I love Fall. So, so much, I love it. And though I am a huge fan of grilling, I would say that this upcoming season is most “me” when it comes to my natural cooking style. I love to roast, stew, simmer and broil. But of all the cooking techniques that seem to naturally come with this season, braising is tops for me.
Braising is the OG version of the crockpot or Instapot. And because I love the cooking technique so much, I don’t own a crockpot or Instapot. While I recognize the virtues of these appliances for many people, I struggle losing space in my kitchen to a small appliance when I can accomplish everything it can do, with better results, using a pot I already have.
Braised beef tips are a great way to use medium-sized trim pieces of beef roasts, but functionally I often will cut a full roast into “tips” because you can get more flavor from a higher surface-to-mass ratio, since the surface gets seasoning and sear. I also like being able to cut out some of the fat as I trim the pieces, and the smaller sized sections cook about an hour faster than a whole chuck roast (which is what I use for this). But if you have enough tips saved for a full braise, amazing. Just make sure it’s something with decent marbling or it’ll be tough up until the point it’s dog food.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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