Savory Pie in a Cast Iron Skillet

There’s something fun and easy to old-fashioned cooking in cast iron, such as this savory pie made in a cast iron skillet and topped with puff pastry. Savory pies were far more popular in the early part of the last century than they are today. They are waiting to be rediscovered.  This recipe is not […]

Grilled Porterhouse Steak Very Rare

Grilling a whole, thick, big porterhouse steak that can feed four people is not only a great treat, but tricky enough to require some attention. In Florence, this very same steak is known as bistecca alla Fiorentina. In the region around Florence, a tall, lean, and heavy breed of cattle called Chianina is raised: a […]

Summer Grilling That Filet Mignon with Bacon

Summer is about to be upon us and that means grilling is the dominant form of cooking.  I like to grill everything but sometimes I just want to keep it simple. A simple meat to grill, although expensive, is filet mignon. Now and then I find a whole filet mignon (in older times called chateaubriand) […]

Cozy Braised Beef Short Ribs for a Winter’s Eve

In the first decade of this century beef short ribs became enormously popular with restaurants and one would find it on menus as often as one found veal scaloppini on 1970s restaurant menus. On a cold winter’s eve, perhaps this weekend, a long-braising casserole of beef short ribs sounds perfect, don’t you think? However, due […]

The Best Meat Lover’s July 4th Grill Party Appetizer

When you’ve got a barbeque going I’ve always thought it silly and wasteful to spend all that time building the fire and then grilling that steak for all of 10 minutes. Nothing wrong with a steak but letting things cook long and slow–a real BBQ always seemed more fun and a great way to precede […]

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