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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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

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Mama’s Italian Beef Stew

mamas beef stew bowlIngredients:

3 lbs chuck roast or thick sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into large pieces
3 large white potatoes, unpeeled and cut into chunks
5-6 (2 pounds) ripe tomatoes, well crushed by hand
3 stalks celery including leaves, cut into large pieces
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 t ground basil
1 t Mediterranean oregano
1/2 t ground black pepper
Salt to taste
2 T olive oil

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Meatballs with Pork and Cream

Meatball Pork CreamIngredients:

2 slices of whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T finely minced onion
1 T ground garlic
1 T fresh parsley finely chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 lb lean ground grass fed beef
1 lb natural ground pork
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Broccolini and Carrot Alfredo Sauce

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2 cups (3/4 pound) fresh broccolini, sliced into 1 1/2 – 2 inch lengths
2 cups (3/4 pound) carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 T butter vegan soy based margarine
2 shallots, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 T flour
1 T low sodium vegan instant “chicken” bouillon
1/4 t white pepper
2 cups 2% milk
6-8 oz (2%) Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 green onions, sliced

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