My husband went shopping at the halal (like kosher) meat market and brought back beef shanks, which I'd never worked with. After searching around for what I could do with them, I ended up augmenting a recipe that seemed to have been a synopsis of a recipe demonstrated on Emeril's show. I made some changes and boy howdy! Husband says I can make this every night! I could just eat the potatoes and gravy and be quite happy. For dessert, I served baked apples with a raisin/nut/spice stuffing. The recipe is written for stove/oven braising, but I will be trying this next time on the low setting of my crockpot. I'm sure it will work quite nicely, perhaps even better. This is a really homey dish, but has dinner party taste and can be prepared in the morning and left to cook all day while you get ready.