Roast Beef Tenderloin with Herbs & Garlic

Tenderloin of beef is a perfect go-to roast for special occasions. It is very easy to prepare, takes little time to roast, and carves beautifully. Yes, it is expensive, but when reserved for special occasions, is so worth it. The tenderloin is the most tender of cuts. This muscle runs under the ribs next to…

Guinness Braised Beef with Shallots & Mushrooms

When I get an idea for a recipe in my head, it tumbles around until the pieces get sorted.  It takes several tries to get it right, and sometimes it needs to be left alone for a long while, until something pops into my head to make it right. Last year when we were in…

Oxtail Soup

The first time we went in to pick up beef from the butcher, he asked if we’d like the licker, the flicker, or the ticker.  We stood looking at him like a couple of newbies.  I’m not sure if he actually rolled his eyes, but probably somewhere in his head he was. The tongue, the…

Shirley’s Family Meatloaf

This is real, old-school meatloaf.  It is the actual meatloaf mentioned in my sister’s 1993 movie The Lotus Eaters, and our family did take wax-paper wrapped packets of meatloaf sandwiches while sailing with our parents.  We probably ate this once or twice a month during the school year while growing up.  It is an ultimate…

Prime Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes

Raising our own beef has taught us how few specialty cuts one actually gets from an animal.  We’ve learned the anatomy, and where each cut comes from.  For instance if we want tenderloin, we need to give up Porterhouse steaks, and other choices are made all the way from sub-primal cuts to the final portioned…