Beef Bourginon by the Barefoot Contessa
This classic French preparation marries beef chuck, a relatively inexpensive and tough cut, with woodsy flavors like mushrooms and thyme for a delicious wintry stew.

Texas Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket
With tough cuts like brisket, long cooking times at low heat in an oven can turn your beef into butter. This Texas-style recipe calls for a spice blend that mimics the smokiness of being in a smoker without the added work.