Archive for the ‘Beef’ Category

Root Vegetable Shepard’s Pie

April 9, 2015

{Alternate Post Title: The dinner everyone will love. Kids. Picky Paleo Husbands. Everyone.}

It’s Spring (technically!) – almost time for asparagus, and fiddle head ferns, and after that tomatoes…but here in New England, there is still this pesky white stuff coming down. All over our yard. So we’re still craving some comfort food.

After I got back from my trip to Puerto Rico (which was every bit as restorative and relaxing as you can imagine. Check out my upcoming post about what I’ve been reading on which was brought to you by my vacation) I wanted to show a little love to my family and was really inspired to make a comfort food dinner.

I had been dreaming of putting a twist on the one Alton Brown makes (which for the record is my favorite original Shepard’s Pie recipe) by using more root …

Week Eats with Whole Parenting

February 11, 2015

Hi all – I am linking up with the lovely Nell at Whole Parenting who hosts a Week Eats on her blog that is always yummy and delicious. Nell is also like a Renaissance woman since she used to be an attorney, and now makes the cutest baby clothes and runs after her three little ones while making delicious healthy food. She also is the cheerleader of the internet since she is always encouraging others and leaves a “so presh!” comment under every cute baby pic on Instagram.

This coming week involves a ski trip, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, a Wine Party, and the start of my Whole30 cleanse with Kelly Mantoan of This Ain’t the Lyceum blog. Basically every possible extreme when it comes to food.  I thought it would be funny/insane to give a real representation of what we will be eating and hopefully the links will lead you to some …

Yummy Crock Pot Pot Roast

February 6, 2015

Anyone else have a white flag of surrender waving re: cabin fever? I feel like I just got done with Motherhood Olympics, a contest where your only goal is survival, and your hurdles include a husband on a weeklong business trip across the country, a snow storm with 2 snow days from school and a stomach flu shared by one and all including the momma.  Translation: you will not be leaving your house for 8 days. Seriously I am not proud of how much you can beg/yell at your kids to please stop talking to you for a minute.

BUT….now that we are all feeling better I am trying to find the sweet spot in the heart of Winter with cozy easy meals. So let’s start with a classic…pot roast. But let’s make it SUPER easy…with a crock pot.

I know a lot of you ladies …

Farm To Table Dinner

September 2, 2014

A few years ago, I went to a meal where Melissa Kelly, the chef of Primo in Portland, ME presented and she talked about Farm To Table eating, about knowing where your food comes from, and about honoring the food and the people who bring it to you. This girl is legit: her whole restaurant, wait staff, chefs and all, show up one day to slaughter a pig every year and they use every part of the pig in their menu.

Chefs like Melissa inspire me so much. This time of year, when everything is at the height of harvesting, or have just been harvested and are sitting in piles on kitchen counters or farm stands, it is especially easy to be inspired by Farm To Table eating.

Like every mother on the planet, a return to school means something in my brain kicks into …

The Drunken Half Cow

April 2, 2011

Last September, we bought a half of a cow. A friend and fellow mom, Jessica, did the research and found a farmer in Vermont who raises cows naturally, on a grass-fed, antibiotic free diet.  He sells his cows at $3.60 a pound, in ground beef or thick-cut, Cryovac-sealed glory. All we needed to do was buy a freezer to store it.

At first, my husband loved the idea.  His eyes turned glossy at the thought of a half cow worth of steak. Then it was delivered, and he was shocked at how little turned out to be steak.  That steak was only a portion of the cow, and that rump roast and rib roast and plain ground beef also made up the half cow, was a moment of disillusionment/crabbiness for him.  If we need evidence that we don’t know where our food comes from, I …