Comfort Food to Comfort a Friend

Barbecued Roasted Beef Short Ribs 1My friend Maddy and I agreed that the best way to comfort a dear friend who had recently lost her mother after a long illness was to invite her and her husband for a home cooked meal. We debated the menu over several emails, but then it hit us. What we needed to serve was cold weather comfort food. When I mentioned barbecued short ribs served with creamy mashed potatoes and a cole slaw with capers and scallions, my fellow host jumped on the idea. She pointed out that our friend was from the South and loved barbecued fare.

If you’ve never roasted short ribs, you’ll discover, that this inexpensive cut takes to slow oven cooking naturally with mouthwatering results. In the following recipe, these ribs are rubbed with an assertive blend of brown sugar, smoked paprika, and other robust spices, then browned and simmered in a barbecue sauce, which conveniently cooks along with them. When done, the meat is fork-tender and bursting with smoky, sweet, and tart flavors. An added bonus is that these ribs improve in flavor when made ahead and reheated. Continue reading

Sunday Roasts by Betty Rosbottom

Sunday Roasts is a collection of more than 75 recipes, including old-fashioned pot roasts, turkeys, racks of lamb, oven-roasted salmon, and much more. There is also a chapter on side dishes and another on seasoned butters, chutneys, and relishes. An incredible kitchen team spent months roasting with me until the recipes were fine-tuned, carefully written, and ready to go out to testers. Then, a group of volunteers Continue reading