Cabernet Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta Thursday, Jan 19 2017 

16 (3-ounce) bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 rosemary sprig
2 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
1 1/4 cups lower-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 garlic clove, minced

3 cups fat-free milk
1 cup water
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to pan. Add 8 ribs, and sauté for 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove ribs. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 8 ribs. Add onion and the next 5 ingredients (through rosemary) to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook for 13 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Add broth to pan, and bring to a boil. Return ribs to pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours, turning ribs after 45 minutes. Remove ribs from pan, and strain cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Discard the solids. Skim fat; discard. Return cooking liquid to pan. Combine flour and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, stirring well. Add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 11 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in vinegar.

To prepare gremolata, combine 1/3 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind, and minced garlic.
To prepare polenta, bring 3 cups milk, 1 cup water, 5/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to a boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in 1 cup polenta. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese. Place 1/2 cup polenta in each of 8 shallow bowls, and top each serving with 2 ribs, 2 tablespoons sauce, and about 2 teaspoons gremolata.

Cooking Light, October 2011, page 88


Beef Tenderloin Steaks and Balsamic Green Beans Wednesday, Nov 27 2013 

2 teaspoons butter, divided
1 cup vertically sliced yellow onion
1 cup vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup sliced shallots
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
2 cups green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and shallots; sauté 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add broth; cook 4 minutes or until onions are tender and liquid almost evaporates. Add beans and vinegar; cover and cook 4 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon butter and 1/8 teaspoon salt; keep warm.

Sprinkle steaks with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with bean mixture.

Serves 4

Cooking Light, January/February 2012, page 72


Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce Tuesday, Oct 22 2013 

4 bone-in pork rib chops, 1/2-inch thick, trimmed (8 to 10-oz)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallot
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
3/4 cup port
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup dried cherries
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

Pat pork dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add pork and cook until well browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side; transfer to plate and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

Add shallot, garlic, and fennel seeds to now-empty skillet and cook until shallot is softened, about 1 minute. Add port, vinegar, cherries, and sage and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup and cherries are plump, about 10 minutes. Add accumulated pork juices to sauce. Pour sauce over pork. Serve.

Cook’s Country, October/November 2013, recipe card

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley Saturday, Feb 9 2013 


2 small acorn squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each), halved and seeded
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
3/4 cup pearl barley, rinsed and drained
1 onion, minced (about 1 cup)
1 fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, cored, and chopped fine
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 34 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (abouti cup)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Adjust the oven racks to the upper—middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.

Brush the cut sides of the squash with 1 teaspoon of the oil, season with salt and pepper, and lay them cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast on the lower-middle rack until tender (the tip of a paring knife can be slipped into the flesh with no resistance), 45 to 55 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and increase the oven tenperature to 450 degrees.

Meanwhile, bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the barley annd ¼ teaspoon salt. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the barley is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Wipe the saucepan dry and add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, the onion, and fennel. Cover and cook over medium—low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and coriander, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Off the heat, stir in the barley, 3/4 cup of the Parmesan, the parsley, pine nuts, and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Flip the roasted squash over and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/8—inch thickness of flesh in each shell. Gently fold the squash flesh into the barley mixture, then mound the mixture into the squash shells (abou 1 cup of filling per shell).

Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan. Bake on the upper-middle rack until the cheese is melted, 5 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and serve. (The stuffed squash can be asembled through step 6, covered loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up t0 4 hours. Finish and bake as directed, increasing the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes.)


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