Celebrate!by Sheila Lukins
Time to celebrate! With one purpose only-to bring family and friends together-Sheila Lukins presents Celebrate!, a full-color extravaganza of a book with 46 festive menus, 350 foolproof, with-a-twist recipes in the Silver Palate style, 200 color photographs, and throughout, the passion that's made her one of America's most creative cooks and best-loved food/i>… See more details below
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Time to celebrate! With one purpose only-to bring family and friends together-Sheila Lukins presents Celebrate!, a full-color extravaganza of a book with 46 festive menus, 350 foolproof, with-a-twist recipes in the Silver Palate style, 200 color photographs, and throughout, the passion that's made her one of America's most creative cooks and best-loved food writers.
Here are menus to re-energize traditional holidays-for Thanksgiving serve Maple Ginger Turkey with a piquant Cornbread Chorizo Stuffing. Menus that will turn impromptu gatherings into yearly events--a hearty selection of bowl foods for Super Bowl Sunday, a red-white-and-blue menu for a Memorial Day barbecue, an easy weekday Cozy Dinner for Two. And menus that will inspire whole new reasons to throw a party--The Big Raise (featuring a Blushing Lobster Cocktail), When Spring Has Sprung, The First Summer Tomatoes, a Celebrate Morocco Dinner with Moorish Carrot Soup, Lamb Tagine, Orange Flower Sorbet. Celebrate! is a blueprint for joy, making any time the right time to celebrate and showing just how to pull it off.
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The Dallas Cowboys were in so many Super Bowls when my friends and I first started to gather for the game that it seemed the state of Texas needed some recognition in a Super Bowl meal. Because Texas is the home of the longhorn, no pork ribs are allowed. Instead, this recipe calls for meaty, succulent beef short ribs. Slather them with a spicy, tangy barbecue sauce with that distinctive zip typical of sauces from the Alamo to the Oklahoma border. Be sure to make the sauce at least two days before you plan to cook the ribs, to allow the flavors to develop. If you're inclined to adjust the tang or the sweetness, add more lemon juice first, and then brown sugar, a teaspoon at a time. You want to be sure to ask the butcher to cut the ribs in 2 1/2-inch lengths so you can pick them up with your hands and just eat the meat right off the bone. If they are too long they'll be too messy, and face it-ribs are messy enough to begin with.
4 pounds beef short ribs, cut into 2- to 2 1/2-inch lengths
Coarse (kosher) salt and coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved lengthwise and slivered
1 cup Beef Broth
Rodeo Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows)
1. Preheat the oven to 350ªF.
2. Sprinkle the ribs generously with coarse salt and pepper. Place the olive oil in a heavy Dutch oven and heat it over medium heat. Add the ribs, in batches, and brown them well on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer the ribs to a plate.
3. Add the onion to the Dutch oven and cook over low heat until wilted, scraping up any browned bits, 8 to 10 minutes. Return the ribs to the Dutch oven, arranging them on top of the onions. Cover the pot and transfer it to the oven.
4. Bake for 30 minutes, then add the beef broth, stir, and continue to cook, covered, for another 45 minutes. 5. Remove the pot from the oven and stir in 2 cups of the Rodeo Barbecue Sauce. Then spoon the mixture over the ribs. Return the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered, basting the ribs once or twice, until the meat is tender and succulent, 40 minutes.
6. Remove the pot from the oven and skim off the fat. Serve the ribs, with the remaining barbecue sauce alongside.
Rodeo Barbecue Sauce
This barbecue sauce has the kick and tang of Texas sauces. It goes with almost anything you cook on a grill, so think of it for steaks, burgers, chicken-you name it.
2 cups ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced with 1/2 teaspoon coarse (kosher) salt
1. Combine all the ingredients plus 4 cups water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a slow rolling boil over medium heat and cook, stirring regularly to prevent the sauce from scorching, until thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.
2. Pour the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl to remove the garlic. Let the sauce cool to room temperature. Then transfer it to a container and refrigerate for 2 days for the flavors to blend.
Makes 4 1/2 cups
What People are saying about this
—Bobby Flay, author of Bobby Flay Cooks American
"Here are the parties that you'll make year after year. Sheila shows you how to create the events that will thrill your friends and the recipes that you'll want to make over and over again."
—Ina Garten, author of The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks
"What a lovely philosophy of life. Every day and every occasion is worthy of a celebratory meal—I can't imagine a better way to stay positive than by eating the results of these creative and delicious recipes."
—Daniel Boulud, author of Letters to a Young Chef
Meet the Author
Sheila Lukins, one of America's best-known and best-loved food writers, was the co-founder of the legendary Silver Palate take-out shop. Her celebrated cookbooks, written alone and with her Silver Palate partner, Julee Rosso, helped change the way America's eats. For the past 23 years, she was also the Food editor of Parade Magazine.
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