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Bread and Jam for Frances & Spaghetti and Meatballs

by Laura 30 March 2011
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This is the first in a new series of posts. So many of my happiest hours were spent reading to my two children and cooking together. And so many splendid picture books lend themselves to a particular recipe, sometimes more.  When my Honey Girl and Sweet Boy were little ones, we walked to the library [...]

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Boneless Short Rib Ragu

by Laura 27 January 2011
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This sauce is so simple and so delicious.  It has all the unctuous richness of short ribs, but you don’t need to fuss with extracting them—dripping from the pan—to remove bones or shred them.   It’s the kind of recipe that, after a little time devoted to browning, is quick to put together and perfumes the [...]

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Beef Brisket

by Laura 20 December 2010
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Our Honey Girl is home from college!   And since she is a consummate carnivore and lover of all things beef, I made a beef brisket for one of her first dinners home.  When she and our Sweet Boy were little, they took a turn cooking with me one night a week and planned menus.  After [...]

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Winter Supper: Beef Stew & Farmhouse Rolls

by Laura 12 December 2010
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There are a couple of simple keys to making a great beef stew.  Buy good beef, brown it really well on all sides, don’t crowd the pan during the process, and don’t move it while it’s browning.  If you do that, and mingle it with other best-quality ingredients, you can’t go wrong.  This is my [...]

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