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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Recipe of the Month...

Braciole Di Manzo (Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce)


1 pound boneless beef top round, trimmed of fat and cut into 4 thin slices
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 thin slices prosciutto
1 thick slice provolone cheese (about 2 ounces), cut into 4 equal pieces
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons currants or raisins
1 clove garlic, peeled, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, peeled, chopped
1 cup dry red wine
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 or 4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces


Place the meat slices between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound with a meat mallet until they are 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay a slice of prosciutto and a piece of cheese on each one. Sprinkle with a few pine nuts, currants and garlic. Roll up the slices, tucking in the ends. Tie the rolls at 1-inch intervals with kitchen string.

In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the beef rolls and cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes longer. Add the wine and cook until most of the liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, turning the rolls occasionally, until the beef is tender when pierced with a knife, about 2 hours. Check from time to time to see if the sauce is becoming too dry; add a little water if needed.

Uncover, scatter the parsley and basil evenly over the rolls, and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer to warmed, individual plates, spooning the sauce over the top, and serve at once.


Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano
(Those Who Eat Well, Eat Italian)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Singles Cooking Event & Chocolate Tasting~
May 12th @ 6:00p.m.
*Special Live Dj

Tired of meeting potential dates in a bar or nightclub? This cooking class is for all you singles that want to make a connection with someone in a fun and creative environment. Come learn something new with others and possibly get a date out of it as well! I will be bringing in a chocolate connoisseur that will be treating us to a blind chocolate tasting with chocolates imported from all over the world. Please bring a bottle of wine to share and your charm. Come mingle, cook, listen to great music, enjoy a good meal and have fun!
Cost - $95 per person - you provide your own wine.(I would be happy to give you some wine pairing suggestions, just ask me when you register)

Menu for this event:

Spicy Grilled Tilapia with Creamy Grits and Mushroom Scallion Sauce

Penne Rigate macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Vidalia Onions Topped with Tangy Green Apples

Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Hearts of Palm Tossed with a Vinegar Dressing and Topped with Walnuts

Please email to register.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Catering Services now offered...

Simmer and Sear is now catering lunches to your doorstep. I will be uploading a new weekly menu for your company to choose from. I will be offering three new lunch specials every week. You can find the weekly menu by going to the catering services link on my website:
Hope to see you at lunch!
~Chef Anna