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Make-ahead Monday: Valentine's Day short ribs and avocado salad

Keep kitchen time to a minimum on Valentine's Day with make-ahead braised short-ribs and an easy avocado salad.
/ Source: TODAY

Valentine's Day should be about sweethearts enjoying time together — not stressing over dinner. Chef Jet Tila is sharing his go-to recipes to help lovers avoid the heartbreak of cooking a time-consuming meal and savor every amorous moment with one another. He shows us how to make fall-off-the-bone tender short ribs ahead of time and a quick-to-assemble salad on the big day.

Every great cook needs a braised short rib recipe in their repertoire. The secret to success is patience. Take your time browning the meat, deglazing the wine and allowing the ribs to cook slowly. It will all be worth it in the end.

I love this recipe because the fresh fruity flavors of the juicy watermelon and creamy avocado are complimented perfectly by the briny bite of the feta cheese. It's beautifully balanced and so delicious.

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