A braised meat is actually a tough recipe choice for me when it's bitterly cold outside. For one thing, it warms up my kitchen; this is not a good thing when your kitchen is literally one side of a hallway and there's nowhere for the heat to go. I guess that's what friends with real kitchens are for!
One look at the osso buco from Stephane of Chefs Gone Wild and you can see how hard it is to resist a hunk of meat surrounded by a moat of tasty meat juices. I wish I had a meat juice moat.
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