Until recently I never thought of using these vases on the table, but once they landed there they’ve inspired several settings. The colors lend themselves to many options and it’s so easy to refresh the flowers.This time around a table runner with some of my favorite colors is the background.
With these pieces on the table, it was easy to add others for a simple at home dinner with friends. Perfect color matches are in these dishes from Target.
Though I often mix and match, this time I’m sticking with the coordinating salad plates and adding a napkin that introduces a variation in pattern but is true to the color way.
That’s all there is to it. In less than 10 minutes, the table is set made easy by what was already there. That is why I rarely leave a table top bare, and it doesn’t bother me at all if the same pieces are used multiple times. It’s fun to see how many different looks can be created from the same elements.
This dinner was preceded by a busy day, and that’s when a slow cooker comes in real handy. Not only does it provide the freedom needed to do other things, it fills the house with tantalizing aroma. For sure that was the case with these Asian Style Short Ribs that you just might want to try.
Asian Style Short Ribs
6 lbs. short ribs
salt and ground pepper
3/4 t. 5 spice powder
1/4 c. each hoisin sauce and ketchup
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. fish sauce
1 T. honey
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 T. minced fresh ginger
5 cloves mince garlic
Season the ribs with salt, pepper and 5 spice powder. Brown on all sides in a multipurpose cooker or broil until nicely browned.
Mix together remaining ingredients and place all in the cooker being sure to coat the ribs well with the hoisin mix. Cover and cook on the low setting for about 6 hours or until the meat is very tender. If the ribs are boneless, cooking time will be less.
For serving, place the ribs in a bowl or on a plate and moisten with some of the cooking liquid. Garnish with Italian parsley or cilantro and chopped roasted peanuts or cashews.
I can assure you there will be no leftovers!