asian beef short ribs w/ warm balsamic potato salad
recipe by vanillasugarblog.com


1 cup soy sauce
1 cup packed light brown sugar
4 TB sesame oil
4 TB ketchup (oh yeah, gourmet time)
4 TB rice vinegar
4 TB minced fresh ginger
About 5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 ts red pepper flakes
4 - 5 lbs beef short ribs

Preheat oven to 260 degrees.
Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper in a bowl.
Place ribs in a dutch oven and pour sauce over.
Cover and cook about 4 hours, then move them around a bit, cook for another hour with the cover off. Check to see if they are done (the meat should be really tender and falling off bones, if not, just cook a bit longer).
Remove ribs from crockpot. And at this point I like to make a reduction sauce using the sauce along with a bit more brown sugar & ketchup (taste as you go along and add what you think it needs); reduce till nice and thick. (this should be enough for four people).

warm balsamic potato salad

4 large potatoes (I use russet, use whatever you like)
¼ cup of Hellmans mayo
2 TB high quality balsamic vinegar 
Dashes of black pepper
5 TB red onion, chopped fine
3 TB chopped scallions

First make dressing mix all the ingredients but the potatoes and scallions in a dish and chill.
Chop up potatoes into med. size chunks. Boil in salted water until just tender. Drain very well, I mean very well, and let them be and cool off a bit. OR if you want a cold salad this would be the time to chill them in the fridge for a while. When ready add the sauce to the potatoes and stir, then add in the scallions. (this should be enough for four people)