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Braised Short Ribs

3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
salt, pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 10-ounce can beef broth
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf

2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup chicken broth

4 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cold water

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown ribs on all sides; transfer to a slow cooker. Add carrots, beef broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.

Add onions to the same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8-9 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and tomato paste; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; cook 8-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Gravy
Remove ribs and vegetables; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan; skim fat. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Bring juices to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ribs.

Dad, Vegetables

Zucchini (Vegetarian) Meatballs

3 medium zucchini
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup Panko Japanese-style plain (unseasoned) breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
salt, pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce

  1. Grate the zucchini on a medium grater. Line a medium bowl with a kitchen towel. Add the grated zucchini. Season with salt to taste and toss with your hands. Pull up the sides of the towel and squeeze the zucchini until the excess moisture is removed.
  2. Transfer the dried zucchini to a clean bowl. Add the garlic, basil, egg, panko bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Form the zucchini mixture into small balls. You should end up with about a dozen.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry on all sides until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Drain the meatballs on a plate lined with paper towels. Wipe the skillet clean, and pour in marinara sauce. Turn the heat to medium and add the zucchini meatballs back to pan. Let simmer in sauce for about 3-5 more minutes, or until the sauce is warmed through. Serve with more grated Parmesan.
Dad, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes, Mom

Sticky Rice

2 cups of sticky rice (also called sweet rice or glutinous rice)
3-1/2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Measure rice and water into a large pot. Let the rice soak for at least half an hour or as long as four hours.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir.
  3. Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat to medium low and cover the pot, leaving the lid slightly off on one side to vent. Cook for 10 minutes. DO NOT stir the rice while cooking!
Dad, Dawn Butler, Eggs and Pasta and Legumes

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

1 pound pasta (macaroni, ziti or fusilli)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large head cauliflower
1 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk
salt, pepper
pinch of nutmeg, grated
pinch of sage, ground
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup sharp white Cheddar cheese
1 cup Gruyere cheese
1 cup shredded Parmigiano cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bring water to a boil for pasta. Salt the water and undercook the pasta by 2 minutes, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • In a covered Dutch oven heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium to medium-high heat.
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets.  Add them to the pot along with the chicken stock. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender.  Remove cauliflower from pot and set aside. Discard broth from pot.
  • Over medium heat in the same pot, melt the butter, then add garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add in the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Whisk in the whole milk and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and sage.
  • When thickened, stir in the Dijon mustard and 2/3 of the combined cheeses.
  • Drain the pasta, add in the cauliflower, stir in the cheese sauce,
    and transfer to 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes (on a baking sheet to catch the bubble-over).
  • Remove the foil, top with bread crumbs and remaining cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Dad, Elaine Walker, Mom, Salads

Waldorf Salad

3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 sweet apples, cored and chopped
1 cup seedless grapes, sliced in half
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup chopped walnuts
lettuce (optional)

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice. Stir in the apple, celery, grapes, and walnuts.

If desired, serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Vegetables

Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated on a rasp-style grater (to make 1 cup)
1 cup panko bread crumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, not melted but cut into 6 pieces
2 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 cups light cream (or heavy cream but do not use half-and-half)
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
salt
pepper

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine Parmesan, panko, melted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in bowl; set aside.
  3. Bring potatoes, 2 ½ cups cream, baking soda, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at bare simmer, stirring often, until paring knife slides easily into potatoes without them crumbling, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Stir remaining 1/2 cup cream and remaining 6 tablespoons butter into potato mixture until butter has melted, about 1 minute.
  5. Transfer potato mixture to 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan-panko mixture over top. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling around edges and surface is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Vegetables

Easy Parmesan Baked Potatoes

6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
8 red* potatoes (about 2-3/4 pounds), washed, unpeeled, halved lengthwise

Pour butter into a 13×9-in. baking pan.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over butter.
Place potatoes with cut sides down over cheese.
Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until tender.

*Only use red potatoes for this recipe. They are the most tender.

Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Liked by, Mom, Poultry

Mom’s Chicken and Herb Dumplings

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (about 2 pounds)
6 cups chicken broth (low fat, reduced sodium)
Bouquet garni (3 sprigs of parsley, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh, 6 black peppercorns, tied together in cheesecloth)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1/2 ounce), plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, preferably Vidalia, chopped
3 large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
1 cup peas
1 clove garlic, finely chopped

To poach the chicken, in a large saucepan, add the breasts and the chicken broth to cover. Add the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat to low. Simmer, skimming off the foam occasionally, until the chicken is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. (If the stock is cloudy, don’t worry; it’s simply protein clarified from the stock. Just ignore it or strain it out.) Transfer the poached chicken to a warm plate; reserve the broth. Cover with a lid and set aside.

To prepare the dumplings, in a bowl, combine the flour, cheese, baking powder, parsley, and ¾ teaspoon of the salt. In a small saucepan, bring the milk and butter to a simmer over low heat; season with black pepper. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

In a second large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and peas. Cook until the onions are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the reserved broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low. Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop the dough, about 1 tablespoon at a time, into the simmering stock. Cover and simmer until the dumplings are cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

To assemble, add the reserved chicken and cook just until heated through, about 5 minutes.

To serve, ladle into shallow bowls and garnish with additional cheese; serve immediately.

Dad, Dawn Butler, Mom, Salads

Green Salad with Blue Cheese and Pears

1/4 cup pear preserves
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 small glove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pear preserves
8 cups loosely packed Bibb and Romaine lettuce
2 Bartlett pears, chopped
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted in a skilled with a little sugar

Process the 1/4 cup preserves and the next five ingredients (vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, pepper) in a blender and process for one minute. Gradually blend in the olive oil and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and gently stir in the 2 tablespoons of preserves.

Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with the salad dressing.

Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Mom, Poultry

Parmesan Chicken Tetrazzini

2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 salt
1/2 pound mushrooms, washed and sliced
1/4 cup white wine
1/3 cup flour
1 and a half cans of chicken broth (21 ounces broth, total)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese
3-1/2 cups of cooked vermicelli (about 8 ounces of uncooked pasta)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pounds)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease one 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Melt butter in a large stockpot. Add onion, celery, pepper, salt and mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add white wine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk flour into the chicken broth, then gradually add to the stockpot of celery & onion. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  6. Add 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and all the cream cheese. Stir with a whisk until the cream cheese has melted.
  7. Stir in cooked pasta and chicken.
  8. Spoon into baking dish.
  9. Combine breadcrumbs with remaining Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over casserole.
  10. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.