Nov 10

Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs–A Story About One Amazing Mom

in Family, Fuji Favorites, Main Course, Meat, Recipes by Type, Slow Cooker

I share a love of good food and cooking with my family. Though it may sound funny, food has enriched my life and given me (and continues to give me) many great memories. In my last post I told you about my dad’s creative cooking skills. I’ve also mentioned our mutual love for trying weird/unusual things. But today I’d like to share a little bit with you about my mom.

My mom is amazing. She has been, and will always be, one of my greatest role models, heroes, and sources of inspiration. Growing up she always made sure that there were yummy homemade meals on the table, healthy lunches for us to take to school, and a healthy dose of sweet treats to let us know she loved us. Over the years she made sure that she taught me how to read a recipe and many other basic cooking skills. I remember one year when she put together a set of large manila envelopes that were labeled “Main Dishes”, “Salads”, “Desserts”, etc. She would tear out recipes from magazines that she thought looked good and put them into those envelopes. Then she would occasionally pull out recipes from those envelopes and try them out. When I graduated from high school and moved away from home she presented me with a cookbook that she had put together of all of her favorite recipes so that I would have something to cook from. I remember calling her on countless occasions for advice or further direction on a recipe. I quickly became a confident self-functioning cook. I’m convinced that this is one of the reasons that Mr. Fuji wanted to marry me. I fed that boy ALL THE TIME when we were dating, and not just grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup either. I remember having him over for a slice of tarte tatin once–he was spoiled! I attribute my ability to do that to my mom.

Food and cooking have become things that my mom and I love to share and talk about. We are constantly sharing new found recipes with each other, scoping out fun new places to try (she recently found a wonderful place called Crepes de Paris that we tried out–you can read my review here), raiding each other’s chocolate stash, or collaborating in the kitchen. She was my partner in crime for making Sandra Lee’s recipe for Crunchy Doughnut Eyeballs that I shared with you recently. Can you tell how much fun we have together?
Last week I got an email from my mom telling me about a recipe she had found in Real Simple Magazine and how I needed to make it because it was so YUMMY. The recipe was for Asian style short ribs made in the slow cooker. I’ve already told you what a big fan I am of slow cooker recipes, so I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I was immediately intrigued by this recipe.
I bought the necessary ingredients on Saturday, woke up yesterday morning, threw everything into the slow cooker, got ready for the day, and then went off to church with the Fuji family. When we got home the aroma was intoxicating and we were hungry! It took me about 5 minutes to finish the sauce and put everything on the table and then we dug in. The recipe was everything my mom claimed it to be, so now I’m passing on the love. You need to make these ribs because they are so YUMMY! I will definitely be using this recipe again. I think next time I’ll try it with a different cut/kind of meat because the sauce is so delicious and would be good on everything from a roast, to pork chops, to chicken. The ribs were amazing–tender and flavorful. You can find the recipe here. I love you Mom!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Alisa November 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm

This will be the first recipe I make with a slow cooker. I just need to get one first ;) Can you please recommend a nice one?



Fuji Mama's Mama November 10, 2008 at 8:35 pm

I love you too, baby girl. You make me proud.


Bob November 11, 2008 at 12:05 am

My mom was my main cooking inspiration/impetus too (as well as just being the best in general). I remember the first time I made a cake. I was about eight years old and I walked up to her and said ‘I want cake’. She went over to her (massive) cookbook collection, grabbed a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook from the 60’s and opened it up to a recipe called “Busy day cake”. She handed it to me, said “you know where everything is” and walked off. Surprisingly enough, the cake came out pretty well. And I haven’t stopped cooking since. :)

This recipe makes me wish my crock pot was bigger. It’s only 1.5 quarts… I’m almost embarrassed to admit I own it.


tamakikat November 11, 2008 at 1:01 am


Way to go Mums.

If any of my kids (that I teach) want some more good recipes I know where to send them-to your blog, of course:)


K and S November 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm

these remind me of a dish I’ve had in was fall off the bone delicious!


Melanie Gray Augustin November 12, 2008 at 1:52 am

I have to say – love the photos!


Melanie Gray Augustin November 12, 2008 at 1:53 am

Awww… I just saw your mum’s comment :)


Misha November 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I love slow cooker recipes! I will have to try it, ribs are sooooo good, I’m excited for a new way to have them! Aren’t moms the best for passing along good recipes?!


Meg November 12, 2008 at 8:40 pm

It is so awesome that you and your mom can share fun times and cooking together! My husband would love this recipe!


chou November 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm

What a great tribute to your mother. I love that she sent you off with a stack of recipes when you left–plus you just reminded me of what a great mom I have. Thanks for sharing!


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