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First the whine - it's up to you to get the cheese. Man, LJ has just been DEAD for a while. Not a lot of posts beyond twitter updates (which I'll just be frank, I'm not following those things. I 'll read twitter ON twitter) not a lot of spazzy fun times, everything seems to be Srs Bznz. There is NO JOY lately. Yeesh, I post a silly poll and I get all sorts of "well, I'm forgetting you're an idiot on LJ, Stoney, and I'm treating this like academia and will pick apart minutiae about the word "is" and your intended use of said word and GAH. Stop it. This is not that place, y'all, what have you confused me with?! I AM ONLY A FOOL WITH A KEYBOARD. Every now and again I'll do something serious or the like, but this is typically not a place to be taken seriously. (Um, the religion poll was to see if everyone else had a crappy dad that always put their religion before their kid, IT WAS NOT A CONSPIRACY TO CONFUSE.) Hello, I'm self-centered, did you forget? Ahahaha. Ahem.

Also: negativity is ABHORRED here. If you're a glass half-empty type, I don't have much in common with you. There is one exception to this rule, and it's because she is negative in a FUNNY WAY and Liz, I know you are expecting your name here. Lol. Guys, if you added me to your reading list in error, PLEASE TAKE ME OFF FOR YOUR OWN SANITY. I will not be offended, I will not hunt you down and demand you friend me or whatever. It's the INTERNET. And my little corner of the internet is just that: my place to post my opinions on things (and hey! They might differ from yours!) make jokes, laugh at myself, get excited about things, and generally act like an idiot. This is not a community LJ, this is MY LJ. <-- sometimes I think people forget that.

I don't demand that everyone be hilariously genius or something, just don't bitch about what I'm posting on, don't shoot down the happy (like, you shouldn't do that ANYWHERE, nevermind my LJ) don't find fault in me or others and just LIGHTEN UP. Jeeeeeez. I have to do this, like, once a year it seems.

If you are not Whiney McGee of the Feh People, then the previous PSA has nothing to do with you, carry on BEING AWESOME. [Look, Gary's gonna do what Gary WANTS to do.]


How's that for a dark intro? WHEE! This is the second time I've made this tweaked version, and it's officially my favorite. I took things I liked from a few different recipes and made this one. Start the whole process about 18 hours before you're going to eat them due to the marinade. Cooking time is about 4 hours.

Rhone-Soaked Beef Short Ribs (I used 10, so adjust measurements accordingly)

For the Marinade
1 whole bottle of Rhone red - something good but not expensive (obv.) I used a decent bottle that was 10 bucks.
1 large onion, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, smushed with your knife
10 Beef short ribs (rinsed, but you always rinse your meat, right? RIGHT?)
2 Bay leafs
handful of thyme sprigs (I used a generous handful - I love thyme)
Opt.: can add peppercorns, but check your wine to see if it has a pepper note, omit if so

Put everything but the meat in a pan, bring to a simmer, cool, put everything (including the meat) in a container for soaking. I prefer a big ziplock bag so I can flip everything around and get that flavor on all parts.

For the Meat Browning
Flour for coating
salt, pepper
big Dutch oven/enameled baking dish - large enough for all of the meat to be in a single layer (I have a 7qt. LeCruset that I use, but a roasting pan could work - it needs a covering.)
6 pieces of bacon
2 C. beef broth

Preheat the oven to 300F.

Fry up the bacon until very crispy, drain on paper towels. Leave bacon fat in skillet. Remove the meat from the marinade (which you will reuse) and generously salt and pepper all sides. Coat all sides in flour and in small batches, brown all sides in the bacon fat. (Holy yum.) When each piece is browned (about 2 -3 min. per side) remove and place in the dutch oven/roasting dish. When all pieces are finished, drain off the fat but leave the crispy bits. Add the marinade and broth to the skillet and bring to a boil, whisking in the crispy bits to the marinade. Add the bacon from earlier, all nicely crumbled. Well, the bits you didn't eat already. I'll give you permission to crumble in three pieces and eat three pieces, that seems fair.

