17 April 2007

Girl Rediscovers Kitchen

I interrupt my recent string of restaurant posts with this bulletin—I still cook. While I've been hitting the restaurant circuit pretty hard on recent trips, I haven't forgotten my way around a kitchen once I've returned from my travels. Since coming back from New York, I've fired up my stove twice to make a fish stew and beef short ribs.

The fish stew came courtesy of Chef Paz, so I'll refer you to her site for the details on Brazilian Style Salmon Fish Stew. I threw my salmon in the marinade in the morning before going to work and tossed everything in a pot to cook once I got back in the evening. It doesn't get any easier than that for wonderful results. It's a full-flavored dish that goes great with rice. I made enough for dinner one night and two lunches during the week. A container also went into the freeze for later, down the road, when I'm too lazy to cook.




Short ribs are a lovely cut of beef to work with, although they've gotten a bit pricey with their recent, newfound popularity. The meat is marbled in a wonderful way; and as long as you slow cook it, you're guaranteed a marvelously tender outcome.

My short ribs were turned into Short Ribs Provencale with a recipe from Bon Appétit. I had a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon lying around and used it instead of Zinfandel. I don't think the switch made much of a different. One red wine is as good as another in my opinion for cooking, as along as its something you would also drink. And once again, I had enough ribs for one dinner, a couple lunches, and the freezer for a later date.



SHORT RIBS PROVENCALE

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons (or more) olive oil
6 pounds meaty beef short ribs
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
12 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried herbes de Provence*
2 cups red Zinfandel
2 1/2 cups canned beef broth
1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup (about) water
24 baby carrots, peeled
1/2 cup Niçois olives,** pitted
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add ribs to pot and brown well, turning often, about 8 minutes per batch. Using tongs, transfer ribs to large bowl.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from pot or add oil as necessary to measure 2 tablespoons. Add onion, chopped carrot, and celery and cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are soft, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, flour, and herbes de Provence; stir 1 minute. Add wine and 2 cups broth; bring to boil over high heat, scraping up browned bits. Add tomatoes with juices and bay leaf. Return ribs and any accumulated juices to pot. If necessary, add enough water to pot to barely cover ribs. Bring to boil.

Cover pot tightly and transfer to oven. Bake until ribs are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours 15 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then refrigerate uncovered until cold. Cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.)

Add remaining 1/2 cup broth, peeled baby carrots, and Niçois olives to pot; press carrots gently to submerge. Cover, return to oven and continue cooking at 350°F until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Transfer short ribs and carrots to platter. Tent with foil to keep warm. If necessary, boil sauce to thicken slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over short ribs. Sprinkle with parsley.

* A dried herb mixture available at specialty foods stores and in the spice section of some markets. A mix of dried thyme, basil, savory, and fennel seeds can be substituted.
** Small brine-cured black olives; available at Italian markets, specialty foods stores, and some supermarkets.

Bon Appétit, January 2002

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3 Comments:

Blogger s. said...

mmm. short ribs...

a great place to get them for less is the Korean market. It's not organic, so I don't know if that's a deal-breaker for you, but it's about half what it would cost at a regular grocery store.

The salmons stew looks nice too, although I prefer my fish pan-fried. (crispy wins in this case)

4/18/2007 12:09 AM  
Anonymous sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

Looks awesome to me!
Love your blog~ I'll be back.

4/18/2007 5:33 PM  
Blogger Blue Plate said...

hi s.,

yes, organic is important to me, but so is cost, so i try to balance the need of both. maybe i'll check out the korean market. we'll see....


welcome sandi,

thanks for dropping by. come back anytime. there will always be a place at the table for you. : )

blue plate

4/18/2007 11:10 PM  

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