Menu Ideas, Recipes

A Whole30 Valentine’s Day


No grains, no dairy. No sugar or soy. No legumes. No alcohol. I know what you’re thinking. A Whole30 Valentine’s Dinner doesn’t sound like much fun. That’s what I was thinking. I mean, really, what’s the point of life without dessert?

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Beef, Main Dishes, Menu Ideas, Recipes

Valentines Dinner Idea – Beer Braised Short Ribs

Veal Braised Short Ribs (2)
Served with Sinful Potato Gratin & Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a crazy generalization here: most men like beer. Obviously as a pint but if you can incorporate beer into any other part of their daily nutritious intake, I doubt they would mind.I’ve been quite successful over the years, braising my new best friend–short ribs–in wine and spices but not so much with beer. It was time for another shot. Using Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout which brought tears to my friends’ eyes–apparently it’s pretty hard to come by and NOT meant for cooking with. Though I learned early on you don’t cook with cheap wine, so why wouldn’t the same apply to beer? Rare ale and all, this recipe might have achieved perfection.

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Cakes, Dessert, Recipes

Life’s Better with Chocolate

Might not be pretty but certainly delicious!
Might not be pretty but certainly delicious!

No title could ever be more true. Life IS better with chocolate. Lot’s of it. Dark especially. There was a point in my life when any old chocolate would do the trick and dark chocolate was a gourmet treat. But I’d like to think my palate was always pretty advanced. I was probably about 6 when I told my mom those knock off brands of chocolate Easter bunnies weren’t cutting it. I needed Hershey’s or better. Then over time I started to gravitate towards only dark chocolate. For Christmas I got a beautiful bag of Lindt’s milk chocolate truffles that have virtually remained untouched. That’s right, there is two month old chocolate in my apartment–practically unheard of only a few years ago. Milk chocolate is just too mild and sweet. I have a huge sweet tooth but don’t like overly sweet treats. I use only dark chocolate for baking and tend to cut the recipes’ suggested sugar amount by a lot. For me it’s go rich and dark or go home.

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