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    Dumplings with my family
    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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    Stovetop Braised Shortribs

    Chilly? Try a stovetop braise. Matt and I made this on a Sunday afternoon. Get it started, and then just let it simmer until it’s done the way you like it. We drank beer and watched movies while it bubbled away on the stove. You can see in the photograph that it was literally fall off the bone – I couldn’t keep it together from the pot to the bowl in time to take a photo! This is a basic recipe, so it has room for plenty of changes, or it’s just plain good on it’s own.


    Corned Beef with Potatoes and Braised Brussels Sprouts

    Tonight, Matt made dinner. Not to say that he isn’t usually involved…but tonight he did the whole thing from start to finish. It was amazing…simple but so full of flavor. It simmered all day while we lounged and relaxed. We ate in a pouring rain storm. Leftovers are in the fridge and we’re feeling warm and comforted on this chilly, rainy night.