Roast beef with Coffee Rub and Bordelaise Sauce

I had a really nice piece of beef sitting in the fridge and wanted to do something a little different with it. Nothing really jumped out at me from the cookbooks I was looking in but I did see a sauce idea for a rather simple version of Bordelaise sauce. So I thought ok, that’llContinue reading “Roast beef with Coffee Rub and Bordelaise Sauce”

Braised Beef Tenderloin Prince Albert (not in a can)

Last week’s post was a minimalist, economical, extremely simple soup recipe. This week is the exact opposite: maximalist, decadent, and technical cooking. Last weekend was the first Sunday in over a month where we weren’t sick or traveling so Cheryl challenged me to whip up something extra special for Sunday dinner. Since I was onContinue reading “Braised Beef Tenderloin Prince Albert (not in a can)”

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef (Part 2 – the finished product)

After 6 days in brine the brisket was ready for cooking and the photo above does not begin to do justice to this corned beef.  If you could only taste it!  The ready-to-cook corned beef you buy in the store has nothing on this version in terms of flavor.  There’s no way you get asContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef (Part 2 – the finished product)”

Palette de Porc a la Biere (ou en anglais Beer Braised Pork Shoulder with a Dijon Mustard Sauce)

Over the weekend Cheryl requested something new and untried for Sunday dinner and said she’d pick from the cookbook shelf.  The winning recipe of the ones she chose: Bourdain’s Palette de Porc a la Biere; a.k.a beer braised pork shoulder with mustard sauce.

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Short Ribs

Short ribs!  Always be on the lookout for when these go on sale at the grocery store, when there is one they disappear quickly.  Short ribs are delicious, juicy, and tender.  These are wholly unrelated to “boneless short ribs” which aren’t even from the rib area.  They’re packed with layers of fat which melts awayContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Short Ribs”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Duck a l’Orange (also a great Valentine’s Day dinner)

I started making this dish for Cheryl when she was back in business school and the first time I made it for her was on St. Valentine’s Day.  Seriously, if you’re a home cook this is a pretty awesome dinner to make.  Classical French, not too difficult, delicious, and it’s duck, which is a niceContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Duck a l’Orange (also a great Valentine’s Day dinner)”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Beef Shanks Osso Buco Style

My favorite Italian restaurant dinner is osso buco.  The big falling-off-the-bone piece of veal, the marrow, the pairing of risotto Milanese, it’s a big, heavy dish best saved for special occasions when dining out.  Because of the heartiness of it you don’t normally find it on menus in the summertime.  Like most braised meat dishesContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Beef Shanks Osso Buco Style”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon

As the colder weather starts setting in here in Wrigleyville my thoughts and ideas on dinner turn towards braised dishes, roasts, soups, and stews.  I enjoy grilling in the summertime but fall and winter are great times to cook.  The kitchen is always warm and cozy, the house is filled with delicious aromas, and youContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon”

What’s for Sunday Dinner

While trying to figure out what to do for Sunday dinner I looked through a copy of my mother’s recipe books and found one for pork tenderloin with a mustard/port cream sauce.  Didn’t have any tenderloins but I did have a 2-1/2 lb chunk of pork loin in the freezer.  So I improvised.  The originalContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner”