You may be thinking that a recipe for a thick, hearty soup is a bit odd considering that yesterday was the first day of spring. But this Spanish bean soup is not just any soup. Rather, it is a soup sent straight from the soup gods (if the soup gods took the form of my future mother-in-law).
Goulash. Just saying it sounds funny, right? But what exactly is it, anyways? Well, it really depends on who, or where, you ask. As for my version, I may not be able to claim its history or origin, but I can definitely claim it as delicious. That's good enough for me!
Q: I bought an inexpensive heel steak from a Mexican market labeled "carne para asar." It is sliced very thin and doesn't seem like a traditional roast. What is heel steak commonly used for and how can I cook it?
When putting together the recipe for yesterday's Beef Stew, I realized that there are some key meat-cooking tips that we can take away and apply to many other favorite foods. Other kinds of stews, braised dishes, and even chili rely on tough cuts of meat that can seem difficult to work with, but all they need is a little love in the kitchen.
Like a good chili or chicken noodle soup, homemade beef stew is one of those dishes that is just good to have in your back pocket. It's a dish that will serve you well through long winters and family visits and other small moments of need. Making one isn't hard and will surely nourish you through several meals. Here's my tried-and-true method for making a very good beef stew.
There are a million and one ways to make chili. All of them are excellent and all of them are sure to satisfy a large crowd of hungry people. Whether you like your chili with ground meat or chuck roast, pinto beans or no beans at all, the basic method for making it is the same. Want to make a very good pot of chili? Here's how.
Q: I plan on making demi-glace next weekend, but I don't want to use veal. I know it has more collagen than beef bones, but I don't eat veal. Any thoughts on recipe modifications? The recipe calls for 10 lbs of veal bones, so I'm thinking of using 13-15 lbs of beef bones.
There is entertaining, and there is entertaining. I hosted a formal cocktail party this past weekend for over 40 of my friends, with my event proving to be the latter. The dress code called for "sparkly attire", and I donned my mother's black velvet vintage couture dress, paired with big hair and lots of costume baubles! In keeping with a retro theme, I pulled out all of the stops, including a traditional Southern menu served in my mom's best silver. Here's a look at one of the hit recipes of the night — a cocktail meatball that needs no improvement.
Q: My husband has decided that we're having beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner. The only problem is, I've never made one before! I cook a lot from The Joy of Cooking so that's about my cooking level. Dinner is casual, but spruced up a bit for Christmas, with 8 people total. Do your readers have any recipes or ideas?
Oh, meatballs. The ultimate comfort food. The food that reminds you of home, that satisfies after a hard day, that while slowly simmering away makes the house smell irresistible They make a fine appetizer, a winning supper with pasta, and a satisfying lunch on sandwiches. So what are our favorite recipes?