The mid-winter blues are a real thing, but this year I’ve worked my way out and discovered there’s a lot to appreciate about January. These short rib tacos are just one of the things on the list.
In the past when the holiday rush fizzled out leading to dark and cold days, spring seemed so far away. The winter blues is a common theme this time of year and normally, about three weeks into January, I wax poetic about the bad weather, the dreary days, and the massive let-down post-Christmas.
But this year is different. I’m not so worried about spring and figure it will get here in its own good time. I’m not so concerned about the darkness, using it as an opportunity to curl up with my giant wooly blanket and read a good book. And there’s no post-holiday let-down this year because, for the first time in many years, I just enjoyed Christmas and worried less about if the holidays were ‘perfect’ or ‘special’ or ‘right’. This year I just let it be and because of that I think I’ve escaped those pesky winter blues.
Without the gloomy cloud overhead it’s easier to appreciate January’s quiet. Simple things take on more meaning. Cozy sweaters, crisp air that brings a color to my cheeks, a house that greets me like a toasty warm hug. I’ve made a lot of hot chocolate this month, whisking milk, cocoa, and sugar until it’s warmed through and I sip on it trying to make it last. My New Year’s resolution list, miles long in the past, has gotten a serious hair-cut and a promise to ‘eat healthy’ is nowhere in sight. Instead I resolve to ‘eat well’ because I find this time of year is high season for my favorite comfort food dishes. Slow braises, crock pot recipes, and hearty pasta dishes make my heart sing in January.
Short Rib Tacos
Which brings me to these short rib tacos with radicchio apple slaw, also known as winter tacos as they feel like a celebration of the season. To start, I browned short ribs and let them have a long nap in the slow cooker until they were so tender they practically melted.
To offset the richness from the beef, I tossed together some fresh radicchio and green apples. The bitterness from the radicchio plays off the sweetness of the apple and I mixed them with a simple dressing kissed with fresh herbs and a splash of bright lemon.
A little bit of seasonal freshness, paired with some hearty beef, all wrapped up in flour tortillas. These short rib tacos are my new favorite thing to look forward to in January.
Some Ingredients You’ll Need
More Winter Favorites
Beef Pot Pie is a winter classic. Tender beef with carrots, peas, and mushrooms topped with puff pastry makes for a cozy dinner after a cold day.
Tartiflette is a french dish popular in France. Potatoes are cooked with white wine, crispy bacon, and creamy brie.
A GGG reader says this about my Slow-Cooked Short Rib Ragu:
“My 11 year old and I made this for supper tonight – absolutely amazing and she was so proud to make such a fancy meal. Worth every minute!”
Serves 2 tacos
15 minPrep Time
4 hr, 15 Cook Time
4 hr, 30 Total Time