Monday, January 18, 2010

Short Ribs

While stalking, er I mean while reading through my reader list, I found a recipe for ribs in a red wine sauce that I wanted to try. I took ribs out and put in the fridge to make a little later in the day and then Dude asked if I wanted to go out for dinner and a movie. Heck yeah! I wish I would have brought my camera with because seriously? Best burger I ever had. I think I have mentioned that we like to eat at Rudy's Redeye Grill, which is part of Axl's Charhouse here in Minnesota. They have awesome steaks and prime rib and pasta, and well everything we have ever had there is good. My favorite cocktail is also from there-the Flirtini. I have that recipe under drinks in my recipe labels. And if you make these cocktails in pitcher form (which we do) stop at one pitcher. Trust me on this. I didn't learn the first time we made two. I learned the second time. But the burgers were phenomenal. I don't know if they ground up Bessie right there in the kitchen, but they were juicy and full of flavor and HUGE! So the ribs took a back seat. When I went to make the ribs the next day, I didn't do it with the red wine as it only takes about a cup of wine and we had to work the next two days and I didn't want the wine sitting in the fridge that long before I could drink the rest of it. I used beef stock instead. It went together so fast. I chopped an onion into quarters, cut 3 stalks of celery into three piece, took a handful of mini carrots (since those where the only ones in the crisper drawer) and put in the bottom of the Crock Pot. I rubbed the patted dry ribs with one of my favorite blends from Penzey's that consisted of paprika, onion, celery, arrowroot, sugar, garlic, black pepper, parsley, dill seed, caraway, turmeric, dill weed, bay leaf, thyme, savory, basil, marjoram and rosemary. Holy cow there is a lot packed in that jar! It is called Beef Roast seasoning and we use it all the time. I placed the ribs on the top of the veggies and poured the beef stock around the sides of the meat, put her on low and went to bed. 8 hours later dinner was ready. I strained the juices into a pan, mixed some Wondra flour with cold beef stock and whisked into the hot juices and made some pan gravy. Delish!

This is a new tablecloth I got from my Mom. I will have to do a post on the fun things I got. A resident in her apartment building (she calls 'the Home') had passed away and Mom offered to help her husband clean out some stuff. He told her she could take what she wanted and the rest was going off to Goodwill I believe. She took several tablecloths (I collect old ones), a stockinette cover for a rolling pin still in the original box, and a cookie press. I was excited about the cookie press (spelled Cooky on the box) since I have never made Spritz cookies and I know Dude likes those. There were several recipe booklets, receipts dated 1941, and some cool round recipe cards that came off of the lids of Spry shortening. I want to find a cool frame and hang them in my kitchen. I think when we move to town in a few years, I will do a retro themed kitchen!

8 comments:

noble pig said...

The stockinette is a good find!

Bob said...

Sounds good to me, I've been wanting to try short ribs forever.

Alea said...

Smart decision to shelve the ribs and go out to dinner! Ribs are one of those things that I don't feel completely comfortable making, but I love how you prepared them, I will have to give it a try.

Monica H said...

That plate of meat is gorgeous. I want those NOW!

You got some great goodie. I can't wait to see them.

I don't know if you have a Hobby Lobby near you but in their framing department you can pick out any color matting and have them cut to size (round) for when you frame them.

Donna-FFW said...

Flirtini.. hook me up, lady!

Then we'll have the ribs!

buffalodick said...

Love short ribs!

Pam said...

Cute tablecloth - it sounds like you got lots of goodies.

The ribs sound wonderful, I love how easy this recipe is.

Lys said...

I ADORE short ribs - seriously, it's a love affair that could put a gal in the poorhouse sometimes. However, seeing that Penzys blend has me wondering if I should make a trip to the Philly store to take a look see. My poor spice cabinet is like my shoe cabinet - crazy full :)