Valentine’s Day is almost here and this year it’s a Tuesday. Yeah, not the most romantic of days but hey, at least it’s a step up from Monday. So how does one make a Tuesday feel special? Simple, short ribs. Tender Molasses Braised Short Ribs to be exact. With the help of a solid bottle of wine, and of course, excellent company you’ll be serving up midweek romance and a satisfying meal. This recipe features melt-in-your-mouth short ribs braised in a heady concoction of molasses, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar served over a bed of creamy brined white beans. So much better than the usual candy and flowers, right?! So let’s make it!
Stilton Burgers with Sweet Pickled Red Onions
The origin story of these Stilton Burgers is a long and frankly weird one. It involves a game my family invented where a crushed pop bottle is the ball. It’s best described as snow rugby but, um, with fewer rules. Yeah, it’s weird. Anyway, this was always the lunch of choice after our annual game. I won’t bore you with all the strange details. All you need to know is my family makes these burgers every year during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Its primary function is to make use of leftover Stilton and to have an excuse to cook outdoors. Snowy picnics are rad in case you didn’t know.
Big Mac Patty Melt
A Big Mac Patty Melt is a frivolous but wonderful thing. It’s definitely a recipe that doesn’t need to exist. It falls under the same category as deep-fried mac n’ cheese and fried chicken and waffles – recipes that are a bit much. But I’m willing to bet that there are moments in your life when you’re glad these over-the-top dishes are there. When the phrase “Don’t just eat a hamburger, eat the help out of it” couldn’t ring truer. And I had one of those moments last week when I made this Big Mac Patty Melt.
Spaghetti and Meatballs – Overthinking Classics
I’m back with another installment of my Overthinking Classics series. And today, I’m tackling what many North Americans consider to be the most iconic pasta dish of all time – Spaghetti and Meatballs. This dish has graced countless menus, found its way into the weekly rotation of numerous households, and even had a star-making turn in a Disney classic. Now, it’s always dangerous to meddle with a beloved classic such as this. And don’t worry, I believe that your Nonna’s is way better and I would love to try it. But this is how I like my Spaghetti and Meatballs. And if you have yet to swear allegiance to any particular rendition, this might be the spaghetti and meatballs for you. So let’s dive in!