Beef & Steak

Corned Beef with Pineapple-Apricot Glaze

Corned Beef with Pineapple-Apricot Glaze

This time last year I made my first ever corned beef brisket, which was to die for delicious, so when the supermarket shelves started stocking them again this month, I couldn’t wait to make another! I wanted to be a little more creative with this corned beef recipe, but also do something kind of traditional–so I decided to make a sweet glaze, and serve it with a classic irish colcannon.  This recipe might sound a little weird, but it’s just one you’re going to have to trust me on, because it is SO divine! In fact, this is definitely one of the best meals I have cooked since I can remember. I hope you guys love it, and that you have a fantastic St. Patrick’s day today!  

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Gourmet Shepherd’s Pie

Gourmet Shepherd’s Pie

On New Year’s Day I made a delicious, Roast Beef Dinner with Yorkshire Puddings and all the trimmings, and had a LOT left-over. Because a prime rib roast is quite an expensive cut of meat, I didn’t want to let it go to waste, so I decided to use it in a beef pot pie. I know this isn’t your average “shepherd’s pie” with left-over minced lamb, and mashed potatoes piled on top, but it did use almost every left-over ingredient from my roast dinner, so I feel as if I can call it a “shepherd’s pie”… just a jazzed up, more gourmet version. The left-over mashed potato was used to make a delicious, golden brown, flaky pie crust, the beef was added to a thick, flavorful red wine gravy, and I also added the left-over peas and carrots to the mixture for color and flavor. This dinner came together so quickly and easily, and was SO delicious–i’d even argue it was more delicious than the beef and yorkshire roast itself! This is one of the BEST pies I have ever eaten! I hope you all love it too.
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Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

Restaurant Style Filet Mignon

My husband oftentimes complains that I never cook beef– in particular, steak, which is his favorite. I guess it’s not something I had even noticed until he started pointing it out, and then I started wondering, why? Firstly, it could be that i’m not much of a “beef-eater.” I hate burgers, and I never ate steak growing up. Secondly, a good cut of steak is so expensive, that you might as well just eat out at a nice steak-house. There are so many around here, and whenever we go out to diner, my husband usually gets his “steak fix” so I feel as if I don’t need to cook it. Cheap cuts are just tough and BAD, so I don’t want to cook those. So my thinking, probably like most people, is: “why cook steak at home, when it’s just as expensive as eating out, and it doesn’t even taste as good?”
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Ribs Agrodolce {Sweet & Sour Ribs}

Ribs Agrodolce {Sweet & Sour Ribs}

Those of you who read my blog know i’m kind of obsessed with Italian food, in particular Carrabba’s Italian Grill, which I think is some of the BEST Italian food there is. Everything I have ever tried at the restaurant, or made at home from their cookbook has been AMAZING, and these sweet & sour ribs are definitely no exception! Usually i’m not a big fan of ribs: they tend to be either fatty and oily or dry and over-cooked, and they’re just so heavy, messy, and “manly,” but this recipe cooks them to spot-on perfection, and I promise, they’re unlike any ribs you have ever had before! I <3 this recipe.
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BEST Lasagna Roll Ups

BEST Lasagna Roll Ups

Quite some time ago I found THE BEST Lasagna recipe of all time, ever. It’s kind of been buried under a mass of other posts since then, and to be honest–the pictures are really ugly! (I wish I had the time to go back and re-edit all of my older posts!) But since I don’t, I just decided to re-post this recipe with a twist. The lasagna roll ups weren’t just simpler than the classic layered lasagna I originally posted, but they looked SO much cooler too–and the kids LOVED them! My husband and I were laughing at a show the kids were watching the other day, when the Dad took over to cook, and the kids moaned and complained, “this isn’t the way Mum does it!” so I told him: “you know if I went away, that would be you!” Then he said: “Are you kidding? They wouldn’t have to eat things like cream of artichoke soup, i’d make them pizza and hot dogs every day, they’d be in heaven!” Haha. So, since lasagna is a “kid staple” this one’s for them! Plus, it’s so delicious, of course we don’t mind eating it either. {P.S. I just have to add a disclaimer here in my defense: on days when we do eat something “wild” I know the kids won’t eat, I make mac n cheese or or something different for them– lots of people have asked me about this}. This recipe is just extra awesome because it’s ONE MEAL the whole family loves! Plus, it makes so much that I freeze an extra one for another day! (Why don’t I cook like this more often?)

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