Posts tagged ‘beef’

January 1, 2009


Tortellini originated from the Bologna region of Italy and the story is that the goddess Venus had a night on the town and had to stay in an inn of the mortal world.  The innkeeper couldn’t resist the temptation to see the goddess of beauty and love so he snuck a peek through the keyhole.  All he could see was her belly button and to immortalize what he had seen, he rushed to the kitchen and created the tortellini.  To use homemade tortellini, use my recipe.  You can also purchase premade tortellini in the frozen section of your grocery.

I decided to bring together the beef and cream sauce because most generally people save cream sauces for poultry and I enjoyed mixing it up a bit with beef or sausage.  This dish is a very simple and is very rich and flavourful.  The key is slow cooking the beef so that it stays tender and moist, like you would expect in a beef stew.  I try to pick beef that has minimal marbling to reduce the chewiness.

taurtellini 19

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January 1, 2009

Italian Meatballs


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January 1, 2009

Irish Stew

We go to a Celtic Festival each year locally and I tried getting the lady at one of the vendor stations to give me her recipe for this and she flatly refused. Her husband winked and began explaining how it is made, butchering it thoroughly. She got agitated with him and began telling me the correct recipe. He gave me a wink, and she gave me the recipe and man is it delicious!  I love beef stew and this stew has such a rich flavour and is just so filling. It really is a meal unto itself and I serve it with biscuits unless the store has soda bread for once – I can’t bake bread.


2 lb beef, cubed*
10 large potatoes, cubed with skin on
1 lb carrots, sliced to 1/2″ thick
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 bottle Guinness
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cans Campbell’s beef stock

*I usually use a roast or if there is a good deal on sirloin, I will buy steaks for this

  • Using a large skillet, place over medium to high heat for about 3 minutes. Lay beef cubes in skillet and vigourously shake the skillet to prevent them from sticking. After thirty seconds, turn them over and then drop them into the cooking pot. For the majority of this cooking, you will use a crock pot or a large pot over very low heat. If you are using a pot over direct heat, you will want to stir it occasionally.
  • Pour in the bottle of Guinness, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock. Allow to cook for two hours over low heat.
  • After two hours, add chopped onion and carrots to the pot and add only enough water to cover the tops of the foods in the pot. Cook for two more hours over low heat.
  • After two hours, add potatoes and add only enough water to cover the tops of the foods in the pot. Cook for two more hours over low heat.
  • Serve steaming.
January 1, 2009

Mexican style mock Sheppard’s Pie

mexican sheppards pie

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