Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Feeding fellow cast mates a Holiday Short Rib Stew

I think you know I love to feed people.

I do.

It’s the Sicilian genes (remember we come from Militello in Val di Catania), I suppose. So this year I decided I would share a wonderfully delicious Holiday Short Rib Stew with my cast mates. It’s super easy to prepare but does take a really long time. I got the recipe from my friend Amy, who you might remember likes to throw dinner parties all the time (remember the pool party where people went in with their clothing- yeah, that Amy). Anyway, according to her, the key is to cook this slowly. It allows the meat to absorb the tomato juice and become super tender. If you decide to make this, I’d love to hear what you think of the recipe, and if you have modifications or suggestions! Let me know. From what I could tell the Bold and Beautiful Cast masts loved it...so, hopefully that will inspire you to give it a try!

Holiday Short Rib Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 heaping tablespoons of crushed garlic
10 pieces of short ribs or 1¾ pounds of chuck beef roast
1 head of garlic, cloves peeled and outer skin discarded, and cloves cut in half
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
½ tablespoon table Salt, plus more to taste at the end
3 turns of a pepper mill
1 cup of red wine
2 32-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
3 onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
1 handful of finely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 handful of finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
Your favorite bread

Preheat the oven to 325F, with the oven rack set in the middle.

In a heavy ceramic Dutch oven, drizzle olive oil on the bottom of the pan. Spread bottom of pan with the crushed garlic.

On a clean surface, pierce the meat with a sharp knife and stuff the half garlic cloves into it. Place the meat into the Dutch oven and cover it with the dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour 1/2 of the wine and half of the tomatoes over beef and then top it with the chopped onions.

Place the lid on the Dutch oven and place it in the oven to cook for 4 to 5 hours.

At this point, the meat should fall off the bone and be super tender. Remove the meat from the Dutch oven and de-fat and de-bone it. As you are doing this, make sure to keep it covered and warm. Foil works really well. Place the meat back into the Dutch oven and add in the mushrooms, the remaining wine and tomatoes. Stir everything together and cook the meat for another 30 minutes at 375F (note the oven temperature needs to be raised).

When the stew is done cooking, place it on the stove top and add in the fresh basil and oregano. Taste and season with salt if necessary. Serve immediately with bread!

And if you want to see the Bold and Beautiful holiday gingerbread house...go to my Official Bold and Beautiful Blog!

21 comments:

sam bell said...

geez
that looks sooo good!!
see you can cook!!
it looks so nice ill have to make it sometime!
ribs r awsome! lamb shanks would be great too

Mike© said...

This sounds awesome - can't wait to try it out on some friends! Thanks for sharing.
So - did you wear your Princess hat to the party? :)

Joke Devos said...
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Joke Devos said...

Hi Jennifer

Thank you for a new blog
I see that you can cook.

I think that you can GOOD cook.

Do you the greetings to your parents from me.

Love
Joke

Joke Devos said...

Hi Jennifer

I've a question:
Are there Christmas party with B&B Cast?

Love
Joke

Scott N said...

Mmmmm... that stew sounds yummy, Jen. I'll have to wait for a time when the master chef in my family has time to make that. Working all day during the week in the city wouldn't give enough time to slow cook the short ribs just right, but maybe we can try it for a weekend meal. If we try it, I'll let you know how it turns out.

So now we know what you made for the B&B potluck. Do you have any stories to share from this year's B&B holiday party?

- Scott

Ewas Sida said...

Hi Jennifer !

Hope all are good with you and that you will have a very nice cristmas holiday !!

Thank you for the recipe i will try it , i wrote it down =D

In the pictures it looks great !!

Hugs Ewa

Vera said...

Hey jenn, wow thats a great reciepe.... That was awsome, and im meat lover,i think i will have to try that when im alone. If mom see me, i will have a warning :p....

Your soooooooo cute in those pictures and how did it went the party!! Take care!!!

vito said...

Happy Christmas !!!

Vito

Vera said...

Hey hon, i've tried that recipe....My parents, loved it sooooo much.. It camed out sooo yummy and delicious... Also my brother loved it, and hes scared eating under my arms ( dunno why )..I love cooking and doing it was amazing.... Thank ya sooooooooo much sweet for the recipe....

P.S. the house one will do it, after xmas... Returning back home, always like, i had drunk 1 bottle of wine,( so tired, as much as i love xmas its a stressfull week )...

Happy Christmas and wish ya the best!!!

Jennifer Gareis' Blog said...

sam bell-Thanks for the comments. I got your letter and love all of the wonderful gifts that you sent. I am glad we have connected via so many venues...love that HAT! I wore it to the grocery store in my hometown. The check out man said, "Wow you look just like that actor my wife watches on the Bold and Beautiful, and I love that hat!" . Of course, my mom told him all about BnB and the hat and how it came all of the way from the other side of the world from a fan. Do you think his wife will believe him when he comes home from work?

Mike- I took my Princess hat home and will wear it to our family parties. (Look at Sam's comments) I cannot wait to see the hat my sister Rebecca now wears from sam bell . Her daughter sent me a digital pix of them wearing this hat. Who knows what pix we will make.

Joke-Happy almost Birthday to you!!! What will you do for your big day? Yes, I had so much fun for our cast party.

Scott N- We had a great cast party. We talked and talked all evening. We have such fun together. I am so glad that we always take the time away from the set to build our friendships.

Ewas- Give your new baby granddaughter a Christmas kiss from me and my family!

