Sunday, October 21, 2012

Beef short ribs & homemade noodles & roasted butternut squash

It's been a sad week at our house this week... My 94 year old grandma passed away.... She lived a long and wonderful life and we have sooo many wonderful memories of her... she was an amazing cook and she shared her love of food with us grandkids... she never made all this fancy stuff, just regular old everyday stuff...that's why I think that I cook like I do... I am not one for a big old fancy restaurant or exotic hard to find ingredients I am just a regular everyday cook who likes good homey food...nothing fancy but just yummy..... I had a package of Beef short ribs in the freezer and immediately though of her when I was thinking about how with this whole week of funeral preparations and everything else crazy going on that I just wanted a homecooked meal today.... so I am sharing this with love from my grandma...with just a little Joelle spin on it :) grandma never cooked with wine or spices but I a little of her and a little of me... I did get named after her after middle name is ya and will forever miss ya...  make this for your family they will love it...

Also just a note sometimes short ribs can be really expensive (when did that happen they used to be very inexpensive??) and my grandma who grew up in the depression taught us all about being frugal even before it became if short ribs are too expensive use a beef roast, or stew meat or what ever you have on will all be delicious.. Enjoy

Beef Short Ribs & Homemade noodles

2 lbs Beef Short Ribs
1 medium onion, peeled and small diced
2 carrots, peeled and small diced
1 stalk celery, washed and thinly sliced
1/4 cup red wine
8 cups water
3-4 beef bouillon cubes
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed
2 bay leaves
1 T. worchester sauce
1 t brown sugar

seasonings of your choice ( I used dried parsley flakes, seasoned salt (just a little cause the bouillon cubes are salty) & pepper, Mrs. Dash & a pinch each of red pepper flakes & thyme)

In large stock pot place all of the ingredients and bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat.  Reduce to low and simmer (making sure the liquid is bubbling) and cook for 3-4 hours our until the meat is tender and falling off of the bone...Remove meat to a bowl (to catch any liquid) and remove bones, and cut away the fat leaving large meat pieces.)  Pour any liquid from the bowl back into the pot. Remove garlic clove & bay leaves. Simmer while making the noodles. 


3 cups flour (plus more for rolling out)
1 T baking powder
1 egg
pinch of salt & sugar
1 T. olive oil
cold water

In large bowl whisk together the flour,salt, baking powder, & sugar.  Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, add egg, oil and 1/4 cup water.  With a fork mix together the dough, adding a tablespoonful at a time to make a stiff dough.  On a floured surface knead dough a few minutes and with a rolling pin dusted with flour roll into to about a 1/4" thickness.   With a pizza cutter or a knife cut dough into squares. Turn broth to medium high and when fully boiling, take a spatula and remove the squares of dough and drop individually into the soup mixture.  Cook until the noodles float about 4-5 minutes  (or maybe shorter time depending on how small or large the noodles are).  Take any remaining noodle scraps and flour on the surface and sprinkle it across the pot immediately after adding the raw noodle dough to help thicken the broth.  Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers. Enjoy

Roasted Butternut squash with butter & brown sugar

2 whole Butternut squash
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
1/2 stick butter
(seasonings of your choice I used salt & pepper, a pinch of cinnamon & nutmeg)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash the butternut squash and dry.  Cut each squash length wise in half.  Scoop out and discard seeds.  On aluminum foil lined baking sheet turn squash cut side down & bake for 45-60 minutes or until for tender.  Remove from oven turn over (be careful cause they are hot) and with a spoon remove all of the squash from the shell and place in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well with a fork mashing up.  Serve with beef short ribs and noodles...  Enjoy

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