recipes: #hot lunch

  • almond chicken soup with sweet potato, collards, and ginger
    chicken stockyellow oniongarlicsweet potatochicken breastsmooth almond buttercollard leavesfresh gingercoarse saltfreshly ground black pepperlime
  • braised short ribs in red wine sauce
    This is such a delicious and easy way to prepare braised short ribs. The pressure cooker does most of the heavy lifting. You just need to brown the meat, soften the veggies, toss in some flour, then add everything else. The frozen pearl onions help reduce prep time. We dug this out of a vintage Jacques Pepin book, The Short-Cut Cook. short ribsrendered fatfrozen pearl onionscarrotsgarlicflourherbes de Provencesaltblack pepperred bliss potatoesred wineparsley
  • carne norte (filipino corned beef)
    Filipinos love their food with garlic, onions, and tomato, and corned beef is no exception. Carne norte is an easy and savory option for brunch, dinner, or even a hangover. :) The proportions above are estimated, so feel free to adjust to taste. Since everything stews together, the ingredients don't need to be cut perfectly. We sometimes top our carne norte with an overeasy egg. Leftovers easily go into a toasted carne norte sandwich the next day. One of us learned how to cook this in college while hovering over the stove on the phone with our mom. This dish was a big hit among college friends. canola oiloniongarliccorned beeftomatowatersteamed ricegreen onionsTabasco
  • carroll shelby's chili
    Carroll Shelby was a car designer, most famous for the Shelby Mustangs, yet also famous for his chili mix. We always have a packet in our pantry. This recipe is easy to make and tastes way better than canned chili. We've modified the ingredients and proportions to our taste, and we sometimes make it ahead of time then simmer it on low to reheat it. It seems to taste better the next day. This simple crowd-pleaser disappears quickly. :) oiloniongarlicground beefCarroll Shelby's Chili Kitsaltdiced tomatoeswaterbeanssteamed ricecheesesour creamcilantrogreen oniondiced onionhot sauce
  • cherry tomatoes and garlic
    This is a really easy, versatile dish that we cook whenever we have cherry or grape tomatoes on hand. We found this in a Real Simple magazine years ago, and it was described as a sauce that you can spoon over fish or chicken. We have used it as prescribed but have also whipped it up as a quick side or even served it as a tapa with fluffy, buttered pita wedges that we dip into the sauce. Sometimes we even serve is as a cocktail snack. Leftovers can be tossed into an omelet the next day. This recipe has stayed with us through the years. We cooked it for our engagement photos and included this recipe as part of our wedding cookbook. Adapted from a 2007 issue of Real Simple magazine. olive oilgarliccherry tomatoesfresh thymesaltpepper