My sweet little Maggie has the strangest taste in food for a 6 year old. She refuses to eat pizza with red sauce, has to be garlic sauce. Devours mac and cheese with winter squash in it. Will eat any edible flower because it "tastes good and has to be magical". She will also not touch anything with potatoes, what kind of kid does not like french fries or mashed potatoes?! I do not know why but I have taken this on as a challenge so I am always looking for ways to trick her into eating potatoes. Well, I failed with her taking the bait on this one but everyone loved these eggs in a nest.
When I was growing up we spent many Christmas' in Tahoe. My dad would wake us up early on Christmas morning and rush us through opening Santa's presents, load us in the car and make the drive to spend the day skiing. When the ski lifts would begin to shut down and we were wet, cold and exhausted we would get back into the car and drive all the way home. It is not common for restaurants to be open on Christmas night so our dinner consisted of Denny's where my brother and sister and I would feast on a grilled cheese sandwich. We still talk about it 30 years later laughing about it and I wouldn't change it for the world but at the time what we really wanted was to wake up on Christmas, open our presents and enjoy the day playing with our new toys and end the night with a normal Christmas dinner.
For the majority of my twenties I lived in Tahoe and that meant combining those childhood memories with what we actually wanted at the time. One year stayed in Reno and went out for a nice dinner. My dad ordered shanks for dinner and still to this day talks about how that was one of the best meals he ever ate. When my parents recently came to visit us I knew I had to make him shanks. I was so excited and the pressure was on for the perfect recipe. When I told him he then just talked about how the Reno dinner was the best and nothing could top it. The challenge was on! That night I created one of the best meals I have ever made and for weeks every time I talked to him on the phone he brought it up. This recipe is not hard or super time consuming and it doesn't call for technical fancy cooking techniques. What makes it fabulous is the quality of ingredients. With the wine use a wine that you would enjoy drinking. Fresh local vegetables, quality meat and good conversation around the table will give you a meal your family or friends will be talking about for a long time.
If I were to say ramen most people associate that with the sodium infused 10 cents a packet broke college student staple. That is not ramen. It is so delicious with a rich deep broth and everything just comes together in this beautiful way. The broth can take a long time to develop those perfect flavors but I think I have discovered a way to come in a quick second with this recipe. It looks like a lot of work but it honestly does not take that long to put together, If you are a meal planner I recommend marinating the egg overnight but it is not mandatory. If you do not like boiled eggs they can be replaced with a poached or fried egg as well. The real key to this recipe being a success is quality ingredients. Try making your own bone broth and the difference will be quite noticeable. The beef and beef broth can be replaced with chicken and chicken broth or the meat can be omitted completely. If there are ingredients you do not like they can be replaced with something else or left out. Be sure not to cook noodles with the broth otherwise it will affect the flavor.