Pour over the short ribs.

Cover and put in the oven, set the timer for 3 hours. Go live your life, but only for 3 hours. You may not get your groove back in that time, but you could maybe get a massage, I don't want to judge your life.

For Ze Grand Finale
button mushrooms, as much as you like. I use 1 lb. for 10 short ribs.
a baking sheet lined with foil, additional foil to cover.

After 3 hours, the meat should be falling off the bone. Pull the dish from the oven, turn off the oven, but leave the door cracked. Remove with tongs the ribs (carefully! That meat really wants to slide off the bone) and put on the sheet. Sprinkle the mushrooms over the top, cover with the foil, and slip back into the TURNED OFF OVEN for the next step. The steam will rest the meat and cook the 'shrooms, you see.

Put your baking dish with the marinade over medium to medium high heat and bring the sauce to a boil. Scrape the bottom with a spatula or whisk to incorporate the crispy bits into the sauce. Reduce by almost 2/3 so that it's thick, almost to the point of being syrupy. Taste to see if it needs any more salt and pepper. Probably not.

Remove the ribs and mushrooms to a serving platter (or hey, right on your baking sheet, if you a) have one with sides and b) hate dishes) and pour the thick, deeply colored, highly aromatic sauce over them and serve.

OH MY GOD THIS IS SO DELICIOUS. And even though it's a lot of steps, it's not really difficult, just a little work in the beginning. It's so worth it, though.

Okay, I have to get my voice all peppy for an audition (voice over) and finish cleaning the back part of the house. Yesterday I LITERALLY scrubbed the master bath down with a toothbrush. It was just... Well, the Mr. was home for a month and it got nasty. He's used to living in hotels during the week, you see. >:( Also, I have a system for watching Hoarders, and that's a part of it. I HAVE ISSUES, I HAVE NEVER DENIED THIS Lol.

OH! Last bit and I'll shut my yap, I am finally getting started on my Halloween costume this year (new folks - um, I get a little carried away) and it's going to be AMAZING. If you are horror/gore averse, don't google this. NO, REALLY. I'm going as The Woman [the deformed geisha] from Masters of Horror: Imprint. My buddy the sculptor is going to help me make... Little Sister. WHEE!! Nightmare is coming to my block this year, wheedle deedle dee!


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Oct. 12th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
There is nothing, nothing, nothing in the world that can make me clean like watching an episode of Hoarders.
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!! On one hand, I love Mondays because that's when I do the DEEP cleaning, all in anticipation of some horror show house.

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Oct. 12th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great! when people take something that should be fun and turn it into work? /sarcasm

OMG, those RIBS! I'm totally saving this recipe for whem I'm not on this ridiculous diet I'm currently on, because DAYUM, they sounds delish.

My husand also travels frequently, and I'm like, do you leave your hotel room in this much of a mess? Because you REALLY don't need to make Houskeeping's job as difficult as possible.
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
OY. I mean, hey, sure, I can fool you into thinking I'm SMRT and stuff, but I'm ultimately all about the dick jokes and pull my finger. NEVER FORGET. NEVER SURRENDER.

They are crazy delicious, I won't lie. They are Christmas[Holiday of your choice] Dinner good.

What is it with those boys and housekeeping? TELL YOU WHAT, HONEY. YOU CALL AND MAKE APPOINTMENTS AND FIND A GOOD HOUSEKEEPER AND PAY FOR IT. Or you know, pick up your damn socks and all of your receipts and... (Ha.)
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Oct. 12th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Love the ribs recipe! I may try it this weekend.

Have to admit there are some days that your comments lift my spirits. I can almost always depend on you to have something funny/sarcastic/thought provoking to say. I may not comment very often, but I usually agree.

We will get pics of the halloween costume, right?
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
They turned out scrumptious, I highly recommend them!

Aww, you're a sweetheart. I just try to be a half-full person, generally. The opposite type wears me down, is all.

Oct. 12th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
I'm totally bookmarking this recipe for the next time it's my turn to make Sunday dinner.

