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Recipes that include oxtail

Chinese Borscht

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fusion food sometimes sounds new and modern, like a fanciful restaurant theme. We forget that borders between countries and cultures have existed since far back in history, where ingredients, flavors, and recipes have been shared.

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My late grandma Olia (on the right, below) grew up near the border of China and Russia, where she ate lots of this Chinese version of Borscht. She taught my mom how to make it and my mom taught me. My mom admits removing the potatoes and sour cream from the version Grandma Olia taught her (most Chinese versions don’t include sour cream) and I’ll admit, I made a few changes too. My mom always used canned beets and since I’m not a fan of canned products (due to the BPA in the adhesive), I use fresh beets. I also cut the veggies into smaller pieces just to make it easier to eat. (Caya obviously in mind.) The result is a healthy and hearty soup with meat and veggies that glow pinkish-red (which totally amuses Caya). It comforts to the core and I get nostalgic every time I take a sip.

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Parsnip Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I’m quite fond of fatty meats and root vegetables together. It’s possible that both being winter foods, it becomes a familiar combination. But I’m convinced that it’s more than that. Parsnips, carrots, yams, sweet potato, and more are storage organs for the plant and typically contain more sugars and starches than other vegetables. It just works exceptionally well with fatty meats, standing up to it with more flavor and texture.

I’ve been thinking about parsnips and oxtail for a while, flipping from some kind of ravioli, to a mash, to a terrine, and finally deciding on a Parsnip Gnocchi with a Braised Oxtail Sauce.

Parsnip Gnocchi with Oxtail and flower background

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Oxtails in Chinese Tomato Sauce

Saturday, April 11, 2009

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Oxtails in Chinese Tomato Sauce was a regular part of growing up. My brother and I loved this dish; we’re practically made of this stuff. So when I opened my fridge and stared at the oxtails, I knew I had to make it for Lon so I called me mom for instructions. It turns out, it’s ridiculously easy, so if you have kids, this will end up being a regular in your house. I didn’t have a single cousin (in my large family) that could resist this stuff.

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Oxtail Mushroom Soup

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

This soup has some of my favorite stuff, beef oxtails, sa cha sauce, and a plethora of mushrooms. Obviously, Lon was not home for dinner tonight. (Lon is slowly easing them into his diet though.) This big pot of soup will store well in the fridge and reheat well any time. It’s comforting and diverse, good for any family. Serve with rice, noodles, rice cake (the Asian one, not the styrofoam stuff), or even bread.

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Oxtail Goulash and Spaetzle

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I love beef oxtails and try to use it in any beef recipe I can (see my Oxtail and Linguine recipe). It works especially well for soups and stews because the bones give off so much flavor to the liquid. My latest oxtail conquest is Goulash, a Hungarian stew, which Lon grew up with. This is an easy dish that doesn’t require too much work, but it does require inactive time. As I sat, waiting for it to finish cooking, I started getting nervous wondering if my Oxtail Goulash would pass the test for Lon (of Hungarian descent) and it did, with flying colors!

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Oxtail and Linguine

Thursday, March 13, 2008


We had Martin and Melissa over for dinner last night and they loved my Oxtail and Linguini. Good thing I wrote down the recipe for my Oxtail Sauce. Four people almost finished the entire pot! I served it with linguine but it would be wonderful with pappardelle or fettuccine as well.

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