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Category: Beef Dishes

Short Ribs in a Cinnamon and Red Wine Sauce: An East Indian take on a North American Classic

          This was one of the first posts I published back in 2010 when I started to blog.  Because my readership was nowhere near what it is now, I should not have been as surprised as I was to see that…

The Perfect Patty Melt and it’s most imperfect imitator, "The Midtown Melt"

Last week, I had the strongest craving for a Patty Melt.  I confess that the Patty Melt is far and away my absolute favorite chopped meat sandwich. You must never call a Patty Melt a hamburger because to purists, the Patty Melt is emphatically not…

A Revelation: A Roast Beef that’s almost Filet-tender at about 1/5 the cost. And it cooks with almost no effort at all.

Mix together the lettuce and the dressing and allow to sit, stirring            occasionally for 30 minutes.  Drain excess liquid.            This one of those food discoveries like tasting Burrata for the first time and wondering if you’ll ever go back…

Brussels Sprouts and Steak Stir Fry from Bon Appetit

         Confession time: I used to loathe Brussels Sprouts. When I was growing up, I even made up a story to explain the Brussels Sprout.  It was, I told myself, a vegetable forced on wartime Europe.  I reasoned this lowly member of the cabbage family…

Flank Steak Diane and how I fell in love with New York

Flank Steak Diane and how I fell in love with New York

         Beef prices have escalated this year to the point where a perfectly ordinary New York Strip is 15.99 a lb.  Filet Mignon? 29.99. Last week, I even noted that our favorite neighborhood bistro’s Steak Frites has diminished in size and risen $4.00 in price.…

Burgundy Beef Stew adapted from Saveur’s "New Comfort Food"

Burgundy Beef Stew adapted from Saveur’s "New Comfort Food"

Confession Time:  Those vegetables that look like potatoes? They are potatoes served alongside the dish the night before. Since I didn’t get a photograph then, this picture was taken the next day with the leftovers potatoes added to the stew.          When we entertain, I…

Indian Pot Roast from Whole Foods Market

Indian Pot Roast from Whole Foods Market

            If you are thinking “native American”, this recipe probably wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.  But we’ve long since stopped calling Native Americans “Indians”.  No, the name of this dish refers to the Asian sub-continent of India.  And that may be even more surprising.  The…

Out of Africa: Two Marcus Samuelsson recipes: Bobotie with Mango Sambal

The Cape of Good Hope, the very tip of Africa          In my past life I was fortunate to travel to six continents for work.  And of all the places I’ve been, South Africa is at the top of my list for sheer physical beauty. …

Steak Pizzaiola

My friend Kate says that when she lived in Santa Fe NM, people used to refer to their local Whole Foods market as “Whole Paycheck”. The Whole Foods nearest me is certainly more expensive than most of the neighborhood groceries but then the produce is…

Asian Spiced Flank Steak With Basmati Rice and Mango Salad

Asian Spiced Flank Steak With Basmati Rice and Mango Salad

You can serve the steak atop the salad… Or make the salad all by itself…either way, these dishes are terrific!          If there is a first for everything, today’s Chewing the Fat qualifies.  The first in this case was my discovery that one of my…

Moroccan Beef Meatball Tajine

Moroccan Beef Meatball Tajine

         My cousin Bubbles and I have a running dialog about what we’re making for dinner.  The other day she mentioned meatballs and then told me that she seldom makes them anymore because she has a friend who, while claiming not to be a cook,…

Texas Beef Brisket Chili with Butternut Squash

Texas Beef Brisket Chili with Butternut Squash

Jesse James Outlaw and Chili Lover Every year about this time, we get a blast of cold air that makes us yearn for a big bowl of chili.  I am certainly no Texan and despite the fact that Andrew’s family live there, they’re native New…

Lillian Hellmann’s Empanadas

Lillian posed for Blackgama Mink for which she was roundly criticized.  The late Wendy Wasserstein          Before you think I am fixated on Lillian Hellmann, Playwright, Author and Memoirist, I feel compelled to admit that you may be right.  Lillian Hellmann’s Pot Roast, which I…

To Montreal again and to Iron Chef Chuck Hughes’ newest hit “Le Bremner” plus his incredible recipe for Beef Short Ribs with Cambozola

            Andrew and I felt as if we already knew Chuck Hughes before we even arrived at his latest Montreal venue, “Le Bremner”  (361 Rue St. Paul East, Montreal H2Y 1H2 Tel: 514-544-0466 ) in the heart of Old Montreal.  We’d been following Chuck…