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jeepdad
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31 16 10:16 pm    Post subject: Another Culinary Adventure Reply with quote

So every so often Meg and me along with the in-laws (they are foodies) do what we call a culinary adventure. We prepare a full meal (app, main, sides, dessert) of something we've never eaten or something we've had at a raunt that was delicious or something difficult to make.

So, for New Year's Eve tonight we are making Osso Bucco. Last weekend I ordered two veal shanks, two beef shanks and two lamb shanks from the local butcher. OB is normally made from veal but since veal is so expensive we wanted to try it with other cuts. I have since read that it can be made with turkey breasts too.

So yesterday I went to the butcher to pick up the meat only to learn that the lamb shanks were backordered. So I went to Wegmans and found some lamb shanks.

Fixing a risotto and root veggies as sides and creme brulee for dessert.

http://feastonthecheap.net/osso-bucco-braised-veal-shanks/

To be continued......

--Dan
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01 17 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cant wait to see how this adventure turns out Dan.
Im sure you will post lots of pics once you get time.....Happy New Year......Go Skins. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01 17 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Canadian brother......HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAIL YEA!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01 17 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


The two veal shanks upper left, beef shanks three at the bottom then the two lamb shanks upper right. Meat out of the fridge an hour before using.


These two sliced veal shanks....$30!


Thick cut beef shanks.


Using three Dutch Ovens each meat in its own pot.


Starting the prep work.






Parsley and garlic.




My sister in law using my Honey's ball winder winding up some yarn she got for Christmas. The SIL and my Honey are huge knitters (socks, sweaters, shawls. gloves, hats etc).




Meat dredged through the seasoned flour.




Some nice dice work from Grandma.


One of the side dishes...risotto.


Toby the wonder dog sleeping with his Christmas present.


Crowded stovetop...searing the meat.




Creme brulee done and resting. We used real vanilla bean you can see the bean flakes.






Meat seared.


Getting the veggies right in the same pot we seared the meat.




The Gremolata is a garnish for the meat. It is lemon and orange zest, garlic, parsley, fresh horseradish and toasted pine nuts.


Once the veggies get right you put the meat on top and add stock and herbs and diced plum tomatoes then put the lid on and put in the oven for 2-2.5 hours. This is the beef after a couple hours.


My neighbor has a New Year's Eve party every year and he always makes something out of gingerbread. This is the London Bridge it's four foot long and two foot high. During the party it gets destroyed and eaten.


The lamb.




Once the meat is done you take the meat and solid veggies out to make the Au Jus.


But, instead of chunking the veggies I pureed them and added it back to the Au Jus for more flavor.


Man this Au Jus was fantastic.


Baby Bellas as a side. I mixed them into the risotto.






Risotto.


Au Jus and Gremolata.


The meet was falling off the bone fork tender.

So, the veal Osso Buco was delicious. But not worth the money in my opinion. The beef shanks were so so perhaps a step above pot roast but not worth all the time and money. The lamb was succulent and delicious but again for all the work...not so much. I'm glad we tried this but likely wont be doing it again. A lot of work for little pay off in my opinion. The Au Jus and Gremolata I will figure out how to use with other dishes. I think the Gremolata would be good with smoked pork loin. The creme brulee was good as always.


Yum.

Other random pics from the last couple weeks.


Christmas morning.


A buddy of mine puts together a Beer Advent Calendar. During the year he searches the country looking for unique beers to add to the calendar. Twenty-five beers leading up to Christmas day.
























Great smoke while driving to work in the mornings.




















Took my oldest daughter out for sushi.


Tempura cheesecake. It was dang good!


















Had to go to Eugene Oregon for a week for work. Met the owners of this brewery on the flight out.


Not many places to enjoy a cigar in Eugene.


There was an ice storm while there.










Saw this at the Eugene Airport.




This was a girl standing in line in front of me at the airport.


Out the plane window,




































































Smoked up a ribeye roast and pineapple on the roto smoker.














