We were searching for an adequate Christmas dinner recipe. One that would stand up to the expectation of "Christmas Dinner". I offered my sister the short list of Christmas-go-to-mains, but somehow came up with a lackluster response to rib roast, ham, turkey....I threw the idea of short ribs out there and she took off running. Kate and I are both runners, so as you can guess, we like an idea, and go with it. She searched our favorite places for recipes, namely epicurious and food network. Stout braised short ribs came up....now normally this would have sounded like a great idea, but today it was the perfect idea because I could vouch for a beef braised in high quality beer stew was the way to go. Just prior, I had one of the best concoctions from Aaron's roommate Crash, a budding brew-based culinary mastermind. With a small sacrifice of time (these dishes do better when slowly cooked over half a day....yes patience is a virtue here) a delicious Christmas dinner was going to happen.
We are two sisters who grew up in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In college we split ways, one sister heading off to the San Francisco area while the other making her way to Pennsylvania. Whenever we're together, we combine our bicoastal culinary influences to create gastronomic masterpieces, or just good old yummy food. As young kids we always tuned into Julia child or Two Fat Ladies, beginning a tradition of cooking that would kick off our collaboration in the kitchen.