Posts made in March, 2017

Sunday Quote is in family birthday season

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote is in family birthday season

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
~William Wordsworth

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Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, crock pot, gluten-free, healthier, main dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

I’m presenting to you the recipe for one of the best dishes I’ve ever made in a crock pot: Korean-style beef short ribs.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

I have made this many times over now. I’ve even tried it using cheaper cuts like chuck roast and rump roast. Those worked out okay (though the meat really dries out before its soak in the juice at the end), but they are nowhere as delicious as the short rib version.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

It turns out amazing whether you use boneless or bone-in ribs–a mix is a great way to go, too! Don’t trim the fat. You want all that flavor. The end result is a sauce that tastes like you added red wine, but you didn’t. It’s like MAGIC.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Seriously, these ribs taste like something from a great Asian restaurant. Pair it with some broccoli and a good spoonful of the sauce, and YUM.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Whenever I see beef short ribs go on sale, I do a little dance of joy because it means I get to make this recipe again.

Modified from Heather’s Bytes.

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

This recipe makes rich, savory short ribs that taste like a dish from a great restaurant! A 5 or 6-quart crock pot is necessary to fit the ribs. Note: A chuck roast or rump roast can be substituted for the ribs and it tastes okay, but the fatty ribs create a much deeper and richer flavor.

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tb sesame oil
  • 2 Tb rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 lbs beef short ribs; boneless, bone-in, or a mix
  • 1-2 Tb cornstarch
  • sesame seeds, optional

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper. Place the ribs in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; pour the sauce over them. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 9 hours. Depending on how the ribs are stacked in the cooker, you may want to quickly stir them at some point halfway through.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the ribs from the cooker. Place a tablespoon of corn starch in a small bowl and add some juice from the cooker. Whisk them together to create a slurry without lumps, and add back into the crock pot. Stir. If the juice doesn't start to thicken, repeat the process with some more corn starch.

Either keep the ribs intact, or pull meat into chunks and discard the bones and fat. Place meat in cooker again on WARM setting for 10 minutes or so to soak in flavors. Serve. Great with rice, broccoli, and perhaps a sprinkling of sesame seeds!

OM NOM NOM!

 

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Pi Day! Celebrate with Bready or Not

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, pie | Comments Off on Pi Day! Celebrate with Bready or Not

It’s March 14th and that means it’s PI DAY (3.14). Therefore, it’s only right to celebrate by making and eating some pie, right? I have a whole subcategory of pie recipes in Bready or Not, but let’s highlight some favorites.

Bready or Not: Maple Pecan Pie BarsMaple Pecan Pie Bars

 

Bready or Not: Maple Apple PieMaple Apple Pie

 

Snickerdoodle PieSnickerdoodle Pie

 

Peppermint Brownie PiePeppermint Brownie Pie

 

Cookies and Cream Chocolate PieNo-Bake Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pie

 

Triple Layer Lemon Pudding PieNo-Bake Triple Layer Lemon Pudding Pie

 

Om nom nom! #SFWAPro

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Sunday Quote is at the Tucson Festival of Books

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote is at the Tucson Festival of Books

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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See me at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog, public speaking | Comments Off on See me at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend!

Tucson Festival of Books 2016

Tucson Festival of Books in 2016

I’ll be in Tucson this weekend for my 3rd visit to the city’s wonderful Festival of Books. The University of Arizona campus plays host to 100,000 book lovers. It’s a fun place to just walk around, take in sights, and do some shopping, but the panels are a special sort of awesome.

Both of my panels are on Sunday, and each is followed by a signing. My books will be for sale there, but you can bring copies you already own as well.

Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Writing Hurdles
Crafting a novel can be a tricky endeavor. What problems have these authors encountered and how did they solve them?

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Koffler Patio (following presentation)

Panelists: Beth Cato, Sam Sykes, Michael Tolkin

Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ladies of Steampunk
Steampunk ladies talk about steampunk society. (Note that this is a ticketed panel.)

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Central Mall (following presentation)

Panelists: Marie Brennan, Beth Cato, Nisi Shawl

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