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Month: December 2012

Lemon Beef Thing

Lemon Beef Thing

Lemmon Beef Thing

This is one of my favorite dishes. It is a nice change from the usual flavors we have around here. My recipe is adapted from a dish my mom used to make which was adapted from a veal scaloppini recipe. Don’t worry, there is no veal involved. In fact, there is no form of scaloppini in this recipe.


Stew meat, or any cut of beef cut into large bite-sized pieces

Onion powder
Lemon juice
Olive oil

On a plate on in a large baggie, mix together flour, salt, and onion powder. Coat the meat with the flour mixture, and shake off excess flour. I put mine on a plate or in a bowl after I shake off the flour, just to make things easier.
Heat an iron skillet on medium-high. When it’s hot add olive oil, covering the bottom of the pan. Brown the meat, placing just one layer of meat in the skillet. You are not trying to cook the meat through, just brow the outside. You may have to work in batches. I drizzle some olive oil on top of the meat while it’s in the skillet and before I flip it. If the pan goes fry of oil, add more oil.

Set the browned meat aside, and clean the skillet. This is easy, just run cold water in the very hot skillet and scrub with a nylon brush. The goal is to get the browned flour out. Put the skillet back on the stove to reheat and dry. It only takes a minute. When the skillet is hot again, add a just little oil and return the meat to the skillet. Pour in lemon juice, drizzling over meat, cover, and reduce heat to med-low. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The amount of lemon juice will vary according to how much liquid you want. It will cook down and form a thick sauce with the flour from the coated meat. You can add more lemon juice as you go if it’s drying out too much.

You can keep this warm on the stove or in the oven for quite a while before serving. Serve with on top of white rice. It goes well with steamed and buttered Brussels sprouts.

Beef Chili (no beans)

Beef Chili (no beans)

Snow, something of a rare occurrence the last few years, calls for chili. My last batch just wasn’t hot enough. It came out more like beef stew. So, this time I was hoping to step up the heat, while keeping it in range for those who can’t handle the really hot stuff. I think it came out pretty hot, meaning too hot for some, but not too hot for me. If you add some of the serving goodies below it will cool it down.

Meat Ingredients


2.5 lbs bottom round beef, cubed

Olive oil
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Black pepper

Other ingredients
1 bulb garlic, roasted

5 green chilies, roasted, peeled, and diced
1 large red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced with seeds
3 dried red chilies, whole with stems cut off
1½ tsp chili powder
1½ tsp caribe
½ tsp oregano
1 large can diced tomatoes
Salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Serving goodies (optional)


Shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese
Homemade sour cream
Fresh tomatoes

I roasted, peeled, and froze my green chilies a couple of months ago, so those just had to be thawed out and cut up. The dried red chilies are a PITA to cut up, so this time I just cut off the stem and threw them in whole to leach out their yummy goodness.


Preparing the Meat


Cut the meat in bite-sized cubes (or buy it that way). Put it in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the rest of the meat ingredients and toss to coat.


Heat a large pot or Dutch oven on med-high. Add a little olive oil. Toss in the meat and brown. You’ll want to stir it some as it browns, and you’ll see that it produces a fair amount of juices.



Making the Chili


Add the onions, jalapeno, roasted garlic, and green chilies, and stir well. Let this cook a bit. The onions should wilt, but don’t have to be translucent.
Toss in the dried red chilies, and pour in the diced tomatoes. Add some water to the tomato can, swirl it around in the can, and pour that in. Add the dried spices, and stir.
The dried red chilies will poke down without breaking after they absorb some moisture. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.