The First Meal!

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It finally came time for me to cook for Jamie. He had cooked for me a couple times and I figured I could return the favor. I wanted to find the most delicious thing to cook and totally knock his socks off.

For Christmas I asked for a 5 quart Dutch Oven (You might know them as the Le Crueset, really expensive ones). Anyways, my mom did a little research and found an even better one at World Market…and its even red!  When I finally got it down to LA with me I could not figure out what to do with it other than make soup. I asked my boss, Kate, who you will hear about a lot in this blog, as she is an absolutely fantastic cook and has lots of recipes and tips.  She gave me a recipe for Braised Short Ribs and told me it was so easy.  I could put it in the oven, go to bed, and 8 hours later I would have the most delicious meal.  Well, leave it to me to make it more difficult.


So I started chopping all the veggies and browned the top and bottom of the ribs in the oven for a little while.  Then I put everything into the fabulous red Dutch Oven pot, put the cover on it, set the oven to 200 degrees and put it in.  I set a timer on my phone and went to bed.  I rolled around in bed all night worried about how it was going to turn out and then at around midnight I went to go and check on it.  Good thing I did because the oven had turned off!  Yikes!  So I re-lite the pilot light, went to sit on the couch and finally fell asleep.


Braised Short Ribs


4.5 pounds 3-inch-long beef short ribs

Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

2 cups dry red (used Cab Two Buck Chuck form Trader Joe’s)

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice

1 6-ounce package sliced mushrooms (I added extra)

1 cup finely chopped onions

8 garlic cloves, peeled

6 fresh Italian sprigs

2 bay leaves


Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Braise ribs in oven on a flat pan (i used a baking sheet), total 8 minutes each side.

Placed all ingredients in a pot at 200 degrees and cooked over night for eight hours.

We didn’t eat it until the next day, so I put everything in the refrigerator.

We had mashed cauliflower (made like mashed potatoes) and asparagus.


It tasted sooo good!  It was the perfect First Meal for Jamie and my Christmas present!

Recipe from and Kate Reeb. :)

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