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When we asked to meet the yellow puppy a second time, she asked us to stay for dinner and made us perhaps the best dish we'd ever eaten. These great friends even helped us move a few days later, so to say thank you, we invited them over for dinner.
Having made Giada's short rib pasta multiple times, I decided this hearty dish would be perfect for a food blogger and her carnivorous husband. And I also decided I'd put myself in Meseidy's shoes and play food blogger myself for a minute. So here's How to Say Thank You, Undomestic Style.
channel The Pioneer Woman and assemble ingredients
create delicious veggie puree
dredge short ribs in flour/salt/pepper mixture while pancetta is cooking
slightly burn pancetta and "neglect" to take a picture
return pancetta, ribs, puree to pot and add aromatic ingredients
spend 20 minutes trying to open wine bottle
Google "How to Open a (mutilated) Wine Bottle"
Clean house while pot braises
Console sad, neglected puppy
Friends arrive while hair is still wet, (bagged) salad is unmade, and short ribs are not shredded
Swallow pride and allow friend to assemble bruschetta
EAT! (thirty minutes after they arrive)
Meseidy's amazing dessert
In typical Undomestic style, my dinners are generally "semi-homemade." I am not afraid to serve a bagged salad with a little embellishment. My absolute favorite is Dole's Perfect Harvest salad kit with a little goat cheese crumbled on top. So delicious!
The moral of the story is, love and friendship matter more than details.
Or a perfectly clean house.