Author: Remington Group

Spezzatino di vitello con piselli (veal stew with spring peas )

Spezzatino di vitello con piselli (veal stew with spring peas )

God Bless Italy – I know this country that has been through plagues, wars and so much more. The country will bounce back, and its glorious food will always lead us back.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 lbs veal stew meat, cut into cubes

½ large onion, finely chopped

Olive oil and 1 knob of butter

Salt and Pepper

1 cup of white wine

1 can of tomato or 2-3 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped

2 cups of beef stock

For the peas:

2 lbs of fresh peas or frozen

½ large onion, finely chopped

A large knob of butter

Salt

Directions

1. In a large braising pan, sauté the onion gently in the oil and butter make sure it does not brown. Turn heat up and add veal, turning and mixing until completely brown.

2. Add salt and pepper and white wine and let it reduce down.

3. Add tomatoes and simmer. Add beef broth to almost cover veal, cover the pan and lower the heat to as low as possible and simmer until fully tender  – about 1 hour to 1½ hours. If stock gets too low, add a little water during the process.

Peas

Sauté the onions until soft, then add peas and simmer until peas are soft. Add broth and simmer until liquid has disappeared – do not overcook the peas!

To serve, spoon stew on plate and add spring peas all over.

The Mafia Muffin

The Mafia Muffin

I got this from Alma, a great friend and mentor. Alma pushed me to cook and our love for cooking was amazing and something I dearly miss. I still make these bad boys at Bistro 7501 for our breakfast menu but, as pictured here, with a bagel.

Ingredients

12 slices good salami

2 tbsp butter

4 English muffins

8 slices Provolone cheese

4 large eggs

Pickled hot peppers or any hot peppers you wish

Directions

1. Cook salami in large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat with oil until crispy.

2. Place English muffin in buttered pan and let English muffin get crispy, then remove and let sit.

3. Fry the eggs up in butter, add salt and pepper and at the last moment add cheese and salami in layers.

4. Put the egg, cheese and salami stack you created into the English muffin and finish with hot peppers to kick it up.

Osso Buco

Osso Buco

This is one of my favourite comfort slow-cooking dishes.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

4 Veal shanks, cut thick 3-4 inches

Salt

Pepper

¼ cup of olive oil

½ red onion, chopped medium

1 medium carrot, chopped

1 stalk of celery, cleaned and chopped

2 tablespoons of chopped thyme

2 cups of white wine (dry, nothing sweet)

3 cups tomato sauce

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup chopped parsley , and lemon zest mixed

Directions

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Season the veal with salt and pepper. In a large cast-iron casserole dish, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the veal and cook over moderately high heat, turning until browned all over, about 12 minutes. Transfer the veal to a plate.

Step 2    

Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the casserole. Add the onion, carrot, celery and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring until softened. Add the wine and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Return the shanks to the casserole, cover and braise in the oven for 2 hours and 15 minutes, until the meat is very tender. Let stand covered for 10 minutes.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, toss the parsley with and lemon zest and season the gremolata with salt and pepper.

Step 4    

Transfer the veal shanks to a platter. Season the osso buco sauce with salt and pepper and spoon it over the veal. Sprinkle some gremolata over the osso buco and serve with the polenta or buttered pappardelle.

Tips & Tricks for working from home

Tips & Tricks for working from home

Working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds – it can actually be very difficult for some accustomed to working in a loud, bustling office environment to shift gears. But if you create some new routines and stick to them, you’ll get used to the new normal in no time.

Here are some tips and tricks that will make working from home productive and enjoyable!

Set aside a specific area of your home for work and only work

Ideally it’s a separate room like a den or office, but it could just be a corner of a bedroom or kitchen table. Make this area your dedicated office space, where you are focused on work. Avoid household tasks from this space, just as you wouldn’t let chores interfere at your cubicle or office at work.

Pick a place where you can keep your cellphone and landline handy so you can stay connected without leaving your “office,” and let everyone in the house know that when you’re there, you’re at work.

