Korean spiced beef and rice

This super quick and very easy beef recipe will be a welcome addition to your busy weeknight repertoire.  Ground beef is sauteed with garlic and spices, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds and served with rice.  It also makes a delicious filling for lettuce wraps. Read More

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Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef )

Ah, Havana!   So much to see, to hear, to smell, and take in…street performers on stilts leading parades of festive cigar- smoking women; turquoise, pink and lime green buildings; palm trees and the sea beyond the Malecon; uniformed school children, and of course the beloved vintage cars.   The food is simple, but robust and equally memorable, with Spanish and Caribbean flavors.  A favorite is “Ropa Vieja”, or shredded beef.   The name means literally “shredded clothes” because after slow cooking, the meat will fall apart into the delicious sauce.  Serve it with rice and beans and fix yourself a Mojito! Read More


Family masterpiece… Nanna’s stew

On the recipe bucket list remains this item:   Boeuf Bourguignon, the famous Julia Child recipe.  It is a classic from the 1960’s, a French masterpiece of layered flavors and quality ingredients, requiring a formidable investment of time and energy, not to mention quite a chunk from the wallet.  But it is apparently most swoon worthy, memorable and absolutely worthwhile.  Maybe one day…..

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Traditional meat lasagna

If you’ve got a crowd to feed, a potluck to attend or you really, really need a comfort meal, then lasagna is your best friend.  It’s meaty, cheesy, carb- laden and so easy to tote, make ahead or freeze.  This is a traditional recipe that takes a bit of preparation but is very worthwhile.  Add a simple green salad, some good bread and some red wine and you have a feast. Read More