Spiced Wine-Braised Short Ribs
Short ribs are a splurge, but the payoff is enormous--meltingly tender meat and big beef flavor in the mulled-wine-esque sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes or creamy polenta. If time allows, make this dish ahead; it's easier to skim the fat after it has chilled, and the flavor only gets better.
Chilling the liquid helps solidify the fat for easy removal. If served the same day, skim fat from liquid using a large spoon.