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Pressure Cooker Braised Beef Shanks

​It is technically spring now and I am definitely ready for spring vegetables and grilled meat. However, today happened to be cold, wet, and un-spring-like, which is actually par for the course in Chicago. So, even though spring food has been on my mind lately, today felt like it required a comforting stew or meltingly tender piece of braised meat. But being a weeknight, there's not really time for the slow cooking of a proper braise. That's where the magic of the pressure cooker comes in.

Pressure Cooker Braised Beef Shanks

Pancetta-wrapped Cod

Flaky cod fish wrapped in ​salty, rich pancetta and roasted in the oven sounds like a pretty winning dish on many accounts. Fish is healthy. Pancetta is tasty and crispy. Clean up would be a snap. This version was pretty good but was a bit overcooked and the pancetta was not as crispy as I would've liked. I blame it on the pancetta that was a bit too thick. I guess you can have too much of a good thing. I think with some pancetta or bacon that was cut thinner, this would, indeed, be a winning dish.

Pancetta-wrapped Cod

Sweet potato & coconut milk gratin

Holy cow, has it been almost a year since I've posted last?! Well, I'm back and I'm going to slide this post in just before I hit the 1-year-without-posting mark. I've even brought with me a little design refresh. I'm still tweaking the look and layout but I'm going for a cleaner design to the blog. Hope you like it.​

This is actually the second time I've made sweet potato and coconut milk gratin. It's pretty simple. Not counting salt & pepper, it's just two ingredients – sweet potatoes and coconut milk. Both ingredients have a lot to offer in the flavor department so even though it's short on ingredients, it brings a lot of flavor. I served this with marinated flat iron steak and sautéed kale. ​

Sweet potato & coconut milk gratin

Gnudi with ramps and tomatoes

What is gnudi? As far as I can tell, gnudi is basically ricotta gnocchi. The word gnudi basically means "naked." So in this case, it refers to the typical filling for ravioli or tortellini without the pasta. So, in essence, it's naked ravioli filling. Perhaps, gnudi has less flour than a typical ricotta gnocchi recipe? I think it's the same thing. However, I think it's much more fun to say the word "gnudi" than it is to say "ricotta gnocchi." So, I'm going with "gnudi." 

Gnudi with ramps and tomatoes