Monday, February 13, 2012


I have been experimenting with braising oxtails lately. Oxtails are a misnomer, as they are just cow tails.
I have been browning them and then throwing in either red wine or tomato sauce and even Worcestershire sauce; and of course onions, or garlic, and anything from bay leaves to chocolate powder.

So far I like one of the first recipes that I used, although i didn't follow it closely. i added carrots to this recipe about 25 minutes before it was done simmering. it was delicious and has so much nutritional value, because you get the marrow and collagen that you dont get when you are on a diet of "prime cuts"

Braised Oxtails
4-5 lbs oxtails
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 TB oilve oil
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup red wine
4 cups beef or chicken broth
1 medium bay leaf
Season the oxtails with salt and pepper.  In a large, deep pot such as a dutch oven, heat oil.  Brown the oxtails in batches, making sure not to crowd the pan.
Once all the oxtails have been browned, saute the onion about 3 minutes, until softened.  Add the garlic and thyme, saute 1 minute, then add red wine to deglaze the pan.  Stirring constantly, scrape up any browned bits stuck to the pan while wine reduces by half.  Return oxtails to pan, add stock and bay leaf.  The stock should almost cover the oxtails.  Add more or less, as needed.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover pan.

At this point you can walk away from your stove.  Check in with your oxtails every once in awhile, making sure they are happily simmering away.  After 1 1/2 hours of cooking, turn the oxtails over.  Cover the pan again, and walk away.  Cook for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until meat is very tender.  Remove the oxtails from the pan, and if necessary reduce the liquid until slightly thickened.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Great chili

I just made an amazing chili. it was gone in 2 hours.  Paleo friendly of course :-)

There was cocoa powder and vinegar in it. I know that vinegar is used for drawing from bones.. but i'm not sure why it was used in this chili... i am SURE one of you know, you tell me!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rutabaga french fries, oh my my my

My holiday season was not without high carb snacking, but i actually maintained my weight which is unheard of for me.
I am setting up my year for success, and have just put my first down payment on a CSA from Farmer Dave's Farm.

I'm really looking forward to getting it. here is an example of the variety of veggies they have to offer (mother nature permitting):
Beans_Beets_Broccoli_Brussels Sprouts_ Cabbage_Carrots_Cauliflower_Celery_Chard_Collards_Corn_Cucumber, Slicing
Cucumber, Pickling_Eggplant_Garlic_Garlic ScapesKaleLeeks_Lettuce_Onions_Parsnips_Peas_Peppers
Potatoes_Potatoes. Sweet_Radishes_Romanesco_Rutabaga_Scallions_Spinach_Summer Squash_Tomatoes: Cherry, Grape_Tomatoes: Slicing. Plum_Turnips. Salad_Winter Squashes_Basil

I have recipes flying through my brain. send me some good ones if you have some ideas.