Braised Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Tomato Sauce

Braising is a cooking technique that combines searing and cooking in a liquid. Usually it works well with tougher meats and is a easy way to create a flavorful dish. I decided to braise beef short ribs!

Ingredients:

Bone in short ribs, tomato paste, bacon, mixed herbs, bay leaves, mirepoix, beef broth, red wine (don’t worry, I didn’t drink any!), flour

Procedure:

take out of oven, should be tender

Plating time!

One of the reasons I like this recipe is that you do not need to be too precise with the temperatures, and it will always come out perfectly cooked. It is also very versatile with easy changes, for instance, it is just as good with soy sauce, five spice, sesame oil, and brown sugar instead of red wine/tomato/herbs for Asian style short ribs. Or add curry paste and coconut milk–Thai or Jamaican spices? How about Mexican dried chipotles with a dark chocolate mole? The possibilities are endless!

Exploring a Healthy Way to Make Blondies

While we all enjoy the rich, creamy taste of desserts, most of us are concerned with their fatty and sugary ingredients. Can we replace the traditional ingredients of a dessert with more healthy ones while keeping the delicate and delicious taste of the dessert?  

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Seared Sablefish in Yogurt Sauce

There is a famous proverb about cooking fish: “Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.”

Today, I defied this tradition by cooking a sablefish fillet without butter or wine. I tried to cook the fish with something new—plain yogurt.

Seared Sablefish in Yogurt Sauce

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Matcha Green Tea Lava Cake with Caramel

Matcha – powdered green tea – is popular because of its stress-reducing and immune-boosting benefits as well as unique flavor and is central to Chinese and Japanese traditions. It is most often used as a drink ingredient.

How about using matcha to make a dessert? Health benefits aside, matcha’s emerald color will add an interesting personality to any dessert plate. It is the perfect combination of Asian flavors with a traditional dessert.

Today I tried making a well-known dessert, a lava cake, with matcha. Below is the completed dish, served with mango sorbet, caramel sauce, and fresh raspberries.

Matcha Green Tea Lava Cake with Caramel

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Crispy Duck Breast with Sunchoke PurĂ©e, Charred Onion, and Rainbow Carrots

Crispy Duck Beast

While scanning through online news today, I came across an interesting proverb: “A man who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait for a very, very long time.” The adage mocks those who always sit around waiting for good things to fall upon their laps without taking any real action. It evocatively reminds me that whatever we hope to achieve must come from our own initiatives and hard work.  Continue reading

“Life is as peachy as I make it to be”—A Peachy Dish

While reading some quotes about food today, I came across an interesting proverb: “An apple is an excellent thing—until you have tried a peach” (George du Maurier, 1834-1896). True? Maybe it is time to try another dish with peach.

"Life is as peachy as I make it to be"

“Life is as peachy as I make it to be”

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Homemade Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is a classic dish made with fillets wrapped with mushroom duxelles, ham, and puff pastry. Originally from England, the dish has become well-known through the infamous Wellingtons on Gordon Ramsey’s Hells Kitchen and is now a popular holiday dish.

Today I decided to test my hand at making this mouthwatering yet complex classic!

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