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.

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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.

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Braised Short Ribs

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

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

Recipe from epicurious.com and Kate Reeb. :)

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