Archive for category Comfort Food
There are several pieces of art within a kitchen. Objects that live for years, producing some of the most memorable tastes to grace the kitchen. The first of my collection was my Kitchen Aid mixer. It was a Christmas present years ago from Hubby. Suddenly, batches of cookies weren’t as daunting, whipping egg whites was a breeze and I became more efficient letting the mixer run while I prepared other ingredients. Since then, I have acquired a cast iron skillet, several nice chef knives, and a roasting pan that has delivered some amazing turkeys and roasts. This year, I received a long-awaited Christmas wish, a Le Creuset round french oven.
Within the hour, I was looking up recipes to christen my new collector’s piece. I had already done Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon a couple of years ago for New Years, so this had to be something different. I landed on Bon Appetit’s number 1 recipe of the year, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. Paired with a wonderful bottle of B Cellars Blend 24.
I had an idea. Chicken, stuffed with this amazing pepper flavored white cheddar, maybe some bacon, and some kind of chicken broth and white wine based sauce. But then, I tried steaming some corn for my baby girl, and I burned my hand. Bags of ice later, I knew I couldn’t make dinner. Hubby took over, placating me with more ice and a glass of wine.
I’m not a huge fan of ground beef. It brings to mind meatloaf, meatballs, and the all American hamburger. That’s all fine and good, but a little boring. So, how to make it good? Seasoning. Sauce. And Yorkshire pudding. That’s how!
I am a girl who loves indulgence. Some people call me a little snooty, but I maintain they just don’t appreciate the good things in life like I do. I love the theater, spas, good books, red wines, gourmet cheese, and chocolate. I will point out that many women like these things so I’m not that strange, but I do love to be spoiled.
My husband offered to make me dinner last night. I was overly anxious and a little depressed from another one of life’s curves, and he thought to spoil me with dinner. I asked for small plates. It’s a dinner we’ll do on occasion that’s a bit indulgent and off the cuff. We throw all the balanced plate thoughts right out the window and just snack on the things we love. Cheeses, really good sausage, breads, and a very sweet dessert make up our small plates paired with a bottle of Pinot Noir or Malbec. I may not grin from ear to ear, but I will always be content after such a meal.
Normally this meal comes with a movie. We nibble and sip while enjoying mysteries and comedies. Last night we chose to watch our college basketball team, Florida State, whip up on Miami during the ACC Tournament. Ok, I fell asleep before the game was over, but the first half was great!
I always look forward to small plate dinners. Last night’s included some of the creamiest fontina and a really neat Cocoa Cardona, a cocoa flavored goat cheese. There was fresh mozzerella and sourdough bread. He sliced sopressata and laid out some crackers. It was all so good and the perfect meal for a Friday night at home.
I’ve got a horrible cold and I blame the weather. And daycare. Yesterday it was 84. Today the high was 61. I know it’s not snowing and I’m lucky to live in a climate where just reaching freezing is as cold as it gets, but once you live in such a climate, your blood thins. No longer is anything below 70 acceptable. Don’t judge me.
We were having friends over again since neither of us wants to brave a restaurant with young kids. I got a sirloin tip roast on sale so I decided on a little comfort food was best for all of us. I chose a roast beef recipe that could be done in under an hour and a half. Having never made it before and never made roast beef with this particular cut, I didn’t believe the meal would be outstanding, but sufficient.