Crockpot Country-Style Beef Short Ribs

I had this in the crock the other day, and the smell of it tortured me all day!

Crockpot Country-Style Beef Short Ribs

1 1/4 lbs. boneless beef short ribs, trimmed of all visible fat

salt and pepper

2 onions, sliced into wedges

1 lb. small whole white potatoes

1 1/2 cups whole baby carrots

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp. flour

3 tbsp. cold water

1 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper. Spray a skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. Add the ribs and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes.

Transfer the ribs to a slow cooker. Add the onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic and bay leaf. Pour the broth and Worcestershire sauce over the meat and vegetables. Cover and cook until the meat and vegetables are fork-tender, 4 -5 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.

About 20 minutes before the cooking time is up, combine the flour and water in a small bowl until smooth; stir in about 1/4 cup of the hot liquid from the slow cooker until blended. Stir the flour mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high, until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. Stir in the parsley just before serving.

April Activism

As many of you know, I’m board president of Rude Mechanicals, an ensemble theater company here in Austin. They just got back from Humana Festival at ATL where they performed The Method Gun. One of the company’s programs is a year round performance and visual arts based self-expression and self-esteem building program called Grrl Action. Grrl Action is up for a $25k grant from Pepsi which is sorely needed. You can vote every day in April for us to get this funding by going to

…um, Me Too!

I can’t resist. I went and took a peek at Gretchen’s fabulous blog, Second Blooming, and right there in the topmost post on the home page were these words:

…because frankly, I’m too busy drilling studs in my closet and singing praises to the Lord in my choir to write anything thoughtful or hilarious.

Drilling studs in my closet. Some things never change. As for the singing praises part, I have been called a “member of the church” in my day.

Good getting caught up with you there, Gretchen!

Shock and Awe

I am in shock and awe over the speed and thoughtfulness which David P. Hime used to get this site pulled together. I have been writing a blog for for 10 months now, and I still struggle to get a new photo onto my banner. Did y’all notice how the banner photo cleverly changes every time you come back? And how he cropped each image to fit the banner size.  And how he artfully cropped out my ex-husband from that shot of me? You are GOOD David P. Hime. But then…I guess that’s why you’re the professional. Thank you also, for providing a link to my blog. Very gentlemanly of you.

Have you all figured out how to add your own post? You just hit the little “New Post” button on the upper right, and go to town. You can even add pictures and video and music if you so choose.  Just click on the little icons next to Upload/Insert above the little space where you compose your post.  

San Gabriel Girls Shampooing in the Lake

Oh looky, I’ve added a picture.

I have added this site to my Google Reader, which is a clever and handy little device that holds all the blogs I regularly read. But since most of you probably don’t read as many blogs as I do, we need to figure out a way to follow this blog so that we know when a new post has been added. David? Is there some kind of “Follow” widget?

Alright, I’m going to go get a recipe and add that too. Everybody feel free to add a post! Or a comment!

Love you all,


Could You Unpack That Box for Me?

Thanks to everyone for coming by and lending a hand as we get settled in. Grab a cold one and a box and get to unpacking. Or get out your guitar and serenade the rest of us. Don’t just stand there smoking.

Great to see you Anna Gangai, Elisa, Lannyl, Ed Roland, Gretchen, Margaret, Krauss, Randy and Wendell. Oh, and by the way, you over there wearing the PAC-Men t-shirt that says on the back, what’s your name again???

Love and thanks.

I can’t tell you all what a joy to behold this page/memorial is for me this day.  The timing is excellent – aren’t we just around the memorial date from last year?  I’ll post some recipes soon – been a busy day for me thus far.  Perhaps from work tonight if its not too busy.  Love to you all.  R

Category Added for Recipes

I’ve now added a specific category for when you add a recipe. If you’re creating a new post you’ll see it in the Categories menu on the right of the screen. Check that box (and any others that you think are appropriate for your post–add a new category if you need to; the ability to do that is right below the list of category check boxes there on the right) when adding a post that needs to go into the Bodacious Becca Cookbook. Thanks for that name, Wendell!

Then you can see all the recipes when you’re on the site by clicking the Bodacious Becca Cookbook link!

Working Through Registration Process

UPDATE: I’ve now been able to make the default role here one that allows anyone who registers to also post. We may run into trouble there since I’m not currently vetting the registrations–so literally anyone could register and then automatically have the power to fuck the site over. I’d like to hear opinions on this; I may want to change it so that anyone can register and automatically become an author, but their registration will not activate without my approval. What do you think?

Okay, so it looks like once you register I will need to authorize you to create and publish posts. If I can figure out a way to make that the default new registrant setting, I may do that. Until then, I’ll need to check on the registrations from time to time and authorize everyone–so if you register and are not seeing the ability to add posts in your dashboard drop me a line (or post a comment on this post) to nudge me to upgrade your account.

The Door is Always Open

Hey guys this is the initial site so that everyone can start posting. We’ll make it look more like home — maybe paint the lyrics to “Mame” (or was it “Hello Dolly?”) up on the dining room wall — as we go, but for now here’s what you should do:

Register yourself so you can post. I’m not sure if registration will be instant or if I’ll need to approve each one, but we’ll work that out too. If you want to post something once you’re registered you should be able to access the Dashboard from your login, which will allow you to make posts. Feel free to play around, make mistakes, just generally get your feet wet and we’ll all figure this out as we go.

Love, David P