Oh, btw, I took inspiration from that squash pasta sauce you posted the other week and totally made my own and it was NOM. So thanks!
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oooh, tell me how it turns out!

AND ISN'T THE SQUASH IDEA GREAT? Mmmm, butternut squash would also be fantastic in that. NOM!
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Madam, I have come here to inform you that your LJ is not PC nor relevant to me specifically. *look of disapproval*

Any business of yours on the internet is my business, doncha know
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
(Tee hee, I <3 you.)
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Oct. 12th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Dude, I am a horror movie junkie and Imprint freaked me the fuck out. I'm not sure if it was the completely hallucinatory atmosphere, the fact that nobody is a reliable narrator, or the FINGERNAIL BAMBOO, but gaaaah.

Which is all to say that ahahaha, as a Halloween costume, that is inspired.
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
FINGERNAIL BAMBOO. That shit was INSANE. (I almost went as her - I couldn't figure out how to do the mouth contortion, though.) That movie was just trippy man. <3

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Oct. 12th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Also, ribs? Om nom nom.
I've been practicing with latex making the crazy face gash. WHEE!!!

And tchuh, OF COURSE I WILL POST PICS! See: Narcissism. :D
Oct. 12th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Man, this post sucks and you should really think about your audience before you go off all half cocked like we're a bunch of idiots


Your journal makes me laugh more consistently than any other journal on my flist, and I'm glad you're around and people should totally not be killing your buzz.

Oct. 12th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)

Also: Hahahaha.
Oct. 12th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
I read that as "treating this like macadamias" so now I want a gin and tonic, and a bowl of nuts, and a bowl of olives, and to lie around on your seal platform.
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
LOL!!!! I like your version better.
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah but you like Connor and he sucks.
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)

You don't get to leave me, ever.
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Oct. 12th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
If I was going to be around for Halloween instead of driving back to Florida from the Rally for Sanity in DC then I would want to go as a Weeping Angel from Dr. Who. Because those things freak me the hell OUT.

also... . I have a phone interview in 20 min and I'm so so so so nervous!
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Oct. 12th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you noticed that too, huh? LJ has been pretty dead. Even the picspam communities I follow almost never update, and they used to have at least two posts a day. WELL, at least the fanfiction communities haven't all dried up.
I kind of attributed it to almost all my immediate friends having gone to college (I'm taking a semester. Long story D:) but even before the semester began, its been like this. And I used to do birthday posts but I'm never sure if that person is actually still LJ active so I don't anymore :/

That recipe looks numptious, though. (writes it down)
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
IT'S BEEN SO DEAD. I did not approve of this, harumph. I think people are dividing their time among this, twitter, facebook, and tumblr and the others are faster and there's less interaction so you can consume more. But that's what I DON'T like, I like the time consuming nature of reading up on people's lives and commenting!

(And same here on the b-day thing.)

The recipe was SO GROOD. I highly recommend it.
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Oct. 12th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I CAN AND WILL. Give me examples of things you need pepping up on and I will PERSONALIZE THAT SUMMBITCH.

Ooooooh, ham. Were you glistening from the aftereffects of consuming so much meat? (It prolly was some Olympian's butt meat. Mmmm. Now who's the champion, I ask you?)

CLEARLY YOU NEED TO STALK THE HOMELESS. I won't say anything. *zips lip*
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Oct. 12th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I was just looking at screencaps to refresh my memory of her kimono and creeped myself out. I love that we now have an annual Halloween party to go to and I can actually ENJOY costumes! (I tone things down at the door because of how many little kids we have in the neighborhood. I'm mean, but I'm not an ogre. That's next year. lol.)

Oh, I'm so glad he's doing the food themes still! I was wondering what Nathan would be this time around. Ha! Cloaks can be easy or tricky - my advice, if you want it, make sure you get a bolt of fabric that is 60" wide, NOT 45" (typical calicos, etc.) and use a pattern that has, like, two pieces: the cloak and the cowl.

(I found this one, and it seems very straightforward.)


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