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What's for Dinner - beef short ribs

Posted Jan 02 2013 7:48pm

A big lesson from 2012 rocked my world & completely changed my sense of self.  You see, I always thought I had the gift of hospitality.  On all the spiritual gifts tests, it always ranks top 4, along with mercy, & exhortation   In the mix is leadership & administration.  Hospitality is one of those gifts I like.  One that I want to have.  One that I have spent my whole life cultivating.  Turns out, talents are not the same as gifts.  Cooking, entertaining, throwing parties, hosting shindigs -- it's a talent, not a gift.  I learned this the hard way and you'd think I'd have figured it out long before I was 42.

Interestingly, I've always had a pretty strong sense of self.  Well, in this case I was wrong.  God has shown me that if I truly had the gift of hospitality, people would actually want to be at my house!  They wouldn't flee from it as if I had the plague.  Any time I mention hosting something, I get this horrified, deer-in-the-headlights sort of look, followed by a quick change of subject or complete ignoring of my offer and a plan to have the event elsewhere.  I recently attempted to host a Girls Night Out for a group of friends, which ended in a voice mail the morning of telling me that it had been moved to a friend's house.  As if!  I was quite surprised at the gall of this friend to take an event I was hosting and move it to her house, but then again -- she has a true gift of hospitality.  People love to be at her house.  Curious thing is -- she doesn't want it.  She pretends she doesn't have it.  But she does.  And I do not.

For Christmas, the choice was my mother-in-law's house or my sister-in-law's house.  My house wasn't even considered.  Co-incidence?  I don't think so.  God is telling me a resounding NO.

So ... for the new year I am focusing my talents inward.  Focusing on my family.  And instead of trying to host affairs, am simply hosting family dinners.  So tonight, we're having beef spare ribs with mashed potatoes & roasted brussels sprouts.  I'm making  Pioneer Woman's Beef Spare Ribs  - using white wine, beef stock & leeks instead of shallots.  My brussels sprouts are simple -- tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with salt & pepper and roasted for 20 minutes.  Along with some classic mashed potatoes it should be divine.

What are you having for dinner tonight?
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