I am not a big ‘app’ person, but an app that provides you with appetizing recipes…now that I can sink my teeth into. I found just that in the Epicurious app. Actually my husband found it for me. He is very tech savvy & likes me to make him wonderful meals ~ so this find falls into both the thoughtful & self serving categories. Back to the app, GET IT! Download it to your mobile device now. Ok,…you want to hear more first?
Epicurious is a portmanteau ( awesome word itself ) of the words epicurean & curious. ”Epicurean” describes a seeker of luxuries, especially food & comfort. Hey, where do I apply for that job? The tagline for Epicurious is “for people who love to eat”. Well, that is everyone, no? There is a website, which is quite good, but it is the mobile app that I use & love. It has been on my ipad & phone since its launch in 2009. My favorite time to use it is on a Sunday when I might feel like taking the family meal to the next level. Jazz it up a bit from the weekday routine. I grab the iPad, click the app & search for a new recipe or touch my favorites & pull up a “keeper” as we call them. Recipes that have pleased my small (4), but discerning crowd.
The mobile app enables you to search for recipes, save your favorites, create shopping lists, email to friends & more . The recipes are culled from Gourmet, Bon Appetite, other Conde Naste publications & chefs. Each recipe is rated 1-4 forks & states how many people would make it again. There are also comments from other users.
Here is a “keeper” that I have made several times coffee marinated bison short ribs. Bison? you say. Well, I do make bison burgers often, but for this recipe I have used pork & beef and even boneless ribs. All meats have been delicious as the marinade & sauce have such rich deep flavors. I am no slave to a recipe. I doctor this one, as I do most, depending on what I have on hand or have forgotten to get at the store. For example, I have never used the shallots, just go heavier on the onions. I use a teaspoon of canned chilpotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of a jalapeño. And just because I think why not, I add some bbq sauce to the marinade. Also, because the meat needs to marinate a long time & well, the day does just fly by doesn’t it, I have micro’ed the meat for 5 minutes after browning to speed up the 2.5 hour cook time. Little modifications that I found do not change the result one whip.
Did I say whip? Nice segway to the perfect side dish…whipped potatoes. And the perfect tool with to make them with is this gorgeous machine.
Add a veggie, a hearty red wine and you have Sunday dinner perfection! Especially on a wintery day.
They say at Epicurious that the “content is not just consumed, it is trusted, devoured & shared”. I agree. Give the app a whirl & see if you do too. Would love to hear about any “keepers” you discover.
* Kelly *