Short Rib Ragu Fettuccini

Short Rib Ragu Fettuccini

Topped with warm creamy burrata

Similar to a bolognese but instead of using ground meat we use bone-in short ribs that are roasted until the meat is so tender that it falls off the bone. This sauce starts on the stove and finishes roasting in the oven. Low and slow is the key here. The result is a rich savory meat sauce that goes perfectly with a flat long pasta like fettuccini or pappardelle. You need to use a flat noodle so the sauce has something to cling to. The sauce combines flavors of sweet and savory with a touch of spicy. I like to top the pasta with an individual sized ball of burrata weighing 2 ounces.

Tip on serving the best mozzarella:

Put the mozzarella in the microwave for one minute to warm it up before you place it on the pasta. When I owned my restaurant I was told by our mozzarella company to always serve fresh mozzarella slightly warm. When fresh mozzarella is made it comes out of the water warm and is shaped into a ball. There is nothing like truly fresh mozzarella that has never been refrigerated. The flavor is so smooth and mild. When fresh mozzarella is cold it does not have the same flavor, it is masked by the cold temperature. When you serve any fresh mozzarella or burrata you should place it in a pot of warm water or in the microwave for 30 seconds to take the chill away. You will see how much creamier and tasty the mozzarella is.

Making Short Rib Ragu:

A good ragu should have layers of flavor that can only be accomplished with a slow cooking process. In this recipe I combine red wine, brown sugar, mustard, tomatoes and red chili flakes with other herbs, carrots, onions and beef broth. All the flavors marry together and create a wonderful spicy- sweet short rib ragu. The short ribs are seared in a touch of olive oil on the stove top before being added to the sauce and placed in the oven for two hours. The sauce is done when the short rib meat is falling off the bone and ready to be shredded. The sauce will not take more than 15 minutes to prepare before going into the oven and once in the oven there is nothing you have to do for the next two hours. Just let the sauce stew together and work its magic.

Short Rib Ragu Ready To Be Covered And Placed Into The Oven

What should I do if the Sauce is dry after roasting?

After two hours take the short rib ragu out of the oven. Remove the short ribs from the sauce and shred the meat from the bone. You should try to cut the fat off and discard it with the bones. Return the shredded meat to the sauce. If the sauce seems too dry add additional beef broth to the short rib ragu. One cup of beef broth should be sufficient. This is a ragu so it is a thicker meat sauce that should cling to the pasta.

This sauce can be made up to two days in advance and reheated when ready to serve. Add more beef broth if you need more liquid.

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Short Rib Ragu with Fettuccini and Warm Burrata

Slow roasted short ribs create a hearty sauce for pasta
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
resting time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course, pasta, lunch, dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Sauce, pasta, meat
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 621kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb bone in short ribs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and minced
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth plus extra cup if sauce gets too dry
  • 1 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves no stems
  • 2 bay leaves dry
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes more if you like spicy
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 5 leaves basil chiffonade
  • grated parmesan for serving
  • 8 oz burrata (4) 2oz balls

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 325
  • heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or deep oven proof pan
  • brown short ribs on all sides and then remove from pan and place on side
  • add onions and carrots to pan and saute until onions are translucent
  • add garlic and saute for 2 minutes until garlic is sizzling
  • pour in red wine and simmer for 5 minutes until wine is reduced by half
  • stir in tomato paste and brown sugar
  • add crushed tomatoes and beef broth and stir well
  • add mustard, thyme, chili flakes, salt, pepper and bay leaves
  • put short ribs back in pan, meaty side down, so they are submerged in the liquid
  • cover pan with lid or aluminum foil and place in oven for 2 hours
  • remove pan from oven
  • remove short ribs from sauce, remove meat from bones and trim fat
  • discard fat and bones
  • shred meat and place back into sauce
  • let sauce sit for 15 minutes so you can skim fat off the top
  • prepare pasta according to directions
  • gently warm sauce and add more beef broth if necessary
  • mix pasta into sauce
  • warm burrata for one minute in microwave or warm water for 2 minutes and place on top of pasta
  • grate parmesan on pasta and sprinkle basil

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 1454mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6336IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 7mg

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasting the garlic cloves creates a nutty mild garlic flavor that balances well with the tahini.

Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread that is made with cooked chickpeas. The chickpeas are boiled until very soft and their skin is beginning to come off. This makes it easy to mash them into a very smooth dip that blends perfectly with the silky tahini. Tahini is made from sesame seeds. I like to use the Soom Premium Tahini available here on Amazon. This tahini is all natural, delicious and made by a woman owned company.

