Beef Wedding Stew (Caldo de Res)

INGREDIENTS: 1 Pound beef chuck 1 Pound beef short ribs 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 2 Teaspoons salt 2 Teaspoons Black Pepper 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder 1 Onion, chopped 1 Can of diced tomatoes (14oz) 2 (32oz) of beef broth 4 cups water 2 chopped carrots 1 hand full of green beans 1 chayote 1 zucchini…

COOKING WITHOUT A RECIPE

Have you ever heard someone say a recipe didn’t work? I have many times and people ask me for advice and this is what I tell them, “Recipes are a list of ingredients you need.  It’s not an instruction guide to show you the method they used.” This is the bread and butter of a successful…

Russian Dolls Vinaigrette Dressing

Five Easy Steps Here are five easy steps for any aspiring chef who wants to create delicious, fresh tasting dressings at home. Since I have always easily made my own gourmet dressings, I forget that not everyone realizes just how easy it really is! Buying local and fresh to make your own custom creations beats buying…

PARIS THEMED BRIDAL SHOWER WITH SHADES OF PINK

Hello, Russian Doll readers! I’m so excited to share this sweet Paris in Pink bridal champagne brunch planned by loving friends Jeannene Kelly and Debbie Abel. They both designed and decorated Eiffel Towers and pink roses as centerpieces at Riverside Art Museum garden-like atrium. What’s a brunch without champagne, beautiful linens and the personal touch of French inspired…