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FFwD: Boeuf à la Ficelle

FFwD: Boeuf à la Ficelle

I really tried to like this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe for Boeuf à la Ficelle. I did! But, no, and I wasn’t the only one that didn’t quite care for it. To begin with, neither of us are big meat-and-potatoes eaters. And my general feeling is that if I’m going to make steak, I want to make it count. Poaching a piece of beef tenderloin (I only used a half of a pound because there were only two if us and I had an inkling of how this was going to go), does not in any way, shape, or form count. This one was kind of doomed in our house from the start, I suppose.

That said, this is really only one of a handful of recipes from this cookbook that I haven’t enjoyed – so, that’s a pretty good track record for Around my French Table, actually.

Also, we have been in the middle of an out-of-the-ordinary SNOWPOCAPLYSE! here in Portland, so I couldn’t get all over town to find oxtail (although – marrow bones were no problem), so I made due with a packaged beef broth that I then added . . . → Read More: FFwD: Boeuf à la Ficelle

$50 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway + Grilled Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri

Seared Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri

Recently, I was contacted by Safeway and asked if I wanted to try some products from the new Marcela Valladolid line and enter the Safeway Real Taste of Mexico Meal Solution Challenge.* Being a huge fan of Mexican food, I decided to take them up on their offer – and also because I could give a $50 Safeway gift card away on my blog! And if you don’t live by a Safeway, don’t worry, it’s also good at a number of other stores (see below).

In starting to develop a recipe for the contest, I kind of veered away from Mexico a bit and accidentally wandered down to Argentina and Peru (let’s call it pan-South American, maybe?). But hey, that’s a useful thing about these Marcela Valladolid products – you can experiment a bit and see where your imagination and other ingredients take you!

I chose to use the Flank Steak for Arrachera, which is seasoned with a tasty mix of citrus, rosemary and thyme. And while it would have no doubt made great tacos, it also worked very well in this soup. Versatility! We also used the corn tortillas . . . → Read More: $50 Safeway Gift Card Giveaway + Grilled Flank Steak & Quinoa Soup with Cilantro Chimichurri

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick's Day

As promised, here’s another St. Patrick’s Day recipe (although it’s about a day later than I was hoping to post it). Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to plan on making a risotto like this for Friday’s (or Saturday’s, Sunday’s) dinner. If you are really smart, you will get a little extra corned beef and make yourself a sandwich at a later date — I was not smart. Learn from my mistake.

This is the second time I’ve used cabbage in risotto and I think it works very well — especially if you let it get a little color before you start adding broth.

On the side, we had a large arugula salad and, although we didn’t have any, some crusty bread or even Irish Soda Bread would be great too. Erin Go Bragh.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto
Serves 3-4
4 cups vegetable broth
2 . . . → Read More: Corned Beef and Cabbage Risotto for St. Patrick’s Day

Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

So, what is the best way to follow a Meatless Monday post? Why a big, meaty one of course! Even jwa, who is not a huge fan of meatloaf was on board with this meal. Danish Meatloaf…who knew? The bacon gets nice and crispy in places and helps keep the meat all moist (the cream helps that too, actually), and there’s lingonberry jelly in the gravy giving it that extra-Nordic flair.

Originally, the recipe said that this serves 8 but I just don’t see how that is at all possible (and it’s not like I’m all Ron Swanson or anything) — we got about four servings, dinner and lunches the next day.

On the side I made some braised greens and we split a Hasselback Potato (just one! sensible!), kind of following this recipe from Nigella, but adding some smoked paprika and Parmesan cheese (and baking at 400 degrees F). That’s something I’ve always wanted to try, ever since seeing what seems like a million photos of this potato dish on Pinterest. The verdict is that I’ll most definitely make this again. The meatloaf as well. Such a delicious, cold-weather appropriate, Scandinavian meal. You . . . → Read More: Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

Lamb Lovers Month: Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops, Green Olive-Goat Cheese Risotto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops, Green Olive-Goat Cheese Risotto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Update: Voting will start on February 14th and run through February 28th. You can vote for me here at Lamb Lover’s Month!

Recently, I was asked to participate in the American Lamb Board’s Dinner for Two Recipe & Photo Contest, which is a absolute treat because I really do love lamb. Even more awesome, is that they sent me some lamb to use in developing a recipe for this contest. Seriously like Christmas. Delicious, lamb-filled Christmas. Or, Valentine’s Day, actually, since the theme of this contest is Dinner for Two.

The idea here is that you and the companion of your choice can make this meal for a lambtastic and romantic (or completely platonic) meal. And honestly, this would make a great Valentine’s Day meal — and I’m not just saying that because I want to win. No, really…

There are a lot of components here, but it’s all pretty manageable even for a week night. After getting home from work, just start with getting the tomatoes ready to go in the oven and you can roast those whenever. Rub the lamb with the smoked paprika. Start . . . → Read More: Lamb Lovers Month: Smoked Paprika Lamb Chops, Green Olive-Goat Cheese Risotto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes