The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago. The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around. She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out. I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential. So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu! To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker. Set it and forget it. It does not get any easier than that.
After spending a week in NY, I have been craving a good marsala dish, which is another popular choice in my good old stomping grounds of Queens. That’s the one thing I miss the most about NY….the FOOD! So, I am forced to recreate my favorites when I am craving a certain flavor! Rex has … Read moreDana’s Chicken Marsala
Dana and I attended the festival on Saturday. With your entrance fee, you get a souvenir wine glass for sampling and a glass of Stella Artois, Leffe or Hoegaarden.
When it is cold out I like a nice hearty meal. This usually takes hour at the stove preparing a feast. I unfortunately did not have hours to cook this weekend. My family is coming to town and I really need to clean the house. Not that it was dirty, but Tucker seems to shed 24/7 so I needed to tidy up a bit. SO without time how was I going to create a hearty home cooked meal without having time to cook. There steps in my good friend, The Slow Cooker. I enjoy using my slow cooker to make hearty meals. You can cook for hours in them and barely break a sweat. They do all of the work while you go on your merry way (well in this case, clean 🙁 so it was not so merry). Either way, I had a great meal and the house is clean and organized.
Slow cookers can be set to low to cook all day or set to high to cook in about 4 hours. Still slow, but it allows you to prep dinner at lunch. That way you don’t have to wake up early.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor. It was a lot of fun. There was wine tasting, beer tasting, liquor tasting and food. Lots and lots of food. Plus, I got to hang out with Carla and Ariane from Top Chef Season 5.
The National Harbor was the perfect back drop for this event. It also didn’t hurt that the event was located on the pier. The location was awesome.
This weekend is going to be awesome. High of 87 on sunday. I can only think of one thing to do when it is that hot out. Wine Tours. Here in DC, at some the winerys you can take wine tours with your dogs. Tucker appreciates it. Tucker looking forward to a little wine tour. Fabbioli … Read moreWhat to do in DC this weekend (Apr. 24-26)