• beef,  holiday,  main course

    Guinness Braised Short Ribs

    Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, a recipe using dark roasted Guinness to braise meat. While some of us will be swilling pints of Guinness, some of us will be cooking with it. It’s a win-win for everyone. I love bold flavors, so it’s a no-brainer that I would choose rich + earthy Guinness for this recipe. BEFORE YOU DECIDE to make this recipe, however, let me just say:  these ribs like it long and slow. You cannot be in a rush else you will not meet peak satisfaction. A little TLC goes a loooong way with this meat. The secret is braising. Braising is all about the low…

  • appetizers & hors d'oeuvres,  holiday,  seafood,  vegetarian

    Oysters with Pink Peppercorn Mignonette

    Oysters intrigue me on so many levels: from their vital role in the ocean ecosystem to the anticipation of cracking open the bivalve to find the treasure inside. Oysters are often associated with special occasions. Valentine’s Day is no exception. And to adhere to the red and pink motif of the holiday, I chose to make this mignonette with pink peppercorns. This is by far the best recipe for Pink Peppercorn Mignonette you will ever eat! No, that’s a lie. It’s not true at all. Why?  Because those bold, beautiful berries you are buying in the store are not really pink peppercorns.  Peppercorns come from Piper nigrum, and they are…