Monday, May 3, 2010

DIY: How To Get Your Man To Worship You


DIY Day @ ASPTL

Ok Ladies...take a good look at the photo above....It contains everything grown men fantasize about. Tender melt in your mouth chunks of beef short ribs, onion, carrots and garlic all simmered for hours in a sinful red wine and beef broth . As if that wasn't fabulous enough, we will ladle it over my baked mashed cauliflower with parmesan & cheddar cheese.  
Let's get cooking and get this magic happening.
To start with you will need to purchase either bone-in or boneless beef short ribs. Now don't go looking for the leanest ribs because the key to this dishes deliciousness is the veins of fat running through the chunks. I prefer boneless, but bone-in is fine also.
See those veins of fat...make friends with them. They will secure your royalty status in your marriage. Dredge the meat in flour.
Brown the meat on all sides in some olive oil using a dutch oven or large sauce pot. The heavier the better. I use my 40 year old cast iron stew pot, which over the years is seasoned to perfection. 
Hint: when browning meat never overcrowd..that causes your meat to steam and not brown.
Remove meat and add a little more olive oil to your pot. To this add 2 cups chopped carrot, 1 chopped onion and 2 garlic cloves minced. Saute until just tender, they will finish cooking with the beef.
Add 1 carton or 2 cans good beef broth and 1 cup good red wine. Please don't cook with a wine you would not drink. Also..you may skip the wine and still be worshipped later ;-)
Season with some salt and fresh ground pepper and a little crushed Thyme if you like. Now put the lid tightly on this beefy loveliness and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 2-3 hours.
There is something wonderful happening under that cast iron lid.  I can just feel it.
DING.............times up! This is where we 'plate up' as they say in the foodie world. I used to serve my short ribs on a bed of mashed potatoes, however in an effort to cut some carbs out of my hubby's diet, I now serve them over my incredible mashed cauliflower. You can find that recipe HERE
My man now prefers the cauliflower to potatoes and I must admit he's spot on. The first time I ever prepared short ribs I wondered to myself "why have I messed with pot roast all these years when I could have been enjoying buttery tender short ribs!" These gems are even better the next night, which makes them the perfect 'make ahead' meal item. I guarantee you will have your partner worshipping you and promising the world once he tastes this king of comfort food. Be sure to have some biscuits of fresh crusty bread to sop up all the fabulous meat juice.
I hope you give them a try..come back and let me know how they were...;-)
PS...If you are married to a vegetarian just whip up my mashed Cauliflower/ Broccoli casserole...he will still worship you!
Now go have some fun at all the other DIY entries. 
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.

20 comments:

who.knows.what.dreams.may.go said...

this sounds very delicious! I will try this week and let you know:)

SOiNTOiT said...

HA! You got ME to love YOU!! Pam

Atelier Conti said...

OMG, that looks fabulous Janet! It's a keeper. I'll try to gather my ingredients today and give it a try.

Tweed Delights said...

Wow, your hubby must worship the ground you walk one, hehe!! Must try your cauliflower and broccoli casserole - see if it works for me - haha :)

Audrey said...

That looks amazing!! If that's all it takes to my hubby think I'm the best thing since Craftsman tools - I'll be making it soon!! LOL

My Life Under the Bus said...

Looks YUMMY Janet : )..is it wrong to eat beef for breakfast ???

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love it and I love the side effect (worship)!!!

Wendy said...

Mmm, my hubby is a meat and potato might have to try the cauliflower ☺) kind of man. He WOULD love this!

SewSweetStitches said...

This is PERFECT for my husband! His mom cooked comfort food like this every night, and since being stuck with frou-frou-food me, he's lost a good 10 pounds! Thanks for the recipe!

w said...

shoot. that looks good. i'd follow you anywhere with that.

also. while my man would love for me to cook that... he's quite happy with just looking at my all around hotness.

Lisalulu said...

OHHH thank you, it is Mr. Produce's Birthday and I was looking for a FAB dinner to make for him. THIS IS GREAT thanks

My Life Under the Bus said...

Janet ...I have to tell you about spray paint....it starts out small...like a can or two here and there...you think "oh it's no big deal I am in control"......then all of a sudden you come home from Home Depot and theres no where left to hide all the cans. The kids start picking them up ...and your shoes are covered with over spray...then you get that crazy glint in your eye and you can't stop.......then your husband suggests, " Do you really NEED all these cans?"....and you know in your heart.....you do.

My Life Under the Bus said...

So really get yourself an old yucky apron ( if you have such a thing ), save a refridgerator box, an old pair of shoes( to hide the overspray) and one of those little handles that fits over the top of a spray can and gives your spray finger a break and you'll be good to spray my friend !

Mumsy said...

My hubby loves cauliflower and he loves meat so he would most likely love this dish. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Annette said...

This looks and sounds fabulous! Do you know I had worship from Mr. Memories with the peach crostada! This would do it too I believe!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That looks amazing! My hubs would love it. :)

The LadyBugs Garden said...

Hey Janet I love this dish..where is the Cauliflower/ Broccoli Casserole it sounds wonderful also?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That mash sounds very tasty... will have to give it a go...

Joy Beadworks said...

I really need my Big Guy to worship me. If this is the ticket, count me in.

Kimba said...

Oh my word. My husband doesn't know it yet, but he's going to be thanking you. And worshipping me, of course.

I've never used boneless short ribs before but I make a mean pot roast. I'm definitely trying this!