Thursday, December 15, 2011

Basic Cookie Recipe

I use this basic sugar cookie recipe as the base for many different cookies.


1 egg
2 cups flour
Tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup softened butter


Very easy! Mix everything together, let set in fridge for at least one hour before rolling out to 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and bake @350 10-12 minutes.

I have added toasted sesame seeds to this dough, I usually just ice with royal icing and let firm up. This is one of the only firm cookies that I like. You could add coconut, or nuts, etc. I am working on 3 variations of this recipe so check back soon! My co-workers should be happy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Braised Ox Tails

It is snowing today and I really wanted a warm feel good meal.

So I made Braised Ox Tail Stew...

What you will need:

2 pounds Ox Tails
1 cup pmoegranate wine
3 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 pound potatoes chopped
3 large carrots chopped
1 cup onion chopped
1 tablespoon balsimic vinegar
2 tablespoons parsley
seasonings (I used garlic powder, onion powder, and red chili flakes)
S&P to taste
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil


coat your ox tails in flour, brown them in the olive oil, add the wine and stock to a large heavy pan, add the browned ox tails. Let simmer for 1 hour, then add the water and all of the chopped veggies, seasonings, and vinegar. simmer 3-5 hours until the ox tail meat falls off the bone. enjoy!