Osso Bucco from a Big Bowl of Love Cookbook

Happy Hump Day!  Today is a very exciting day.  First of all, today is the Bunkycooks 9th wedding anniversary.   Woo hoo!  We also released our new website yesterday for our On the Road culinary adventures.  I think those two events are worthy of a celebration with a delightful cookbook giveaway, don’t you?

I was excited to be able to review Cristina Ferrare’s new cookbook, Big Bowl of Love.  I grew up seeing Cristina on the covers of fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and on various television shoes.  Cooking has always been a big part of her life as well as her family’s, so I was curious to see the types of dishes that she enjoys preparing.  Cristina also has her own cooking show on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love.

I was thrilled to see her cookbook so beautifully illustrated in photographs by my friends Diane Cu and Todd Porter (White on Rice Couple).  I admire them and their talent and feel that they captured the heart and soul of Cristina, her cookbook and the recipes perfectly.

I chose to make Cristina’s Osso Bucco.  The taste of the final dish resembled a rich Veal Piccata.  The recipe was very simple to prepare, yet the flavors were complex.  I did serve it (one of the suggestions) with Cristina’s Yukon Gold Mash with Scallions, which was a very nice accompaniment.  We liked Todd and Diane’s photos of the Osso Bucco so much, we tried to make ours look as good as theirs!  Who else could make cooked meat look so appealing? ;)

This versatile dish is perfect for a family dinner or is elegant enough to serve for a dinner party.  I completed the plate with some sautéed carrots.  Add a nice bottle of Pinot Noir and you have a delightful dinner!

This dish makes a beautiful presentation for a special dinner.

I know you would love to win this cookbook just in time for Mother’s Day (May 8th), so here is how you enter the giveaway.

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Osso Bucco

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Kosher salt
Cracked pepper
4 pounds veal shanks. Rinsed and dried
¾ cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 quart chicken stock, homemade of store-bought organic chicken broth (I used Swanson’s)
¼ cup loosely packed Italian parsley, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lemon

Directions:

Salt and pepper the veal shanks lightly on both sides. Dredge in flour and set aside.

For 3 minutes, heat a skillet large enough to hold all 4 pieces of beef (veal). Add the oil and swirl it around the pan. Add the beef (veal) and saute it for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Add the wine and cook until the wine is reduced by half. Add the lemon juice and the chicken stock. Cover, and bring to just under a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer the meat for 2 hours, turning it after 1 hour. Remove the lid, raise the heat to medium, and cook until the liquid is reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. The meat is cooked when you can insert a fork easily right through the meat; it should literally be falling off the bone.

Sprinkle on chopped parsley and lemon zest before serving.

Cristina Ferrare
Big Bowl of Love

71 Responses to “Osso Bucco from a Big Bowl of Love Cookbook”

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 20, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This looks like something that E would love! Shame I won’t be making it for him any time soon, but I’ll pass the recipe along so maybe he can make it him one weekend when I’m away :-)

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    April Hamelink — April 20, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    What a beautiful picture. Sleeping in would make my mother’s day. That and seeing my kids sweet smiles. Oh, and winning would be sweet too!

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    April Hamelink — April 20, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    I follow on Twitter!

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    The Cilantropist — April 20, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Mother’s day would be perfect if I could be at home with my mother! I will head home to OH the weekend after, so that will make it up to her. :) It would especially great if I could win this cookbook for her!!! She loves Christina Ferrare!

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    The Cilantropist — April 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    And I follow both you and Cristina on Twitter! :)

  6. 6

    Susan in the Boonies — April 20, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    My perfect Mother’s Day would involve some sort of homemade card or letter from both of my kids, and a little sumpin’-sumpin’ from my dear, darling, devoted, dashing husband.

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    Susan in the Boonies — April 20, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    I am now following Cristina on Twitter, and, of course, I already follow Bunkycooks.

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    Susan in the Boonies — April 20, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I am now a fan of Cristina on facebook, and of Bunkycooks!

  9. 9

    Susan in the Boonies — April 20, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I am already a subcriber to Bunkycooks. And I love visiting here!

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    kateiscooking — April 20, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Mother’s Day would be perfect if I didn’t have to go into the office and could just putter around in the yard after taking my mom out for brunch.

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    kateiscooking — April 20, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I’ve liked Bunky cooks on FB for a long time and just added Cristina. Happy Anniversary!!!

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    Meredyth H — April 20, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    My mother’s day would be perfect if I could spend it with my mother… Instead, we’ll have to have a virtual breakfast of Eggs Benedict together over Skype!

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    Mrs. Jen B — April 20, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Well, I’m not a mother, but the perfect Mother’s Day for me would be NOT having to cook a meal for my mom, dad, 3 siblings, plus my husband and father-in-law! Eek! ;)

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    Mrs. Jen B — April 20, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I am a follow of yours and Cristina’s on Twitter.

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    Mrs. Jen B — April 20, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    I am a subscriber!

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    Marie — April 20, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! I look forward to checking out your other website, and look forward to making this dish tonight.

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    Jane Nellums — April 20, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    The perfect Mother’s day would be spent with my Mother who is 84. My wish
    will come true May 8th. My daughter, Allison with her 2 month old, and I will drive to Florida to visit Mother. Nothing like 4 generations together!

  18. 18

    Jane Nellums — April 20, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I am a subscriber of Bunkycooks! Love Bunkycooks!

  19. 19

    Julia — April 20, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    ::sigh:: I work at a country club and so I never get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom, so making her a special dinner would be awesome instead of being at work!

  20. 20

    Lauren — April 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I would love to have my mom visit me in Germany for Mother’s Day!

  21. 21

    Barbara — April 20, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day would be cooking out of my newly won cookbook!!!
    Happy Anniversary to you two!!

  22. 22

    melissa@IWasBornToCook — April 20, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Sleeping in, breakfast in bed, a great day with family.

  23. 23

    melissa@IWasBornToCook — April 20, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    I follow you on FB.

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    Carolyn Binder — April 20, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    The perfect Mother’s Day would be spent in my garden, with all the girls at home, and then a wonderful dinner on the grill. Oh, and someone else woulc clean the kitchen up! :)

  25. 25

    Beverly — April 20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    I am a subscriber to Bunkycooks.

  26. 26

    Beverly — April 20, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    A lovely dinner served sitting out by the ocean on a breezy day with our children & grandchildren would be a perfect Mother’s Day. Happy Anniversary to Bunkycooks !!

  27. 27

    Lynda Clark — April 20, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    My perfect Mother’s Day would be to have both of my busy daughter’s together with me and we do a “Girl’s Day Out”.

  28. 28

    Lynda Clark — April 20, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    I am already a subscriber to Bunkycooks and look forwards to each posting.

  29. 29

    Lynda Clark — April 20, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    I am now a fan of Bunkycooks on Face Book.

  30. 30

    Lynda Clark — April 20, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I am following Bunkycooks on Twitter and I am already following Christina Cooks on both Twitter and Facebook.

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    momgateway — April 20, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    My mom had an accident resulting in severe head injury leaving her unable to speak and partly paralyzed so just being with my mom on Mother’s Day would make her very happy,

  32. 32

    Amanda Thompson — April 21, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    Breakfast in bed and a day off from “chores”

  33. 33

    Amanda Thompson — April 21, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    I subscribe to Bunkycooks via email.

  34. 34

    Christopher Sorel — April 21, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    Going to make complete meals for my wife on mother day. Kids have breakfast and I have other two. Getting some susi for lunch for her. Then dinner chicken marsala with roasted beets, risoto and butter pasta (homemade angle hair). carrot cake for desert

  35. 35

    Christopher Sorel — April 21, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Follow @CristinaCooks on Twitter and @bunkycooks on Twitter

  36. 36

    Christopher Sorel — April 21, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    like Cristina Ferrare on Facebook and Bunkycooks on Facebook

  37. 37

    Christopher Sorel — April 21, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Subscribe to Bunkycooks email

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — April 21, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    The perfect Mother’s Day would be sleeping late, a leisurely brunch at a good local restaurant, an afternoon nap and some time to putter about in the garden :-)

    p.s. – your osso bucco looks fabulous!!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — April 21, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    Already get your RSS feed!

