CtBF lamb shank tagine

This is another braise, so popular in the French cookbooks we have used. Taking a tough cut of meat, adding wonderful flavors, and cooking it a long time - which is great because there is so little active time, and it mostly takes care of itself. This time, lamb shanks. With a spice rub that … Continue reading CtBF lamb shank tagine

CtBF – Belgian beef stew with beer and spice bread

This is a tale of two recipes. The first recipe is for pain d'epices, which is a honey-spice quick bread. And that is then sliced and slathered with mustard - and is put on top of the beef stew stew to thicken it. But I digress, the first step is really to make the bread. … Continue reading CtBF – Belgian beef stew with beer and spice bread

CtBF|Steak with mustard butter and French fries

Oh my goodness! This was a perfect selection for this past week. Of course it was Valentine's Day, and it was also my mom's 85th birthday. So a little festive dinner party was in order. I loved reading the description - I was in total agreement. Rib-eye. Check. Thinner cut so that a nice crust … Continue reading CtBF|Steak with mustard butter and French fries

CCC – Cottage Cooking Club – August Recipes

This month's recipes at the Cottage Cooking Club were perfect for summer. Plenty of tomatoes, and other summer produce. I stopped by my favorite farm stand, knowing that I had some interesting, great sounding recipes to make.We have great corn here, which wasn't really on this particular menu, but also a couple of kinds of … Continue reading CCC – Cottage Cooking Club – August Recipes

ffwd – green-as-spring veal stew

One of my very favorite things to do in cooking, is to use ingredients from the garden - stepping outside to pick what I need in the moment. In AZ, that mainly means herbs, so it was fun to be able to use what's on hand for this recipe - at least in large part. The … Continue reading ffwd – green-as-spring veal stew

Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

This recipe just screams SPRING to me! With it's fresh lemon and spinach flavors, it's one of the things I love to make this time of year. And it couldn't be more simple. I usually make a big batch of this because I use it for more than just pasta, but over vegetables, as a … Continue reading Spinach and Pine Nut Pesto

Thanksgiving 2012

Each year I come up with a menu for Thanksgiving, and include a lot of the recipes, so that  we can share, anticipate and get excited about our upcoming holiday together. (there are 2 files of recipes linked). And it's a way to share with our people who can't make it to be with us. This year, … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2012

Green Chile Sauce (2)

This is a lovely Green Chile Sauce  that's a just a bit more work, but when you are faced with beautiful chiles and vegetables, it's a great choice. I already had some fresh roasted chiles, but thought it would be fun to make a bit different sauce. This one is based on sauce from a … Continue reading Green Chile Sauce (2)

Green Chile Sauce

I make a number of green chile sauces. Which I choose often depends on what I have on hand, how fancy I want to be, or to be honest, how lazy or ambitious I'm feeling! One of the really terrific things about living in the southwest is that you can often find freshly-roasted green chiles … Continue reading Green Chile Sauce