VealStew

Another one-pot meal for cold weather. Tender veal stew meat, about 3 lbs. Or, cut your own from a veal leg. In a stock pot, brown the pieces of veal on all sides in a little olive oil. Brown in stages so meat isn’t touching. Deglaze after each stage with a 1/3 cup chicken broth and pour into a bowl with meat. Keep all meat and broth in bowl. In same pot, brown 1 chopped onion, and 2 sliced leeks in a little olive oil. Pour all meat and broth back into the stock pot and sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over it. Season with generous amount of cracked black pepper and garlic powder. Add 1/2 cup dry white wine. Stir on high heat and then cover. Reduce to simmer immediately for 1/2 to 1 hour.

Add 20 small, peeled pearl onions. Cover. Simmer another 1/2 hour. Add 10-12 shiitake mushroom caps. Cover. Simmer another 15 minutes. Add 1 crushed, seeded, peeled tomato, 12 kalamata olives, pitted and halved. Simmer uncovered another five minutes. Serve over egg noodles, or just in a bowl with a crunchy baguette. It’s okay to add more olives if you like.

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Roasted turnip, zucchini, squash, cauliflower, carrots. Brown, sweet, good to eat by themselves or as a side with fish or meat. Cut a large turnip into 1″ chunks. Cut off florets of 1 large head of cauliflower. Slice squash into 1″ lengthwise halves. Carrots peeled and cut into wedges lengthwise or if small, whole. Place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, cracked black pepper. Put in oven and turn to 400 degrees. Take out when oven hits that temp. They should be tender and sweet.

Pork Roast en Cocotte

It’s Fall. Time again for fan fave.

Slow braise on top of the stove. 2-3 lb. pork loin roast, bone-in. Cut slits in the fat side of the roast and insert sliver of fresh garlic and a couple whole black peppercorns in each. Push them into the slits. Brown roast on all sides in olive oil on high heat in a large stock pot. Remove to a plate. Into the stockpot, add chopped leek, small onion, celery greens, carrot, parsnip for a mirepoix bed. Brown. Add a few more peppercorns. Pour in 1 cup broth, stir vegetables, put roast on top, cover and turn to lowest/simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add 3-4 coarsely chopped carrots, celery stalks, quartered onions, 6-8 small red potatoes, or quarter 3 large. Season with a little dried thyme, salt to taste. Cover and simmer for another hour or until vegetables are cooked but not mushy. Turn off and heat up when ready to eat, or serve right away.

Options. I sometimes use white wine with broth, but never too much liquid, about a cup or two total. A chopped parsnip is also good with the carrots and other vegetables. Chopped turnips can be substituted for the potatoes. Fresh garden peas can be added 15 minutes before serving.