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“Normal” Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Friulano Cheese (gluten & filler free)

I have been accused of creating or showcasing recipes that are too “exotic.” Maybe they’re not wrong. A quick scan through my site will confirm a lack of pizzas, burgers, meatball or casserole dishes. To be exact I have 1 whole wheat pita pizza dough recipe, one lamb white bean and feta meatball recipe and one vegan mushroom “burger” recipe. Oh and I did a plain Jane roast chicken just recently.

If you’re like me, my recipes don’t seem exotic. They’re just part of the everyday. The recipes listed in the archives ARE the meals we eat everyday. Growing up, homemade Chinese food was exotic! However, years of working in great restaurants, many of them serving up a fusion type of cuisine, featuring local whole food ingredients (most that supported the Slow Food Movement), and years of travel and an adventurous personality have lead me here. This type of food makes up a part of who I am.

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By on February 17, 2012 in Beef, Blog, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes

Beef Carbonnade with Mixed Mushrooms and Dijon Crostini


There are days when I could stand in the kitchen all day, making one delicious recipe after another. I wake up in the morning with creativity and food on the brain and I don’t stop until I fall into bed that night, exhausted and ridiculously happy. Then there are the rest of the days, when life and its other responsibilities crowd the brain and don’t allow for any fun! Boo. That’s when I like to make stews the most. Sure they take a little time up front, browning meat, cooking the onions and vegetables, but then it’s “sit back and relax” and let the oven make the magic. We eat for days, allowing me to get caught up on my work, making time for another fun filled day of creativity and food!

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By on January 17, 2012 in Beef, Blog, Bread, Main Course, Mushrooms

Winter Warm Up: Tender Beef Brisket with Carrots and Kale

I love my local butcher shop. Not only do they carry local products like rabbit, duck and bison, but they also specialize in grass fed meat products. They even carry cheese from our local cheese artisans. The only problem with grass fed beef is that you’ll pay a premium. So if you’re on a tight budget, it’s important to choose less expensive cuts of meat and cook them in a way that best highlights their qualities. Start looking at organ meats, such as liver or tongue for inexpensive choices. Not into organ meat no matter what the facts say about the health benefits? The good news is there are still other choices.

Enter brisket. It may not be the sexiest choice (however much sexier than stewed beef tongue that’s for sure), if cooked properly it’s tender and flavorful.

I searched all over the internet for some inspiration since I’ve only made brisket once before. Most recipes include simple, easy, BBQ, or smoky in their tantalizing titles, but a look at their ingredient list is sad to say the least. It reads a little like this; 2 bottles of bbq sauce, 1 bottle of chili sauce, 2 jars of tomato sauce, white sugar, liquid smoke, ketchup and the list and variations go on. You’ll notice that only 2 of the ingredients listed above don’t include sugar. I don’t know about you but when I think meat I don’t think corn syrup and processed sugar.  There were a few recipes that didn’t and I settled on a good old stand by. One of Jamie Oliver’s recipe’s is the inspiration for this meal.

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By on January 6, 2012 in Beef, Blog, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Recipes

Spicy Braised Beef Short Ribs and a White Bean Cauliflower Mash

Spicy Braised Beef Short Ribs with Cauliflower White Bean Mash

We’ve arrived back home to Vancouver Island from our beautifully sunny trip to San Diego. We had a week filled with family, good food and fun activities. 29 people in total showed up for the family reunion/Thanksgiving celebration that his family affectionately calls Sprague Fest (their last name is Sprague…if you didn’t figure that one out for yourself).

Every year, the entire Sprague family chooses a location somewhere in the US, and meets there during the Thanksgiving Holidays. It’s accurately called a Fest because it’s full of family festivities. Between lunch and dinner for 29 people on more than one occasion, the Wild Animal Park, Jesus Christ Superstar at the La Jolla Theatre, Turkey Bowl, family tennis, walks along the Sunset Cliffs and getting all of our Christmas shopping done in a matter of a few days, it was busy and a whole bunch of fun. I hate to brag…ok no I don’t, so let me go on. I have really great In-Laws. I’m one of the fortunate few that actually enjoys the In-Laws.

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By on November 30, 2011 in Beef, Blog, Main Course, Side Dish

Beef and Mushroom Ale Soup

Ever get yourself into a  situation where you’re working so much that you’re walking around like a zombie, moving from activity to activity without the usual sense of purpose or productivity? Well that’s been me for a couple of weeks now. Luckily I don’t have children because it allowed me the novelty and gloriousness (made up word) of a 4 pm nap. An hour later I woke up to the most amazing smell. I just love waking up to yummy smells. In the morning, I love the smell of coffee and pancakes (also because if I can smell it that means someone special is making ME breakfast!). If I had to pick a smell I’d like to wake up to in the late afternoon or evening (not that that would be a natural or habitual occurrence), it would be this soup. It would also be so great to head out for a long walk in the woods or a hike and come home to this dish, the house smelling like stewing beef and bacon.

In a few words, it’s the perfect weekend soup.

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By on October 28, 2011 in Beef, Blog, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soup

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