Sliced then added ice cream and hot fudge sauce.


Got some chaps for Christmas. Went for a Christmas Day ride.
































My buddy got a new Honda Goldwing. We are planning a ride up to Maine this year from Virginia.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01 17 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap Dan great post......Your Osso Bucco does look like a lot of work.....too much for me to try. Very Happy
Great job on all the pics....love the beer pics...what was that like a giant mixed taster pack....I like #18..chocolate peanut butter stout....sounds tasty.
Some nice stogies as well.....I surprised you can smoke indoors anywhere.....I have zero places to smoke indoors.
How did you like that Nub....I had a bad experience with mine.

Again great post......Go Skins!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01 17 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rick. My buddy searches the country throughout the year and puts the beers together. It was a hoppy collection this year. if you like beers on the bitter side. I like porters or brown/red ales stuff like that.

Yep, hardly anywhere to smoke indoors. I have several cigar lounges nearby but that's it. But in Oregon I didn't find anything indoors.

I like the Nub Maduro and Habano. I don't smoke them often but I like them. Bad experience...we've all been there with a stick or two.

Gonna smoke up some ABTs and scotch eggs for the game today. Can't wait! HTTR!!!!!!

Take care brother.

--Dan


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02 17 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an Awesome post brother. Very Happy Everything just looks delicious and the beer pics were awesome as well. Very Happy Nicely done my Man. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02 17 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan the meal looked great. Thanks for sharing the other pics as well. Great post.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03 17 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan that was an absolutely amazing post!!! Holy smokes that was beer drinking, cooking and good cigars. Maine is absolutely our favorite place in the eastern half. The drive up from around Boston on 1A is absolutely one of the most scenic beautiful rides this country has to offer. We stay in a little place Camden, if you go up to Acadia be sure to check out Castine. Cool little village. The OB was absolutely beautiful and just drove me nuts. I love OB........love to cook it. I have a place here that sells huge pork shanks and they make for beautiful presentation as well. Good to hear from you brother.....all the best in 2017. Very sorry the way the playoffs worked out for you and my girl. Chiefs will carry the torch for yall. Looking forward to our first home playoff game since 2010. We'll be in our seats if it is 20 below.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03 17 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks my coonass brother. I hope all is well down Texas way.

Thank brutus!

k.c. hawg, congrats brother! My condolences to your smart daughtor! Very Happy And I wish you and your Bride well in the playoffs. We stunk up the place, again. So frustrating. Man, your OB looks fantastic. My buddy who is in his mid fifties has been going to York Beach since he was a kid. He has ridden there a number of times on various bikes of his past. I am so looking forward to it. The way he describes the area it sounds beautiful. And he know sof good cigar lounges! Take care brother.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03 17 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still pissed your redskunks let the lions sneak into the playoffs ERRRRRRR!!

OK back to earth great post miss seeing your long fulla picture posts welcome back .
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03 17 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Toolman I'm pissed too for how incredibly ugly we played. That was a new low for us. Frustrating. I hope to be posting more, Hope all is well with you bro.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03 17 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Great post, Dan Very Happy
Looks like you've been living the good life...eating, drinking, and smoking like a king Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07 17 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome post Dan!.....It's unfortunate that OB cost so much to make. It's just like BBQ, was peasant food and was the cheaper cuts, but the stores today have figured out we will pay more for it and so they charge.

All the best in 2017!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07 17 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks suckaass I hope all is well my friend.

Ed, thanks and same to you brother!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26 17 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved this post! Enjoyed seeing the fruits of your collective labors -- bet y'all were stuffed to the gills!

Cheers, Dan!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03 17 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06 17 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you may need a few more pics so we can make a better informed decision. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14 17 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan

WOW WOW WOW

If I would have seen this post earlier in life I wouldn't have went to Culinary School.... I felt like I was on a culinary journey and just stepped off the plane....your Osso Bucco although allot of work I know looked delicious......I am left with not much more to say than WOW WOW WOW

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