Galbi-Korean grilled short ribs

Galbi

Everyone already knows my fascination with short ribs; succulent beef that becomes so tender it nearly falls off the bone after gentle braising for hours.  Those would be the larger “English” cut that divides each rib between the bone, but there’s other cuts popular in Asian cultures, especially Korea, where the “English” cut is butterflied into long strips away from the bone and yet another called “flanken”, that cuts thin strips across the bone.  This last cut became popular in Los Angeles and is simply referred to as LA Galbi and this is the cut I used for this recipe.  Galbi means “rib” in … Continue reading

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Like most families, we have our regular rotation of meals.  Spaghetti, pizza, roast chicken and of course tacos.  In my family tacos are king; and not just any tacos but steak tacos Arrachera.  But sometimes I just get in the mood for a big burrito topped with enchilada sauce and melted cheese; and last night was one of those nights.  When I’m in a rush I do use canned sauce, but when I have the time I prefer to make my own.  Homemade sauce is far better than canned and you can control the heat level by choosing different chiles.  So next time, … Continue reading

Braised Short Ribs

Braised Short Ribs

One of my favorite things to eat of all time are braised short ribs.  When done correctly, they melt in your mouth and are pure comfort food at it’s best.  The great thing about cooking them is they go well with so many flavors.  All you really need are vegetables and some kind of liquid to braise them in.  I’ve made them so many ways that I’ve lost count and this will probably be the first of many short rib recipes. For this one I decided to make use some marinara that I had leftover from a few nights ago; see … Continue reading

Herb Grilled Skirt Steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and rocket salad

Herb Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Rocket Salad

Don’t you just love when Mother Nature doesn’t want to follow direction?  It has been nothing but gorgeous weather for over a week and when I finally get the urge to grill again…rain.  Really?  Rain?  This is Southern California; we don’t do rain in June.  Apparently I was wrong, as the clouds rolled in, even though I assured my wife they would not put a damper on the weekend.  I was all set to grill; tank filled, tongs cleaned and polished, and grates scraped clean when…drip, drip, drip. After it quickly became a steady rain I let my wife know it was leftover … Continue reading

Overly Stuffed Shells

Overly Stuffed Shells

Years ago when I was looking for an alternative to lasagne, I went rumaging through the pasta isle at my local grocery store.  I was familiar with the normal spaghetti, penne, lasagna and macaroni product; but when I took a step back and really concentrated on the variety of pasta available I was taken aback.  The variety was HUGE.  When did this happen?  Just the other week it seemed there were merely a few to choose from and now I had to get a pasta dictionary just to figure out what all these were.  Was this some kind of marketing … Continue reading

Beef Stroganoff My Way

Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff has been a staple in most households since the 1950’s.  While the original Russian dish from the 1860’s consisted merely of cubed beef that had been floured and seared with a sauce of beef stock, prepared mustard and sometimes sourcream, it somehow morphed into ground beef, onions, canned mushrooms (even cream of mushroom soup), stock and sour cream.  The original recipe didn’t exactly tantalize my taste buds and the later incarnations certainly don’t.  The recipe just didn’t inspire me, so as an adult I never prepared it. That was until my wife and I were out with some friends at a restaurant a … Continue reading

Bone-in Ribeyes with grilled Mediteranean vegetable salad

Grilled Bone-in Ribeyes with Ken's custom rub

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of the barbecue and grilling season.  Here in Southern California we’re fortunate to have just a little bit better weather than most year round.  Alright, we have fantastic weather compared to most throughout the year.  Even though I do grill in the winter, braving the frigid 60 degree weather in my shorts and t-shirt, when it hits Memorial Day there’s just something different about it.  The sun is shining, the days are longer and…oh what the heck does it matter!  It’s a perfect chance to get outside with family and … Continue reading

Ragú My Way

Ragú My Way

I was thinking of making a simple marinara sauce for dinner.  One of my favorites is All’ Amatrciana; the spiciness from the chiles and pepper along with the pancetta and tomato is just fantastic.  But then I started getting in the mood for a heartier sauce.  Maybe a classic Bolognese ragú.  It definitely fits the bill for hearty, but didn’t have the pronounced tomato flavor I was hungering for.  That’s when it hit me-why not combine them.  Duh!!  I set out to create just that and it ended up being exactly what I was hoping for.  Enjoy! I started by mincing 2 … Continue reading