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The Project: Osso Buco

Osso First, the bad news: This recipe for osso buco takes 3 1/2 hours.

But that's also the good news.

Braising is one of the easiest ways to cook -- it's so forgiving. And most of the work is done by your stove, or oven. Essentially, a braise cooks itself.

That's why it's perfect for weekend cooking -- when you're doing chores around the house, or curled up on the couch catching up on your TV watching. Just check in every now and then, and you'll be rewarded with a rich, tender, falling-off-the-bone dinner.

What to serve that osso buco with? How about lemon risotto? You might also like to try lamb shanks braised with Merlot or cider-braised pork chops with fennel.

-- Rene Lynch


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Photo caption: It's a classic: Osso buco prepared in traditional style starts with browned veal shanks that are mixed with pancetta, mushrooms and aromatic vegetables then gently simmered in a rich veal stock. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

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I read in Thursday, Feb. 4 LATimes to... "Join us every Friday online for the Project: The L.A.Times Test Kitchen gives you a recipe that takes just a little more time but is worth it... osso buco.' I'm an osso buco fan so I thought I'd look into this. Of course I'd much rather read a recipe in the paper in my kitchen, but I thought I'd look it up.

So, in your online edition I see a Saturday, Jan 30 recipe for osso buco. Is the mention in the Feb. 4 paper supposed to lead us back to that recipe, was there an on-line, live cooking demonstration os osso buco on Fri., Feb. 4? Was the osso buco recipe only available online and not in the paper?

Is 'The Project' merely a recipe that's printed online and not in the newspaper? Isn't it so much easier just to read the recipe in the paper and use the paper to cook the recipe? Why go online to read the recipe, then have to print it out, just to go back to the kitchen to cook?

If there were an actual demonstration of the cooking techniques that would be interesting. Help. Am I missing something here?


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