BOURBON BRAISED RIBS

   

I love everything about this dish. It’s meaty, really well balanced in flavor, sticky in the best way possible and completely addictive. 

I use this sauce on so many cuts of meat that I really hope you play around with it. If you’re more the pulled beef type, no problem. Just use a brisket instead of ribs, cook it at a little bit of a lower temp for a little longer and, BOOM, the best pulled beef ever! Say your family are corned beef lovers? Prepare your corned beef the usual way and then use this as your sauce! In fact you can even pour it over chicken. It’s that good!

It doesn’t take long to make and these ribs freeze really well so I definitely suggest making a huge batch and freezing it. Then you can go back to the kitchen, cook the million other dishes you need to prepare for all these holidays all while having the piece of mind that you already have at least one killer meat done!

Happy cooking! 

For the printable Bourbon Braised Short Ribs Recipe click here

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Chicken Pot Pie

 

       

What’s  crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, filled with tons of veggies and protein, still kid friendly, freezes well and is beloved by all? 

Well, if the title didn’t give it away, I’m not going to tell you! 

Just kidding. It’s…..

CHICKEN POT PIE

I don’t make it often enough, but every time I do I say the same thing to myself. “Oh, this really is so easy. I’m going to start adding this into my dinner rotations.” But, then the holiday season ends and I vow not to make a single thing we ate during that season for at least month. Due to having children extenuating circumstances, my memory is not what it used to be and by the time my yuntif food hiatus ends, I forget all over again how easy it is to make chicken pot pie. Which is hugely unfortunate. Because really, chicken pot pie rocks!

I wrote you all a very large recipe. Large enough to make 3 very large pie dishes, or 4 medium ones. So that if you too forget how easy it is to make you’ll at least have a stockpile of them in your freezer for a rainy day. Literally a rainy day, because there is nothing better then hot and creamy chicken pot pie when its freezing and pouring outside!

All the freezing instructions are in the recipe, so click the link and get cooking! 

Happy endless cooking month everyone! 

✌🏻💜&🥕,

Danielle

For the printable Chicken Pot Pie Recipe click here

 

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TATERTOSCHEN, The Better Way To Get Your Purim On This Year!

              

DEFINE:
[tay-ter tahshen
 
nounplural  [tayter tahshuh n] (Show IPA). Jewish Cookery.
1. a small triangular (often sweet) dough made with yeast and filled with a mixture of poppy seeds and honey or with prune paste, prepared especially for Purim.
 
2. The replacement of grated potatoes in the dough takes the regular, boring, usually unevenly cooked cousin of the TATERtoschen, the HAMANtaschen, and elevates it it to the best version of a tater tot. EVER!
“Mommy, pleeeeeaaasssee make us TATERTOSCHENS for Purim this year instead of regular hamantaschen.”
 
Origin of tatertaschen
<From the PL&C  English/Yiddish mash up language, TATER equivalent to “tater tots”+ tash pouch, pocket (compare Middle High German tasche, Old High Germantasca; akin to task )
 
 TOUNGE TWISTER CHALLANGE:
“Tatty took ten TATERTOSCHENS to town today.”
 
     
 

When I first woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about a Tater-tot/Hamantashen hybrid I could not go back to sleep! I knew that my alternate dream life had lead me to Purim gold! Although extremely tired from my lack of sleep, I spent the whole next day and writing down a list of why tater tots rock and how to properly incorporate their awesomeness into a triangle shape. I quickly realized that the triangle would work to my advantage because 3 corners = 3x more the crispy edges. So, from their I wrote a list if criteria that my TATERTOSCHEN needed to meet.

  1. must be easy to make
  2. must freeze well so that people can prepare them in advance
  3. must be vegan and gluten free so that everyone can enjoy them!
  4. must be crispy
  5. must NOT be fried. Because. Frying is annoying

          Last but not least…

6.must be completely and utterly addictive.

                       

So, for the past month, I have made these so many different times, each time adjusting the recipe to enhance and simplify the recipe. Then once I finally settled on a recipe that yielded results that tasted and were just as crispy as their fried counterparts I spent days testing the best way to freeze and reheat them! 

But, no. My work did not end there. Because once I created a vegan and gluten free version, I obviously had to take and junkyify (another word brought to you by the PL&C language) it. Which meant adding a ton of cheddar cheese (because, cheese) and filling them with the yummiest, most delicious brunch foods of all time. 

                      

So, this Purim, if you only do one thing. TATERTOSCH. 

You can fill them with pulled red wine braised short ribs like I did, or stuff them with some shredded bbq chicken, imitation crab salad or tuna tartare for a fish course, or do what my kids did and fill the hole with ketchup and just eat em straight up!

(warning: if your family goes the ketchup route, close your eyes and back away slowly, because a little piece of your foodie heart may die)

However you choose to serve these, just make sure you are already fed when these come out of the oven. Because if not, it is very likely you will consume the whole tray, by yourself, in the kitchen.

For the printable TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable CHEESY CHEDDAR TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable PULLED RED WION BRAISED SHORT RIBS recipe click here

 

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Chanukah Churros with a Salted Condensed Milk Caramel Sauce

 

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There are two ways to do holidays.

The first way, or should I say the more responsible way, is to anticipate the holidays’ approach anywhere from two to three weeks before it arrives. Think about what type of holiday you want to have. Is it a party with friends, chilled family time, casual decor or a DIY creative decor kind of holiday? Then, figure out a plan where you do a little bit everyday so that by the time the holiday arrives you can just sit back and enjoy all the fruits of your labor.  

