Sunday Oxtail Gravy

oxtail dinner“Does she still make that incredible oxtail gravy?!” This question came from a friend who had moved to Alaska about 25 years ago. It’s been a long time, but he still remembers one particular meal at our home that included this rich savory sauce.

Ingredients:

2 full large heads of garlic, (about 30-35) cloves separated, roasted, peeled, cloves left whole
2 T vegetable oil, or your favorite high heat oil
4 lbs oxtails
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 (28 oz) cans Italian or plum tomatoes, hand squished
1 (10-15 oz) can tomato puree, different brands will have different weights
8 oz good imported Italian tomato paste
1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup full bodied red wine such as a good zinfandel or tawny port
1 large handful fresh basil (24 leaves minimum), rinsed, dried, large leaves torn in half
1 bay leaf
3 T dark brown sugar, packed
2 T plus 1 t dried garlic (yes, more garlic)
1 T dried basil
1 T dried oregano
2 t dried thyme
1 1/2 t fennel seed, lightly ground with mortar and pestle
1 1/2 t dried crushed rosemary
1/2 t ground black pepper
1/4 t ground white pepper
Tabasco sauce to taste, start with 4-6 shakes of the jar
2 T flat Italian parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 lb sturdy pasta such as ziti, rigatoni, or those lovely little wagon wheels cooked al dente
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Sean’s Delight, by David Gerrold

Sean’s Delight is a delicious recipe from the Hugo and Nebula award winner, David Gerrold, author of more than 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and more than a dozen television episodes, including Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles”.

David wrote the following recipe for The Martian Child who would become his son.

Sean’s Delight

So, tonight’s culinary masterpiece, hereinafter referred to as Sean’s Delight, because he went back for seconds….

The last of a roast turkey breast (they sell them at Vons), cut up into small chunks.
Some chopped white onions. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some chopped red/orange/yellow peppers. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some Birds Eye Ultimate Petite Mixed Vegetables (frozen)
Some elbow noodles.
A can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.
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Eggplant Hoisin

Ingredients:

4 T vegetable oil, divided use
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 T soy sauce, low sodium
1 T sweet soy sauce
1 T sesame oil
1 T ginger rice vinegar
1 green pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
1 cup red onion, cut into chunks
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t ginger, minced
4 green onions, thin sliced, white and light green only
3 small Asian eggplants, about 4 cups sliced

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Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts

carbonara with brussels sproutsIngredients:

3 oz pancetta, chopped
2 T olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
4-8 large garlic cloves, minced
10 oz Brussels sprouts, shaved
1 lb thin spaghetti
2 ladles salted pasta water (reserve a third ladle of water for use as needed)
1 cup parmigiana reggiano, grated
4 eggs, beaten
1 t oregano
1/4 t ground black pepper, or to taste

Garnish: grated Parmesan Read More