What’s Toya Cooking? A Free Recipe

Our first-ever souvenir cookbook is here! Order your copies online–they are shipping now, right to your door! This full-color compilation cookbook is a hardcover over 85 pages long and will sell for $22.00 (plus a $4 shipping fee). That includes a $10 donation to HVCS. Our staff and board members submitted their favorite recipes–from the healthiest gluten-free vegan recipes to full-on frosted cakes. We’ve also got several all-time-favorite potluck recipes.
Here’s a recipe submitted by our Director of Human Resources, Toya, which was inadvertently left out of the book. But, you now get it for free!

Toya’s Oxtail

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 2 ½ pounds of oxtail
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grown black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small can of butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 carrots, sliced or cubed
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced or cubed
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 cups of low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter



  1. In a bowl put oxtail and combine Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, salt, sugar, garlic and herb seasoning, browning sauce, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Rub both sides of oxtail with marinade; pour out excess.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Sear oxtail in hot oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set a side.
  3. Saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in the same skillet until softened, about 5 minutes. Add butter beans, beef broth, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Add oxtail, with its juices, and butter. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until oxtail is fork tender, about 3 hours. (You can also use a crock pot.)
  4. Uncover skillet and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces and thickens, about 5 minutes.

Our apologies to Toya–if you could only see what she brings to our staff potluck lunches!

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