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The other option is to just relax, wait until about 48 hours before the holiday is going to begin and do every single thing you need to do to prepare in those two days. Then, as the sun starts to set by the end of the second day, you rationalize why most of the things left on your to-do list, that you didn’t have time to get to, are actually completely unnecessary and just cross them off. As the holiday finally begins, you frantically remember that in fact, those to-do list items were important. So you plop your kids down in from of a movie (or 3) and scramble in a fit of heart racing anxiety to make them happen.

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I’d like to say that I, of course, always fall into the first category. But really, I’ve been in both places. Which is why my goal for this year was to be as prepared as possible for each upcoming holiday so that I could spend the most time enjoying it with the people I love! 

To me, this recipe fits in perfectly with my plan. The churros will be fried fresh (because reheated churros are shnasty) but all the work to prepare them will be done ahead of time. It’s always a win-win when a recipe is actually supposed to be frozen!

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That means that you can put up your pot of oil to start heating, light the menorah with your kids, sing, play a few games and then when everyones ready for the candle lighting treat, all you have to do is peel your churros off the parchment paper and give ’em a little oil bath! 

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Now that we’ve agreed that these are the perfect fried dessert to be making on Chanukah because of their convenience, I want to tell you why they are actually the prefect dessert to be eaten!

Most importantly, they are so so so so so x infinity, easy to make! It’s the type of recipe that when you read, you automatically think ” woah, thats way too many steps, no waaaaay”, but really, it is so simple! That is why I included pictures of every single step. I wanted you to see that it can actually be broken down into three really easy processes. Boil, Mix, Pipe. Thats it.

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That bring us to the next reason why these absolutely rock. The batter or dough, whatever you want to call it (I think it’s kind of in between the two), is totally kid friendly! It’s sticky enough to stick to itself but because of how much butter is in it, it literally slides right into the piping bag. Then once it’s in the bag you simply give it over to those tiny little hands (that are actually capable of creating disasters totally not proportionate to their size) and let them go to town “drawing” their own creations. I like to tie a rubberband at the top of the bag to ensure that none of the batter/dough (battough?) comes out of the top. Besides for a minor hand washing at the end of the piping activity, it is virtually mess free. Wooooohoooo!

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Lastly, why are these incredible? Because. Fried dough. Cinnamon sugar coated. Salted condensed milk caramel dipping sauce. ‘Nuf said. 

I think by now I’ve convinced you to make these on Chanukah. Really though, they should really be a staple in your house all year long! Ok, fine, not a staple but at least make a more regular appearance. Perhaps, Sunday brunch? 

I really hope you all get to make these but if not, I hope whatever you make this holiday season, you get to share it with the people you love most in this world! 

Happy Holidays,

Danielle

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For the printable Churros recipe click here

For the printable Salted Condensed Milk Caramel recipe click here

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Sherry Braised Short Ribs

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Short ribs are the perfect meat.

They need to be cooked low and slow so, you don’t have to stand over them mixing and turning. They can go sweet, savory, garlicky, asian-y, mexican-y, italian-y etc. Which means there are endless variations that you can make to satisfy any mood you are in. And, anything leftover, if there even are any, can easily be repurposed into another delicious meal. 

I like to take my leftover short ribs shred them, and make tacos, or stuff them into egg roll or wonton wrappers. It’s the perfect side dish or appetizer. I sometimes even make and fill the wontons and then freeze them raw. This way, if I have last minute company, which happens pretty often around here (you know who you are), I can just pop out how ever many I need and fry ’em up.

This recipe is amazing on it’s own and repurposed. The sherry wine, which I pretty much put in everything because it’s amazing, gives it such a good rustic full-bodied but still light, flavor. It’s a really nice change from red wine braised short ribs and even though its basically a huge chunk of meat, it really doesn’t leave you feeling as heavy.

You are definitely going to want to serve these with something to soak up the insanely heavenly juice. I served mine with rice, because in my house, a meal wit out rice would cause a small riot, but think mashed potatoes or even really good crusty bread.

If you actually do have any leftovers, besides for just eating them cold out of the fridge, you can definitely put these into wontons. Serve them with a really good horseradish dipping sauce, and BOOM, best appitizer ever! In fact, double the recipe and make extra, just so you can do that. It’s worth it!

For the printable recipe click here.

Hope you all enjoy:)

Peas out,

Danielle

 

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Best Crab Cakes Ever Recipe + Video

No joke. The best crab cakes EVER. They are not loaded with a ton of vegetables or potatoes (no, potatoes don’t count as a veg). These are all about the crab. Bout’ that crab, bout’ that crab….

These crab cakes actually take a few days to make, but not because they’re difficult. Because the binder is an egg mixture that gets better and better as it sits in the fridge. It’s been so many years that I have been making them, that I don’t even remember where I originally saw this method of making the egg mixture and letting it sit and marinate with the other flavors. Who ever came up with it though, is a freakin genius! The egg mixture binds the crab perfectly with out the need for any fillers.

Overtime, I’ve adjusted and simplified what goes into the crab cakes, because I wanted to keep the flavors as clean as possible. The onion and the cayenne totally enhance the crab with out overpowering its natural sweetness. And the saltines, let’s talk about them for a second. 

Saltines are perfect. The texture is crunchy but soft and they are the exact right balance of sweet and salty. They’re basically the best cracker ever. So, if you’re going to be making the best crab cakes ever, it’s only right that you pulverize the saltines and turn them into the best breadcrumbs ever. 

These are also completely freezer friendly. They defrost quickly and reheat beautifully. I like to freeze them on a sheet pan in a single layer and then put them into a ziplock bag. There is no other pre-made fish that i would consider freezer friendly but, these really do hold up. So, before the holidays this year, make a huge batch and breathe a little bit easier knowing that you have something in the freezer waiting to help you get through the 30 day cookfest that is rapidly approaching.

To see the full video click here

Click here for the printable crab cake recipe

Click here for printable tartar sauce recipe 

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