Homemade hummus can be used in a variety of ways. You can serve it as an hors d’oeuvres with pita or flat bread and raw vegetables or as a side dish with charred broccoli and peppers. Simply toss the broccoli and peppers with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes in a 400 oven then serve over the hummus as a side dish or appetizer. The hummus will stay fresh for 5 days in your refrigerator and is a healthy snack to have around. If you feel a little hungry try dipping some pretzel crisps into the hummus as a mid afternoon snack

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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Sauces and Dips
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Sauce, vegetarian, Side Dishes, dips, snacks
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 42kcal

Equipment

  • food processor or immersion blender

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 tbsp ice cold water
  • tsp Extra virgin olive oil plus extra to drizzle on top if desired
  • sumac to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 400
  • peel garlic and toss with ½ teaspoon olive oil. Wrap in foil and roast in oven for 30-45 minutes until light brown and soft
  • drain and rinse chickpeas and add them to a sauce pan with baking soda.
  • fill pan with water until chickpeas are just covered
  • bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until chickpeas are soft
  • drain in mesh strainer and rinse with cold water
  • mash roasted garlic with the back of a fork and add to food processor
  • add lemon juice, tahini, salt, pepper and ice water and blend until smooth
  • add chickpeas and cumin and remaining teaspoon of olive oil
  • blend until very smooth scraping sides as necessary.
  • If too thick then add another tablespoon of water
  • place in a bowl and drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sumac

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

House Update 3

Today we had to make the final decision on the color of the house. This is quite daunting because colors change in different light. Luckily our amazing builder Matt Lucas ordered a large quantity of samples so he could put them up on the house so we would be able to see exactly what the exterior will look like. We are aiming for a very light gray that leans towards beige. We also need to pick out the color of the gutters. Should there be a contest or do we want them to disappear and not be noticeable? Picture is below so you can email me your opinion.

Front Steps:

Steps went in last week. We decided to have the steps run the length of the front entry. I think that this looks more modern and sleek. Maybe we will put some planters on the side of the front door when the house is done. I want the final look to be minimal and not fussy. A metal roof on the garage and over the front door will create contrast and add to the modern farmhouse feel of the home. We chose black framed windows for the exterior that are white on the interior. I love the way the black framed windows look against a light gray house.

Homemade English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins

Fun to make and way better than packaged.

I have been wanting to make English Muffins for awhile. My family loves to eat English Muffins for breakfast and lunch. English Muffins are great to use for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich or a tuna melt or simply toasted with some jam.

I saw this recipe on King Arthur Flour website. I love King Arthur Flour and always keep a supply of their all purpose, bread flour and “00” flour on hand. This English Muffin recipe calls for bread flour. The main difference between all purpose flour and bread flour is that bread flour has a higher protein content which produces lots of gluten which is essential in creating more stability and rise in the dough. All purpose flour is better for cakes and cookies.

This English Muffin recipe comes together very quickly but does require a double rise. The first rise is about 1.5 hours and the second proofing is a quick 15 minutes after the muffins have been shaped. Since this is a softer dough it is a good idea to shape the English Muffins and place them on the griddle or heavy bottom frying pan that you will be baking them on. The pan or griddle should be heavily sprinkled with semolina flour before you place the English Muffins on the pan. After the English Muffins have been placed on the pan you will need to sprinkle more semolina flour on top, cover with parchment paper and let proof for 15 minute . The semolina flour will prevent the bottom of the English muffins from burning before the inside is cooked. After the second rise you should place the griddle or frying pan on medium low heat.

The first side of the English Muffin will take 15-25 minutes, the second side will take roughly 15 minutes to bake. I like to turn the muffins periodically so that they brown evenly on the bottom. The English Muffins are done when the internal temperature reaches 185-200. After the English Muffins are ready let them cool completely and then brush off most of the semolina flour from both sides. After the English Muffins have cooled completely you can use a fork to cut them in half. Do not use a knife or else you won’t have the nooks and crannies.

