Hoisin Short Ribs

Make sure that you select these Hoisin short ribs out of the butcher’s case so that you get a nice marbling but not a slab of fat – that is NOT a good thing on a short rib! Short ribs used to be an inexpensive cut of beef, not so these days. You will pay on average, $5 to $8 per pound for short ribs and there is a lot of shrinkage during the braising process so despite…

Savory Beef Stew

This beef stew is big on flavor because of the garlic, paprika and cayenne and also from the subtle seasonings that it picks up from the beer as it tenderizes the beef. The meat will literally fall apart as you scoop it out of your bowl…so delicious! One thing I always do is pick up a chuck or rump roast and cut it into pieces rather than purchasing stew meat. It will cost you less per…

Delicious Baked Ziti

One of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world has to be a hot dish of delicious baked ziti fresh from the oven. The top is covered with cheese that’s crusty brown around the edges and it has those little bits of red sauce bubbling to the top. It makes me hungry just thinking about it! If you’re lucky enough to have some of my leftover bolognese sauce in the freezer then you can skip the meat…

Killer Mexican Lasagna

This Killer Mexican Lasagna is amazing, folks! There are simply times when I want a one dish meal and a mexican recipe seems to fit the bill perfectly. It’s so easy to blend all the ingredients of a Tex Mex dinner into one dish and have it turn out great and this recipe is no exception. I love pulling out a hot, bubbly casserole and putting it on the table with simple sides for everyone to finish off…

Oven Smoked Brisket

This smoked brisket recipe is a great way to get that long, smokey, “I slaved over this in my back yard all day” flavor without stepping foot outside. I played with this recipe over a period of several years until I finally got my brisket absolutely perfect and it really is delicious. It’s not at all complicated but you need some time to do it right. Start with the rub and let it sit in the fridge overnight or for…

BBQ Beer Brisket

This BBQ Beer Brisket is another tried and true gem from my mother’s Wichita Sunflower Sampler. I’ve modified it just a bit to make it “Texas style” and I think it’s even better. I try to always use a good bottle of beer when cooking a whole brisket, preferably a fairly strong beer like Corona. This just happens to be what we usually have stocked in our garage refrigerator…