Steak Derek | http://mytartare.com/steak-derek/

Steak Derek

Steak Derek | People often ask me, “So Derek, what would you cook for yourself if you could make absolutely anything?” The answer: this recipe. Divulging the secrets to our favorite dish is not something we take lightly, but since it’s the season of sharing (wait, it’s only February), we thought there was no time like the present. So please enjoy this super early Christmas gift.  

Braised Marsala Lamb + Goat Crostini | http://mytartare.com/braised-marsala-lamb-goat-crostini/

Braised Marsala Lamb + Goat Crostini

Braised Marsala Lamb + Goat Crostini | Alright people, it’s time to get your Lamb Shank on! They are phenomenal. Just because they aren’t cooked with that often, doesn’t mean you need to worry about them tasting gamey or having some distinct flavor. They are mildly delicious and simple to cook. Oh, did I mention they were cheap too? So to get your lamb running out of the gate, we offer you this all-star recipe that will make you a lamb fan for life.

Braised Beef Cheek Carbonara

Braised Beef Cheek Carbonara | It’s time to get cheeky! We’re not kidding. We should all be cooking with more cheek. Why? Once you braise cheeks low & slow and break down the muscle tissue, you get deep, flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth meat heaven. Don’t be scared of cheeks. Don’t read too much into them, because once you get over the hump and try them, I guarantee your appreciation for food will change forever. It really is something to behold and if you’re going to branch out and try just one of our recipes, we implore you to take the leap with this one. I mean, how could you wrong with pasta? 

Caveman Drumsticks in Potato Porridge

Caveman Drumsticks in Potato Porridge

Caveman Drumsticks in Potato Porridge | Want a simple down-and-dirty chicken recipe that will blow your socks off? Of course you do! So here she is. Drumsticks – easy to handle and easy on the wallet – that we give the caveman treatment. That is, we make them look like they are grilled over an open flame. But wait. It’s a trick. We don’t grill them, oh no we don’t. We make cooking them even easier by just tossing them in the oven after we coat them in a sweet & spicy honey and gochujang glaze. And then the caramelization begins, as the sugars cook down and give you a gift of charred deliciousness and crispy skin. Don’t forget that crispy skin! 

Marry Me Short Rib Tacos

Marry Me Short Rib Tacos

Marry Me Short Rib Tacos | Let me just begin by saying that not many things put a smile on my face more than these tacos do. But it’s not just me, they put a smile on a lot of people’s faces. That’s why we call these “marry me” tacos, because every time we make them, we get marriage proposals. Not kidding. They are the most requested thing we make and our go-to game day recipe. So if you are hosting a super bowl party this year, make these, and you’ll be throwing parties for many more Roman numerals to come.

Bubble & Squeak(ier) Burgers

Bubble & Squeak Burgers

Bubble & Squeak Burgers | Just stop reading this blog right now, because we are 99.9% positive we will never make anything better than this. Like, never. It’s that good. It’s rare that we brag about our food, but this is our Mona Lisa. It’s so indulgent, it’s like rolling a joint in a trillion dollar bill (cue Google’s SEO penalty). But you know what? It’s so worth it, and quite frankly, this recipe is just a healthy reminder of how much fun cooking can be. 

Serrano-Butter Chicken + Olive Gremolata

Serrano-Butter Chicken + Gremolata

Serrano-Butter Chicken + Gremolata | We are begging you – please do not buy one of those preroasted chickens at the grocery store. EVER AGAIN! Save your money (and your taste buds) by roasting your own. It’s so silly easy and you should never be intimidated by buying whole chickens. All you really need to do is give it a rinse and toss it in the oven for an hour or so (depending on how fat your bird is). And the best part is you can add a ton of flavor with just a few simple ingredients. And what do you know? That’s exactly what we do here… 

Broiler Ribeye + Sweet Garlic Spread

Broiler Ribeye + Sweet Garlic Spread

Broiler Ribeye + Sweet Garlic Spread | What amazing kitchen tool does almost every home cook have but never use? Their oven broiler. Too many home cooks are frankly terrified of it and think their house will burst into a flame ball by simply turning it on. The truth is there is a reason all your favorite steakhouses cook steak under a broiler, and if you just follow the correct steps you can cook the perfect steak at home too.

Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin + Celery Soup

Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin + Celery Soup

Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin + Celery Soup | Want to make something quick and ridiculously good? If you’re a reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed Pork Tenderloin pretty much makes an appearance on our table every month. And it should on yours too. It’s tasty and cheap. What could be better right? Oh wait, I got an idea. How about we wrap the whole thing in bacon?

Prairie Meatloaf + Gochujang Sauce

Prairie Meatloaf + Gochujang Sauce

Prairie Meatloaf + Gochujang Sauce | The old guy on the Quaker Oats container used to creep me out (still does), so when my mom used to mix his oats into her meatloaf recipe, I was running for the hills. It was one scary dinner let me tell ya. But I knew one day when I grew up, I was going give the creep the boot and devise a meatloaf that would make up for all those years of turmoil. This time it was personal. No more Mr. Quaker Oats.