Mom’s Italian Pot Roast

My Mom’s Italian pot roast is one of my favorite winter meals – beef slowly stewed in tomatoes, red wine, bayleaves, rosemary, and cloves served on a base of broiled polenta.  The only reason it has yet to make the blog is that I, personally, have only made it a couple of times, the creation…

Bolognese

This is a repost of an older blog entry that I feel did not get as fair of a shake as it deserved due to the poor quality of my photos. While not the most visually attractive of sauces, this hearty sauce satisfies through its warm, rich, and comfortingly familiar flavors.  I make this sauce…

Sloppy Joes

During her life time, my Grandma Lila cracked the code to the perfect Sloppy Joe.  No fancy add-ins.  Just four basic ingredients: ground beef, onions, ketchup, and mustard.  That was it.  I have tweaked her recipe slightly in the years following her death.  The biggest change being the use of ground turkey instead of the…

Carrot and Beef Stew with Red Wine

A classic French style beef stew with all of the usual characters – bacon, garlic, rosemary, onions, thyme, cognac, and lots of red wine.  I served the stew with a side of roasted potatoes.  Usually I like to cook my beef stew Belgium style, with lot of beer instead of wine, but I decided to…

Beef & Barley Soup

One of the best parts of holiday roasts is the wonderful soups you can make with the leftover bones.  Beef and barley soup is a great way to repurpose some of your holiday roast beef leftovers.  If you have any leftover beef bones, cook them up with your favorite herbs and vegetables into a lovely…

Hamburger Tetrazzini

Hamburger Tetrazzini: because eating 15+ leftover Memorial Day Weekend BBQ burgers is probably not a good idea.  Tetrazzini is one of those recipes that my Mom used to make regularly when I was growing up, that her mom used to make for her, and that I now make occasionally when nostalgia strikes.  One of those classic…