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Wine Braised Short Ribs

I decided to make short ribs for my 2011 Christmas Eve dinner because I’ve run out of new cuts of meats to try.  I’ve done a standing rib roast, a boneless prime rib roast, roast beef, beef Wellington (twice!), rack … Continue reading

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup – Recipe

Once again, my daughter Mika asked me to make butternut squash soup as part of my Christmas Eve menu.  I had made a version of it for my 2008 Christmas Eve dinner, but I hadn’t been that thrilled with it.  … Continue reading

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Ropa Vieja recipe

Ropa Vieja, a very simple dish of beef in a tomato wine sauce, is one of my all time favorite dishes.  Indeed, it’s a favorite of several members of my family, my sister asks me to make it every time … Continue reading

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Red Wine Sauce for Beef

This is a relatively simple wine sauce to accompany the less flavorful cuts of beef (things like filet mignon, though I served it with flat iron steak).  You could serve it with any type of beef that has been grilled, … Continue reading

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Sausage-Mushroom Ragoût Recipe

This “recipe” (which, as usual, I got from epicurious.com) has no right to be as good as it is. Basically, all it is pasta sauce doctored by adding wine, italian sausage and mushrooms.  How simple is that? And yet, I … Continue reading

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Broiled polenta

I have to admit it: I’m not a polenta fan.  Indeed, for a great part of my life I had a huge love-hate relationship with polenta.  I associate polenta with my grandfather Tito, who may have very well eaten it … Continue reading

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Beer batter for Fried Fish

I’ve been trying to incorporate more fish into our diets, and while Camila is game for fish prepared any way, Mika doesn’t really like it.  Alas, Camila only likes fish because Mika doesn’t like it, so I don’t have too … Continue reading

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Harissa Sauce

Harissa is an ubiquitous spice mix/sauce used by Berbers and Arabs alike throughout the Maghreb. It can be used as a condiment and a grilling sauce, and it’s often an ingredient in other dishes. There are many variations to this … Continue reading

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Argentinian Fondue recipe

During the 1970’s the fondue sensation reached Argentina and it quickly became one of our biggest “special occasion” treats.  My parents would make it from time to time using the recipe below.  Instead of the traditional havarti and emmental cheeses, … Continue reading

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Mashed Potatoes

A couple of days ago I made mashed potatoes to go with the short ribs I was serving for dinners (you have to have mashed potatoes if you serve short ribs!). Usually, I follow a very good recipe for buttermilk … Continue reading

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