Tag Archive: meat

Vietnamese Beef Pho

Vietnamese Beef Pho

Not only is Pho a simple dish to make but also it is fun for the whole family. This simple soup has a bunch of flavorful ingredients, which each person can pick and choose to add to the soup. Some Pho’s are involved and take many hours to cook but my recipe is quick and easy resulting in the best Pho you can get outside your favorite Vietnamese Noodle House.

Grilled Teriyaki Hanger Steak with Bok Choy

Grilled Teriyaki Hanger Steak with Bok Choy

There is something about grilled steak with teriyaki that we just love. It’s that smoky/sweet/sour taste that is just so mouth-watering! And that homemade teriyaki makes everything taste better especially the veggies! I find that if I have this quick and easy homemade teriyaki as a dipping sauce, my son will try almost anything. Try it with your family and see the smiles that cross your table!

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragù

I found this recipe years ago after I had surgery. While in recovery I read endless cookbooks and magazines and found this recipe in Food and Wine from 2005. It was the first meal I ate when I came home and I was blown away. My mom made it for me at that time but this time I made it and it was just as good. My family went wild for it, especially my son who cleaned his bowl, which almost never happens. We also had it for lunch today and a day later it is even better.

There seems to be a lot of ingredients but there are really only a few more than a usual Ragù. This recipe also lends itself to kids helping in the kitchen. As with a few other recipes of mine, I use whole coriander and fennel seeds and let my son mash them in the mortar and pestle, which is one of his favorite past-times. I just love how doing it himself encourages him to try different flavors such as the spices I use in this recipe. If you don’t feel like using a mortar and pestle, store bought ground herbs are just as good.

Recipe by Andrew Carmellini

Carne Asada Tacos with Salsa Borracha (Drunken Salsa)

Carne Asada Tacos with Salsa Borracha

I found this recipe many years ago and have adapted it a few times until it worked for our family. What is wonderful about these tacos is that the salsa is completely unlike any traditional salsa. It is smoky and complex but not spicy. When you mix it with Mexican Crema it takes on a whole new flavor that just can’t be beat. It is a nice change from any traditional taco and will wow your family.

Easy Burgundy Meatballs with Noodles

Burgundy Meatballs

This recipe is so simple and easy. I make whenever I need a shot of iron. It is also my staple gift to new moms when they have just had a baby. It is warm and so inviting to eat. True comfort food. You can easily double this recipe and it tastes even better the next day. Use the leftovers for a sandwich!

Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Adobe Beef Torta with Queso Sauce

Torta’s are the Mexican food translation for sandwich. This recipe takes all the rich and complex flavors of Mexican cuisine and intermixes them with a more traditional flavor associated with beef ~ horseradish. This 30-minute recipe will be a hit for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

What’s a Tartine?

Tartine

Tartines by definition are fancy French open face sandwiches with at least one spreadable ingredient. They are a fun take on the basic sandwich and as with all sandwiches the possibilities are endless. For a quick and easy dinner this week, I planned a Tartine with roasted cherry tomatoes from my garden, goat cheese and Prosciutto di Parma. Prosciutto di Parma is right up there with bacon for us and can be eaten with just about anything since it is just that good. I recommend using the freshest loaf of bread you can find, and let the cheese and Prosciutto come to room temperature before serving. This is my take this French classic but it is easy to use just about any of your favorite ingredients to make them truly special. Serve with a side salad or soup.

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

Asian Meatballs with Hoisin Glaze

We love meatballs. They not only are easy but also taste so good. They are perfect for lunch or dinner. This recipe is also great for a quick and easy appetizer for any party. The hoisin glaze is sweet and salty – a perfect accompaniment. Serve with brown rice and steamed edamame for a complete dinner.

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs Lunch Box

Kids, generally love meatballs. My son loves them in any form or flavor so, this week I wanted to do simple Italian Meatballs with Pita bread for dipping or to make sandwiches. Ideally, I would recommend making my Sunday Sauce with Meatballs recipe on a Sunday night for dinner and use the meatballs in lunch the next day for the kids. I bet the parents would even love them for lunch the next day. This is my families traditional sauce with a few touches of my own. The meatball recipe has been past down for many generations now and orginates with my Italian ancestors in Italy. We are from a small farming community outside Naples so since we are southern we love our sunday sauce and meatballs on the rich side but if you prefer them lighter try my Healthy Bolognese Meatballs or my gluten free Meatballs with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta Cheese.

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

Spaghetti al Vino Blanco, Kale and Pancetta

This is a quick and easy recipe full of delicate flavors yet creamy and decadent. By adding in the kale, it is a great way to get your kids to eat greens.

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