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Cider-Braised Boneless Short Ribs With Figs

If you’re like us, you often put extra meat into the freezer and then promptly forget. We try to be good about this, but when we received a great selection of meats from Butcher Box, we could only use so much at once! One of the remaining cuts we had were these boneless short ribs. Boneless short ribs are not a regular buy for us, but we are now loyal converts. See for yourself how you can get high quality, sustainable beef, chicken, and pork on a regular basis without buying a full side of beef with Butcher Box.

We decided to braise these short ribs with raw apple cider vinegar, onions, and fresh figs. Our tree won’t stop producing these figs, so we keep using them. If figs aren’t your cup of tea, or are not in season, feel free to substitute figs for an equal amount of peaches, apricots, or plums. These tender, delicious short ribs will allow you to eat like royalty for the entire week, and smell fantastic while cooking. We know you’ll enjoy.

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Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad

Did you know that figs are a flower, not a fruit? It’s actually the “infructescence” or “false-fruit” in which the flower and seeds are born. Fruit or not, I think figs are delicious! If you pick them a little green, they are plump, firm and almost savory or tart. Pick them once they’ve ripened to a deep purple, they are soft, luscious and incredibly sweet.

This salad plays the sweetness of the figs against the peppery arugula and subtly sharp red onion. The walnuts add a nice earthy flavor and crunch. The creamy, slightly cream-cheesy dressing rounds out the whole thing. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Pork Spring (Un)Rolls Sauté

Spring rolls are a guilty pleasure that I could eat for days; thankfully, they only send a limited quantity when we occasionally order in. If this describes you, too, I recommend Russ Crandall’s Paleo Takeout to satisfy all your cravings. You can check out our review here.

We were inspired to add to the flavorful offerings, and this recipe was a result of our brainstorming. Pairing meat and cabbage is a great way to put together a one-pot meal (this one, too), and we think you’ll agree that this belongs in a regular rotation.

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Spicy Baba Ghanouj (Spicy Eggplant Dip)

As you may have noticed from our posts on social media, we bought a house in December and that house came with wonderful things growing in gardens all around the yard. In addition, quite a few of our neighbors have plots at a local community garden. A couple of weeks ago, our neighbors harvested more tomatoes, jalapeños, eggplants, and other vegetables from their plot and they kindly shared their bounty with us. I cannot explain to you how delicious the tomatoes were! That said, this recipe is all about the eggplant and jalapeño.

As soon as we saw the eggplant, we knew we wanted to make something special with it. Brent loves the heat that jalapeños add to any dish, so of course we had to incorporate them. We hope you enjoy this twist on the traditional eggplant dip, Baba Ghanouj, as much as we did!

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Strawberry-Lime Margarita

Heather and I recently wrapped up our summer vacation. For our time away, we took a road trip from the Washington, D.C., area to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Heather’s parents. The road trip, celebrations, and time with family were all wonderful, and we had many reasons to celebrate.

We might typically keep our libations simple for celebrations—Bold Rock cider is a favorite. But, sometimes, we want to add a little more flare. Nothing says flare in the summer better than a frosty, festive beverage. This strawberry-lime margarita takes advantage of frozen and fresh strawberries, lime juice, and tequila. If avoiding alcohol, or making for the whole family, this works great with seltzer or mineral water. We know you’ll enjoy this refreshingly tart drink the next time you choose to celebrate. It is not something to drink quickly, or in large amounts, but it is a lip-smacking treat.

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