braised Short Ribs with Smoked Ham Hocks

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 in Beef, Dinner, Paleo, pork | 1 comment

We don’t get up early on Sundays. Even if we’re awake on the early side, rushing out the door to get a bunch of errands completed is never in the cards. It’s Sunday, and not for any spiritual reason, rushing out the door with coffee in hand on this day just doesn’t feel right. I’ve actually turned down jobs that require I come in on Sunday; surely one of the reasons I am self-employed. That being said, it is an absolute necessity that we make it to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday. It is where we get about 80% of our meat for the week, and nearly all of...

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Meatloaf

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Beef, Dinner, grain-free, Paleo | 9 comments

Oh meatloaf. It’s one of those things that you think would just BE paleo all the time, given the first four letters of the name.  But then there’s the breadcrumbs.  Luckily, they are completely unnecessary.  I’ve found that the breadcrumbs and egg tend to work together, balancing out the moisture.  If you’re going to leave one of them out, it’s better to exclude them both. This meatloaf gets it’s moisture and depth from lots of vegetables and a sweet and tangy glaze (which is ketchup free!) Naturally, mashed cauliflower is a perfect pairing. This recipe...

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