Maintain regular hours

Oh sure, it’s easy to sleep a couple of extra hours or knock off a little early if things are quiet. Resist the temptation! Believe it or not, you will feel guilty for cutting corners and will feel compelled to do work beyond work hours, which is when working from home becomes a drag. Stick to a regular schedule as much as possible.

Video Conference - Remington GroupStay in contact

Whether it’s with an app like Zoom, Skype or Facetime, or more traditional methods like text, messenger or email, it’s important to stay in touch with your coworkers throughout the day. It’s important for three reasons: 1) to stay on track with what’s required of you, 2) to avoid feeling isolated and outside of the loop, and 3) to show that you are actually working. Has anyone heard from Bob lately? That slacker!

Get a radio

Or Spotify, or an iPod, or whatever your music of choice is. Music helps keep things light, adds ambient noise and lets you to take a ‘rock out’ break when a great song comes on. Listening to the radio helps you to stay connected to the outside world and news of the day. Ideally, avoid using headphones because they can actually increase the sense of isolation.

Get a bigger monitor

Working on a laptop isn’t easy, because the screen is so small. You end up spending all your time flipping between windows, squinting at emails and getting a thumb callous from trying to trackpad everything. You can get a good-sized monitor from Amazon for as little as $200, a generic keyboard and mouse for $25. They can hook right into your laptop, and will make your life 200 times better. If you already have a big monitor, consider getting a second one.

Take breaks

Believe it or not, you may find yourself in such a groove that you forget to give your eyes and body a break once in a while. You need to take breaks! Set an alarm if you have to – just give your eyes a chance to look beyond that monitor and stretch your back and legs. When you take lunch, leave your “office” and catch up on what’s happening in the world so you don’t feel so isolated.

When your shift is over, it’s OVAH!

Keep the same habits you did when you worked at the office – check email/text on your phone occasionally during the evening, take an after-hours call if you have to, but don’t get sucked into thinking working from home is a 24/7 commitment. When you leave your “office” there’s no going back until the next morning. Stick to that rule.

Bonus tip: Get comfortable furniture

Of course you don’t want to spend a lot of money if working from home is just a temporary situation, but if you aren’t comfortable where you’re working, you will either destroy your body or not work as hard as you should. So figure out how to get as ergonomic as possible given your available space. It’s worth it in the short-term, and given that home offices continue to be a growing trend, it could prove a good long-term investment, too.

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Just like you have a schedule, a list of tasks and different ways to communicate at the office, all of those habits should be incorporated into your home office, too. And adding some perks like a bigger monitor, great tunes and a comfy chair can actually make the experience more enjoyable than suffering through bumper-to-bumper traffic while schlepping to the office every day.

Enjoy the opportunity!

‘Tis the season to stay green: Important message about sod

‘Tis the season to stay green: Important message about sod

Many new homes in The Preserve and Georgetown have recently been sodded or are scheduled to be sodded this summer. It’s important to know how to care for your new grass to ensure it roots and grows properly, and what homeowners are responsible for in terms of maintenance in the critical first few days of receiving sod.

· Sod, when first laid, requires constant watering in order to ensure proper adherence to the topsoil. It should be watered almost continuously (day and night) for four days and to a penetration depth of 4” to 6” inches.

· Soak with water within one hour of laying. One gallon of water during the first hour does more good than 100 gallons 24 hours after laying.

· The first four days after laying the sod are the most critical.

· After that period the new lawn should be soaked once a week to a depth of 6” inches by rainfall or artificial watering.

· If you anticipate being away from your home when sod is put down, please be sure to make arrangements to have a friend or neighbor water the grass

· Please remember to leave your hoses and sprinklers outside and water available at the outside tap, so we could provide the first watering as soon as your new grass/sod is laid.

· Once the sod is laid, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the sod.

· We will not replace dead sod due to insufficient maintenance.