  40. 40

    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — April 21, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Already follow you both on Twitter.

  41. 41

    Jackie — April 21, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    What would make my Mother’s Day perfect would be for my mother to be able to be there.

  42. 42

    Jackie — April 21, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    I follow bunkycooks on Twitter.

  43. 43

    Joan — April 21, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    Spending time with both my grown kids and my Mom.

  44. 44

    Stephanie — April 21, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    I follow both you and Cristina on Twitter.

  45. 45

    Stephanie — April 21, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I subscibe to your blog via RSS feed.

    The recipe above looks so good, think I will try it next week :)

  46. 46

    Jenni — April 21, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    A day with my family!!

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    Barbara — April 21, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    I would love my mom and I to have a great talk without tension! I would love for her to wake up happy, know that she is loved, have a laid-back, calm day, and to be filled with inner peace, contentment, and joy! I think this cookbook would make her happy as well!
    Barbara

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    Laura L — April 22, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    My youngest daughter always takes me to a English tea room in town, as her present to me, it is a very special treat for me. The only thing that would make it perfect would be if my other children could be there too.

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    John K — April 23, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Hi. I follow @Bunkycooks on Twitter.

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    Judy S. — April 23, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    My perfect Mothers day would be to have all 4 of my kids and their families spend the day together at the zoo, with a wonderful picnic lunch and a photographer to capture it for me.
    all my grand babies at one time. Pure heaven.

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — April 23, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    I have been curious about this new cookbook and the recipe you highlighted looks supreme. I would be most happy just having a great dinner together with my Mom on Mother’s Day!

  52. 52

    Kelly — April 23, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    To have my mom over – I will be cooking for her. thanks!

  53. 53

    Nota Supermom — April 24, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    A housekeeper would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

  54. 54

    Nota Supermom — April 24, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    I’m a subscriber to bunky cooks.

  55. 55

    Nota Supermom — April 24, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    Following you both on twitter.

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    Athena R. — April 24, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    My Mother’s Day would be perfect if I could spend it on a day out with my mom and sisters, but since they live in a different state than I do, it is not possible.

  57. 57

    Athena R. — April 24, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    I follow you and Christine on Twitter @GoddessFoodie.

  58. 58

    Athena R. — April 24, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I follow you and Cristina on FB.

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    Athena R. — April 24, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I’m a new email subscriber.

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    Deb — April 24, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    To have my mom back. This will be my first Mother’s Day without her and I feel sort of lost. Cooking for me only just doesn’t sound as much fun.

    Love your mom while you have her, they are so worth it.

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    Teslaca — April 25, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    I have only furkids to celebrate mother’s day with, so for us a long walk in the woods followed by a good long nap would make for a nice day.

  62. 62

    Teslaca — April 25, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Following @bunkycooks and @CristinaCooks on Twitter.

  63. 63

    Teslaca — April 25, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Subscribed to RSS feed through Google Reader.

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    Sharon — April 25, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I would LOVE to win this cookbook because…I love new recipes. I have a a feeling that a lot of her recipes would be well received by my family!

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    Mmm...is for Mommy — April 26, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    All I need for a perfect Mother’s Day is a morning snuggle from my 23 month old daughter :)

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    Mmm...is for Mommy — April 26, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    I’m a new RSS subscriber

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    Anne — April 27, 2011 @ 3:11 am

    My perfect Mother’s Day is a day pf pampering with my Mom. No stress and no work just a day to ourselves to renew and enhance our relationship.

  68. 68

    Jeanne — April 27, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    to have a cookout @ the pool with my family.

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    Deanna Folk — April 27, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    There is really nothing that can make my day more perfect than to know our newest granddaughter that was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1lb. at birth will be home from NICU to allow me to shower her in love .And making it even more perfect would be all my children and 6 grandchildren come to Nanni’s to visit .

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    Sandra — May 5, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    Delicious and healthy! I just made some, but with pork and lamb meant. Delicious, I love this dish! :)

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    Amy — October 6, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    OMG – My mother has been having me look for this recipe from Christina Ferrare for over a decade and I finally found it!! I hope I’m invited to dinner when she makes it!

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