Saturday night at the Roediger House involved the wonderful surprise visit of a much-missed dear friend, Robin Fail, who probably hasn't been here in about three years. That means she rewarded me with the appropriate gasps and exclamations of one who had not seen all the plaster repair, painting, and floor refinishing...nor the renovation that turned the attic into a great entertainment space.
A plate was added for her to sample a bit of the delicious dinner: root beer and molasses-braised beef short ribs, along with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. We were disappointed to find that West End Coffee House was strangely closed after dinner, denying us their delicious gelato, so I made instant vanilla pudding and we were all almost as happy.
"Root Beer and Molasses-Braised Beef Short Ribs," by Elisabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus. In Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing (2014), p. 150-151.