January 2017

the-most-delicious-braised-short-ribs

**This is a terrible picture. I’m sorry, but it was New Years and I was more into the champagne.

Guys, make these. For a dinner party would be my rec, because you do most of the work the day before and they are flat out succulent. And flavorful and rich. And go ridiculously well with things like Mac ‘n Cheese.

Recipe

  • 10-12 beef short ribs – I always ask for the least fatty ones
  • ~2 cups mirepoix (mix of finely chopped onion, carrot, and celery)
  • S&P
  • 1 bottle good red wine
  • ~ 6 cups beef broth
  • Worcestershire
  • Bay leaf
  • Thyme

Preheat the oven to 350.  Heat some olive oil over medium in a big dutch oven. Working in batches, brown the short ribs on all sides. Generously season with salt & pepper while cooking.  Transfer to a plate.  Pour out the excess fat, then add in the veggies, cooking for about 5-10 minutes until soft (add more oil if necessary). Transfer veggies to a bowl. Deglaze the pan with the bottle of wine.  The wine flavor really does stand out in the end, so use a bottle that you would enjoy drinking.  Turn the heat up to high and let wine reduce by 3/4 – about 20 minutes. Add the meat back into the pan, then pour in enough beef broth to almost cover. Sprinkle in a bit of worcestershire, a bay leaf, and some fresh or dried thyme. If using low sodium beef broth, you’ll need to add more salt. Don’t under salt! That’s the fastest way to a flavorless dinner, IMO.  Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover and put in the oven for about 2.5 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Remove from the oven, let the ribs cool in the liquid, and then refrigerate (in the covered pan) overnight.

The next day, a couple hours before you want to serve dinner, take the ribs out of the fridge. And here is the magical/super gross part of this recipe. ALL of the fat will have solidified on the top – and it is A LOT – making it very easy for you to take a spoon and scoop it all out. It is a very gross yet very satisfying process. I’ve made short ribs before without this refrigeration/fat removal step, and have been disappointed with the fattiness of the end result. This cuts out that problem completely, allowing you to really enjoy the flavor of the meat and sauce.  Ok, so remove all the fat, then place the pan back on the stove and bring sauce to a boil. Let sauce thicken up and reduce by a lot (about 3/4), until sort of thick and glaze-like, a little over an hour. Continue to spoon sauce over the meat as it reduces down. Serve these delicious guys over something equally delectable, like creamy mashed potatoes or mac ‘n cheese!

Smoothie Bowl

smoothie-bow

After spending the past several months bankrupting my family using the Favor delivery service so I could eat my beloved smoothie bowl every day, I came to a very enlightening realization. I can make my own smoothie bowl. And guess what? I LIKE MINE BETTER.

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Handful of chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup or so of almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • Coconut flakes
  • Granola

In a food processor combine the blueberries, 1.5 of the bananas, pineapple and milk until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and top with remaining banana, coconut and granola.

I guess this isn’t really a recipe because you could throw anything into a smoothie and make it delicious, so consider this post lunch inspiration – which we could all use.