The Porterhouse Steak


The grill is open! And I was given the task of buying steaks to grill for dinner. I was filled with dread. I am not really the best person to pick out a steak. I usually opt for Skirt Steak but I did not feel that was what was needed for opening night of the grill. I went to Robert's and asked the butcher what he would suggest. "The Porterhouse", was the answer. And it was on sale!!!! I got a big one for Chris and a smaller one for me. I brushed the steaks with olive oil, pepper and kosher salt and let them sit for 2 hours. Chris popped them on the grill and it was like magic.
 
 I made mine disappear! 

 
I picked up Twice Baked Potatoes from the prepared food department. I had been doing spring cleaning today and I wanted this dinner to be as hands off as possible.

Nice wine pick for dinner. Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel.


Homemade Pasta and Homemade Bread

 
Yes I went into the office today. Yeah on a Friday! Traffic was actually not too bad. I did leave 5 minutes early, but I did get in a 1/2 hour early. Whatever! Tonight's dinner came together quickly. But first I had to fix myself a Blood Orange Vodkatini.
Then I started dinner. I had made the pasta last week and put it was in the freezer. The leeks were also from the freezer. The last time I bought leeks I cut up the extra leek and cleaned and froze it. Nice. I walked into the house at 6:05 and dinner was on the table by 7:00!

Pappardelle with Arugula and Prosciutto, from Bon Appetit May 2013

Ingredients -
1/2 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 leeks, white and pale greens only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest plus more for serving
1 bunch arugula, thick stems trimmed, leaves torn (about 4 cups)
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces

Method -
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 5-8 minutes.
Add pasta, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, and 3/4 cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook, tossing and adding more cooking liquid by 1/4-cupfuls as needed, until a glossy sauce forms that coats pasta, about 4 minutes.

Add arugula and 1/3 cup Parmesan, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Add prosciutto and toss again. Top pasta with more lemon zest and Parmesan.

Radiatori with Chicken Sausage and Arugula and Spinach

I made this recipe for the first time back in 2013. I should make this more often. It is delicious. I had to force myself to stop eating. It was a "just one more spoonful" type of dinner. Easy? Yes. Fast? Yes. And the sauce was perfect. I was glad I made bread this morning. More on that later.

Radiatori with Chicken Sausage and Arugula and Spinach

Ingredients
1 pound radiatori
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound Al Fresco Chicken Sausage with Red and Green Peppers
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 lb baby spinach, coarsely chopped and washed
1/2 lb arugula, coarsely chopped and washed
1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1/4 cup grated pecorino, plus more for serving

Method -
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the sausage and cook over moderately high heat,  until browned, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate.

Add the crushed red pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the spinach and arugula with any water clinging to the leaves and season with salt. Cover and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Uncover and cook until the greens are tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes longer.

Add the pasta to the skillet along with the sausage, chicken stock and pecorino and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the liquid is slightly reduced and creamy, about 3 minutes. Serve right away, passing extra cheese at the table.

Today I worked from home and this morning I realized I did not have Italian bread for tonight's dinner. I did not want run to the store at lunchtime as I was planning on working through lunch. So I made bread. Not the Jim Lahey No Knead Bread. This recipe takes a lot less time! I made 3 loaves of bread which I started at 7AM and had in the oven by 12PM. The recipe can be found on Noshtalgia.


No Knead French Bread

Ingredients-

1 pkg. dry yeast
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. soft shortening
4 c. sifted all purpose flour

Method-
Measure flour into bowl, add water, then yeast. Let yeast dissolve thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Let set 10 minutes. Knead the dough 5 times letting it rest for 10 minutes each time. Turn dough out on floured board and divide in half. Let rest for 10 minutes, then roll each ball into a loaf. Make several diagonal slashes across each loaf. Let rise double. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


The Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken

Yes I did type Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken. A blog I follow, What's Cooking Italian Style, posted the recipe. It looked so good. I have a bundt pan, which I have not used in a while. After tonight the pan will be used more often. And it will be used to roast chicken. The skin is crispy and the meat is moist. Yes, this is perfectly roasted chicken.
I started by prepping the pan. I covered the hole with aluminum foil and then a piece of parchment paper, perhaps this was overkill, but I was not taking any chances of a leak. Next I spray the pan with cooking spray, Pam Olive Oil.
Next I cut an onion into quarters and doing the same with 2 lemons. Tossed some fresh thyme sprigs on top. The chicken was brushed inside and out with olive oil, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then I placed the chicken in the pan or on the pan! A 4 pound chicken took about an hour and 10 minutes in a 425 degree oven. I did test the temp with a meat thermometer.

7 Years!

Seven years ago, about this time of night I had finished baking a lot of Easter Pies. I poured a glass of wine and wished I could pick up the phone and call my mom and tell her about all the baking I had done. That is when I started this blog.

Let's take a little trip down memory lane. Here is a list of some blog firsts, some favorite posts, and recipes, and some sad things, and some happy things.

The first post -  Twas the night before Easter…

The first post with a photo - Lucia At Home

The first post with a recipe - Pane Cotto

The first post with a family recipe - If I knew you were coming I would have baked a cake.

The first post with my Mom's Baked Macaroni recipe - Mom's Baked Macaroni

Blog post I am glad I just reread-  "Wow This Is Delicious!"

The first post with Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe - 100th Post!

The first post with a photo of a cat - Roasted Chicken Purses

The first time I made 18 hour bread - Pasta with Meat Sauce...

One of my favorite photos of my Dad - Fettuccine Primavera

Learning how to can tomatoes with Dad - Canning Tomatoes with Dad

The Food Blog Challenge and one of my favorite photos of my Mom and me - Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog!

A day with my Dad - Roasting Peppers with Dad and a Visit to Whole Foods

A sad post - Dinner?

There is a bird in our house! - Vegetable Soup with Squash and Orzo

Meeting one of my favorite cooks - Lidia!

My favorite post Christmas Dinner - Deviled Bones

The most viewed blog post - Hell's Kitchen Chicken Parmesan

The saddest post of all - My Dad

My parent's 10th great-grandchild - The Circle of Life

Realizing I need to adjust how I cook, aka cooking for two - A Funny Little Dinner

Favorite work lunch - I Confess

Proud God-parents - The Baptism

Cooking Australian - Italy vs Australia 

Of course - One More Hug...

Book Club at my house! - The Book Club - Mona Lisa

My favorite new recipe - Chicken Cutlets and Roasted Green Beans

A recipe I never thought I would make - Book Club, Delicious!  

A day trip - Arthur Avenue AKA Disneyland 

The Stuffed Artichoke Saga - By George, I Think I've Got It! 

I could have picked out a lot more but I doubt anyone will even get this far in the post. Do I have anything on a wish list for next year... not really other than putting meals on the table that Chris likes. Well I might like to try making a decent pignoil cookie.

Italian Beef Sandwich with Au Jus

What is your canned tomato of choice? Mine is  Tuttorosso. It was the brand my Mom used. So that is why I use it. This recipe is from the Tuttorosso web site. It was perfect for today. I had some computer stuff to take care of so the slow cooker was the perfect cooking tool.
Saying this was a good dinner would be an understatement. It was amazing. I cut the recipe in half and have enough for tomorrow night and some to put in the freezer.
 
Here is the recipe and please make sure you follow Tuttorosso on Facebook to find even more recipes.

Ingredients-
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 to 5 pounds boneless chuck roast
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers, cut into strips
1 jar banana peppers, cut into strips
1 cup beef stock
2 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Crushed Tomatoes with basil
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Peeled Plum Italian Style Tomatoes, drained and cut into half horizontally and then sliced vertically
8 hoagie rolls
8 slices provolone cheese

Method-
In a large skillet heat the oil over medium high heat.  Sprinkle the chuck roast with salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.  Brown the roast on all side and transfer to the slow cooker.

Top with green bell peppers, yellow bell pepper, onion, garlic, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, beef broth, beef bouillon cubes, crushed tomatoes and tomatoes.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  About 30 minutes before the meat is done cooking, transfer the roast to a cutting board and shred with a couple of forks.  Return meat to slow cooker and cook an additional 30 minutes.

Spoon the shredded meat, peppers and onions on the bottom half of the roll.  Spoon some of the sauce over the meat.  Top with a slice of cheese and the top half of the roll.

Option: Leave sandwich open-face and top with cheese.  Place under broiler to melt the cheese.

Serve with Au Jus sauce for dipping.


 
Tonight's side dish was Oven Baked Parmesan French Fries. Yes, you read that right! From Michael Chiarello on the Food Network site. There was not a crumb left on the dish.

Ingredients-
5 russet potatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Method-
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel potatoes and cut into half-inch thick slices (lengthwise) cut again into 1/2-inch thick fries. Place the potatoes into a pot with cold water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring up to a gentle boil and simmer until a paring knife tip goes through easily. Cooked about 3/4 of the way through.

Drain carefully and put in a bowl. Add olive oil, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Toss well and lay out in 1 layer on nonstick baking sheet. Bake until light brown.

When brown, sprinkle with Parmesan and continue to bake until well-browned and crispy and the cheese is melted and caramelized, about 6 to 7 more minutes. Remove and let cool for 2 minutes. Serve.

And even though I had things I had to do today I did find time to make some Focaccia bread!
Focaccia recipe by Anne Burrell

Ingredients-
1 3/4 cups warm water, 105 to 115 degrees
1 package active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Method-
Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Put the bowl in a warm, not hot or cool, place until the yeast is bubbling and aromatic, at least 15 minutes.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 1/2 cup olive oil and the yeast mixture on low speed. Once the dough has come together, continue to knead for 5 to 6 minutes on a medium speed until it becomes smooth and soft. Give it a sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly floured surface, then knead it by hand 1 or 2 times. Again, give it another sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

Coat the inside of the mixer bowl lightly with olive oil and return the dough to the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, at least 1 hour.

Coat a jelly roll pan with the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. (Chef's Note: This may seem excessive, but focaccia is an oily crusted bread. This is why it is soooooooooo delicious!).

Put the dough onto the jelly roll pan and begin pressing it out to fit the size of the pan. Turn the dough over to coat the other side with the olive oil. Continue to stretch the dough to fit the pan. As you are doing so, spread your fingers out and make finger holes all the way through the dough. (Chef's Note: Yes, this is strange. But when the dough rises again it will create the characteristic craggy looking focaccia. If you do not make the actual holes in the dough, the finished product will be very smooth.)

Put the dough in the warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising a second time, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Liberally sprinkle the top of the focaccia with some coarse sea salt and lightly drizzle a little oil on top. Bake the dough until the top of the loaf is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool before cutting and serving.

Lasagna Bread (Scaccia)

 
I have to thank Heidi for letting me drive her to her doctor's appointment. If I had not done so I would not have found this recipe. I found the recipe in Saveur Magazine, nice selection of magazines in that waiting room. When I saw the magazine photo I took a photo of it and the directions with my phone. I later found the recipe online, but they were missing the folding diagram that was in the magazine.
I made the dough this morning before I ran out. I got home around noon and it needed a little more time. I let it sit for another 2 hours and the results were perfect.

I rolled the dough out as thin as I could, using my Mom's rolling pin. I added the sauce and the cheese. Let me say a little about the cheese.

 
The grocery store did not have caciocavallo cheese, which I have seen there on previous occasions. I stopped in to the Madison Cheese Shoppe. They did not have it either, but they suggested a Pecorino Tosca and Picante Provolone. I tasted both and loved the combination.
From Saveur Magazine, Lasagna Bread (Scaccia) -

Ingredients -
1 1⁄4 tsp. sugar
1⁄4 tsp. active dry yeast
2 cups durum wheat semolina flour
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
All-purpose flour, for dusting
2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes in juice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1⁄2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
8 oz. caciocavallo cheese, thinly sliced

Method-
In a large bowl, whisk 1⁄4 teaspoon sugar and the yeast with 1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the semolina flour, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the 1⁄2 teaspoon salt until the dough comes together. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, pour the tomatoes and their juice into a blender and puree until smooth. In a small saucepan, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Pour the tomatoes into the saucepan along with the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the basil, and season liberally with salt and pepper.

Heat the oven to 450°. Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough into a 1⁄16-inch-thick, 26-by-18-inch rectangle, and position the rectangle so that a long side is nearest to you. Spread half the tomato sauce over the middle three-fifths of the rectangle, then sprinkle the sauce with half of the caciocavallo slices. Fold the two plain sides of the dough over so their edges overlap in the middle of the rectangle by 2 inches.
Spread the remaining sauce over the left two-thirds of the dough, and sprinkle the sauce with the remaining slices of caciocavallo. Fold the right hand, plain third over the sauce, then fold the left hand side of dough over, like completing the tri-fold of a letter. Fold the dough crosswise to create a 9-inch-long rectangular pie. Transfer the pie to the prepared loaf pan, pierce the top with the tines of a fork, and bake until dark brown on the top and lightly charred at the edges, about 1 hour. Immediately invert the pie onto a rack, remove the loaf pan and parchment paper, and let the pie cool in this position for 10 minutes. Invert the pie right-side-up before serving.


And we did have dinner tonight! Chicken Piccata. From Giada De Laurentiis. This is one of my go to recipes. Fast, easy and really delicious!


Ingredients-

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for dredging
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped


Method-
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 3 minutes. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to plate. Melt 2 more tablespoons butter and add another 2 tablespoons olive oil. When butter and oil start to sizzle, add the other 2 pieces of chicken and brown both sides in same manner. Remove pan from heat and add chicken to the plate.

Into the pan add the lemon juice, stock and capers. Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown bits from the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning. Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to platter. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.
 

Fettuccine Alfredo

There is delicious food and then there is homemade pasta. It is the best thing ever. Nothing compares to it. Mixing the dough by hand, making the well in the center of the flour to mix in the eggs, and the kneading the dough. Letting the dough rest. Than rolling out and cutting the dough. I do not know of any better way to say, "I love you."
The pasta recipe I use is from Tide and Thyme. It yields about 1 pound fresh pasta. I made half of the pasta for dinner tonight and the other half is in the freezer!

Ingredients-
1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surfaces
1½ cups semolina flour
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon water, plus more as needed

Method-
Combine the flours and salt in a bowl or on a work surface, creating a well in the center.  Crack the eggs into the well.  Using a mixer or by hand, slowly mix, incorporating the flour into the egg mixture a little bit at a time.  Once you have a dry, shaggy dough, mix in the olive oil and water and knead by hand until the dough is fairly smooth and homogeneous.  Divide the dough into four portions and cover with a damp towel.  Let rest for 20 minutes.  At this point, proceed with thinning and cutting as desired, depending on equipment available.

To cook, cook noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until al dente.  Drain well and serve immediately.

I wanted to make something easy for dinner. This recipe is our favorite and only recipe we use for Fettuccine Alfredo. I was going to try a different recipe but it called for heavy cream. I stuck to our old favorite and I am so glad I did.
My rendition of Fettuccine Alfredo, from Epicurious.

Ingredients-
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
Dried egg fettuccine
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup)

Method-
Melt butter in a large saute pan.
Cook fettuccine in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain fettuccine in a colander.
Immediately toss the fettuccine with butter and salt in the saute pan, then slowly add 3/4 cup cheese, tossing constantly and adding enough of cooking water to keep pasta moist.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle with remaining cheese.


Today I received an email from my sister letting me know that our Mom's Cousin Elsie had passed away. She was 93 years old. I cried when I read the email. She was my Mom's favorite cousin, or at least I am pretty sure she was. The two of them would get together and just laugh. They were so silly together.  It is nice to think the two of them are giggling up in heaven.
My sister told me a story about Elsie's parents. Elsie's mom, my Great Aunt Josie, took a trip to Florida, by train, with my grand parents. When the train got to New York the four of them got out and went to eat at Mamma Leone's restaurant in Manhattan's Theater District. It was THE place to eat Italian food in NYC. We are talking about the early 1960's. Well my great Aunt Josie did not like her dinner. So she took out an Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich that she had packed in her pocketbook. So today's lesson is you never know when you just may need to have an Eggplant Parmigiana sandwich in your purse.

The Best Beef Stew and Amazing Buttermilk Biscuits

Yeah a vacation day! And what is up with the weather? Snow? Sleet? Our daffodils might not survive this. Today's weather was perfect for Beef Stew. I found the recipe The Best Beef Stew From Scratch on The Kitchen web site. It really was the best beef stew I have made in a while. I made one in the crock pot not too long ago but this was so much better. I think using chicken broth instead of beef broth made the difference.

From The Kitchen The Best Beef Stew recipe -

Ingredients-
3-4 pounds beef chuck roast
1-3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 medium onions, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire, divided
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup red wine or amber beer, plus extra to finish
3 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken stock
3 carrots, diced
1 ½ pounds red bliss potatoes, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper 


Method-
Cube the beef. Trim off any large pieces of fat from the outside of the roast, then cut it into small bite-sized cubes. This is most easily done if you cut the roast into slices, each slice into strips, and then the strips into cubes. Use a sharp knife and don't forget to keep your fingers out of the way and your thumb tucked in as you're slicing through the meat.

Warm the pot and begin searing the meat. Set a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat and film the bottom with oil. When hot enough that a drop of water sizzles off the surface, work in batches to sear the beef. Add a single layer of beef cubes to the pan, being careful not to crowd the cubes too closely, and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper.

Continue searing all the meat. Let the cubes of beef cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes, until the undersides develop a dark brown crust and come away easily from the pan. Toss and continue searing on all sides, another 4-5 minutes. Transfer the seared meat to a clean bowl and continue searing the remaining meat in batches. Add another teaspoon or two of oil between batches if the pan looks dry.

Watch for the "fond," a.k.a. sticky dark glaze, to form: A sticky dark glaze will start to form on the bottom of the pan. This is technically called "the fond," and it is a major source of deep, caramelized flavor in your stew. We'll get back to it in a few more steps. However, if at any time you think the crust smells smoky or is starting to burn, dissolve it with a few tablespoons of water and pour over the seared beef.

Cook the vegetables. Once all the meat has been seared and transferred out of the pan, cook the vegetables. Reduce the heat to medium and warm another teaspoon of oil. Add the onions and celery, and cook until the onions are softened and translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste, salt, and one tablespoons of the Worcestershire sauce to coat.

Add the flour. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables. Stir until there is no more visible flour and the veggies look slightly mushy from the flour coating.

Deglaze the pan with the wine. Raise the heat back up to medium-high and pour in the wine. The wine should immediately start bubbling and steaming. Scrape the sticky fond from the bottom of the pan; the wine will help it to dissolve. Continue scraping and stirring until the wine has reduced and thicken slightly.

Return the meat to the pan and add the broth. Return the seared meat to the pan and add the whole thyme sprigs, the bay leaf, and the broth. Stir to combine.

Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Bring the broth to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally. Make sure the stew stays at a very low simmer.

Add the potatoes and carrots. Add the potatoes and carrots to the stew. Cover the pot again and continue cooking for another 45-60 minutes. When done, the meat should be tender enough to flake apart with a fork and the potatoes cooked through. If not, re-cover and cook in additional 15 minute increments until cooked.

Add the peas and remaining seasonings. Stir the frozen peas into the stew. Add the remaining tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a splash of red wine. Remove the thyme stems and bay leaf. Taste and add extra salt, pepper, or other seasonings as you see fit. The stew can be served right away, refrigerated for up to a week, or frozen for up to three months.






I have never made Buttermilk Biscuits. I saw the photo of this biscuit in Bon Appetit and I had to try this recipe. Oh. My. God. They were soooo good! Flaky and the flavors were spot on. But they should be perfect because I cut the recipe in half and it used a stick of butter! 6 biscuits, 1 stick of butter. How could they not be good!

From Bon Appetit, BA’s Best Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients-
Servings: Makes 12
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, plus more, melted, for brushing
1 cup chilled buttermilk






Method-
Preheat oven to 425°. Pulse baking powder, salt, sugar, baking soda, and 3½ cups flour in a food processor to combine. Add chilled butter and pulse until largest pieces of butter are the size of a pea. Transfer to a large bowl and gradually drizzle buttermilk over top, tossing with a fork as you go to incorporate. Knead mixture a few times in bowl until a shaggy dough forms (mixture will look a little dry), then turn out onto a clean surface and pat into a 1"-thick square.


Using a knife or bench scraper, cut dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, sandwiching any loose dry bits of dough between layers, and press down to flatten. Lift up dough with bench scraper and dust surface with flour. Roll dough into a 1"-thick rectangle and trim a thin border around sides of dough to create clean edges. Cut into a 4x3" grid to make 12 biscuits (don’t reroll scraps). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 2" apart; freeze 10 minutes. On the BA site in the comment section there was some discussion about the sizes mentioned here. I cut the recipe in half so it did not pertain to me, but you might want to check it out.)



(I did not do this next step. I felt that the biscuits really didn’t need added butter.) Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter and place in oven. Reduce oven temperature to 400° and bake biscuits until deep golden brown on bottom and golden on top, 20–25 minutes.



Do Ahead: Biscuits (unbaked) can be made 1 month ahead. Freeze, uncovered, on baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Do not thaw before baking, but add a few minutes to baking time.