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All About Braising: Which Recipes are You Choosing? and Recipe Links

October 2006 Cookbook of the Month. Use this thread to discuss which of Molly Stevens' recipes you are considering, get feedback from other chowhounds, and find out if anyone else has tried or is trying the same thing. Full length recipe reviews should be posted in the review threads (to be opened later)-- this thread is intended for menu planning purposes. Have fun!

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  1. I'm looking to make the escarole braised w/ cannellini beans and the braised leeks w/ bacon this weekend. Anyone want to cook w/ me?
    Later in Oct I'll move onto the meat of the matter -- red-wine braised short ribs.

    here are a few of Molly Stevens' recipes on her website
    http://www.mollystevenscooks.com/reci...

    Happy braising, everyone!

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    1. re: NYchowcook

      I just made the escarole braised with cannellini beans--very good! The beans end up with this great creamy consistency, a good foil to the slight bitterness of the escarole. This was my first time cooking with escarole. I know I should be posting somewhere else--where is the vegetables thread? Thanks.

      1. re: AppleSister

        Sounds delicious. I was looking at that earlier, may have to add escarole to the grocery list!

        Here's the thread for vegetable reviews:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    2. I'm planning the Red Cabbage Braised with Maple & Ginger as a side dish since I'm new to braising...beginning small :)

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      1. re: HillJ

        I'm going to make this tonight or tomorrow.
        Did you make yours yet? How was it?

      2. i am going to try the short ribs braised in porter ale with maple rosemary glaze.
        a link to the recipe was posted last week:

        http://www.marga.org/food/blog/archiv...
        i don't have the cookbook yet, so this will keep me going till then...

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        1. re: ceeceee

          I guess we found the same recipe on line and it sounded great, as did the braised cabbage. We both posted a question about Porter Ale just minutes apart. I will probably also make a side dish to be determined. I,m cooking this coming weekend, since the salting is done the day before.

          1. re: faijay

            i think i'm going to make it on friday ... any ideas for side dishes? are you gonna go for another molly stevens recipe? i think im just going to serve maybe some roasted sweet potatoes & brussels sprouts on the side...

            1. re: ceeceee

              If I can find it (don't have the book) braised potatoes with garlic and a nice green salad and good bread. Your plan sounds very good. I just hope it doesn't come out too sweet, but I guess the beer's bitterness prevents that. I make a fab. belgian stew with beef and onions and I replaced the Trappist Ale called for in the recipe with Belevedere Cherry Beer, mmmm. So if I don't like the Porter I may do that next time on this recipe.

          2. re: ceeceee

            I found a more detailed version of this recipe, also a cabbage and pork recipe which I think are from the cookbook as well.

            http://www.oregonlive.com/recipes/ore...

          3. On the agenda for the month - all new recipes (for me):

            Sides -
            Braised Potatoes with Garlic and Bay Leaves
            Green beans with tomatoes
            Tart with Braised Leeks, Bacon and Thyme
            Sweet Braised Scallions with tarragon

            Main Dishes -
            Sausage and Pistachio-Stuffed Veal Marsala
            Red Pine Chicken
            Veal and Ricotta Meatballs
            Burgundian Quail with Grapes, Pancetta, and Vin Santo

            Monday night will be Sausages and Plums Braised in red wine.
            http://www.mollystevenscooks.com/reci...

            Lots of others I hope to try (like the Duck Ragu with pasta, the Vietnamese Scallops, the Braised Whole Chicken with Bread Stuffing, and Stuffed Squid Roulades) but those are the definites. If I come across recipes, I'll link.

            1. A link with recipes for:

              Braised Cauliflower with Capers & Toasted Bread Crumbs
              Braised Turkey Thighs with Onions and Buttercup Squash
              Braised Halibut Steaks with Creamy Leeks (one of my favorites)

              http://www.denverpost.com/recipes/ci_...

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              1. re: Rubee

                You found my recipes... :) I'm making the Cauliflower and Halibut... I love both things! :)

                --Dommy!