Vera- I am not sure I have your address correct. Can you give it to me again on Facebook? Thanks for always following my blogs. Just wait until you see my next entry. I am soooooo excited and can hardly wait to share my news with everyone!!!!!

vito- I am so excited to tell you the latest news from Sicily. Keep watching and you will see me in "La Sicilia" front page news!!!! Maybe you can help me translate the article.

Vera-Thank you for always following my posts. When someone told me years ago that my grandfather Farruggio might have come from Malta, it seemed so far away. But, today it seems like it is no farther from me than my keyboard. Thank you for helping to make my world friendlier, more loving and personal.

Joke Devos said...

Hey Jennifer

Thank you so much
I've many stamps for your niece.
And I send after new year to you.

I do not know what I do on my Birthday day.

Love
Joke

vito said...

Dear Jenny,
please let me know when you will be in the " La Sicilia " front page .
I'm so happy to help you for traslate article.

Fantastic news !!

P.s : very soon i think to be on
"facebook" , have you a facebook profile ?

Vito

Vera said...

I enjoy reading your post and i always wait to see them... They are all cool and you rocks!!

He he, and i was like wow. Your grandfather has maltese blood, so wow you have that too.. Kinda funny, and you are more then welcome.....

P.S. i sended that to you now

sam bell said...

hey jennifer
thank u so much for ur comment :D

its christmas here now and ur christmas is tomorrow, hope u have a great time with ur family!

will u make a snow man?
its the middle of summer here!

thats funny! i dont think his wife will believe him!

im glad u like the hat u look so cool in it! it suits you too

say hi to rebecca and ur awsome family
what will be rebecca cooking for christmas?

have a great time on the east coast
merry christmas

love sammy.b

p.s i voted for the green hair! u know thats my all time fave episode
ur really funny

Ewas Sida said...

Hi Jennifer !

Yes i will give her a kiss from you when i see her !

Thank you so mutch for your comment .

Have a wonderful happy new year !

Hugs Ewa

Scott N said...

Hi, Jennifer:

Thanks for the news that you had fun at the cast party. I saw some photos in the soap magazines and the CBS web site and it looked like everyone was having a good time, but it's nice to hear it from someone who was there live and in person.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and looking forward to a joyous new year.

- Scott

Jennylenseman said...

Jenny lynne's recpes, are just as tasty as she is - juiceyjuicey...Eat your heart out, miss all nite long Pam Douglas.From:the one and only/JENNYG-KNOWS-WHO

Jennylenseman said...

CORRECTION:I'm no retard.The word that I have unfortunately misspelled(recipe)I now CORRECT;Oh,sweet JennyG,CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Jennylenseman said...

Tommy said:Thanks for the personally autographed photo - and the personally autographed season's greetings card..but this guy,keeps bugging me about his last letters to you.Did you get them? He wants you to write to him.He said that YOU know who he is(yeah, right).He also told me, that you WANTED him to write to you - so do me a favor? PLEASE write this man,to stop this?? I can't stand for a grown man to cry.I'm about to punch him out.

jennylenseman said...

YOUR LOVING TO FEED AND HELP PEOPLE,IS THE SAINTLY PART OF YOU, MAMA HONEYBEAR.YOUR LIFE,IS IMPORTANT.DON'T EVER DOUBT THAT.YOU,ARE VERY,VERY IMPORTANT.YOU BRING VALUE,TO ALL OF US.YOUR LIFE,COUNTS FOR SOMETHING.YOU DO MATTER.THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE(LOVED ONES,FRIENDS,ASSOCIATES,ENEMIES)ARE BETTER OFF,BECAUSE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM;IF YOU CAN DISCERN WHAT I JUST STATED,THEN YOU ARE READY,GRASSHOPPER,TO LOVE AS JESUS LOVED.OF COURSE,YOU WILL NEVER ATTAIN HIS LEVEL LOVING OTHERS,BUT YOU CAN REACH A LEVEL OF MATURITY IN THIS AREA WITH HIS HELP.THIS,IS ALSO THE LEVEL OF TRUE INNER HAPPINESS FOR YOU - IN WHICH NOTHING THAT YOU DO,FOR REVENUE,AND APPROBATION,SHALL ACCOMPLISH.JESUS,IS THE ONLY DOOR,TO THIS TRUE HAPPINESS;RICHES,POWER,ACCOMPLISHMENTS,AND FAME,ARE NOT THE DOOR,AND THE MORE THEY ARE SOUGHT,THE MORE THEY WILL DISSATISFY,AND BRING DISILLUSIONMENT AND MISERY;UNTIL YOU ARE READY,TO CHANGE YOUR VIEWPOINT,AND PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS SUCH AS THESE,YOU WILL NEVER BE TRULY HAPPY..ONCE YOU ATTAIN MATURITY TO LOVE EVERYONE(THROUGH GOD'S HELP BY JESUS CHRIST THE DOOR),EVERYONE, IN YOUR LIFE,WILL BE BETTER OFF,BECAUSE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM - WHETHER THEY KNOW AND LOVE YOU OR NOT.YOU ARE A WORK OF ART.AN ORIGINAL;SO,NEVER COMPARE YOURSELF,WITH ANY OTHER WOMAN.THERE IS NO OTHER WOMAN, ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH RIGHT NOW, THAT IS BETTER THAN OR GREATER THAN YOU; SO, REFUSE TO BELIEVE ANYHING OTHERWISE BECAUSE IT IS A LIE.THERE IS NO ONE ELSE LIKE YOU.YOU ARE NOT A COPY.WHAT YOU HAVE, TO GIVE TO THE WORLD - NO ONE ELSE CAN GIVE,SO,FEED US, CARING MAMA HONEYBEAR..MMM,GOOD.