Porcini-Dusted Tenderloin with Porcini-Wine Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 beef Tenderloin Roast Center-Cut (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups finely diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • Salt and pepper

Red Wine Beef Ragu

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless beef short ribs or Chuck Roast
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cups red wine, preferably Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. black pepper, divided
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. pappardelle pasta
Optional Toppings
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Fresh basil

Soy Sauce Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine*
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 ounces (2 ‘bundles’) thin Hong Kong-style egg noodles
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced into matchsticks, white/light green and darker green parts separated
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced into matchsticks or ribbons
  • 3 ounces bean sprouts**

Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata

Ingredients

  • 2 small lemons, cut into thin rounds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 oregano sprig 1 thyme sprig
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Bacon Pan Fried Noodles

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces (140 grams) dried egg noodles (or spaghetti), enough to generate about 3 cups cooked noodles
Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry, or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Stir fry
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 5 slices Smoked Bacon
  • 1/2 white onion , sliced
  • 4 to 5 pieces cabbage leaves

Pork Potstickers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/4 cups green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 32 (3-inch) round wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

The ‘HOLY GRAIL OF SCOTCH’ Smashes All Alcohol Records, Sells for $1.5 Million

Some say that the Holy Grail gives eternal life to the drinker. This Holy Grail, however, merely confers an elevated level of socioeconomic status.

A hand-painted bottle of 1926 60-year-old Macallan whisky, dubbed the “Holy Grail” of Scotch, sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Thursday morning for $1.5 million, shattering records and blowing the minds of booze lovers everywhere.

The purchase set a new record for the most money ever spent on a single bottle of wine or spirits.

The unique bottle was one of 40 filled in 1986 after the liquor had spent 60 years in a barrel. It was the only bottle to feature commissioned artwork from the Irish muralist Michael Dillon, depicting the Easter Elchies House of The Macallan. It was last sold in 1999 at London’s Fortnum and Mason.

As a point of comparison, two bottles of the very same juice—one with a label by Valerio Adami and the other with a label by Sir Peter Blake, who designed the album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—set world records when they sold as a pair back in March for just over $1.1 million.

Whether or not this Grail grants the drinker eternal life, we may never know. A whisky this expensive will likely just be bought and sold as an investment—not as an agricultural product meant to be consumed.