Christmas is coming early to the newlyweds’ home this weekend. Typically we enjoy a white Christmas with my husband’s (formerly known as Prince Charming) family so this year we get to also celebrate a week early with my family. The best part? I get to make pre-Christmas dinner. 🙂 I think I may start featuring more meals and food here but just as I type that my head is like, “Yeah, just like you posted those before and after pictures promised. Psh.” The after pictures do exist on Facebook, but I just never got around to putting them up here.

I’ve been brainstorming what I want to serve and I think I am getting it together. I want to do beef short ribs in my Crock Pot because I’ve never made short ribs but we always get them at restaurants when we can. Also, there is almost no easier way to cook meat than in a slow cooker. I’ve seen a few recipes that I think I will combine. It will end up something like this:

Alanna’s Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
1 cup red wine (something sweet)
2/3 cup tomato paste or tomato sauce (I have seen two recipes with ketchup? or canned diced tomatoes)
3 tablespoons Worchester (and/or soy sauce)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar (might reduce this)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
3 pounds beef short ribs

I intend to brown the meat with salt and pepper on all sides before adding to the Crock Pot with all the ingredients and sprinkling the onions on top. Other things I may add are carrots, bay leaf and/or thyme. This should cook on low 8-10 hours. Then I’ll remove the juice, let it chill (ice bath?) to separate the fat and reduce the juice to a gravy.

I also want to do mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream because I prefer taters over pasta/noodles with the short ribs, popovers (I found a cheese and garlic version?), maybe slow cooked kale with ham or brussels sprouts. Then perhaps my chocolate bread pudding with Southern Whiskey Sauce for dessert.

While it won’t be East Coast cold, it will be in the low 50s and high 40s that evening. I’ll have to make sure to make normal sized portions though (my bread pudding recipe will probably have to be reduced by half) so we aren’t stuck with this delicious food for the rest of our lives. I’m still using frozen Mexican from just before our wedding!

To wrap thing up, I finally got over 1,000 views on the blog!!! Not really a big deal because I’ve been writing here for 3 years and that means that I get less than one view a day. Also in that time, I’ve made $4 off ads, so if you’re here, click an ad. I don’t even get the money until it hits $10. Guess I’m not getting rich quick! 😉