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Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife, homemaker, wonderful mother, cook, and gracious hostess. She does it all and does it well.
I make simple food with easy recipes and I like to try new things. My family and friends love my cooking and always ask me to share, with them, what I know about food, flavor, and technique.

I'm not a professional chef and I've had no formal culinary training. What I know and do in the kitchen comes from three women...Nana, Grandma Della, and Rose, my mom. Each one of them knew more about putting a meal on the table than any fancy chef in a white hat. They were the ultimate Balaboostas.

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Succulent Short Ribs

This recipe, takes the short rib to the moon with flavor. I've prepared short ribs in a variety of ways but this recipe is my family's favorite by far.  Finger licking good!    I serve it with Roasted Spaghetti Squash. You can serve with Israeli Cous Cous, Bulgar Wheat Pilaf, or rice though I lean towards using the squash option to lower the carb and calorie count of this meal.
I like to make these ribs a day ahead.  After they have been refrigerated overnight I like to scrape the fat off before reheating and serving.
Ingredients...
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2.5 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or a 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend) 
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Here's how you do it....


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and ground pepper in a bag.
  3. Add the short ribs and shake until coated.
  4. Heat a large skillet to medium and add the butter.
  5. Brown the ribs on all sides.
  6. Place the browned ribs in a roasting pan or casserole. Do not wash the skillet.
  7. Into the, still hot, skillet put the remaining ingredients: chopped onion, beef broth, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, chili sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, minced garlic, and chili powder.
  8. Stir and bring to a boil.
  9. Pour over ribs.
  10. Cover, put in the hot oven, and reduce the temperature to 225 F.
  11. Allow to braise for at least 3.5 hours or longer.  Time permitting I usually go at least 5 hrs.
 

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