I have done several variations of shepherd’s pie—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6. The traditional recipe calls for a stew covered in mashed potatoes. For this dish, I decided to try a break from tradition and—instead of mashing the potatoes—covered the stew with my mother’s parsley potatoes.
Category Archives: Stews
My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Vegetarian beans and hominy struck me as one solution to meet their needs.
Jan’s Fresno friends come to San Jose every year for the Quilt Festival and we feed and put them up every year. Pat likes chicken and Barb does not eat tomato, so a coq au vin came to mind as a dish that they would both would like. In my mind, red wine never seemed to go with chicken, I prefer a coq au vin with a nice white wine.
My sister, Karen, came through town last week and for one of the meals I made chili. As I had not planned to make a third meal for her it was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. While everyone else went for a hike, I whipped up a quick chili.
Adapted from Chef John’s recipe
Jan’s school friends—Barb from second grade, Pat from I think about seventh grade—are in town for Stitches. This means another meal to create—with no meat with a face or chunks of tomato. A few ago I made some Jamaican coconut fish parcels that had a very flavorful broth, I decided to look for a soup that was similar, but different.
Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe
I am making tri-tip tacos for Christmas and tacos call for beans. I made these a few months ago and they were very popular with my family. The term “drunken” implies that you are using a large amount of an alcoholic beverage in the dish. The trick to keeping it from tasting “boozy” is to cook off the alcohol before adding any water.
Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a Depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a whole bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook.
Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that chili with small bits of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey.