Braised Beef Short Ribs

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Over the weekend I made braised beef short ribs for dinner. A warning before you attempt this recipe, it is fairly simple technique-wise but it will take 3-3 and a half hours to make. However, the time is more than worth it for the final product. To come up with this recipe I combined a few recipes I had researched online while looking up how to make this dish. I am a fan of peppers so I added a few into the mirepoix mixture.

When buying the short ribs see if your butcher can cut the ribs into 2 inch pieces cut crosswire, this allows the ribs to fit in the pot and be covered by the braising liquid. After the ribs are done it is important to remove them from the liquid then strain the liquid to remove some of the fat. You then return the liquid to a sauce pan and bring it to a boil to reduce down for 5-10 minutes. As it boils add salt and pepper to taste. You can serve the short ribs over mashed potatoes or polenta. With the weather in the Northeast getting cooler this is perfect for an Autumn or Winter weekend. Enjoy!

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Mexican Style Chicken Mac and Cheese

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Hello everyone hope you guys are doing well. Today I decided to make macaroni and cheese with a bit of a Mexican flare. The addition of the chicken and peppers turned this from a side dish to a meal in and of itself. The recipe is easy to follow and the dish takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish. As I was cooking this dish I realized that if you stop after step 4 and leave out the pasta you make an incredible queso dip, in fact I nearly split this recipe into two parts because the cheese sauce tasted so good. Have fun making it and I hope you enjoy it!

Mexican Style Chicken Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the SmartChef Blog!

ImageHello everyone and welcome to my blog, SmartChef. My name is Greg and I enjoy cooking, a lot. I started this blog so I can share my recipe ideas and other culinary adventures with friends, family, and other foodies who may stumble across the blog. I like to skip around with what I cook so I will not be focusing on any one particular type of cuisine. If I find something interesting I usually make an attempt at it and go from there. Some things work, others fail miserably, but I feel that’s the only way to learn what works. I will try to update the blog as much as possible with different recipes that I try or a restaurant review here and there. I hope you enjoy the blog and get some ideas for new recipes from it.