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Osso buco pasta

Holiday-perfect party food.The most visually exciting way to serve this pasta dish is to top each bowl of noodles with a whole cross cut of beef shank with the bone marrow intact. In some meat stores, it is possible to … [Read more...]

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Pork and bacon pot pies

Rustic. Comforting. Relaxed. Those are the three words that come to mind when digging into a pot pie. Pot pies are not part of the Filipino culinary tradition, I certainly did not grow up with them but I feel such an affinity … [Read more...]

beef-stew

Beef short ribs stew with fruity red wine

Because of the Spanish influence in Filipino cuisine, a lot of the stews that we are familiar with are tomato-based. Afritada, sarciado, menudo, callos, kaldereta... But there is a whole world of stews out there beyond the … [Read more...]

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Cooking with wine and liquor

In the corporate world and in law offices, bottles of wine and liquor are not unusual Christmas gifts. Sometimes, one gets very good (and very expensive) stuff; sometimes, well, clients have budgets too.It is not uncommon … [Read more...]

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Beef bourguignon (beef Burgundy)

A peasant dish that has been elevated to fine dining stature, beef bourguignon, sometimes spelled bœuf bourguignon or bœuf à la bourguignonne, literally translates to beef Burgundy. What, essentially, is beef bourguignon? … [Read more...]

Vin de pays du Gard

The day we participated in the Pangasius Food Festival, the gregarious and uber fun sister of the host surprised us with a bottle of wine. She whipped it out of nowhere and put it in Speedy's camera bag. Last night, we … [Read more...]

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Beef and apricots stewed in red wine

If you can cook with fruit jam, you can cook with dried fruits. If you think that broth makes a good stew, wine can make a better stew. This beef stew was made with dried apricot halves and red wine. No water, no broth. So … [Read more...]

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Chicken and chick peas in red wine

It is traditional to cook chicken in white wine but, for the life of me, I couldn't locate the bottle of white wine last night so, throwing tradition to the wind, I grabbed the unopened bottle of semi-sweet red wine and … [Read more...]