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English Muffins

Homemade English Muffins are easy and fun to make
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Proofing1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, muffins
Servings: 16 Muffins
Calories: 160kcal

Equipment

  • Cast iron Griddle or heavy bottom frying pan
  • Stand mixer

Ingredients

  • cups bread flour
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • cups lukewarm milk
  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 egg beaten lightly
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • semolina flour to sprinkle on pan

Instructions

  • Mix flour, salt and yeast together
  • In a stand mixer fitter with dough hook add butter, sugar and mix
  • add egg and milk and continue to mix for 1 minute
  • add flour mixture and mix for 5 minutes until dough is smooth and puuls away from sides
  • shape into a ball, place in bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise for 1.5 hours until double in size
  • remove from bowl and gently press down in center of dough to deflate
  • divide the dough into 16 pieces, gently roll into a ball and flatten into a 3½ inch disk shape
  • Place each disk on a cast iron griddle or heavy bottom frying pan heavily sprinkled with semolina flour
  • sprinkle more semolina flour on top of muffins and cover with a piece of parchment paper
  • let english muffins rise for 15 minutes
  • place griddle or frying pan on medium low heat
  • cook English muffin for 15 – 25 minutes until bottom is a light golden brown
  • flip muffins over and continue to cook for an additional 15-20 minutes until golden brown on bottom and internal temperature is between 185 and 200. Adjust heat lower if muffin bottom is beginning to burn.
  • Let English Muffins cool completely.
  • Scrape most of the semolina flour off of the muffins when they are cool
  • Always use a fork to cut muffins in half. DO NOT USE A KNIFE.

Notes

Semolina flour prevents the bottoms of the muffins from burning. I like to brush most of it off before once the English Muffins are cool.
Muffins can be frozen in airtight plastic bags.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Chocolate-Caramel Matzo

Chocolate-Caramel Matzo

Crisp Matzo is coated in Caramel and Melted Chocolate

This chocolate- caramel matzo recipe is great to serve for dessert after Passover dinner. Break the chocolate-caramel matzo up into pieces so it’s easy for people to grab a piece. This recipe was given to me years ago by my dear friend Caryn and I continue to make it every year. It is quick, easy and fun to make and it is absolutely delicious. I like to keep the caramel layer thin so it is like a thin sheet of caramel between the chocolate and the matzo. Have fun with this recipe. Add more chocolate chips if you want a thicker coating. I guarantee your chocolate-caramel matzo will come out absolutely delicious.

Some Variations:

After spreading out the chocolate top with crush walnuts or peanuts

Sprinkle chocolate with sea salt

Mix white and dark chocolate chips

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Chocolate-Caramel Matzo

matzo covered in caramel and melted chocolate
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: passover, matzo
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 70kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 matzo
  • ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 350
  • line 2 baking sheets with foil and parchement paper
  • place 1½ matzo on each baking sheet
  • add butter and brown sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium low heat
  • continue to whisk for 3 or 4 minutes until sauce thickens
  • pour sauce over matzo and spread into a thin layer with a rubber spatula
  • bake in oven for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 325 and continue to cook for 5 minutes
  • caramel should be bubbling and golden brown.
  • remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on mazto.
  • Let chips sit on matzo for a few minutes and begin to melt then spread with a spatula
  • refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Break into pieces and serve

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Fillet of Sole with Dried Cranberry Reduction

Fillet of Sole with Dried Cranberry Reduction

This is a very healthy and flavorful fish recipe that is perfect for a mid week dinner when you are short on time. The sauce is made by sautéing onions and dried cranberries and then adding balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. The result is a syrupy cranberry reduction that is absolutely delicious over flaky white fish. This is definitely a healthier dish which requires only one tablespoon of butter in the entire recipe. The fish is sprinkled with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and lightly sprayed with olive oil before broiling in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes. I like to serve the fish with Pearl Couscous Primavera. The whole dinner will be ready in 30 minutes.

I like to incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into my recipes whenever possible. A lot of flavor can be added to a dish using fruit instead of butter and oil. Cranberries are a great way to add a tangy sweetness to a dish. Cranberries are healthy and have research indicates that they can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cranberries contain polyphenols with anti inflammatory properties which help lower hypertension which results in better cardiovascular health. This recipe for Sweet Cranberry Reduction is a great way to prepare a healthy meal without sacrificing flavor.

What Are Some Other Ways To Use The Cranberry Reduction:

  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Halibut, Cod or Flounder
  • Pork Chops or Pork Loin
  • Lamb Chops or Leg of Lamb
  • On a Turkey Sandwich instead of mayonnaise
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Fillet of Sole with Dried Cranberry Reduction

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Vinegar Blended with Dried Cranberries creates a Sweet Tart topping for flaky Fillet of Sole
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, seafood
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Fillet of Sole
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or more if you like
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • melt butter in a pan and add onions
  • saute onions until translucent and add cranberries
  • add vinegar and brown sugar
  • simmer for 5 minutes
  • while sauce is simmering sprinkle salt and pepper on fish
  • top with breadcrumbs and spray or drizzle olive oil on fish
  • bake in oven for 5 or 6 minutes until done

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg