Buttermilk pie crust dough

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening, chilled
6 tbsp buttermilk

How to prepare

Combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add butter and shortening. Cut in using hands or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir with fork until moist clumps form. Press together to form dough. Divide dough in half. Gather dough into balls; flatten into disks. Wrap separately and chill 1 hour. Notes: dough can also be prepared in processor. Using on/on turns, cut butter and shortening into dry ingredients until coarse meal forms. Add buttermilk and process just until moist clumps form. Proceed as above. Can be made ahead. Refrigerate 1 week or freeze 1 month. Let dough stand at room temperature to soften slightly before using.

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Mexican style short ribs

Ingredients

4 lb beef short ribs
10 1/2 oz beef stock
1 1/4 oz taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

How to prepare

In large skillet brown ribs, pour off excess fat. Mix beef stock with dry taco mix, add green pepper. In crockpot, pour sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. Yield: 6 servings

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Gourmet’s curry crockpot

Ingredients

1 large onion, peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
3 tbs. Butter or vegetable oil
1 lb. Bottom round of beef, cut in 1″ cubes
1 tbs. Ground coriander
1/2 tsp. Ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. Ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. Ground ginger
2 cups beef bouillon

How to prepare

To cook: in a large skillet over medium high heat, saut

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No-bake candy corn

Ingredients

1 pt. Popped popcorn
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3 oz water (about 6 tbsp.)

How to prepare

Melt butter & add sugar & water, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover pan & gently boil for about 4 minutes. Uncover & cook to the soft ball stage with out stirring. Pour over popcorn & stir well. Spread out on waxpaper & allow to harden.

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Mustard sauce for corned beef

Ingredients

1-1/2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup cider vinegar

How to prepare

Melt butter in small pan; cool. In small bowl beat egg, sugars, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined. Beat in vinegar. Stir mixture into cool butter. Over medium heat, bring to boil, stirring. Reduce heat. Simmer 3 minutes and then serve hot.

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Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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New mexico chili soup

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp flour
16 oz canned tomatoes
1/2 tsp garlic, minced

4 green chiles, peeled, seeded & chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 pinch cumin
salt
water

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the meat and onion. Stir in the flour. Add the tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a fork. Stir in the garlic, chile peppers, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt. Add enough water to moisten the mixture. Simmer for several hours. Yields 4 servings

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Brown beef stock, by julia child

Ingredients

3-4 lbs meaty raw beef bones
2 each: large carrots, onions, and celery ribs, chopped
6 or more quarts cold water
a large size herb bouquet plus 4 allspice berries and 6 peppercorns
2 large cloves unpeeled garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed later

How to prepare

The bones to choose: raw beef bones, some of them meaty, are what you want here, such as shank, the neck, the knuckle; leg bones. An oxtail will give extra flavor and pleasantly slightly gelatinous texture. Preheat the oven to 450 f. Arrange the bones and 1/2 cup each of the chopped vegetables in the roasting pan and brown, turning and basting with accumulated fat several times until they are walnut brown. Put bones and vegetables into the pot (an 8 qt. Or so ); pour out and discard accumulated fat. Pour 2 cups of the water into the pan and bring to the boil over moderately high heat; and de glaze, then pour the liquid over the browned bones in the pot. Add the herb bouquet to the kettle and the rest of the vegetables listed with enough of the water to cover the ingredients by 2″. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove; skim off and discard gray scum that will collect on the surface for several minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cover loosely, and maintain at the slow simmer, skimming off fat and scum occasionally, and adding a little boiling water if the liquid has evaporated below the surface of the ingredients. Simmer until you feel the bones have given their all. Strain the stock through a colander into a bowl, pressing juices out of the ingredients. Degrease the stock and season lightly to taste. Strain again, this time through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan or container. May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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New orleans style barbecue shrimp

Ingredients

2 large artichokes (each about 3/4 lb)
1 large garlic clove
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco
1/2 tsp dried basil, crumbled
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 lb small shrimp in their shells, (about 24)
3 scallions, minced

accompaniments:
crusty bread
lemon wedges

How to prepare

Cut off artichoke stems with a serrated knife and discard. With scissors trim tips of leaves. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water cook artichokes 30 to 45 minutes, or until bottoms are tender when pierced with a knife
while artichokes are cooking, preheat oven to 500

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