braised short ribs. your dinner just got owned!

that my friends is exactly what the boy, ahem the husband, said when we sat down for dinner tonight. and then he leaned over and told me it was amazing. that doesn’t happen all the time so I was one happy girl (I mean he tells me dinner is good and everything but this got a kick ass reaction!) seriously people this recipe is to die for. I only wish I had more short ribs on hand because somehow I only bought 5 and I forgot how much they can shrink up. pureed parsnips are delicious. they’re sweet like carrots but just as tasty as mashed potatoes. what wouldn’t be if you’re mixing it with butter, cream and horseradish? kick it up a notch by using extra hot horseradish and lots of freshly cracked black pepper. need a delicious recipe for a dinner party? perhaps one for valentines day? or to woo someone you love? go, no scratch that, run, to the nearest book store and buy The Smitten Kitchen. I can’t recommend it enough. and with an endorsement like that from the boy, ahem the husband, you know it’s gotta be good.

since I mentioned the cost of our dinner yesterday I’ll do it again. this dinner was more expensive than last night but it all balances out. this dinner had no leftovers (boo!) and was only for two of us.

short ribs (Whole Foods) $11.00 for just about 2lbs

parsnips (king soopers) $3.00

butter, horseradish and garlic we’ll call it even at about $1.50

total: $15.50

definitely can’t get something this delicious at a restaurant for $7.75 per person

shortribswhat are you waiting for?! go!!

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January 30

I am feeling stuck. I have a long list of things I want to do and an even longer list of things I need to do but I can’t seem to find the motivation to do any of them.

The one thing that I do seem able to do? Cook. Not a bad thing I suppose since it’s helping us eat healthier and eat in. I’ve been trying to cook new things from all the cookbooks I’ve earmarked over the years. This week on our menu I have two new recipes: mustard pork chops with apples and onions from Dinner: A Love Story as well as balsamic + beer braised short ribs with parsnip puree from Smitten Kitchen. Both of the women who wrote these books have amazing food blogs and tell stories which I love.

We had the pork chops last night and they were delicious. Will definitely make it onto our rotation of meals (love that!) I of course didn’t take any pictures while cooking. What is wrong with me?! One day I suppose. One day. I served the pork chops with a simple green salad and sauteed rainbow chard with garlic and pine nuts. Pretty delicious, fed three adults plus enough for left overs for the boy, ahem the husband to take for lunch today. The best part about the meal? Everything was on hand, the meat came from the freezer and the chard was in the fridge (I may have forgotten about it…) Cost of this meal?

Pork Chops (King Soopers) under $5.00 for 6 chops

Rainbow Chard (Whole Foods) $2.00

Garlic (King Soopers) $0.25 and that is for the whole bulb

Pine Nuts (Cosco) No idea but it’s a giant bag and we probably used a portion that would equal $0.50

Salad Stuff (King Soopers) $3.00

Assorted oils, butters and dressings used in the meal we’ll count at $2.00 (I’m sure that’s high but whatever)

Total for our meal that served 3 adults and 1 leftover lunch? $12.75

Proof that eating in is waaaaaaaay cheaper and clearly healthier. $3.18 per person? That rocks.

Hmmm. Now that I’ve broken up the cost of our meal I think I want to do that more often and see how it works out. Especially since I have a weakness for Whole Foods. Perhaps a post on how to shop there since I’ve learned tricks (things there can actually be cheaper than elsewhere! It’s true!)

Short ribs are up tomorrow night. If I am not overly exhausted perhaps I’ll remember to take pictures.

Time to eat a grapefruit, all this food talk has made me hungry!