Monday, November 23, 2009

Beef Braciole with Heather and Walt

It was a dark and stormy night...


Well, not so much stormy as just rainy and gloomy. But inside at 305, it was lovely. Pre-arrival, this is what we looked like.




That's a clean dog, thank you very much. Steamboat was very happy. He was listening to Rutter's Lighten Our Darkness. It relaxes him. And with a life as hectic as his, you know, he needs all the relaxing he can get. (Yes, you can roll your eyes.)



Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, I was simmering the beef braciole. No, I have no idea how to pronounce that. It's split and pounded flank steak, spread with a mixture of bread crumbs, basil and cheese, then rolled up and braised in onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It was hittin'.





For dessert, I tried a new recipe out of ... where did I see this? Bon Appetit? Fine Cooking? Now I have to go look. Bon Appetit. Coffee Crunch Bars. These are definitely going into the Cookie Baking Extravaganzaaaaaaahhh. Easy, easy and MAN they were good!  



So dinner and dessert were done, and the candles lit, and we were just waiting for Heather and Walt. We had such a nice evening once they got here. Menu below for a lovely rainy evening.



Salad with Apples, Pecans and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Braised Beef Braciole
Polenta
Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Rolls

Coffee Crunch Bars

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