Monthly Archives: December 2006

Short Ribs, The Sequel: Disaster Is Narrowly Averted and a Dinner Party Is Preserved.

All the windows and the back door in the kitchen are wide open. The stove’s exhaust fan is going full blast. An industrial shop fan is perched by the door funneling acrid, tallow-tinged smoke out into the winter night. Not … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Gear on Sale

The post-holiday markdowns are in full effect, and that goes for gastrokid gear. Here are a few of the bargains out there right now. 10 bucks for 2 miniature Kitchenaid gratin dishes at amazon. One for you, one for the … Continue reading

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Short Ribs: Act 3

Okay, as long as we’re talking beef during this supposed week off, I have to share the conclusion to my the short rib saga that began last week. The idea was, the night before the night before Christmas (aka Christmas … Continue reading

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Brisket Heaven – the Tale of the Tape

I know that Hugh and I are taking this week off but I was so excited by my Boxing Day brisket adventure that I wanted to give an update. Thanks to everyone for their recipes and tips on the perfect … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Hugh and I would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We’ll be taking most of next week off to spend time with our Gastrokids but we look forward to sharing more … Continue reading

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Short Ribs: Act 2

I’m now two days or so into my short rib project. After a 24 hour marinade, an initial 3 hour braise, and an overnight rest in the cooking liquid, the ribs were ready for their final prep stage. I trimmed … Continue reading

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Core Comfort – Last Panic Buying Gift For the Holidays

Thanks to Daily Candy Kids for pointing us to these cool fruit and vegetable styled beanbags sold by Babesta.com I’m finally done with shopping but last minute slightly panic-stricken holiday hunters (in New York at least) could do worse than … Continue reading

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Short Ribs: Our Eve of Christmas Eve Meal. Mid-Prep. Otherwise known as Act 1.5

So Matthew’s doing a brisket. And I’m up to something beefy, too. I’ve settled on our Christmas eve eve meal (that’s right, the eve of Christmas eve deserves it’s own special meal; we’re doing my quick Bolognese on the eve … Continue reading

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In Search of a Great Brisket Dry Rub/Marinade

My fellow Gastrokidders, I’m having family over on Boxing Day (day after Xmas and all that) and I’m going to cooking brisket. Normally, I would opt for a fairly spicy dry chili and garlic rub and let it marinate for … Continue reading

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Christmas Crackers – The Key to a Traditional British Xmas

Aside from the crispy bacon draped over the turkey breast to keep it moist, there’s only one thing I must have at Christmas time…..and that’s Christmas Crackers. According to some Christmas trivia website, we Brits have been pulling crackers at … Continue reading

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