Monday, May 26, 2008

Losing My Mojo

I don't know what's wrong with me: I seem to be losing my kitchen mojo. It's possible I haven't turned out a great meal in months. Not sure why or why not.

I found a large package of short ribs in the freezer yesterday and decided to make a pasta sauce with them. I seared the ribs, poured off the excess grease, cooked onion and chopped carrot in the same Dutch oven to make use of the nice fond left behind, added half a bottle of red wine, 2 cans of tomatoes, pureed (I like thick sauce), lots of garlic, a bay leaf, a pinch of oregano. Cooked it for four hours, and the meat was just barely tender. We've never bought short ribs at BJs before, and now we probably won't ever do that again. Must've been an old cow. And I don't mean me.

The sauce was just ok. Mr Minx cooked up some Rienzi spaghetti. I'm not particularly fond of that brand because it has this weird cinnamon-esque smell that tainted the sauce for me. San Giorgio next time, please.

I suppose I just don't cook as often as I once did, so maybe I'm out of practice? But if that's not the case, how do I get my cooking mojo back? Any suggestions?