Black & Bleu Meatloaf

Technically, it’s already spring here. But we had a cool, rainy day on Tuesday, and it seemed we could do with some comfort food anyway, so I whipped up one of my favorites. My butcher used to always have Black & Blue Meatloaf in the case. It was delicious. For some reason, probably not enough…

Taco Pie

Why’s the plate messy? Because that’s my second helping, that’s why. This is one of my favorite recipes, and I was hungry! It’s my adaptation of a recipe my mom used to make. I’ve changed a few things from the way she made it. One was to make my own seasoning for better flavor and…

Beef Tenderloin Roast With Cracked Pepper

This elegant yet simple dish from The New Basics cookbook (1989) has become the traditional star of our Christmas dinner. If there’s one thing our family agrees on, it’s beef. This roast is really easy to prepare and can be assembled several hours ahead of time. The seasonings complement the meat perfectly, neither overpowering nor…

Italian-Style Pot Roast

What is it about autumn that brings out all the comfort food? Even more so than winter, I think. Maybe it’s because people need comfort to get over summer ending, but that’s not it for me. I’ve always loved fall. I’ve even grown fond of winter. But still, comfort food. This take on the classic…

Beef Stew (Instant Pot)

Once a decade. That’s what I used to tell my kids when they suggested I might be wrong. I mean, Rule Number One is Mom’s always right, and Rule Number Two is if you think Mom might be wrong, see Rule Number One, right? But I’m also sciencey. (Is that actually a word? If it’s not,…

Extra-Tender Corned Beef

This time of year we’re usually thinking grilling or salads, anything fitting for spring and summer. I’m more likely to make corned beef in the winter. But today was cool, damp, & grey, so it was the perfect opportunity to squeeze it in one last time.  I can’t remember ever not liking corned beef. As…

Steak With Red Wine & Shallots

This little treasure of a recipe is quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious. I firmly believe that some treats are special enough to stray occasionally from a purely healthy diet. A little steak (even if it’s accompanied by a little butter & cream) every now and then is relatively harmless, particularly if you choose a lean cut. I’ve…

Beef Garam Masala

This is why I love Indian food! It explodes in your mouth with the richest, most complex flavors imaginable. Granted, this recipe isn’t authentic Indian, it’s just my own interpretation. But it’s really quite delicious if I do say so myself!  I really wasn’t looking for another beef recipe. I do love beef, but it’s not…