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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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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Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Madeira Sauce

pork mushroom madeira

Pork chops smothered with Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb button mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
1 T olive oil
Twist or two of kosher salt
4 (3/4 – 1 inch thick) pork loin chops
A few twists of salt
1/4 t white pepper
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
3/4 cup Madeira
1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped or 1 t dried
Several shakes of ground white pepper

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Cauliflower and Cheese

cauliflower cheeseAs tasty as macaroni and cheese!

Ingredients:

1 large organic head of cauliflower (or 2 small)
1 1/4 cup milk (1% or whatever you have on hand)
8 oz good aged cheddar cheese
3 T butter
3 scant T flour
1/2 t good quality dried mustard such as Colman’s or Watkin’s
1/8 t nutmeg
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or Panko

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The Moo Shu of Peace

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable stock, low sodium
2 T plus 1 t soy sauce, low sodium (divided use)
2 T plus 1 t sesame oil (divided use)
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T cornstarch
1 t honey
3 eggs
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 T fresh ginger, grated or finely minced (from a jar is fine)
1 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced into strips
1 T garlic, minced (from a jar is fine)
4 cups cabbage, thinly sliced, (about half a large head of cabbage)
2 cups snow peas, cut on the diagonal
2 cups carrots, shredded (a small bag of pre-shredded carrots is fine)
2-3 green onions, sliced
2 T neutral high heat wok oil (divided use)
1 jar Hoisin sauce
20 lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry
20 thin whole wheat flour tortillas or moo shu wrappers
Sriracha Sauce or Asian Chili Garlic Sauce

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Thai Dipping Sauce

ThaiDippingSauceIngredients:

1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 T plus 1 t sugar
1 hot pepper, minced (red jalapeno, serrano, cayenne, or Thai chile)
1 T cilantro leaves, minced

Spoon Mage™ Note:

Be careful while mincing the pepper. If you have sensitive skin, put the hand that holds the pepper inside Read More



Pepperoni Sauce

6574fb16f6e2ba420085b685b3d49b4c_3q7xIngredients:

2 T pure olive oil
1/2 a medium sweet onion, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
5 oz pepperoni, sliced in half or quartered
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1/4 t ground black pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 lb penne pasta
Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano Read More