On Friday, our friend Deb was coming over to meet the kittens and visit. I wanted to make something fairly simple for dinner, mainly because I was worried the kittens would be attempting to climb into our food (as they are wont to do). After I got done with work I ran to the grocery store and it was obvious at that point that the day was getting colder and gloomier so soup was on my mind. I had made chicken stock a few days earlier and chicken noodle came to mind. However, when gliding past the meat case, I saw a lovely meaty piece of beef soup bone and I was suddenly thinking of nice, comforting lentils. When I got home, I roasted the beef with some thyme to impart more flavor. After sauteeing some onions, mushrooms, and celery, I added the beef, water to cover, salt and pepper and a few sliced carrots. I used regular lentil and I like them to get rather mushy, so I left the pot to cook for a couple hours (at a very low heat). Then I removed the bones, shredded the now-tender meat and returned it to the pot.
I didn't feel like making a salad, but I did have half a cabbage and thought cole slaw sounded good. At first I was leaning towards an oil and vinegar dressing but my natural instincts took hold and I went with a traditional mayo/sugar/vinegar dressing and added a shredded carrot for some color. To go alongside I baked some easy cheddar/chive biscuits (baking mix, milk, sour cream, shredded cheddar and chopped chives). They didn't raise as much as I would have liked, but they tasted good.
that vintage toaster oven? It makes the absolute best toast, among other things. Anyway, I seasoned the ribs with a grill seasoning mix before broiling and then topping with some barbecue sauce. They were juicy and tender and really tasty. As our sides, I sauteed a red pepper and some broccoli with a little soy sauce until tender. And I halved new red potatoes and fried them face down till they were brown and crunchy on the outside and creamy inside. A little sprinkle of fancy ass pink salt and they were simple and perfect.