Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Recipe Reviewed: French Onion Soup with Braised Short Ribs

BEST French Onion Soup ever!  I’ve wanted to make French Onion Soup with the CSA onions.  I’ve also been looking to use the short ribs I got from our CSA beef share.  Perfect match!
This recipe takes time, but it not hard.  Great for a day you are home doing household chores that require lots of breaks – folding laundry, cleaning up the toys, monitoring homework, etc.  I did not use a leek – find them expensive and don’t really like them.  I roughly chopped up about ½ cup of celeriac (from our winter share) and used that to make the broth instead.
No short ribs?  While they added texture and flavor and made the soup a whole meal – this recipe would work great as a traditional French Onion Soup.
French Onion Soup with Braised Short Ribs

Recipe Reviewed: Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes

I buy most of my spices in bulk.  I was recently filling up my crushed red pepper jar and realized I was adding crushed red pepper to cinnamon.  YIKES!  Then I realized that mixture could come in handy, and several days later I stumble upon this recipe.  That combination worked perfectly here.
I have a friend who is trying to cut down on the amount of time she spends in the kitchen, but still cook from scratch.  This is the perfect recipe to achieve that goal.  It takes some time to cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, but due to their size you only roast those 20 minutes.  During those 20 minutes you are making the Mole.  Delicious dinner done in under an hour!
Mole-Topped Sweet Potatoes