Slow-Cooked Short Rib Ragu

Rich and hearty slow cooked short rib ragu |

In our house there are two kinds of cooking – weekday and weekend. It’s a simple way to classify, but I find that during the week it’s all about speed and simplicity, while the weekends are the opposite. With the extra time I tend to slow down in the kitchen and I don’t get bothered by lots of steps, lots of pans, and lots of time spent in the kitchen. During the week I love short-cuts and quick wins, but I tend to focus more on the process when I cook on the weekends. Cooking from scratch, taking my time with steps, and challenging myself with recipes and ideas I can’t imagine trying to execute during the week after a long day at work. I guess my weekdays are more Rachael Ray, while the weekends are more Julia Child….

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My First Focaccia

My First Foccacia |

When it comes to dough, yeast, and anything that requires kneading I am like a moth to a flame – despite countless baking fails I can’t resist the dough and always circle back to try again. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled over the years in the bread and dough arena and have a decent-sized list of pizza making, dough kneading, and other yeast-related disasters not to mention some serious pie dough problems. I’ve shared some of those stories here, but some I’ve never written a word about because the results were so sad – but, despite the hurdles and obstacles, I always come back ’round to try, try again. I guess I’ve never given up on the idea that one day I will be able to add “decent baker” to my cooking resume….

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Steak and Eggs Pasta

Steak and Eggs Pasta |

Before we break that poached egg and get into the details about this pasta dish – and my new amazing revelation that you can, in fact, cook your pasta in the same pan as the sauce – I wanted to share a few pics from our recent trip to Key West……

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Muffins

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Muffins |

Somewhere along the way I picked up the belief that it’s completely fine to have chocolate for breakfast as long as it’s served in an appropriate breakfast way. So basically brownies for breakfast = bad, but chocolate muffins for breakfast = totally okay! If some peanut butter gets added to the mix it’s even better – peanut butter is absolutely breakfast appropriate and only further legitimizes the whole chocolate for breakfast thing. Right?…

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