Haroset-Braised Short Ribs

Passover begins tonight so I wanted to share a recipe I found from Martha Stewart that is Passover-friendly. The recipe can be made ahead of time and reheated but I just made it all in one day (this is definitely a recipe that involves some time to make– 5-ish hours. It might work well as a slow cooker dish. I will have to try that in the future!) The short ribs are braised in Manischewitz wine and then served with a deconstructed Haroset, resulting in a really delicious dish! Ingredients: 2 pounds boneless beef short ribs Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 5 small carrots (about 1 pound), 1 roughly chopped, 4 halved lengthwise and reserved 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 4 cups Blackberry Manischewitz wine 3/4 cups red-wine vinegar 1/4 bunch fresh thyme 1/4 bunch fresh curly-leaf parsley, plus sprigs for garnish 1 bay leaf 1/2 cup walnut halves, for garnish 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into wedges

Lemony Chicken Fricassee with Shallots and Morel Mushrooms

When making dinner on weeknights, I am always looking for a recipe that I can have made in 30 minutes or less. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to compromise on flavor! This Food and Wine recipe braises the chicken in a shallot and more sauce and then is topped off with some lemon juice. Serve it with steamed asparagus for a delicious spring-themed dinner! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 4 bone-in chicken thighs Salt and freshly ground pepper 6 small shallots, peeled and roughly chopped 1/2 oz dried morels 1 cup water, plus chicken broth if needed 1 pound asparagus Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Pesto Pasta with Peas

Yes, it’s technically spring. But. It snowed last night here.  So it’s not time just yet to delve into super springy recipes. Sigh. So this recipe is a happy medium. The bright green color is a nod that spring weather is (hopefully) not too far away. It is still a warm dish though, so it is good for colder nights. (This recipe from Inda Garten is originally a pasta salad, so it can absolutely be eaten cold as well) Ingredients: Pesto: 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup pine nuts 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Pasta: 3/4 pound fusilli pasta 3/4 pound bow tie pasta fresh pesto (see recipe below), to taste 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup mayonnaise Grated Parmesan, to taste 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted 1/4 cup pine nuts salt and pepper, to taste

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