Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Comforting Low & Slow Short Ribs; Simplifying Update

Recipe:  Pimenton & Caraway Short Ribs with Egg Noodles

This is a delicious recipe adapted from the new cookbook, "Canal House Cooks Every Day".  It was easy and it is absolutely wonderful the next day when the flavors really incorporate.  The square egg noodles are called, "Pot Pie Noodles" by the Pennsylvania Dutch folks.  They are perfect in this recipe.  Also, your oven will be on low for three hours, so you will be getting some warming up from that, too, so it's a win-win!

Ingredients for 4 - 6 servings

For the Ribs

4 pounds meaty short ribs
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions, thickly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons pimenton
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine

For the Noodles

1/2 pound egg noodles (the square pot pie noodles if you can get them, or regular egg noodles)
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees; season the short ribs all over generously with salt and pepper.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large enameled cast iron or other heavy, oven proof pot with a lid over medium high heat (a heavy Dutch Oven type pot works best; there's a lot of liquid in the recipe)

Brown the ribs in the oil - work in batches, don't crowd the ribs.  Transfer browned ribs to a tray or platter.

Reduce heat to medium; Add the onions, garlic, pimenton, and caraway seeds to the pot
Cook, stir occasionally; let the onions soften - this will take about 15 minutes
Push everything to one side of the pot; add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly until the paste gets a bit darker - this will take about 2 minutes.
Stir the onion mixture and the tomato paste together.

Return the ribs to the pot; make sure to pour in any juices from the ribs too
Add the wine and enough water so that the ribs are half submerged.
Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a simmer.

Cover the pot and braise the short ribs in the oven until the meat is fork tender.
This will take about 3 hours.

Remove the pot from the oven

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the noodles and cook until tender.
Drain and return the noodles to the pot.  Stir in the butter and the parsley - add a splash of water and toss well.  Season with salt.

Arrange ribs and noodles on a platter.

Simplifying Life - The Efforts Continue

Here in Philadelphia we are experiencing day after day of gray, damp, certainly warm for the season, but chilly in that "wet" way; it's just awful weather.  Along with the short days, it is a nightmare scenario for those of us with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - which frankly, I think, is most of us!

So I've decided to try to find things to make myself happy - feeling bright and shiny although bright and shiny it ain't. I've been doing a lot of cooking; a little baking (the oven from hell continues to play games with me); and a lot of organizing, re-organizing; and de-cluttering. It's not making me feel like I've spent the day in the sunshine, but it is improving my environment and de-stressing my interactions with it.

Simplifying Tip for this Week:  If you have, as we do, boxes of  generally small, little used, low priced items that you no longer want or have never really used, you can pack up your car with the boxes and go sit at a Flea Market and try to sell these things individually.  Or, you can become a seller on Ebay.  I love Ebay.  I visit it a lot when I am hunting for something in particular.  However being a seller on Ebay requires a good deal of commitment and trips to the Post Office.  I believe it is more useful when you have large items, especially those that are worth a significant amount of money, to list them on Ebay. For those boxes of miscellaneous little things - if you want to take the easy approach - DONATE.  Organizations like Goodwill will come to your home with a truck and take your boxes.  For this you will get a tax deduction, which just may be equal to or surpass what you would make at a flea market!

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